English Premier League Nov. 8, 9.

My Predictions for the weekend.

Saturday November 8th

Chelsea @ Liverpool – 2-1 Chelsea. Result 2-1 Chelsea

Crystal Palace @ Manchester Untied – 3-1 Manchester Untied. Result Manchester United 0-1

Manchester City @ Queens Park Rangers – 2-1 Manchester City. Result 2-2 Draw

Leicester City @ Southampton – 1-1 Draw. Result 0-2 Southampton

Aston Villa @ West Ham United – 0-1 West Ham Untied. Result 0-0 Draw

Hull City @ Burnley – 1-0 Hull City. Result 0-1 Burnley

Sunday November 9th

Newcastle United @ West Bromwich Albion – 1-1 Draw. Result 2-0 Newcastle United

Arsenal @ Swansea – 2-0 Arsenal. Result 1-2 Swansea 

Everton @ Sunderland – 3-0 Everton. Result 1-1 Draw

Stoke City @ Tottenham – 1-2 Tottenham. Result 2-1 Stoke City

English Premier League Nov. 1, 2 , 3.

My predictions for the weekend.

Saturday November 1st

Liverpool @ Newcastle – 2-0 Liverpool. Result 0-1 Newcastle

Burnley @ Arsenal - 0-3 Arsenal. Result 0-3 Arsenal

Queens Park Rangers @ Chelsea - 1-4 Chelsea. Result 1-2 Chelsea

Swansea City @ Everton – 2-2 Draw. Result 0-0 Draw

West Bromwich Albion @ Leicester City – 2-0 West Bromwich. Result 1-0 West Brom

Southampton @ Hull City – 2-1 Southampton. Result 1-0 Southampton   

West Ham United @ Stoke – 2-0 West Ham United. Result 2-2 Draw

Sunday November 2nd

Manchester United @ Manchester City – 1-2 Manchester City. Result 0-1 Man City

Tottenham @ Aston Villa – 3-1 Spurs. Result 2-1 Tottenham

Monday November 3rd

Sunderland @ Crystal Palace - 1-2 Crystal Palace. Result 3-1 Sunderland 

Team Form Conclusion

Southampton F.C.  [The Saints]


A dramatic summer with many first team names leaving the club after a very positive previous season. Most people myself included would be pleasantly surprised with the team this far into the season, sitting third in the current standing with a very respectable record of 5-2-1. The addition of towering striker Graziano Pelle has been an immediate impact, adding six goals thus far and continues to show he’s ready for the English Premier League. Several players have proven their worth this season already Dusan Tadic and new former Celtic F.C. Goalie Fraser Forster are in superb form. I will be curious to see how long this run of form can continue, the season is long and i’m just not sure they can continue this pace and fight off other top flight teams that just aren’t up to usual pace yet. So far so good. Next 3 EPL Matches – Stoke – @Hull – Leicester City. ENP 7-9 points.

Stoke City F.C.  [The Potters]


A reasonable start for Potter fans, who are looking to improve on a well deserved ninth place in the table last season. Although a lack of summer signing and the release of ten players doesn’t normally coincide with a team thats very confident in the future of the organization. The constant first team presence of Peter Crouch is still a viable forward option for manager Mark Hughes, and the verification of Ryan Shawcross as a formidable defender has made this season begin very enthusiastically. Another top 10 finish is most likely in the books ( 9-10 spot ) unless a few interesting pieces can be added in the January transfer window. Next 3 EPL Matches – @Southampton – West Ham Untied – @Tottenham. ENP 1-3 points.

Sunderland A.F.C.  [The Black Cats]


It seems as if the form of last season has ran through the summer and into this one, a relegation battle is already in the works if things don’t begin to change, and if everything continues we could see both northern rivals exiting the premier league. The loss of free transfer Jack Colback can be seen clear as day the midfield has been in shambles thus far into the season and to lose this player to your biggest rival doesn’t make the situation any better. On paper this club has all the making of a top 12 team and yet they continue to under perform. Black Cats had hope that the ten million dollar signing of Jack Rodwell would pump new life into the team especially in the attacking third has thus far been a let down. Vito Mannone has been decent all considering the team that has been fielded in front of him. Its difficult to say if this from will continue or a decent team on paper will finally get it right on the pitch. Next 3 EPL Matches – Arsenal – @Crystal Palace – Everton. ENP 1-4 points.

Swansea A.F.C.  [The Swans]


What was a great start has slowly dialled down, the team having convincing wins over Manchester United, Everton and possibly the most challenging game Chelsea have played this season. The acquisition of some key players have lead the Swans to a great start, Gylfi Sigurosson has been a revelation for club and country, free transfer Lucas Fabianski has been a solid net minder thus far and the continued growth and progress of Wilfried Bony and Jonjoe Shelvey have made for a dynamic team especially turning up field. Gary Monk has created a flowing team with a solid mentality for offence who are creating plenty of chances per game. The fans at Liberty Stadium have created an atmosphere that rivals certain top clubs, a slight dip in form in the past few weeks but they look to turn things around and get back on early season form. Next 3 EPL Matches – Leicester City – @Everton – Arsenal. ENP 3-5 points.

Tottenham Hotspur F.C.  [Spurs / Lilywhites]


With Gareth Bale money still in pocket the spurs haven’t been afraid to spend these past few transfer windows and that was the case again this summer. Possibly the bargain of the summer Eric Dier has been sensational scoring goals and creating opportunities from the back end. The players that under performed last season have adjusted to the physicality of the premier league and seem to be in top shape, Erik Lamela has found his form that had him so highly touted as the next world class Italian midfielder. In my opinion one of the most complete midfielders this season and a large chunk of last season has got to be Christian Eriksen, originally an eleven million dollar purchase has turned into a stellar buy with quality performances from a week to week basis. The team thus far into the season have had ups and downs with big wins and uncharacteristic losses. I believe over the next few months the team will solidify and become better defensively and become even more familiar with one another leading to a top five finish. Next 3 EPL Matches – Newcastle United – @Aston Villa – Stoke. ENP 6-7 points.

West Bromwich Albion F.C.  [The Baggies]


The form hasn’t changed much for the Baggies, a few stellar performances mixed with some rather unlucky losses, a draw with Manchester United and a 1-0 winning over Tottenham have kept them in rather good form and key points such as these will help the club in the long run. Saido Berahino has been excellent with six goals in eight caps, he’s kept the team very competitive. Former Manchester City man Joleon Lescott has been effective when healthy and his defensive presence helped the team to some early season victories / draws. If the team can continue to grind out wins and keep this run of form going they good easily be looking at a top 12 finish which would encourage most fans seeing as they have been battling relegation for some years. Next 3 EPL Matches – Crystal Palace – @Leicester City – Newcastle United. ENP 3-5 points.

West Ham United F.C.  [The Hammers]


An excellent start to the new season has the Hammers in fourth place in the table with a 4-1-3 record, i believe this makes most Hammer fans quite happy and the summer transfers would also put a smile on most people’s faces. World Cup star Enner Valencia has proved a worthy buy his creative talent and speed have been a threat to all teams he’s faced thus far. Loanee Alex Song had brought stability to the midfield, being a rock and showing why he was such a popular face when he last left the premier league. Injured striker Andy Carrol will be a welcome return, his form may have dipped in the past few seasons but the team can only be better with him in the squad. The club will be hoping for more continued success against top clubs as they showed against Liverpool with a 3-1 victory. As long as they stay the coarse the Hammers might even see them self in a top eight spot by the seasons end. Next 3 EPL Matches – Manchester City – @Stoke – Aston Villa. ENP 4-6 points.

-DC

English Premier League – Oct. 25, 26, 27th

My League predictions for the upcoming EPL week.

Saturday October 25th

Manchester City @ vs West Ham United ~ 2-0 Manchester City. Result 2-1 West Ham United

Arsenal @ vs Sunderland ~ 3-1 Arsenal. Result 2-0 Arsenal

Hull City @ vs Liverpool ~ 2-3 Liverpool. Result 0-0 Draw

Stoke @ vs Southampton ~ 1-4 Southampton. Result 1-0 Southampton

Crystal Palace @ vs West Bromwich Albion ~ 1-2 West Bromwich Albion. Result 2-2 Draw

Leicester City @ vs Swansea ~ 2-2 Draw. Result 2-0 Swansea

Sunday October 26th

Newcastle United @ vs Tottenham ~ 1-3 Tottenham. Result 2-1 Newcastle

Chelsea @ vs Manchester United ~ 4-2 Chelsea. Result 1-1 Draw

Everton @ vs Burnley ~ 2-0 Everton. Result 3-1 Everton 

Monday October 27th

Aston Villa @ vs Queens Park Rangers ~ 1-0 Aston Villa. Result.

-DC

Team Form Continued

Liverpool F.C.  [The Reds]


A rework of a team is always difficult, not many teams have to rework a side because of the loss of one player. Unfortunately that was the case for Liverpool staff this summer’s transfer window. With the sale of Luis Suarez. They did however acquire a pile of young talents which made me less concerned for the clubs future. So far this season has already shown rather large dips in form, long gone is the fluid counterattacking speed of The Reds. New players have been brought in to secure previous positions that lacked depth. unfortunately the one position that needed filling hasn’t been figured out yet. The acquisition of Mario Balotelli was supposed to fix that gap. To not many people’s surprise his lack of effort in key parts of the pitch can be seen clear as day however it’s still early and with the return of Daniel Sturridge in the near future you never know things might click. Some fresh faces such as Emre Can are a glimmer of hope, an understated signing with real prowess that continues to grow on a daily basis. As far as the season thus far, ups and downs. I think we can expect better and will see a better Liverpool side in the months to come adjustment periods take time. All i know for now is Raheem Sterling may be the most talented youngster i’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. Next 3 EPL Matches – Hull City – @Newcastle United – Chelsea. ENP 5-7 points.

Manchester City F.C.  [The Citizens]


Champions. A squad that probably increased it’s depth this summer with the defensive signing of Eliaquim Mangala. This option gives Manuel Pellegrini a much needed fresh face to play with veteran Vincent Kompany. With really no hiccups thus far into the season besides a home loss to Stoke, all plans seem in motion to contend yet again for their third league championship in the past four seasons. There really isn’t much to say about such a complete squad. Sergio Aguero is currently on pace to shatter the EPL scoring record and having only played a handful of full starts it’s rather remarkable. Next 3 EPL Matches – @West Ham United – Manchester United – @Queens Park Rangers. ENP 7-9 points.

Manchester United F.C.  [The Red Devils]


A worrying start at Old Trafford seems to have slowly corrected it’s self and after spending a staggering $150 million pounds.. you would certainly hope so. With the David Moyes era coming to a close and the Dutch reign of Louis van Gaal beginning large changes were needed to satisfy the new boss, and there is still room for improvement. The back end is far to inexperienced, the signing of Luke Shaw is a shot in the dark, with only two previous seasons of experience, too much pressure, too much hype is being put on this young man, it’s hard to become the player your meant to be under the spotlight especially when those lights are the famous lights of Old Trafford. There are however many upsides, the front end under the control of new EPL tactician Angel Di Maria seem to be firing in all the right directions, if the back end catches up to the front, this will be one scary team. all this being said the true stand out player thus far has to be David de Gea, he has truly stepped into his own and seems a constant presence in between the pipes. If all goes well and new players continue to grow and understand one another i can see a top four finish by 2015/2016. Next 3 EPL Matches – Chelsea – @Manchester City – Crystal Palace. ENP 4-6 points.

Newcastle United F.C.  [The Magpies]


Oh boy. St. James Park is amazingly not on fire. Most teams i can attempt to explain what went wrong for them this early in the footy season, unfortunately for Magpie fans i can pinpoint the exact day things went wrong, January 29 2014 the sale of Yohan Cabaye has created such a lack of creativity in the final third. Not many teams can you take a single player out of the starting eleven and slowly watch them crumble. With what seemed as a positive bunch of summer signings it looked as if the season might start fresh. Alan Pardew is a marked man.. wait we’ve been saying this for a while haven’t we. For now it’s hard to even type whats happening in that stadium because its completely illogical. The idea of doing something that ultimately has the same outcome every time is scary. Well a major overhaul is needed. From the top down. One win this season and a handful of last second comebacks won’t due for the northern faithful. If things don’t turn around quick this won’t just be a rally for a new coach but a change of scenery as the side is relegated. Next 3 EPL Matches – @Tottenham – Liverpool – @West Bromwich Albion. ENP 1-3 points.

Queens Park Rangers F.C.  [The Hoops]


What was meant to be the strongest side coming out of promotion has truly been a let down, with class players and the most recent premier league experience this must be a dreadful start to the season for The Hoops. A class manager as Harry Redknapp must be upset about his lack of progress thus far with the only win of the season coming over a slow starting Sunderland side. With young talent such as Steven Caulker and Chilean striker Eduardo Vargas, this team needs to step things up, a home loss to Liverpool this past weekend was a start, the team looked more composed and kept a higher quality Liverpool side at bay for much of the match with the occasional offensive jab. Need more. Next 3 EPL Matches – Aston Villa – @Chelsea – Manchester City. ENP 0-1 points.

-DC