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

Team Form

Arsenal F.C.  [The Gunners]


After such a promising summer transfer window a 2-5-1 record is not something the boss will be happy about. People have been saying that this looks much like the team of last year, except that lasts years Arsenal was in the drivers seat from day one until they’re ultimate demise. I see this start as a motivating factor. With fresh faces looking to impress it’s only a matter of time until the skill adds up on the pitch. A few January signing are needed, Arteta can’t hold the midfield as he used to and some defensive depth could go a long way. Next 3 EPL Matches – @Sunderland – Burnley – Swansea. Expected number of points 7-9.

Aston Villa F.C.  [The Villans]


Talk about a long time coming. What a start. Things have trailed off in the recent week but i think that would be the case for most teams playing Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton in the span of four weeks. Talk about rough Scheduling. The past few seasons the villans have assembled a good looking team that wasn’t producing what everyone thought they could. It seems as if this season could be different with a potent back line and America’s new number one keeper at the top of his game. Offensive depth also isn’t laking especially with the newly returned Benteke and newly promoted Fabian Delph to an England team that needed his speed and creativity. The future is bright at Villa Park. Next 3 EPL Matches – @Queens Park Rangers – Tottenham – @West Ham United. ENP 5-7 points.

Burnley F.C.  [The Clarets]


I’m a big fan of newly promoted teams making a big splash, unfortunately this hasn’t been the case. It’s always tough for a team to make the big step up and compete, but with a lack of finances it makes it even harder. It’s going to be a long hard season for Sean Dyche, The team has had moments of.. well not brilliance but good effort, proven by the draw against Manchester United. Unfortunately the likelihood of seeing Burnley in the EPL next season aren’t too good. Still lots of time left and a transfer window which seems to shake things up on a yearly basis. Next 3 EPL Matches – Everton – @Arsenal – Hull City. ENP 0-1 points.

Chelsea F.C.  [The Blues]


Where to begin, after an astounding summer transfer window that could possibly go down as being the best piece of business in Chelsea / EPL history. At the moment this is the only team in my opinion who is performing as they should. With such quality in every position on the pitch. The best 1-2 Keepers this world probably has to offer. A midfield where World Cup stars come off the bench to play. The Striker Chelsea have needed for the past few seasons, Diego Costa has been everything and more and what a bargain, And last but not least the return of the prodigal son Didier Drogba just makes this fairy tail seem more surreal. The loss of the iconic Frank Lampard will leave a bitter taste in most Blues fans, but to see his replacement be non other then Cesc Fabregas. Not a bad deal. This season they haven’t missed a beat and continue week by week to prove their dominance. With Eden Hazard quickly progressing into one of the worlds elite, this teams future is set for years to come. Next 3 EPL Matches – @ManchesterUnited – Queens Park Rangers – @Liverpool. ENP 7-9 points.

Crystal Palace F.C.  [The Eagles]


Neil Warnock has been outstanding, to step into a managerial role mid week and pick a starting eleven that continue to punish teams that take them lightly. With the return of Wilfried Zaha and many other key figures this team has a bright future and a bright start to the season already dealing Everton a surprise loss at Goodison Park. Stealing points from top flight clubs is what makes the EPL so interesting and what makes for an entertaining end to the season no matter if your fighting for the title of looking to survive relegation. Time will tell if the Eagles can continue this sort of form. Next 3 EPL Matches – @West Bromwich Albion – Sunderland – @Manchester United. ENP 1-3 points.

Everton F.C.  [The Toffies]


Not particularly the start Toffy fans were looking for, after such an encouraging previous season and the signing of not one but two proven strikers. Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto’o, the attacking position was hoped to be a strong suit, little did we know that at the beginning of the season that job would fall to Steven Naismith. There are positives, the team is still a proven defensive giant (some exceptions). Leighton Baines continues to prove his worth, and the arrival of John Stones is an encouraging thought for all Toffy fans. With the season not even a quarter through there is plenty of time to turn it around for the Toffies. Look for them to get into stride early December, possibly not lose another home game again. Next 3 EPL Matches – @Burnley – Swansea – @Sunderland. ENP 6-7 points.

Hull City A.F.C.  [The Tigers]


If i was to pick a new club to support, not your usual 4-5 clubs but one that has a bright future and plays a certain type of football that is entertaining week in and week out. Hull City would be at the top of that list. Since arriving in England’s top flight they have only grown more potent. with understated signings and a hard work effort they are becoming a top 10 team and i would expect that of them within the next two seasons. This season has been no different, constantly challenging top flight teams to work hard to secure all three points and in many cases they have managed to steal a crucial point from those teams. In the next few months this team could possibly be challenging for a top 10 spot this season already. I’m excited to see it unfold. Next 3 EPL Matches – @Liverpool – Southampton – @Burnley. ENP 3-4 points.

Leicester City F.C.  [The Foxes]


If someone had told me at the start of the season that the most entertaining matches would take place with a newly promoted team well i would have laughed. The little team that could i’ve dubbed them. Just when i think they won’t be able to compete with all the loose change top teams seem to carry they do and surprise me every time. With fantastic performances against Everton and Arsenal and what will most likely be one of the matches of the season, a 5-3 kicking of Manchester United. In recent weeks form has began to drop off likely caused by other teams finally getting into gear and also not taking this team lightly. I’ll be watching and hoping they don’t drop to the bottom three by years end. Next 3 EPL Matches – @Swansea – West Bromwich Albion – Sunderland. ENP 2-4 points.

-DC