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.