I couldn’t believe what happened in the English Premiership during the weekend. Three top teams in the EPL lost their games to small teams. The first was Manchester United, loosing to Swansea City. I had the feeling that Man U would loose again after Swansea beat them on two legs (home and away) last season. After Juan Mata opened scores for Manchester United in the first half, Andre Ayew (Abedi Pele of Ghana’s son) leveled for Swansea in the second half. Four minutes later, french international, Bafetimbi Gomis, put Swansea City in front and Manchester United failed to recover and record their fourth loss to Swansea City in five games in three years. Manchester United played a fantastic game in mid-week in which the team beat Club Brugge from Belgium to qualify for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League with Wayne Rooney scoring a hat trick. Rooney is yet to score in the new EPL season.
I watched the match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace and must confess that Crystal Palace were they better team on that day. Chelsea had a lot of chances but their players didn’t keep a level head to capitalize on their chances. Crystal Palace punished them for these and were the more hungrier side. The first half was so drab and boring but came alive in the second half. Falcao scored his first major goal for Chelsea with a great flying header to equalize for the champions after Sako had put Palace ahead. But Chelsea allowed Palace to score the winner as soon as they had equalized with a defensive blunder that allowed the scorer Ward, to score with a free header. Mourinho blamed some of his players saying that some of them didn’t give up to a hundred percent. I blame Mourinho. Chelsea doesn’t have a great team. Hazard is not in form and I don’t know why he keeps fielding him. Chelsea has a tough game against Everton after the international break but Chelsea will win that game no matter what.
The game that I didn’t believe any of the big teams would loose was the game between Liverpool and West Ham United. After looking impressive in the game away to Arsenal, Liverpool lost scandalously to West Ham at Anfield, marking West Ham’s first defeat of Liverpool since 1963 (52 years) at Anfield. Last season, West Ham beat Liverpool at home 3-1. This is an improvement from that match and West Ham outclassed Liverpool this term. There were two red cards, one to Phillipe Coutinho of Liverpool and West Ham’s Mark Noble.
After the international break, Manchester United will host Liverpool and both teams are on 7 points a piece. Manchester United are placed 5th on the table, Arsenal 6th and Liverpool are placed 7th. It might be difficult for Manchester United to beat Liverpool, but my gusts tell me that Manchester United might win. Liverpool haven’t looked impressive to me since Luis Suarez left them.
I hope the big teams will do well because right now the table looks boring! Crystal Palace, Swansea and Leicester City are placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively after current league leaders, Manchester City who are yet to concede a goal and have won all their four opening matches. Manchester City are the clear favorites to win the league this season but let’s still watch and see. Arsenal failed to strengthen their team and I don’t believe they will make this season. It will be a miracle if they even qualify for next season’s champions league. They even struggled to beat Newcastle United. The goal was an own goal. See you after the international break.