Thursday, August 28, 2014

EPL Table Week 2 - The Undefeateds

Ok, I must apologize off the bat for breaking rank but to me undefeated means you have won every match you’ve competed in. Yes, that means no ties. That said in week two of the EPL we’ve already been reduced to just four, so let’s take a look at who will be the last club left standing. Tottenham Hotspur – Wow, how many of you said Spurs would be at the top of the table in week 2? Liars. This comes as a huge surprise despite their 6th place finish last season and a productive off-season. Truth is they’re playing some of the best football in England with an impressive win at West Ham and an easy disposal of QPR at home on top of two wins over AEL in the Europa League. As good a they look right now they will be further tested this week as they host Liverpool and travel to Emirates to take on Arsenal at the end of September. Chelsea – This is no surprise as the Blues were expected to be at the top of the table to start the campaign and perhaps in May as well. However check back with me in a month and we’ll see if we’re still as confident as an early 2 vs. 3 matchup with Swansea will be a litmus test for both sides then they come right back one week later and take on city. They will either establish some distance at the top or find them themselves on the fringe of the Champions League cutoff to start off the season. Man City – The defending champs already look in mid-season form in both their victories but of the four undefeated sides they by far have the toughest stretch over the next month. A stretch that includes Sotke, Man City, and Chelsea but with two of the three at home 2 out of 3 results is probable and 9 points isn’t out of the question so the Sky Blues may already be setting their mark early in the season. Swansea – Similar to Spurs not many outside of Liberty Stadium thought they’d be this high on the poll, but the challenge will be how long they can maintain their vantage point. We already spoke about their matchup with Chelsea but before they get to the Blues they’re have to face a hungry West Brom side but if they can pull off a split they’ll be in pretty good shape for mid-September. Barclays Premier League Table August 28

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Happy New Year!!! EPL Kicks off the 2014 Campaign

The EPL season kicked off the new campaign this weekend the same way it ended with Manchester City and Liverpool on top of the division. Of course they have much more company than they did last May as Arsenal also won and certainly plans to crash the party throughout the season, Swansea, Villa’, Hull, and Spurs also welcomed the new year with a pint and victory. Manchester United also started how they ended the 2013’ campaign, in very disappointing fashion with a loss at Old Trafford vs Swansea as new skipper Louis van Gaal got a rude awakening and will wake up on Monday and find the Red Devils tied at the bottom of the table. Burnley will make its EPL return on Monday and it may be quite surly as the Blue Lions come to town. Barclays Premier League Pos Team P Pts 1 Manchester City 1 3 2 Arsenal 1 3 3 Liverpool 1 3 4 Swansea City 1 3 5 Aston Villa 1 3 6 Hull City 1 3 7 Tottenham Hotspur 1 3 8 Everton 1 1 9 Leicester City 1 1 10 Sunderland 1 1 11 West Bromwich Albion 1 1 12 Burnley 0 0 13 Chelsea 0 0 14 Crystal Palace 1 0 15 Manchester United 1 0 16 Southampton 1 0 17 Queens Park Rangers 1 0 18 Stoke City 1 0 19 West Ham United 1 0 20 Newcastle United 1 0 See the complete EPL week in review, tables, stats, and more on the main site here.