The best part for any football fan following the English Premier League is its competitiveness and edgy nature which can spring a surprise out of nowhere. This was a similar week where we saw a lot of unexpected results, which makes us highlight the top five talking points from this week of Premier League action.
Sequel to Premier League’s invincible will have to wait!
We still think Chelsea is the front runner by a margin to win this year’s Premier League title but with that we were somewhat sure that it is impossible (almost) to replicate another invincible run like Arsenal. The strength and form of Jose Mourinho’s side, will take a monumental effort even for a Manchester City side which is getting into a rich vein of form. With the defeat at the hands of Newcastle United the hope of an invincible run came to an end, something which doesn’t look practically possible in this era of Premier League football.
Manchester United nowhere close to being the vintage United of old
Louis Van Gaal philosophy is finally paying rich dividends as Manchester United have gone on a five match winning streak but for those who saw last night’s game against Southampton would realize they were lucky to collect all three points. The performance against Hull City was reminiscent of the days under Sir Alex’s regime; however the misfortune of many injuries and introduction of new management at the club means that the Red Devils are still few games away from being at their dominating best.
Will a team from Boleyn Ground or St. Mary’s make the cut for Champions League Football?
This season has registered a surprising few teams at the top of the table with West Ham United and Southampton featuring in the top five as it stands. This is partly due to their fantastic start and a dip in fortunes for Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs. As it stands if these teams can hold fort till the end of festive season, we may see a new team in Champions League this season.
Arsene’s Arsenal woe continues!
This weekend Arsenal’s competitor Stoke City was unlucky in their previous two defeats against Liverpool and Manchester United as they deserved at least a point each from both the games. However they made up for their unlucky run against Arsenal. This is how it has been for Arsene Wenger this season, even with the quality of attack at his disposal he still has to cope with a shaky defense that doesn’t augur well for his future at the club. They have been in such situations in the past seasons as well and somehow he has rescued them to make the cut for Champions League, however even if that happens this season it may not be good enough for the Board and the fans at the club!
More teams get drawn to the relegation battle!
In November it was looking like a battle for survival for newly promoted sides QPR, Leicester and Burnley however as we have seen in the past with the marginal difference in points between teams there is a new team added to the relegation battle. As Queens Park Rangers have moved away temporarily from the drop zone Hull City is in the danger zone. Will there be a new addition to this pack in January? With the unpredictable nature of Premier League, It might just happen.
Source: Premierleague website