Thursday, October 1, 2009

EPL this Month

Anyone who question there is a gap in the EPL can just look at the league table. The season has barely started and Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea are in the top 3 spots of the league. And the only reason why Arsenal didn’t make it 4 out of 4 is because they played a game less than everyone else. Frankly I think this is very bad for the EPL but unless they put in some sort of salary or transfer cap, there’s nothing anyone can do about it.

Top Teams this Month
Manchester United – They haven’t been lighting up the league but they are leading the EPL. With grit, luck and referee’s help, Man Utd has been scoring 3 points game after game. Winning while not playing well is the mark of champions, so that’s a good sign for Sir Alex Ferguson.

Chelsea- Yes, they just lost at Wigan but I think that’s just a small hump on the road to success for manager Carlo Ancelotti. Chelsea has the look of a winning team with the best midfield in the league. They even have luck on their side. Ashly Cole is out injured but Yuri Zhikov has just returned from injury. It’s a straight like-for-like replacement. Now that’s luck.

Sunderland- Manager Steve Bruce has always proved that he has a good eye for talent but in Darren Bent, he might have done his best bit of business ever. The striker looked like a misfit at Spurs, but at Sunderland he is scoring goals for fun. You add that to a competent midfield and a solid backline; Sunderland is looking good.

Surprise Team this month
Liverpool- Why is Liverpool the surprise team of the month? Because Rafa Benitez has finally got rid of his rotation policy! Never thought I’ll see the day but Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres are scoring goals and Liverpool seems to have a settled look about them at last. Rafa is even putting out a team that attacks! That’s amazing!

Disappointing Teams this month
Portsmouth- They got a new owner and went on a mini spending spree just before the transfer dateline. Manager Paul Hart has got his (new) team fighting and scraping but Portsmouth just can’t get a break. They were the far better team in a few games (the Everton game spring to mind) but they just can’t buy a point at the moment. They look almost certain for the drop.

Hull City- I thought Hull has a great chance of getting relegated at the start of the season and so far, they are proving me right. Manager Phil Brown is in danger of getting the sack and that may not be a bad thing as he seems to have lost the locker room. However I still have to wonder if that will be enough for Hull to stay up.

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