LONDON, England – This is part two of our valuable insights on the games so far. It has been more than a couple of weeks into the league, 8 in fact, and after a series of games and events including the Queen’s passing, here are some laid out insights to help you spot and study your Premier League teams. Even though the Premier League schedule was cut short due to Queen Elizabeth II’s death, this weekend was another fantastic one for football. Games may have been postponed but here we go again, part deux.
Aston Villa 1-0 Southampton: This was not a terrific game. Villa and Saints are two clubs that could struggle. At all. It also highlighted the possibility that both of these sides may spend the most of the current season in the bottom echelons of the Premier League. After bringing in so many young players this season, Southampton kind of anticipated that. And Villa? They anticipated being in contention for at least the top 10, but based on their performance—yes, a successful one—they are far from it.
Aleksandar Mitrovic created havoc, Willian whipped in lovely crosses, and Palhinha, Andreas Pereira, and Harrison Reed had the ideal balance of strength and skill in central midfield for Fulham (Nottingham Forest 2-3 Fulham). Marco Silva has put together a competent team. They look well-balanced and eager to disprove all of their critics. Even though they surprise us, Fulham is a quality team that deserves to be in the top 10.
Everton defeated West Ham 1-0 in another head-scratching game. The Irons had 7.46 predicted points going into the game, but had just four. Their three goals were 3.38 short of what experts estimate they could have scored. There’s no reason to believe West Ham is any worse than a mid-table team, especially after the should-have drawn against Chelsea, but that won’t alter anything as long as West Ham supporters spend the international break with their side’s name behind the red line.
Gunners have a strong foundation thanks to Xhaka and Partey. Much will be said about the style and movement of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel Jesus, and Fabio Vieira, and for good reason. But it’s important to recognize the strong foundation that Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey give Mikel Arteta’s team. Following his comeback from injury, Partey consistently regained possession of the ball, while Xhaka kept things moving smoothly and provided Martinelli and Tierney with an inside left channel option. Odegaard’s absence forced Arsenal’s deeper central midfielders to step up, and they did so by controlling the game’s pace and providing their brilliant attackers with a platform to cause havoc.
Last Insight So far
Spurs 6-2 Leicester: “Brendywatch” quickly turns into a very genuine situation because Leicester has had a disastrous season and needs a break to regroup. Is there a chance that this would entail getting rid of their successful but inconsistent manager? Rodgers acknowledges that he is under a lot of strain.
Definitely, Rodgers replied. “I do my work every day when I come in. I completely comprehend the anger of fans. I am unable to run from that. I’m in charge of it. Whatever happens, I will have a ton of respect for them [the owners], as they have been incredibly supportive of me. The game makes sense to me. The final score did not accurately reflect the game, but the outcome was a crushing loss. They have supported me brilliantly. I will always respect them, regardless of what happens to me at Leicester or whether I continue to fight.
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