From the 3 A’s to the 3 W’s. Premier league as it stands. Part 1

Two weeks have passed since the start of the new premier league season and what better time to analyse how teams are performing.  Heading into the third week of fixtures, let’s have a look at how the team are doing.

Arsenal– A slow start for Wenger’s men. A poor opening day defeat to West Ham followed by a hard working victory over Crystal place. The return of Alexis Sanchez was key, and undoubtedly the Chilean could, and probably should have had a hat-trick.  He will continue to be their star man throughout the season, but fans will need to see the rest of the team step up too otherwise they risk another performance like that of the opening day.

Aston Villa – One win, one loss for Tim Sherwood’s men. Their opening day victory against Bournemouth was a lot tougher than many expected, whereas their loss to Manchester United was unfortunate, with the Villa playing some good football. Richards at the heart of the defence looks like a solid acquisition by Sherwood. New signing Rudy Gestede’s header was enough to give them the win against Bournemouth.The only question mark of their team is whether or not they can replace the goals that Benteke scored.

 

AFC Bournemouth- A wake up call for the cherries life in the premier league with two losses for Eddie Howe’s men. Their first ever premier league fixture against Aston Villa was a tough defeat to take, with the cherries playing very well, and deserved something out of the game. Bournemouth will feel hard done by in their match against Liverpool, with the cherries having a goal controversially disallowed before Benteke tapped for Liverpool. A stand out point form both games is that Bournemouth need to be much more clinical in front of goal if they are to survive in the premier league.

Chelsea – A rocky start for Mourinho’s men, with a draw at home to Swansea and a humiliating 3-0 defeat away to Manchester City. The red card for Courtois was hotly debated but it did not take away from the fact that Chelsea did not look themselves against Swansea, and the first half against Manchester City saw them getting carved open far too many times. Criticisms have been made that Mourinho has stood still in the transfer market, however will the signing of Pedro be enough to turn things around at Stamford Bridge?

Crystal Palace- An opening day victory against new boys Norwich and an unfortunate defeat to Arsenal see Palace 7th place. Pardew’s men will be slightly unhappy that they didn’t come out with a point against Arsenal with an own goal sealing their fate, but a solid win against Norwich mean it isn’t all doom and gloom for Palace fans. Cabaye looks at home in the midfield, and will add a lot to a Palace side, that may cause stir in the league this season. With Pardew at the helm, and the likes of Bolaise, Zaha and Cabaye, Palace could be a dark horse this season.

Everton-A draw at home to Watford was not something Everton fans were expecting, especially with the way the team played, but a commanding 3-0 victory away from home against Southampton put a smile on their faces. Coming from behind twice against Watford showed character, but the fans were not expecting to be behind at all in the first place. Lukaku shone in the victory at St. marys, as well as another impressive performance and goal from Ross Barkley. The only blip will be the absence of Leighton Baines, who will be sorely missed.

Leicester City-I’m not sure anyone could have predicted the start Leicester city have had to this season. 2 wins from 2, including an impressive away win against West Ham. Their first victory was breath-taking as they easily ripped apart Sunderland, with Mahrez and Albrighton stealing the show, and they both continued their impressive performances against West Ham. Much was to be made of Claudio Ranieri’s appointment, but the ‘tinker man’ seems to have a good thing going, and with him looking to bring in Inler from Napoli, Leicester city fans can be quietly happy about the season in front of them.

Liverpool– A quietly confidant start to Liverpool’s campaign, with two 1-0 victories.  They had to fight hard in both with both Stoke and Bournemouth pushing them all the way. Countinho’s stunner claimed the spoils against stoke, and Benteke’s controversial goal gave them victory over Bournemouth. The fans will be hoping to keep the run going, but there will be much sterner opposition to come for Rodger’s side, and you feel they need to improve. Benteke looks to be adapting well, and with Countinho pulling the strings behind him, things are looking good at Anfield.

Manchester City– A fantastic start for Pellegrini’s men, picking up 2 wins with 6 goals scored without reply. Their opening day victory against West Brom saw a return to form for Yaya Toure, and solid performances all round. City’s next test was expected to be harder, with Chelsea their opponents. However even after 17 seconds when Aguero was easily played through, it looked to be a good day for the citizens. They went on to record a 3-0 victory. Even with two good wins under their belts, Pellegrini is still looking to strengthen the side, with Otamendi coming in to most probably start with Kompany at the back.

Manchester United– A decent start for Van Gaal’s side, with victories over Tottenham and Aston Villa, however neither performance was particularly fluid it must be said. They struggled against Spurs to produce any kind of clear cut chance, and it was only a Kyle Walker own goal which eventually separated the side. Romero was called upon late on, a recurring theme for United, relying on their keeper. The Aston Villa game saw more of the same with United struggling to find a rhythm to their play. Rooney seeming to be struggling upfront in the early season, and he must improve quickly if United want to be title contenders. Memphis is slowly adjusting to life in Premier League. It will be an interesting season for the Red devils, with many expecting fans.

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