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WHICH PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM SHOULD YOU SUPPORT – PART 2

Lets continue with the review of the Premier League teams to help you make up your mind in deciding what team you should support this season.

Premier League teams E – M

Everton: The Toffees
So close, yet so far. Everton’s hey day came in the mid 1980’s, they won the league two years in a row and narrowly lost the FA Cup final to Liverpool in 1986. Since then they are the team everyone wants to do well, and for the most part they do.

The last few years they have finished in the top 7, but they can never seem to clear that final hurdle and finish in the top 4 – this is not due to a lack of grit, determination, skill or flair, they have that in abundance. It is really down to lack of funds and the huge wall any team has to climb in order to maintain a position in the top four throughout the season.

Everton are a joy to watch, they play wonderful football and are the team everyone hates to meet, especially at home and you can’t help but love them. They will never win the league but they provide some wonderful entertainment.

Hull City: The Tigers
Hull are never going to set the world on fire. Last year the biggest drama was the owner wanting to the change the name of the club to “Hull Tigers” however the fans protested (peacefully) and luckily the FA stepped in and said they would not allow the name to be changed, thus settling the argument.

In the mean time, Hull City reached its first ever FA Cup final, and achieved its highest finish in the clubs history. The team will never have any superstars and will probably battle relegation this season, but they play good, honest football, and in Steve Bruce they have a truly lovable manger.

Leicester City: The Foxes
The classic yo-yo team – up one season and down the next. Their last visit to the Premier League came in 2004 and back down they went again. Leicester are most certainly an underdog and a team that will always struggle in the top flight.

On their day they can be a tricky team to play and they have a good squad of players. If you want to follow a local team with a rich history then Leicester is for you, however if you want to support a team that is going to win things, maybe Leicester isn’t the right fit.

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The Premier League Title Run In

Premier League run in: Key Players
Premier League run in: Key Players

When you hear the words ‘Run In’ it normally guarantees drama until mid May. So grab a red pen, find a nice big wall and write in large letters ‘6 games to go’!

For the first time in years the run in features 3 teams – Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea. This time last season the title race was already over after Manchester Utd had stormed to an unassailable lead – it was kinda boring.

This season, however with Man Utd’s demise, the Premier League title run in is back to what it once was, packed with drama, tension, ups and downs while watching each team involved avoid bizarre slip ups against the teams at the other end of the table. And with three teams involved, this could go to the wire.

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Is it ever okay to start supporting a new team?

You have supported the same team since you were 10 years old.  Team posters used to adorned the walls of your bedroom, the clubs crest featured prominently on your duvet cover, you always pretended to be the teams star playing during the kick about with your friends, and your team’s players were the first thing you looked for when you got your hands on a new packet of Panini stickers.

You can’t remember why you ever became a fan – perhaps it was because they were the team that were winning everything at the time, or you liked the color of the kit, maybe your family had always supported them, or they just happened to be your local team (my local team was Reading….enough said). But whatever the reason, you had a team and you loved everything about them.

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2013/14 Premier League Season – the story so far (part 1)

Premier League Table - Jan 5th 2014
Premier League Table – Jan 5th 2014

 

It has been a football extravaganza over the past couple of weeks. I for one have been glued to the tv  – watching the drama unfold over the crazy Christmas schedule and the upsets of the FA Cup – there have been many highs and lows for all concerned – the teams, the managers and of course us, the fans.

So with the season now past the halfway point, this is where the drama really starts to unfold and we begin to see the stress and strains of the Premier League run in, and what will prove to be make or break for a lot of teams. But before the hullabaloo really gets going, lets look back on the first half of the 2013/14 season and the story so far (Part 1) –

Arsenal:
The gunners came out the gate running (in August), and caught many teams by surprise. They remain at the top of the table, but how long will they maintain this position? Theo Walcott is out for six months and their list of injuries continues to grow. The next few weeks will be critical to their title challenge and their fortunes may depend on their dealings in the Transfer window and how they perform during the crunch games against the bigger teams. I believe they will finish in the top four, but they will not be champions this season.

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Aston Villa v Liverpool: Squad Sheets

Aston Villa vs Liverpool
Aston Villa vs Liverpool

It is always so hard to predict the early games of any season – new players getting used to their surroundings, some not quite match fit, while some teams are more prepared than others for the start of the season. And given the unpredictable form of these two sides last year who knows what will happen.

One thing we do know is, the two managers Paul Lambert and Brendan Rogers have a lot to prove. Lambert took a huge gamble last year when he ditched his experienced players and gambled with the clubs untested youngsters. The plan nearly backfired spectacularly, and many believe if it hadn’t been for the form of Christian Benteke, Villa would have been relegated. Thankfully for Villa fans, Lambert convinced Benteke to stay at the club this season, and the young man from Belgium has already scored 3 goals

Rogers, on the other hand, after suffering the worst start to a campaign last season (with 5 straight loses) has a point to prove. Liverpool’s fiercest rivals Everton finished above them in the table last season, a complete no-no if you are a Liverpool supporter, so this year Rogers has to get it right. It appears he is already heading in the right direction with an impressive opening day victory against Stoke last weekend…but that was Stoke, there will be much sterner challenges to come in the months ahead.

Two sides with a point to prove should make for an interesting game.

Match Facts:

Venue: Villa Park, Saturday August 24th

Last season’s result: Aston Villa 1 Liverpool 2

Aston Villa guide: WL

Liverpool form guide: W

Aston Villa leading scorer: Benteke – 3

Liverpool leading scorer: Sturridge – 1

Possible team line-ups:

Aston Villa 4-3-3: Guzan, Vlaar, Clark, Lowton, Luna, El Ahmadi, Delph, Westwood, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor

Aston Villa injuries: Sylla (ankle, August), N’Zogbia (unknown)

Manager: Paul Lambert

Liverpool 4-5-1: Mignolet, Toure, Agger, Enrique, Johnson, Gerrard, Lucas, Coutinho, Aspas, Henderson, Sturridge

Liverpool injuries: Caotes (knee, Mar)

Manager: Brendan Rogers

What to look out for:

In their opening two games Villa have caught the eye with a combination of a tightened defense, relentless effort in midfield and effective attacking contributions with the speed of Gabriel Agbonlahor and willingness of Andreas Weimann around the might of Christian Benteke. They were rightly aggrieved not to add to their points total at Chelsea in midweek, and Lambert will push his team to carry that form into their first home game against Liverpool.(source:Guardiannews.com)

Prediction: Aston Villa 2 Liverpool 2

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