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WHICH PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM SHOULD YOU SUPPORT – PART 3

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 M – S

Manchester Utd: Red Devils
Manchester Utd and the Premier League, go together like bread and butter, ham and eggs, fish and chips. Up until last season Manchester Utd were the cream of the crop, you could guarantee they would be fighting for the title come May. But then the unthinkable happened, their manager (Sir Alex Ferguson) of 26 years retired, and all hell broke loose.

They had the season from hell last year, totally humiliated in their own stadium on several occasions, looking inept in every department and finishing a disastrous 7th. Thankfully there is a new manager at the helm, things are looking up.

The Red Devils are the one team that are either loved or hated. If you are not a fan, you hate them, and if you are, well you are probably not from Manchester anyway. Utd are the team to watch this season, they are not going to win the league, but they will be trying to claw their way back to the top three and restore some pride. As a Utd supporter myself (and no I am not from Manchester) I can highly recommend them.

Newcastle Utd: The Magpies
Newcastle Utd fans are known as the “Toon Army” and are some of the most loyal and passionate supports you will find in the Premier League. However over the past few decades there hasn’t been a great deal for them to cheer about – they havent won anything since 1969. During that time they have had some great players and come close to winning the league in 1996/97 but they threw away a twelve point lead, finished second, and were then runners up in the FA Cup.

However since then they have lost their distinctive playing style, the fans, owners, players and managers seem disillusioned and they are at best a mid table team. If you are a passionate supporter, and are happy for your team to never win anything, Newcastle Utd are the team for you.

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Manchester United is the new Everton

Man without a plan?
Man without a plan?

For most of the season David Moyes has looked like a rabbit caught in headlights. There has been the wide eyed stare, not knowing what way to run or which direction to turn (okay, so from what we have seen, not much turning has been going on, just a lot of crossing), the indecision and being flattened from the speeding juggernaut– oh wait that just happened – I think it was called the 3-0 lost to Liverpool.

But, if you think about it, David Moyes is actually doing pretty well. If you look at what he achieved with Everton, he is bang on track for a successful season:

  1. Finishing in the 8
  2. Lack of success in any cup competitions
  3. Not qualifying for Europe
  4. Relying heavily on Marouane Fellaini for…well, not sure what
  5. The inability to win a game
  6. Placing god like status on Wayne Rooney
  7. Making questionable decisions in the transfer market:

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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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The Premier League Christmas Carol

Premier League Christmas-carol
Premier League Christmas-Carol

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; it is still the embodiment of Christmas, told the world over. So what better way to celebrate the festive season with a Premier League version of the classic story.

The Christmas Premier League schedule is the busiest part of the season, games come thick and fast, teams travel up and down the country and if they are lucky players and the managers get at least Christmas day off to eat some turkey, enjoy several helpings of Christmas pudding, pull a cracker or two before collapsing in a heap and watching the Queens Christmas Message.

It is the managers who bear the brunt of the seasonal stress, so let us dedicate the Premier League Christmas Carol to them.

Bob Cratchit – Roberto Martinez (Everton) – Okay so he is not in such a pitiful situation that Cratchit was – overworked, underpaid – but he is dealing with a stingy chairman who offers very little in the way of money to buy new players.

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David Moyes puts on a brave face but needs to start facing reality.

David Moyes feels the pressure
David Moyes feels the pressure

When David Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson many believed it would be business as usual – teams would come to Old Trafford expecting to loose, Robin Van Persie would be the leagues leading goal scorer and the team would be top of the table and 6 points clear by Christmas.

But something has gone horribly wrong, instead we find a team closer on points to the relegation zone than they are to the top of the table, have lost more games so far than they did for the whole of last season, goals are not coming easily and it is Arsenal who are 5 points clear at the top of the table going into the busy Christmas schedule.

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Can one player win the Premier League?

When Sir Alex Ferguson bought Robin Van Persie for £22.5 million in August 2012, he made the purchase with one aim in mind – Van Persie would win back the Premier League Crown for Manchester United

On 22 April 2013, Van Persie netted an incredible first-half hat-trick against Aston Villa, confirming Manchester United’s 20th league title with four games in hand. Robin Van Persie had scored 26 goals Premier League goals, revitalized a team – that had been piped to the Premier League Crown by one point the previous season – and ensured Utd won the championship by a massive 11 points.

Did Van Persie win the league single handed – no, but his presence and his purchase played a huge part.

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5 things we learned from the Premier League this weekend

David Moyes looks on as Manchester Utd are outplayed
David Moyes looks on as Manchester Utd are outplayed

After Manchester United 4-1 defeat, what next for David Moyes?

Loosing to 4-1 to Manchester City and being out played is one thing, but losing 4-1 and being totally humiliated is another. From the first minute Manchester Utd looked flat – it is the manager’s job to have the team ready, and they were far from it. The woeful Ashley Young continues to be in the team ahead of Nani and Zaha, and quite frankly he was appalling, if he continues to hold a place in the starting eleven serious questions will have to be asked.

Other questions from Sundays performance that need addressing are – with Manchester United being completely outplayed in the midfield after twenty minutes, why wait until after the start of the second half to change the formation? Why was Jesus Navas allowed to run three quarters of the pitch without a single Manchester Utd player attempting to make a challenge? Why have they failed to score a single goal from open play since the first game of the season? How was Manchester United so tactically inadequate? And is Mr Moyes up to the job?

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Manchester City v Manchester Utd: Squad Sheets

Manchester City vs Manchester Utd
Manchester City vs Manchester Utd

This is it, game on, the big Manchester Derby. For the managers it will be their first, but for many of the players, they know the drill – talk big before the match starts, ask the fans to behave themselves, try to sow the seeds of doubt in the opposition, wind up the opposing star player, collect a mountain yellow cards during the game and then watch as one player comes up with a moment of inspiration that turns the match and helps his side to victory.

The 166th Manchester derby promises to be no less dramatic. Both sides have an equal number of points, are not top of the league and are dealing with inconsistent form. However, after victories for both teams in the Champions League this week, perhaps they will have awoken from their slumber. Let’s face it, if the thought of this game doesn’t get the players going, then who knows what will.

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5 things we learned from the Premier League this weekend

Arsenal's midfield general
Mersut Ozil – Arsenal’s new midfield general

Manchester United have yet to pass go

Playing against an awful Crystal Palace defense, who were then weekend even more after Dikgacoi was sent off in the 44th minute, you would expect Manchester Utd to win 3, 4 or 5 – 0. They eventually won 2 – 0 – the first goal coming from a penalty courtesy of a dive from forward Ashley Cole, while the second came from a Wayne Rooney Free Kick.

Given the fire power at their disposal, they created very few scoring chances, their passing was woeful and for a championship winning side they looked short of ideas.

Stop the Press – Arsenal have a midfield

Arsenal certainly pulled off the transfer coup of the summer. Signing Mesut Özil from Real Madrid was inspired. Despite playing with a stomach virus on Saturday, Ozil was the best player on the pitch, his passing was sublime and the midfield general Arsenal were so desperate for has now been found. He already has the potential to be player of the season.

It was a blue day for Chelsea

Everton pulled off the shock of the weekend beating Chelsea 1-0. Chelsea was the better team for the majority of the game but could not convert their chances.  Everton were immense in defense against the talented midfield of Chelsea.

Chelsea manager José Mourinho would not have expected to loose the game but things are never a done deal in the Premier League – something he might have forgotten during his time away.

Honors are even for the Premier League New boys

Last year Hull City and Cardiff City faced each other in the Championship division. This year they are playing with the big boys and are struggling to score goals – both sides have scored fewer goals than the points they have gained from the four games they have played (Cardiff have 5 points and Hull 4 points).

Against each other they managed a 1-1 draw., every point helps, and this will be one point both sides will definitely need come next May.

The worst game in the league so far.

Leave it up to Southampton and West Ham to provide the worst game of the season so far. Just looking at the fixture most hardened fans could tell this had 0-0 ‘bore draw’ written all over it. And the sides did not disappoint. In driving rain and strong winds both teams employed negative tactics, made mistake after mistake and when the final whistle blew the players, managers and the fans were happy it was over.

West Ham have three key players injured – Any Carroll, Joe Coal and Stewart Downing –  they will need to return quickly if West Ham fans are going to have any fun watching their team this season..