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The Premier League 2014/2015 season, what to look out for!

Okay, so we had the World Cup to watch during the Premier League break, but that ended 3 weeks ago! We need live football action (and no, the International Champions Cup in the US does not count) luckily the football drought will soon be over and normal weekend action will be resumed – phew!!!!

Starting on August 16th the action and drama will return once more and with it comes new managers, new players, new teams, and new technology.

Managers

David Moyes has left the building…lets hope Manchester Utd can get back to where they belong. Quite frankly the local postman could have done a better job than the poor suffering Moyes, but in 725x100013Louis van Gaal it looks like Man Utd are in pretty safe hands. Having already won titles with Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and overachieving with the Dutch team at this years World Cup (with a 3rd place finish) van Gaal has taken full command of the red devils sinking ship and has begun shoring it up nicely. If he can stay away from the ridiculous mind games inflicted by Morinho he should do just fine.

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Premier League teams – the good the bad and the ugly

Tottenham Manager André Villas-Boas
Tottenham Manager André Villas-Boas

The good – Tottenham.

If you are going to select a game to watch at the weekend, then try and pick the one where Tottenham are playing – quite frankly are a joy to watch and this coming from a Manchester United supporter. They are by far the best team in the Premier League right now for their flowing, attacking, productive play that yields results – a style honed by manager Andre Villas-Boas.

When their star player Gareth Bale departed in the summer for Real Madrid, many believed Tottenham would struggle, but with the new players that arrived during the transfer window Tottenham are a complete team and are no longer reliant on one player to provide panache and a game winning opportunity.

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David Moyes Dives in at Manchester United

David Moyes takes over at Manchester Utd.
David Moyes takes over at Manchester Utd.

This week saw David Moyes arrive at Old Trafford with his trusted lieutenants at his side and begin the unenviable task taking over from Sir Alex. There is no such thing as dipping a toe in to test the temperature of the water, more like having to dive in headfirst without even having time to take your socks off.

Firstly – bring over your coaching staff – Steve Round, as assistant manager, Jimmy Lumsden, coach, and Chris Woods, goal-keeping coach –from previous club, Everton. “I have worked with Steve, Chris and Jimmy for a number of years and I am delighted they have decided to join me at this great club,” said Moyes.

Next, promote Manchester United legend, Ryan Giggs, 39, into his first coaching role as player/coach, and appoint former Man Utd player, Phil Neville, 36, as first team coach.

Then deal with the futures of Wyane Rooney, Captain, Nemanja Vidic (who has 12 months left on his contract), and Vice Captain, Patric Evra – it is rumored all three may leave the club.

On Thursday meet the team and take charge of the first training session with the new players. And finally on Friday – take part in the first press conference and begin to feel the enormity of how much pressure the new role will bring, while facing a room packed with journalists and tv crews, who will broadcast every word globally.

Next week will be a little easier – Wednesday, jet out with the team for what will be the longest tour in the clubs history, covering 23,260 miles.

On August 11 (after matches in Sweden, along with a Testimonial game for Rio Ferdinand being thrown in there), try and win the first trophy as Man Utd manager against Wigan at Wembley Stadium in the Charity Shield.

Then and only then, on August 17th, take charge of the first Premier League game, on August 17th, away against Swansea.

And if that isn’t enough try and deal with the pressure that comes with having previous manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, in the background, who has promised to try and keep out of the way to relieve some of the pressure.

Lets hope Mr Moyes is good at holding his breath while swimming, it maybe a longtime before he gets chance to come up for air.

Manchester Utd vs Chelsea: Squad Sheets

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This match has the potential to be a real cracker. This fixture, for many seasons has been crucial in deciding the destination of the championship. But with Chelsea having taken a back seat (for the past few seasons) in competing for the top honors the match has lost some of its bite.

That’s not to say it won’t lack drama. Firstly, there always seems to be hostilities between both sets of players and every game always throws up a controversial moment of some sort. Secondly, there are the hostilities between the managers – Alex Ferguson and Rafael Benitez – a long running feud. The latest installment has Benitez claiming Ferguson refused to shake his hand when the teams met earlier this season, while Ferguson recently claimed Benitez is only interested in his Resume and has snubbed him (on more than one occasion) in a post-match drink.

Thirdly there is the issue of the FA Cup replay in March, which Chelsea comfortably won, thereby denying Manchester Utd the chance of going for the double – Manchester Utd will be out to avenge that defeat.

Finally, the newly crowned champions would not want the indignity of being beaten by the Blues. Ferguson is adamant his players (having already been crowned champions) do not lose their focus and has warned them about switching into party mode.

And that’s before all the other niggling rivalries (that have built up over the years between various players) start to kick-off during the 90 minutes.

Not exactly pistols at dawn, but you can guarantee there will be drama of some description – enjoy!!!

Match Facts:

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, Sunday May 5th

Last season’s result: Manchester Utd 3 Chelsea 1

Manchester Utd form guide: DWDWWD

Chelsea form guide: WDWWLW

Manchester Utd leading scorer: Van Persie – 25

Chelsea leading scorer: Ba 15 (13 for Newcastle)

Possible team line-ups:

Manchester Utd 4-5-1: De Gea, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Da Silva, Cleverley, Carrick, Rooney, Nani, Valencia, Van Persie

Manager: Alex Ferguson

Chelsea 4-5-1: Cech; Luiz; Ivanovic; Cole; Azpilicueta; Mikel; Ramires; Mata; Oscar; Hazard; Ba

Manager: Rafael Benitez

Manchester Utd subs from: Lindegaard, Johnstone, Büttner, Hernández, Scholes, Anderson, Giggs, Powell, Smalling, Evans, Kagawa

Manchester Utd injuries: Fletcher (illness, Aug), Young (ankle, Aug)

Chelsea subs from: Turnbull, Hilário, Ferreira, Terry, Cahill, Ake, Bertrand, Moses, Marin, Benayoun, Torres, Lampard

Chelsea injuries: Romeu (knee, Aug)

Additional Information:

• The last six clashes between these sides in all competitions have featured 29 goals at an average of 4.8 goals per game

• United have lost more games (13) and conceded more goals (55) against Chelsea than versus any other side in the Premier League.

• Chelsea have managed one clean sheet in their past 17 league trips to Old Trafford

• Javier Hernández has scored in six of his last eight meetings with Chelsea

• David de Gea is the only top-flight keeper to have made more punches (23) than catches (21) this term (source:Guardiannews.com)

Prediction: Manchester Utd 2 Chelsea 2

Image source: bluechampions.com