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The Barclays Premier League: 8 Games, The Table, Ups, Downs, Out’s, In’s and Surprises

After eight ‘match days’ of the Barclays Premier League which began on August 8th there are some interesting observations to be made. First, and to no one’s surprise, the top four places are taken up by Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Crystal Palace. Wait; what did I say, no one’s surprise, tell that to the Crystal Palace fans.

Following on from the top four places,from 5th to 10th position are Leicester, West Ham, Everton, Tottenham, Southampton and Liverpool.

ChelseaFCContinuing to descend into the middle of the Premiership table, (and beyond), you will see newly promoted Bournemouth in 15th place one place better on goal difference off than last years Premiership League winners, Chelsea.

At the bottom of the table are Aston Villa 18th, Sunderland 19th and rock bottom Newcastle United in 20th position. The obvious standout club for all the wrong reasons in the lower tear is Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea FC.

On Saturday, match day 8, after Chelsea’s match, a 3-1 home defeat by Southampton, their manager Mourinho spoke for around 7 minutes in his after match interview with the BBC.

Mourinho being Mourinho reiterated that if Chelsea sacked him then they would be sacking “the best manager this club had.” Mourinho also added he was “struggling to find an explanation” for Chelsea’s poor start to the campaign.mtrovic

In contrast Manchester City are once again top the table after their match produced a home win against struggling Newcastle. Newcastle who amazingly took the lead in the eighteenth minute with a goal from Aleksandar Mitrovic.

However Sergio Aguero then scored 5 goals in the space of 20 minutes, from the 42nd to the 62nd minute to restore the right order of things in City’s football universe. Interestingly and as a contrast, Aguero’s 5 goals took only thirteen minutes longer than Mourinho’s post match interview.

Sunday of week 8 saw the completion of the fixtures before the two week break for the European Championship qualifiers. Everton played out a 1-1 draw with Liverpool, Swansea City a 2-2 draw with Tottenham and Arsenal thrashed a subdued, disjointed Manchester United 3-0.

The fall out from the weekend’s games began straight away with the unfortunate Brendan Rogers receiving the sack from Liverpool. While in the North East, Dick Adovcaat also received the sack from Sunderland, the club he had saved from relegation at the end of last season.

And amid other highlights over the weekend the Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal admitted in his post match interview that United “were without aggression and lacked the will to win” against Arsenal.

As the dust settled on week 8 of the Barclays Premier League there were surprises, departures and new faces, e.g Jurgen Klopp arrived at Liverpool to sign a three year contract with the club on October 8th.

There is no doubt that over the next 30 match days there will be even more surprises, departures and new arrivals as team managers, players and supporters gear up for the handing out of the ‘glittering prizes’ next May.

Will Chelsea retain their title? Will Liverpool make a determined push for honours? Will Manchester United or Arsenal usurp their Manchester and London rivals? Which Premiership teams will be relegated and which survive, like Sunderland last year, most probably against all the odds?

The Barclays Premier League kicks of once again on Saturday, October 17th with some enticing games on offer, Liverpool visit Tottenham, Manchester United visit Everton and Chelsea are at home to Aston Villa.

To use an expression coined by Sir Alex Ferguson, it is not “squeaky bum time” just yet, meaning that there are plenty of room for managers to put any prevailing problems right.

However as match day 9 approaches most team managers, players and fans now have clearer aims and objectives for success, no matter what the Barclays Premier League table is displaying at the moment.

jim@1211plussubs

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