The English Premiership will resume play on August 16, 2014. Many fans worldwide are very excited about football coming off the high of a brilliant World Cup in Brazil. Defending Champions Manchester City are eager to show the world that their championship run was not a fluke. New faces may still be influx into the 20 Premiership teams because the transfer window is still open until August 31st. You can bet your bottom dollar that these clubs will be looking to open their wallets to find that missing link. Chelsea and Liverpool are among those that made some big time moves. Chelsea acquiring the talents of Fabregas and Liverpool picking up Rickie Lambert as well as Adam Lallana. Chelsea also got back their hotshot striker Didier Drogba. Sunderland picking up Jack Rodwell from Manchester City. Everton acquiring young stud Romelu Lukaku after he played superbly for the club on loan last season. Arsenal acquired star man Alexis Sanchez from Barca. These last two weeks of the transfer carousel will be fun to watch.
The 2014 campaign should be an exciting one and many twists await the always scintillating premiership. Last season saw three teams relegated and sent back to the English Football League Championship (English 2nd Division). Cardiff City, Fulham, and Norwich City had to say their goodbyes to the premiership for now in hopes of building a stronger squad to hang with the big boys of the premiership. New to the premiership fray will be Queens Park Rangers returning to the premiership after just one season in the football championship. the two other teams joining QPR (Queens Park Rangers) will be Burnley and Leicester City.
The teams that usually always and should be fighting for the league title as well as Champions League spots are defending champs Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Everton. With that said their are always teams that fly under the radar that string together good matches and are surprisingly sitting atop the table. This year Stoke City, Aston Villa, and West Ham all have the quality to climb the table and be a reasonable threat to the favorite teams title hopes.
Players to watch: (MAN U) Wayne Rooney, (MAN U) Robin Van Persie, (MAN U) Juan Mata, (MAN U) Danny Welbeck, (CHE) Didier Drogba, (CHE) Fernando Torres, (CHE) Cesc Fabregas, (CHE) Eden Hazard, (CHE) Oscar, (ARS) Aaron Ramsey, (ARS) Alexis Sanchez, (ARS) Mesut Ozil, (ARS) Theo Walcott, (LIV) Steven Gerard, (LIV) Daniel Sturridge, (LIV) Rickie Lambert, (MAN C) Joe Hart, (MAN C) Vincent Kompany, (MAN C) Frank Lampard, (MAN C) David Silva, (MAN C) Samir Nasri, (MAN C) Yaya Toure, (MAN C) Sergio Aguero, (TOT) Erik Lamela, (TOT) Emmanuel Adebayor, (TOT) Jan Verthonghen, (EVE) Romelu Lukaku, (EVE) Ross Barkley, (EVE) Leighton Baines, (EVE) Aiden McGeady, (EVE) Tim Howard, (AV) Ron Vlaar, (AV) Darren Bent, (AV) Joe Cole, (AV) Gabriel Agbonlahor, (HULL) Tom Huddlestone, (LEI) Kasper Schmeichel, (LEI) Marc Albrighton, (NEW) Papiss Demba Cisse, Moussa Sissoko, (NEW) Hatem Ben Arfa, (QPR) Loic Remy, (QPR) Adel Taarabt, (QPR) Rio Ferdinand, (SH) Gaston Ramirez, (SH) Nathaniel Clyne, (STO) Peter Odemwingie, (STO) Bojan, (W Ham) Stewart Downing, (W Ham) Andy Carrol.
The Premiership kicked off today in breathtaking fashion. The biggest result that rocked a festive day of football comes from Old Trafford. The Dutch manager for the World Cup and newly appointed Manchester United coach Louie Van Gaal has been under a ton of scrutiny since his hire. Given the high expectations for the “gigg” and his marvelous performance in the World Cup leading Holland to a 3rd place finish, he seems to be the right guy to resurrect the prestigious club. Well he has made headlines all for the wrong reasons as United opened at Old Trafford with a shock loss to Swansea City. Here are the results for Saturday’s opening games:
Man United 1- Swansea City 2
(Rooney 5′) (Ki Sung-Yueng 28′) (Sigurdsson 72′)
Leicester City 2- Everton 2
(McGeady 20′) (Ulloa 22′) (Naismith 45′) (Wood 86′)
QPR 0- Hull City 1
Stoke City 0- Aston Villa 1
West Brom 2- Sunderland 2
(Cattermole 5′) (Berahino 42′ pen, 74′) (Larsson 85′)
West Ham 0- Tottenham 1
Arsenal 2- Crystal Palace 1
(Hangeland 35′) (Koscielny 45′) (Ramsey 90′)
With another day of matches ahead tomorrow and Monday week 1 of the Barclay’s Premiership has started off on a high note. -BoSo
Sunday matches: Liverpool vs. Southhampton
Newcastle vs. Manchester City
Monday’s match: Burnley vs. Chelsea