Chelsea’s season just went from good to even better. The Blues did not even have to defeat Liverpool last night to extend their lead over their rivals. A 1-1 draw was more than enough to keep Arsenal and Spurs away. In fact, the Blues afforded missing a penalty late on in the game and it probably won’t come back to haunt Antonio Conte.
Arsenal had the chance to make use of Chelsea’s draw but instead they trembled. The Gunners saw themselves two goals down before pulling back a consolidation goal to end the game with a 2-1 loss at home to Watford. Elsewhere, Tottenham failed to make use of both results as they themselves were stuck in a 0-0 draw against struggling Sunderland. Arsenal should have done better on several occasions and they were lucky to scrap results against the Premier League’s small sides: scraping a 2-1 home win against Burnley last week with a penalty seven minutes into injury time, a last-gasp 3-3 draw away to Bournemouth after trailing 3-0 and an 86th minute winner against West Bromwich Albion meant that a loss to a small side was inevitable.
While Chelsea continue to fly at the top of the table, a new battle is about to emerge. The fight for the Champions League spots will probably go down to the very last week. Only a single point separates second placed Tottenham from 5th placed Manchester City while Manchester United are just four points away from the fourth spot. The battle for the top four will be an interesting one. It will be interesting to see how Arsenal and Manchester City will cope with the pressure of having to play Champions League football without compromising their performance domestically.
Chelsea are nine points clear from their closest rival after just 23 games. The Blues are not having a great season at Stamford Bridge, they aren’t playing their best football. However, they have shown their resilience and strength by doing what is needed to win consistently. The title race is far from over but we have all the reasons to believe that Chelsea will hold on to their lead until summer. The real questions is, will Conte guide Chelsea to European success or is the league title enough?
Following a series of bad season, England’s top two teams are back to being competitive this season. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool find themselves in the second spot just five points behind Chelsea in the Premier League table. On the other hand, Manchester United are unbeaten in the last 15 games in all competitions, boasting a nine-game winning streak. However, they are still sixth in the table behind all of their rivals.
United’s position in the league table matters little at the moment. The team is enjoying its best form in years and the upcoming game against Liverpool at Old Trafford may be a season-decider. Jose Mourinho spent a £150 million on transfers last summer and he’s determined to bring United back into the top four in his first season. It seems that Jose Mourinho’s plan is finally coming together at United and Jurgen Klopp has plenty to fear.
In terms of names, United’s team is definitely better on paper and highly likely to grab a win in front of its home crowd. Nevertheless, Klopp cannot afford to drop any points at this stage. Tottenham and Manchester City are just two points behind the Reds and Arsenal is not that far behind. The rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool is bigger than any other in England and if Liverpool are to maintain their top four spot, then they need to put a stop to Jose Mourinho’s momentum.
Earlier this season the reverse game ended in a boring 0-0 tie. Jose Mourinho’s side resorted to an extremely cautious tactic in hopes of stopping high-flying Liverpool. Three months later, a lot has changed. Both teams have been playing well and both have a lot to win and a lot to lose. We have all the reasons to believe this will be an exciting game and much different to the one before. A draw is probably as bad as a loss for any team but a win could be season as a good omen ahead of 2017.
Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League for the first time since the 7th of May 2014 after a 6-1 win over Watford. This is no big story, but the big story is that, it’s been 26 years since Liverpool last won the title. It’s still early in the season to make judgments but Liverpool’s stats definitely make them the favorites to win the title. Most of the team that put Liverpool temporarily on the table in 2014 is gone. Therefore, Steven Gerrard’s slip does not seem to haunt the current team.
The Reds have scored 30 goals in only 11 Premier League games so far, four more than their closest rivals Chelsea. However, Chelsea do indeed boast a much better defence having only conceded nine goals compared to Liverpool’s 14. Perhaps this is Liverpool’s only problem this season, their defensive woes. They have kept only one clean sheet so far and conceded on 10 occasions but in football it does not matter if you concede as long as you score more than your opponents and Jurgen Klopp’s heavy metal football has proven that that works. Liverpool’s attack is something completely new to the Premier League. They set a new Premier League record on Sunday as their 17 shots on target was the most any team has managed in a single game since records began in 2003. This speaks volumes by itself. Klopp transformed this English team into a dominating German one.
Klopp’s team is built around work ethic. The players are running in both situations when on and off the ball. They are running all over the place and captain Jordan Henderson has already ran over 131 kilometers so far this term, more than any other Premier League player. Henderson and Adam Lallana have been perhaps the most crucial players for the team, their selflessness and commitment to the team has shown that they are the pumping heart behind all plays. The front trio is also domination, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firminio and Philippe Coutinho have been performing even better than Barcelona’s Messi, Suarez and Neymar with 16 goals and 12 assists in between them.
The Premier League title race is still wide open, fifth placed Tottenham are only five points behind Liverpool and things could change in one single game. Liverpool are on track to score more goals than Brendan Rodger’s side of 2014 did (101 goals). However, that might not matter if Liverpool manage to knick their opponents to the title.
After 10 weeks of Premier League football, 157 players are competing in Fly-Foot’s Fantasy League. The competition is surely getting stronger after three months of play as we’ve already seen three different monthly winners and none of them is at the top of the league! The three monthly winners have been awarded their team’s favorite shirt from The Football Shop, there’s still more jerseys to be given out and of course the biggest prize, a trip to watch a live Premier League match!
League leader Mustapha Meselmaniy (654 points) is just 23 points above September’s Monthly winner Marc Antoun (631), closely behind them Mahmoud Awad is at 609 points. Each of the three had a different approach to their game. Mustapha and Mahmoud are playing with a 3-4-3 and Marc is using a 3-5-2, putting his focus on midfielders like Alexis Sanchez, Roberto Firminio and Philippe Coutinho. Firminio alongside Sergio Aguero, are two players present in the line-ups of all three managers. The two players have had some good displays recently and are expected to continue to notch up points as their teams do well in the Premier League.
Big names such as Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Diego Costa and De Gea are common to be selected among many Fantasy players. However, there are other less known players who seem to be performing well and can get any fantasy team up and running. Goalkeeper Tom Heaton’s 11 saves against Manchester United last weekend were not a fluke. He has the gathered so far the most points for a goalkeeper, something many have ignored. In defense, Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso, who has earned clean sheet points in each of his last four matches and registered an assist against Manchester United at home in Gameweek 9 might be a good bet for those who may want to drop any of their Arsenal defenders who might not feature in the upcoming game against Spurs.
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Club football is set to resume following the international break with a big Premier League clash. Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield. The huge historic rivalry between the two will open up a new chapter, Klopp vs Mourinho. Both sides need a win at all costs if they are to keep up with Manchester City’s pace but which side is the favorite to win ahead of the game?
United have a crucial week ahead of them. Jose Mourinho’s side will face Liverpool, Fenerbahce and Chelsea in one tight-scheduled week. A win against the Reds could help United build momentum but a loss could demoralize the Red Devils. Mourinho really cannot afford to drop points again especially this early in the season. The international break came at a bad time for United, it was right after a 1-1 draw with Stoke City that left them five points behind pace-setters Manchester City. Now an away win at Anfield is a must at all costs.
On the other hand, Liverpool have been the best team in teams of creativity and goal-scoring chances but their defensive record has put them down to fourth in the league but enough to keep them three points above United. iverpool have created a massive total of 112 goalscoring opportunities in their seven matches so far this season, which is a massive 19 more than any other side. Scoring goals has not been an issue at all this season for them. Their problem has been in failing to keep a single clean sheet so far.
United’s success this season depends on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s success on the field. After all, Mourinho is building his team around Ibra who is better physically equipped than Wayne Rooney to take on opponents in the final third. The Swede had a pretty impressive start to the season notching six goals in 11 games but he scored only once in the past 470 minutes of football and that was against Zorya in the Europa League. Liverpool’s porous defence could be a chance for Zlatan to return to scoring ahead of United’s big week.
On the other hand, United’s defensive record is just slightly better than that of Liverpool. United have only kept three clean sheets so far this season against Zorya, Southampton and Hull City. It is highly unlikely that the Red Devils can stop Liverpool from scoring. Therefore, the only way one of the two teams can win is by trying to score as many goals as possible.
The pair have won 38 English titles between them making them English football’s biggest two in terms of history, but recent years have shown that new forces are dominating the scene. The two sides are hoping for a different season, one that ends with a title. A win is a must for either of the two on Monday night but which sides wants it more?