Premier League Winners/Losers – Newcastle Run Riot

The Premier League was finally back this weekend after an international break; the weekend had some amazing clashes and teams were thriving to get the result which they were looking for. Here we are once again discussing the winners and losers from the game day 9 in the Barclays Premier League.

Winners:

West Ham

First in the list of winners for the game day 09 in the Barclay’s Premier League features Slaven Bilic’s West Ham, who came away with all three points in a crucial away win against Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Slaven Bilic side’s job was made a little bit easier after Pardew’s men were down to 10 men in the 43rd minute when striker Gayle received 2nd yellow card.

Since then, it was Slaven Bilic’s side control the game, but couldn’t able to score until the 87th minute, when the player of the match Manuel Lanzini finally gets one passed through the stubborn Palace defense, which laid the foundation for a hard fought 3 points away from home.

Manchester United

Next in the list of winners for the game day 09 in the Barclay’s Premier League features LVG’s Manchester United, who earned an impressive 3 points away from home at Goddison Park against Everton. It was a near perfect day for the red devils, as they eased past Roberto Martinez men with 2 early strikes from Schneiderlin and Herrera inside the first 25 minutes of the match.

From that point, the match remained relatively one sided, with United defended with complete authority mostly. Man of the match for the winners was Spaniard Andre Herrera, who scored a goal and provided an important assist in the 61stminute to complete a comprehensive victory away from home.

Newcastle United

Last in the list of winners for the game day 09 in the Barclay’s Premier League features Steve McClaren’s New Castle, who managed to finally grab their first win of the season, and that too in a more than just impressive manner.

Winner’s, who just had 6-1 thrashing last game day when they played against the blue side of Manchester, scored 6 themselves this time, mainly thanks to Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum and French Mousa Sissoko, who managed to score 4 goals and provide 4 assists to complete a thrashing of the newly promoted visitors. With this win, Steve McClaren’s men are off the bottom of the table, and are now just 2 points away from the safety zone once again.

Losers:

Everton

First in the list of losers for the game day 09 in the Barclay’s Premier League feature Roberto Martinez men, who was comprehensively beaten at home playing against Manchester United. Roberto Martinez would be extremely disappointed after his side couldn’t able to recover after conceding two early goals, and were never managed to come back into the game.

Lukaku was extremely disappointed in the loss against a defense, many believe, is not up there amongst the best in the league. Martinez will hope that his men will bounce back from the defeat in another tough fixture, as they will travel to the Emirates Stadium to face red hot Gunners next Saturday.

Spurs

Next in the list of losers for the game day 09 in the Barclay’s Premier League features Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs, who give away the chance to finally end their horrid run against Liverpool. Many believed that it was Spurs best chance to end the hoodoo, as it was Jurgen Klopp’s first game as the manager, and the only fit Striker that was available to Liverpool was Belgian Origi.

However, Pochettino’s men could not able to dominate the game, and made very few chances, and could not able to convert anyone of them, and only managed to earn a point at home.

Southampton

Last in the list of losers for the game day 09 in the Barclay’s Premier League feature Ronald Koeman’s Southampton, who gave away a two goal advantage at home against Leicester this weekend.

Southampton was totally dominating the game in the first half, and went two goals up in the first half, after a goal from Jose Fonte and Virgil Van Dijk, but couldn’t hold onto their lead in the 2nd half against a spirited Leicester side, who refused to give up the fight and managed to get an equalizer late in the extra time in the 2nd half.

RonaldKoeman will feel that it was 2 precious points dropped at home, and he will hope to bounce back next week from a late shock at the weekend.

The article originally appeared on Playingfor90.com.

Premier League Winners/Losers – Chelsea on the Slump

Premier League Winners and Losers

Match day 08 in the Barclay’s Premier League featured some upsets, some competitive battles and some unfinished businesses. Here were are again with the winners and losers for this week’s action in the Barclay’s English Premier League.

Winners:

Southampton

First in the list of winners is impressive Saints, who managed to win from a goal down against a struggling defending champions at Stamford Bridge. Southampton went a goal down in the 10th minute after a stunning free kick from Willian, which left the visitor in a state of shock.

However, Ronald Koeman’s men were up to the task and a goal before half time from Steven Davis started a revival, which saw the visitor scored two more in the 2nd half, and could have easily had a few more, if they would have been more clinical.

Striker Pelle and winger Mane had was the star of the match, and stretched Chelsea’s defense on more than one occasion. Koeman would be proud of his team’s performance and he would hope to continue the good work after the international break.

Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring the 1st Arsenal goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on October 4, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Next in the list of winners for match day 08 in the Barclays English Premier League features Arsenal, who thrashed Manchester United 3-0 in what proved to be one sided derby at the Emirates. Arsenal entered the match under pressure on the back of the defeat against Olympiacos midweek in the Champions League.

However, it was Alexis Sanchez show, who scored twice in the first 20 minutes, along with a goal from Mesut Ozil to shatter whatever hopes there were for the red – devils. Overall, it was a one brilliant day for the gunners, where they dominated pretty much the whole match, and were never looked in trouble throughout the match.

Apart from Alexis and Ozil, Coquelin and Cazorla also had a good day for the gunners, as they remained calm in the middle, and hold the ball effectively for the winners.

Leicester

NORWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Jamie Vardy (3rd L) of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Leicester City at Carrow Road on October 3, 2015 in Norwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

Last in the list of winners for match day 08 in the Barclays English Premier League features Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester, who are now sitting pretty at 5th with 15 points, just behind Crystal Palace on the goal difference. The match itself was in balance till the 27th minute, before the visitors were awarded a penalty, which was converted by Jamie Vardy, which started the domination for the visitors in the match.

Twenty minutes later, the lead was doubled after a goal from winger Schlupp, which proved enough for the visitors to take all three points back home. Ranieri will hope that his team will keep performing at the same level, which will prove to be enough to compete for the spot in Europe next season.

Losers:

Chelsea

First in the list of losers is no surprise, as once again in the losers list features defending champions Chelsea, who, after earning just 8 points from the first 8 matches, are in a serious danger of losing out on top four spot this season.

Before the match, it was assumed the defending champions would have a hard time against a team, who looks a lot more settled than the defending Champions, and so was the case. Even after taking the lead, Mourinho’s men were never looked in control and were always short of creativity, attacking mindset and defensive capability on the night.

Fabregas and Hazard once again were below par for the blues, as Mourinho’s future at the club seems to be in doubt, especially after his post-match interview, in which he said at least four times that he will not run away from the club, and that the board will have to “Sack Him”, if they want to see him out of the club.

Sunderland

Next in the losers for the match day 08 in the Barclays Premier League features struggling Sunderland, who gave away 2 goal advantage at home against West Ham. The result saw the first managerial casualty in the league as Sunderland Dick Advocaat leaving the club after the match.

The home side went 2-0 up inside the first 22 minutes after goals from Steven Fletcher and Jeremain Lens. However, the host could not able to keep their defense tight, as the visitors strike back right after half time with a goal from Carl Jenkinson, and later was able to equalize with a strike from Dimitri Payet.

Home side can actually find themselves lucky as they managed to salvage a point after going down to 10 men in the 57th minute. However, it was the lack of attacking intent that cost the home side a chance to get a first win in this campaign.

Aston Villa

Last in the list of losers for the match day 08 in the Barclays Premier League features another relegation contenders in Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa, who once again lost at home, this time against Stoke City. This was Aston Villas 3rd home defeat in 4 matches at home this season, as they find themselves in the bottom half, 6 points adrift from safety.

Sherwood would be bitterly disappointed with the results, as his team was completely on par with the opposition till the 1st goal, which changed the flow of the game completely. Statistically, Sherwood’s men were a better unit on the day, but failed to capitalize on considerable chances, and he would hope to turn it around, if he is to stay in the job for long.

The article originally appeared on Playingfor90.com.

Tops and Flops on Champions League Day 02

Second Match Day in the Champions League has come to an end, and it was nothing less than two nights of a spectacular set of matches that viewers had the opportunity to see. Here we are back with the Tops and Flops from the UEFA Champions League from the Match Day 02.

Tops:

Olympiacos:

First in the list of Tops for the Match Day 02 in the UEFA Champions League is a real Surprise! And that surprise is Olympiacos, who defeated Arsenal at Emirates in a surprise result. Olympiacos were heavily under-dogs going into a match, as Arsenal were desperate for a win after a loss in a first match. In a match that was highly dominated by the home side, Olympiacos defended well throughout with sheer resilience, and a bit of luck that helped them talking the lead thrice, out of which they were successfully defended the lead third time, which was enough for them to take all three points back home, which can prove a pivotal role in advancing to the round of 16.

Benfica

Next in the list of Tops for the Match Day 02 in the UEFA Champions League is another surprise in the form of Benfica, who managed to beat 2013/14 finalist Athletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon.

Going into the match, Benfica was tipped as under-dogs since Athletico was in more than a decent form in the buildup to this match. However, in the match where Benfica was dominated throughout the match by the home side, it was the winning team’s defensive line that deserved all the praise, especially former Brazilian Goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who had more than a decent performance between the sticks. Gaitan was the star man upfront for Rui Vitoria’s side, as the Portugese teams are now in a commanding position to qualify for the next round, after earning maximum points from the first two matches.

Manchester City

Last in the list of Tops for the Match Day 02 in the UEFA Champions League is English giants Manchester City, who managed to win a crucial away match in Germany against Borussia Moenchengladbach. In a match where City were desperate to win, Manuel Pallegrini’s men were looking for a leader to step up and take the team across the line, and it was none other than Goalkeeper Joe Hart, who stood up for the blue side of Manchester and made a crucial save in the 20th minute. Even after countless attacks, City went behind in the 54th minute, and all looked a little too bleak for the Pallegrini’s men, as they again looked set to go out from the early stage of this competition. However, an own goal from Andreas Christensen and a penalty in the 90th minute from Segio Aguero sealed a crucial victory for the Pallegrini’s men on the road, which can go a long way in taking them through the group stage this season.

Flops:

Arsenal

First in the list of for the Match Day 02 in the UEFA Champions League is English giants Arsenal, who is now facing a group stage exit, after losing 2 out of 2 matches, and that too against oppositions many thought Arsenal would be hands down favorite to win again. Arsene Wenger opted to play David Ospana in place of Peter Cech, which raised many eyebrows, and seeing the performance of Ospana, brought more misery for the Frenchman, who refused to give answers as to why he did not pick Cech in such a crucial match if he was fit. Arsenal would be gutted to not being able to convert 18 shots on goals, out of which 9 were on target. Home side dominated the visitors throughout the game, but it was the Gunners defense, which was the real cause of concern for Wenger, who now have to face Bayern in back to matches, in a situation where his team needs to win at least 3 out of the last 4 remaining matches.

Chelsea

Second in the list of for the Match Day 02 in the UEFA Champions League is another English giants Chelsea, who lost to Porto in what was a below par performance from the defending English Champions, who were the deserving loser’s on the night against an energetic Porto. Mourinho’s men were beaten on the night when he dropped Hazzard and Matic on the bench. The visitors by pace, in the physical department and were slow to react defensively, as Julen Lopetigui’s men were deservingly winners on the night when Mourinho came back to face the team with which he managed to win the Champions League back in 2004.

Chelsea’s problem in defense and in the central defensive midfield was evident once again, as Mourinho looks short on defensive options and the need of John Stones seems ever more evident for the blues if they are to make any significant progress this season.

Athletico Madrid

Last in the list of for the Match Day 02 in the UEFA Champions League is Spanish giants Athletico Madrid, as they suffered a shocking defeat against Benfica at home. Diego Simeone’s men were outright dominant throughout the match, but they failed to convert the chances. Athletico took the lead in the 23rd minute but failed to capitalize on it, and were poor on the defending front. Griezmann had another star performance for Simeone’s side, as he looked a part for the men in red & white. Martinez had another disappointing night for his new club, as he still did not look the kind of player he was once at Porto. For Simeone, it’s another setback which he will like to get over, and will try to get his team back on track in La Liga after back to back defeats in the week.

The article originally appeared on Playingfor90.com.

Premier League Gameweek Seven Winners/Losers – Lamela The Real Star

Match Day 07 in the Barclays Premier League brought some amazing action throughout the weekend, and there were some upsets and some amazing performances. Here we are again, discussing Winners and Losers from the Match Day 07 in the Barclays Premier League.

Winners:

Tottenham Hotspurs:

First in the list of winners for the first time in 7 Match days feature Pochettino’s red hot Spurs, who came back from a goal down to win 4-1 against the league leaders Manchester City at White Hart Lane. The game was divided into 2 parts, first before Spurs controversial equalizer just before a half time and the 2nd after that equalizer. City were sitting pretty comfortable at 1-0 approaching half time with a brilliant goal from new signing Kevin De Bruyne, but it was the couple of mistakes from the officials plus some poor defending cost them the match. Star of the match for the winning side was undoubtedly Erik Lamela, who provided an assist and had a goal to his name in what was his best performance for the Club. His work rate was admirable and his creativity was never in doubt. It is fair to say that if Lamela can keep his good form, Spurs will have more reason to believe that this season can be better than last season.

New Castle United: 

Surprise, Surprise! For the first time in 4 weeks, we have New Castle United featuring in the winners list instead of featuring in the losers’ list for the Match Day 07 in the Barclays Premier League. Steve McClaren had a horrid time since joining Magpies, and things gone from bad to worse in the midweek, when they went crashing out of the League Cup against the 2nd string side of the team feature in Championship. This week, McClaren changed the formation and played with 4-4-2, instead of 4-2-3-1, which paid dividend on the field when the home side took a 2-0 lead in the 60thminute. However, the host would be bitterly disappointed as again their defense came into the spot light for giving away that two goal lead in the last 10 minutes. Steve McClaren would hope that his sides’ impressive show against the defending Champion would prove to be a sign of better things to come in the future.

Arsenal:

Last in the list of winners list features Arsenal, who managed to show impressive run against an emerging Leicester. Arsenal had a mixture of a week last week, where they lost to rivals Chelsea in a controversial Premier League fixture, and won against city rivals Spurs in a League Cup tie in the midweek. Arsenal went behind in the 13thminute after a goal from Jamie Vardy, but came back strongly and finish the half with a goal lead. Alexis Sanchez was on fire for the Gunners, as he struck a stunning hat-trick for the Wenger’s men, as the hit pass 5 goals against a tough and emerging Leicester side. This win has taken Arsenal back into the top four, with just 3 points behind the League leader Manchester United.

Losers:

City

First in the list of losers for the Match Day 07 in the Barclays Premier League, features for the 2nd week running, Manchester City, who had their 2nd consecutive lost in as many games in the League. City were overwhelming favorites to win at White Hart Lane, and can consider them a bit unlucky with 2 goals that should not have been allowed due to offside calls. However, in the complete mix of things, City would have lesser to complain about, as they were thoroughly dominated by the home side, who looked fresh and hungrier than the Manchester giants. Joe Hart was on the bench due to unknown reason, and Caballero had a day to forget between the sticks. City has had a pretty decent first half, but the lack of form of Sergio Aguero is really creating a headache for Pallegrini, as he seems short of options in out and out strikers list.

Chelsea

2nd in the list of losers for the Match Day 07 in the Barclays Premier League features defending Champions Chelsea, who once again failed to beat New Castle United at St. James’s Park under Jose Mourinho. Everyone believed that if there was one time when the Blue’s had a golden chance to end their horrid run against the home side, it was this time around, especially after McClaren’s side recent crushed out of the League Cup in the midweek, against a 2nd string Championship side. However, it was the other way around. Jose Mourinho was once again looked certain to have another defeat at St. James’s park after his team went 2-0 down with about 10 minutes to go, but 2 inspired substitutions in the form of Willian and Ramires came to the rescue, and managed to salvage a point from a match that looked like a certain defeat. Jose Mourinho will be gutted to let the chance go of breaking the hoodoo at St. James’s Park, but will be a little please to take at least a point back home.

West Ham

Barclays Premier League 2015/16 West Ham United v Norwich City Upton Park, Green St, Upton Park, London, United Kingdom - 26 Sep 2015

Last in the list of losers for the Match Day07 in the Barclays Premier League features West Ham, who ended a disappointing home fixture against a newly promoted Norwich side. After beating Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City away from home, Slaven Bilic would have hoped to win a fixture like this at home, but failed to do so. West Ham’s looked certain for a defeat, but a goal in the last minute of the regular time from the midfielder Kouyate salvaged a point for the home side. If Bilic and West Ham will have to push for Europe this season, they would have to start winning home games against lower ranked teams, as it might cost them in the end.

The article originally appeared on Playingfor90.com.

Premier League Gameweek 5 – Winners/Losers

After an International break, Premier League came back with a bang where some big teams lost and there were some surprise winners, and we are here again with the list of winners and losers from the Premier League Match Day 05.

Winners:

Everton

First in the list winners is surprisingly Everton this week, who had the defending champions up against them. However, Roberto Martinez side looked sharper and far hungry for the points than their opponents, and that eventually sealed the show for the Toffee’s.

Steven Naismith was the surprise hero of the match, with a well-crafted hat-trick, who came off the bench in the 10thminutes for injured Muhamed Besic, and only became the 5th man to score a hat-trick coming as a substitute. Apart from the last 10 minute in the first half, Everton looked dominant throughout the match, and had far more pace and far more conviction that made the defending Champions looked 2nd best throughout the match.

Manchester United

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Next in the list of winners for week 05 in the Premier league features the red devil, as they outplayed their arch rivals at Old Trafford on Saturday. Until the first half, the match looked boring and slow for more of the part as both United and Liverpool looked defensive throughout the half.

However, in the 2nd half United turned up with a fiery performance that proved to be enough for a unmotivated looking Liverpool. One prime positive in the match for United was the emergence of the newly signed French teenager Anthony Martial, who scored a stunning solo goal on his debut and proved everyone why LVG paid £36 Million for a 19 year old.

Watford

Watford's Odion Ighalo celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Swansea City at Vicarage Road, London

Last in the list of winners for week 05 in the Premier league features the newly promoted Watford, who faced a tough home fixture against a team who defeated United last week and who managed to get a draw on the opening weekend against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Watford were dominant throughout the match and had twice as many shots on target and off target compared to Swansea, who looked far less convincing than the winners.

What made this win even more special was the fact that the home side had to play nearly one third of the match with 10 men after midfielder Valon Behrami was red carded in the 64th minute. However, the home side were not ready to give their initiative away and grabbed their Watford’s first win of the campaign, and they will look to capitalize on an impressive display in the matches to come.

Losers:

Chelsea

First in the list of losers once again feature defending Champions Chelsea, as they lost their 3rd match out of first 5 league games in the season. It is the exact number of defeats that Chelsea had throughout the last season which can be of a serious concern for the club hierarchy. Mourinho’s men looked a shadow of what they were last season, and they seem to lack that conviction that made them invincible throughout the last season.

Mourinho’s problem got worse with the amount of players that seems out of touch. The likes of Ivanovic, Terry, Hazard, Costa, Pedro and Febregas had a day to forget, as their performance graph dropped over the last few weeks. Mourinho has already had a mountain to climb, as his team find themselves 11 points behind the league leaders, with nearly 85 % of the season still to go and things are getting difficult with every passing game.

Liverpool

Next in the list of losers feature Liverpool, who once again had a night to forget as they lost to their arch rival Manchester United in a far less convinced performance on the night when Brendon Rogers was under scrutiny after another summer of high spending at the club. Liverpool did have some bright spots in the match, but Rodgers came under severe criticism for his persistence of 4-3-3 formation, where he found wanting after the departure of natural winger Sterling and in the absence of suspended Coutinho.

Young Ibe looked active after coming off the bench in the 2nd half, and a stunner of a goal from Benteke was the high points of what otherwise was a night of total disappointment for Brendon Rogers side, and questions are again being raised as to how long Liverpool board will give him the chance to turn it around this season.

Swansea

Last in the list losers features Gary Monk’s Swansea, as they lost to the newcomers Watford after their impressive performance against the big guns this season. Gary Monk and his team will be bitterly disappointed after an impressive start to the campaign, as they could not get a point away from home against a team who recently got promoted and were playing with 10 men in the last 30 minutes of the match.

Monk’s men lacked creativity and pace throughout the match, and only managed to get 6 shots on goal in total, with only 3 on target. Monk will hope that was a one off day performance as he will look for a push for a spot in the Europa League next season and would want to ideally get some points away in the matches against less quality opposition.

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Premier League Game Week 4: Winners/Losers – United Abysmal

As game week four of English Premier League comes to an end, it was nothing less than a week of upsets. With some of the big guns losing their matches this week, we have some very interesting winners and losers in our elite list this week.

Winners:

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace features on top of the Winners list as Alan Pardew once again find a way to overcome Mourinho’s men. Palace had one of the toughest fixture as they visited struggling blues at Stamford Bridge.

Even though Chelsea had more of a ball, and largely dominated the game. Palace remained calm and did not panic even when Chelsea came back from behind after Falcao opened his account for the Blues. Palace kept the ball and made sure they will give a hard time to Chelsea’s defense, which is more than just struggling at the moment.

For most of the first half, Palace looked a more dangerous side and created more threatening chances, but Chelsea were the stronger side in the last 10 minutes of the first half. The second half was again positively started by Palace, and their pace and attacking display paid dividend in the 65th minute where they took the lead over reigning champions.

Palace should have sealed the game in the 74th minute when Yannick Bolasie missed an open goal, which led to Chelsea’s comeback which was short lived. All in all a very impressive show from Crystal Palace and Mourinho for once, were made to take the blame after the defeat, as Alan Pardew’s men were more than just competitive for the defending Champion.

West Ham

West Ham feature 2nd in the list of winners, after a totally dominating performance against Liverpool at Anfield. Brandon Rogers said before the match that match against West Ham will be more difficult than visiting Arsenal, and hence the case was proved later.

West Ham controlled the match in all departments, with more overall shots on goal, with more dribbles and with more tackles. Liverpool would have had an escape route after Coutinho went off in the 53rd minute, but West Ham was also reduced to 10 men in the 79th minute, but went 3-0 up in the 90th which completed a day for total misery for the home side.

Swansea

Swansea also feature in the list of winners, after a remarkable comeback against United while playing at home. United were dominating the match completely till the 60th minute, but then Swans turned it around to score two goals within five minutes.

It was Garry Monk’s third consecutive win against the Louis Van Gaal’s side in the league, and the red devils manager had to accept that his team couldn’t cope the intensity of their rivals.

For Swans, after not having much possession, their performance throughout the match was pretty much par with the rivals and they did not give United much of a space even after having nearly 65% of the possession. Andre Ayew is proving to be the best signing of the season so far, with 3 goals in 4 matches as it seems to be another master stroke by Gary Monk, who is impressing every football pundit once again.

Losers:

Chelsea

The top in the list of the losers this week is non – other than defending champions Chelsea. Chelsea had a match against a far lesser quality Palace side, but was not in the best form on the day.

Mourinho’s team lack answers of the questions that were asked of them in the league so far, and they have already lost four points at home after first 4 games in the league, which is not normal at all. The biggest worry for the Portuguese is the defensive problem, and with Stones arrival seems more unlikely as the times goes on, Mourinho will have a very tough task to defend the title this season.

However, there were also few positives for the blues as newly arrived Pedro again looked threatening from the right, and Falcao managed to open his account at Stamford Bridge and he will hope that will go a long way in recapturing his best form.

Liverpool

Liverpool feature at number two this week in the loser’s list, as they were hammered by the Hammers in their own backyard. Rodgers did confess his concerns prior to the match, and said that the match against West Ham will be more difficult than playing against Arsenal, and it proved that way.

Liverpool were out rightly beaten in every department, and hence left Brendan Rodgers to face severe criticism once again. What makes things worse is the fact that Philip Coutinho will not be available for the next match as he received a red card, which makes it even tougher for the reds to make a comeback next week.

Brendan Rodgers has already spent more than £150 Million during his reign at Liverpool, but is yet to win a trophy for the Reds, and this sort of performance will only increase pressure as the board and the supporters look for a better results this season.

Manchester United

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The last team to feature in the list of losers is none other than Manchester United. Van Gaal’s men were in total control of the game for most of the game, and had nearly 65% possession, but failed to create any sufficient chances, which made them pay once again. United were leading till the 60th minute, but then Gary Monk’s men turned it around in the matter of five minutes, and United lost 2-1 after failing to equalize after going behind.

Van Gaal’s problem in the defense showed once again, as lack of any marquee signing in the center back department can cause them serious hurdle in the time to come. Also the lack of form of Wayne Rooney in the league is creating more headache for LVG, as Javier Hernandez and RVP have already left the club and Rooney remains the only experienced striker in the squad, and with him out of form, United will have a hard time living up to the pre-season expectation.

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PREMIER LEAGUE 2015/15 PREVIEW: Chelsea

“Chelsea was outright winners last season, where the strength of their squad proved too hot to handle for the rest of the league. Their dominance was so outright that no team were able to beat them in any department.

This season, even though they still look overall favorite to defend their title, but their rivals have done some good business, and their glory to the title will be far tougher than last term around. “

Chelsea had a season to remember in every aspect last season. Their dominance was so outright that it almost looked a little too funny in the end, as their title surge never looked in doubt. The new comers in Costa, and Ferbegas looked completely at ease as they were featured in the Top goal scorers and Top assist provider for the blues in 14/15 campaign. Oscar, Hazard and Willian proved instrumental for the champions as they remained a team to beat in the last season. Matic remained the midfield giants for the Mourinho’s man, and Ivanovic, Terry and Courtous did great while defending.

However, this campaign should be more a test for the Mourinho’s men, as rival tried to strengthen their squad in the Transfer window. The likes of City, Manchester United and Liverpool spend heavily and they will look to push Chelsea all the way. This year, Mourinho will have to live without 2 club legends, with the like of Cech and Didier Drogba left the club. Jose signed Asmir Begovic from Stoke City as Cech replacement, whereas he finally able to grab his favorite Colombian Falcao on loan from As Monaco.

Chelsea should have enough quality to outdone their rivals once again in the title race, as they will face a far stiffer challenge this term than the last term around. The likes of Falcao will only going to strengthen blue’s attacking force, as last season they found wanting when Diego Costa had injury problems. That was one of the reasons as to why they scored 10 goals less than the 2nd place team (Manchester City) last season. Chelsea will also look to Kurt Zouma, as he did exceedingly well in the later part of the last season and look set to play more part in the coming season, which should help Chelsea throughout the campaign.

This year, Mourinho will have Costa, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao as an attacking option, which should prove fruitful to them throughout the season. Their right wing remains a concern, as Cuadrado doesn’t seem to settle in that role as Mourinho hoped in January. Salah will also make a way out of the Stamford Bridge as his move to Roma on loan seems imminent, which means Willian will be the only option who can play on the right. All in all, Chelsea still looked strong enough to dig out results against their opponents, and seems to have a strong enough squad to defend their title this season as well.

The article originally appeared on Playingfor90.com.