Sorry for the delay! Horse racing research and the possibility to make some coin took a little time this past day or two… It was worth it though!!! My two cents on the antics of late last week? Leave it out. The internet is already a hate filled cesspool full of abusive keyboard warriors, the second this place turns into that you’ll be down one writer. Keep this corner classy. Like I said to one of our valued community members, comedy can be the most decisive yet pointless arguments. Don’t like it don’t read it, but… Turn up for Studs Up!!!
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Sanchez. Can’t go past the man of the moment! I’m a big fan of stats, and his have gone through the roof in recent weeks. His past 3 EPL games have been the big ones scoring 13, 16 and 16 this week. His shots on goal during those games 5, 5 and 7. Or… 1 every 16 minutes. Before this run he was going at a shot every 38 minutes in the EPL! That’s a fairly big turn around in form, or attacking intent. A player of his quality will always score goals given enough attempts… Sure there are other factors to consider like the opposition, home or away, where the shots were being taken from… But time is not our friend, and those stats look impressive enough in isolation. Swansea away and United at home in coming weeks aren’t exactly the easiest fixtures but we should be happy to ride this form. If you don’t have him, may need to find a way.
Chambers. Finally! I’ve had him since GW5 and am pretty darn happy with his, and Arsenal’s, defensive form these past couple of games. Like I replied to a post last week, him coupled with a Baines and a Clyne could be a handy set and forget defence until the New Year. Swansea and United on the horizon though?
Newcastle?!? Now that’s a turn around! Or, have they been lucky? Not for one second taking any shine off what’s gone on but… They beat a horrible Liverpool team, at home. Previous, they beat a Spurs team that can not deal with midweek Europe games. Leicester before that at home should always be a win. Or how about this… Steven Taylor is back in the side and his only three games have been those wins? They’ve got some great fixtures coming up, if they have in fact turned the corner and haven’t got “fixture lucky”… I’m going to risk it.
Honourable mentions. Gutierrez overcoming the battle. Downing getting involved again. Hazard has a pulse. Aguero ticking along. Wanderers in the ACL. Bayswater Toffees sitting 24th in A League RDT!!! Melbourne Cup dollars.
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Sterling > Liverpool. Yeah ok. I couldn’t cop the price losses so have had to dump the kid. But I do feel bad about it as I don’t think it’s his fault, he’s not cooked and will come back very soon. His is a repercussion of Liverpool’s poor recent form. You could say that they’ve got some half decent results, but they don’t look anything like the team of last season. Losing your two best strikers, Suarez permanently, is always going to be hard to deal with and they haven’t dealt with it at all. Mario is so poor, and no-one else can get a chance to show something. Rogers is coming across as unreasonably stubborn and it will cost the whole club plenty if he doesn’t see sense. And they play some bunch of also rans called Real Madrid now!
Relegation. This is about the time of the season that the ladder starts to show itself… I don’t see the bottom 5 or 6 changing too much. All of Burnley, QPR, Leicester and Palace look poor. Villa could easily drop down to allow Palace and/or QPR another chance. Sunderland are hit and miss, with more miss than hit. They do have potential though… These are the teams you should be looking for when form guiding. The top teams will be looking for goals… When playing each other, don’t be surprised if there’s some tight low scoring affairs. The last thing these teams want is to be dropping points against fellow relegation candidates.
Jose. Managers can slag of the players, the ref, the FA, support staff, the ball boys, their own family, the government at home or abroad, God/Allah/Buddha… But as soon as they slag off their own supporters they start flirting with some serious danger! There is a million better ways to deal with a lacklustre support at home games. Slagging them off comes some way towards the last resort.
Honourable mentions. Costa’s blank, tough crowd. Spurs not kidding anyone. Smalling. Joe Hart… Fellaini. All behaving badly. Cricket right now.
Ryan Bennett Award – Gael Clichy. Harsh!!! But, he has played 7 games from 10 and this is his only his score above 2. Man City do have a good run of fixtures but the worry over long term minutes should see you running for the door.
Jonjo Shelvey Award – Victor Wanyama. I’m basing this more on the probability of future performances than performances past… Has scored 3 goals so far this season so he’s been pretty good. But the last one is unrecreatable (possible new word, patent pending). Always hate defensive minded midfielders in this game.
Jamie Vardy Award – Ayoze Perez. Yeah he scored last round as well, but he looked a little too shocked that he scored for me to think it’s going to be a regular thing.
I’m going to go spend my Melbourne Cup winnings! Catchya.