The season of the Barclays’ Premier League is underway. With new teams, and even more world-class players, this should be a great year!
Chelsea is on top so far, and are the only undefeated team thus far in the season and have only tied once against Manchester City. Their record is 7-1-0. Second is Manchester City, who have lost only one game, which was surprisingly at home against Stoke. They are currently 5-2-1. In third place is Southampton, who surprisingly have performed well in no small part due to their keeper Fraser Foster who has had four clean sheets in his eight appearances this season; their record is 5-1-2. Fourth place belongs to West Ham, who with the help of signing Antonio Valencia from Manchester United have been exceeding expectations and performed exemplary considering they compete against teams like Arsenal and Chelsea; they are currently 4-1-3.
While the Premier League has been very active this summer in the transfer window, not everyone has performed up to expectations. Mesut Ozil, Arsenal’s record 42.3 million pound transfer from Real Madrid, has been in shameful form due to injuries and being played out of position, and has even been linked to a move back to his home country Germany to FC Bayern Munchen. Newcastle United have made some fairly poor decisions regarding transfers, and fans have even set up a website dedicated to having manager Alan Pardew fired; http://www.sackpardew.com/. Adam Lallana, Manchester United’s recent signing of former Southampton left back, has also performed below expectations despite breaking the world record for the most expensive teenager ever.
“Newcastle will be relegated if they don’t get a new manager,” said sophomore soccer player Carson Vom Steeg.
There are twenty teams in the Barclays Premier League, and are all located in England and Wales, and the top four places will play in the UEFA Champions League and the bottom 3 will be relegated to division two, and will be replaced by the three top teams from the second division. My predictions for the top four are: Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Manchester United. Chelsea is undefeated so far, and their recent signing of Diego Costa is tied with Sergio Aguero for top goalscorer. Manchester City have been excellent as well, yet surprisingly were upset at home to Stoke City for their first loss. Arsenal was great to start off, beating Manchester City for the FA community shield, but are struggling due to injuries and Mesut Ozil’s form. United have been performing well due to their excellent attack, but their defense has been awful and has been kept in line only by Spanish international keeper David de Gea.
”United will pull through in the long run if there are no more injuries,” said senior soccer fan Niels Anderson.