Monday, August 29, 2011

Early surprises from the first month of the EPL

If week one is any harbinger of things to come then we are in for one wild EPL campaign. True, the rich got richer and Manchester United looked like they never took any time off starting the new season with nine points in three matches including a dropping an 8-spot on Arsenal over the weekend, forcing them into “rebate mode” to keep the fans from boycotting. However it is a bit of a surprise to see Wolves up near the top of the table unbeaten after three matches but we’ll have to wait and see if they come down to Earth or if challenging for a chance to win some hardware will become the norm. They have an opportunity to really get off to a great start as their next two matches are at Molineux, and another six points should get them back into the top three but the true litmus test will come on the 24th when they travel to Anfield to take Liverpool and their singing supporters. The Blues came out flat to start the season and paid for it by only picking up one point at Stoke, but have since won two straight but may be without the services of Didier Drogba took one on the chin (and head) against Norwich but should have him back in time for the Sept 18th showdown with the Reds from Man U. Although the afore mentioned sides have stolen the recent headlines the biggest story/disappointment may be how Spurs are still stuck in the gate after two matches. Great things were expected from the High Road natives from London after finishing in the top five for the last two years. It’s not so much the 0-2 start that’s disturbing but having the 2nd worst goal differential at -7 in the EPL shows there’s quite a bit of work to do on the defensive side if they’re going to climb the table and get back to where they’ve been the last three years. A dearth of offense has scored only 1 goal in two matches so pick your poison on where you’re to begin your work but they’d better do it fast as the schedule doesn’t get any easier as they’re on the road to take on the upstart Wolves, then come home to host Liverpool, and sandwiched between them is a Europa League qualifying match. What do you think is the biggest story of the young season? Let us know here and in any of the quick links.
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