In this recurring segment our lead soccer correspondent, Nick Verlaney, takes a look at the Premier League action from the previous week with three big takeaways.
1. Best Eleven: (4-4-2)
- Goalkeeper: Allan McGregor (Hull City)
- Defenders: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eric Dier (Spurs)
- Midfielders: Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)
- Forwards: Saido Berahino (West Brom), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
2. Biggest Takeaway: Premier Parity. With the exception of the Chelsea and Manchester City wins (both by 2 goals), every other league match was determined by 1 goal or a draw. 6 of the 10 matches had outcomes determined in the 70th minute or later. This figures to be another roller coaster Premier League season, especially with the influx of high quality transfers that have arrived this summer. Look for some assumed lower table sides to pull upsets, and soon.
3. Bold Question: Who will make a late transfer move? As previously mentioned, there have been star signings this summer in the Premier League: Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa, Alexis Sanchez, Ander Herrera, etc. Which team will make a late move and secure a superstar? You have to look at Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool as viable options, with Arsenal and Chelsea waiting in the wings to counter.
- United need squad depth desperately. They have been rumored with a summer clear-out of epic proportions to afford the new talent, so they transfer movement will be interesting.
- Liverpool need another forward to help ease the pressure on Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling.
- Spurs need to keep up with the top four to even have a chance of staying in the race. Positions of need: striker and central defender.
- Arsenal and Chelsea have both been rumored with big money signings, although it’s unlikely that anything will happen unless United or Liverpool go crazy.
What’s next? Here are the slate of Premier League matches for next weekend, highlighted with the clash on Monday: Liverpool v. City.