Hey Premier League fans, welcome back! Did you miss me? Well buckle up, because throughout the Premier League season—that’s right, 38 grueling weeks baby—I’ll be bringing you every thought I can muster.
You want predictions? Maybe! Reactions? Sure! Awards? Perhaps! Hot takes? Well… how about I just agree to try my best?
So let’s get to it, shall we? As always, suggestions are welcome but not always well taken. Anger is encouraged if you direct it somewhere else—I recommend a mirror, for starters. Plaudits are appreciated, just make sure they’re deserved.
Comeback of the Week: Watford FC
My oh my, Marco Silva is the Manager of the Year.*
*Until Watford lose six of seven or something and everyone turns on him.
But seriously, how can you not love what he is doing with Watford? After eight matches, Watford sit on 15 points—with four wins, three draws and a loss. That loss, by the way? 0-6 to Manchester City, who is simply scoring goals for fun at this point. Since, Silva’s men have responded with a win over Swansea (1-2), a draw at West Brom (2-2) and arguably their biggest win to date:
A 2-1 comeback victory over Arsenal.
The same Arsenal who have so far struggled to 13 points on four wins, a draw and three losses. But we’re not here to talk about Arsenal. It’s Watford, who not only recovered from allowing Per Mertesacker to score, but also had just enough to steal a victory. How’s that? Thanks to a stoppage time goal courtesy of Tom Cleverly.
Plus, there’s even more that can be said of Silva due to his club’s late drama, as this marks the third consecutive match in which Watford have scored a goal past the 90th minute. In all likelihood, Watford isn’t keeping this up all season. But in the meantime, they’re off to an ultra-impressive start.
We’ll see how long it lasts.
Shock of the Week: Crystal Palace!
Imagine not scoring one (1) goal in seven (7!) Premier League matches. Then, imagine that first goal finally coming—and against the defending champions in Chelsea, no less. But to make matters EVEN BETTER, it’s given as an OWN GOAL. That’s how Crystal Palace’s match against Chelsea started over the weekend.
And I don’t believe you could have written this anymore hilariously.
Seven minutes later, Chelsea would equalize. But just on the edge of halftime, Wilfried Zaha put Palace ahead. This time for good. Roy Hodgson would earn his very first victory as Palace boss. Palace themselves would earn their very first Premier League victory. And suddenly, we’re thinking that maybe they’ll be okay?
Now sure, Leicester City just fired their manager. AFC Bournemouth are in real trouble after suffering another defeat. Stoke City are five points clear of Palace at the moment—who obviously remain in last—but they’re a huge mess too. In fact, five clubs—including Stoke—are on only eight points through eight matches.
We have no idea what’s going to happen with the bottom of the table. We just assume it’s going to be a helluva lot more exciting than the top. Because…
Individual Performance of the Week: Any Manchester City Attacker
Sergio Agüero was out injured and City scored seven. They are playing a videogame right now. Seriously, just pick an attacking player out of the lineup. They’re all delivering the goods. It doesn’t matter.
Whopper of the Week: Stoke City
Yet despite the fact that City is simply playing on a different skill level than everyone else at the moment, it’s no reason to ever lose 7-2. After a Kyle Walker own goal, it was even 3-2 for a moment! The Potters were in with a chance!
Then whomever was playing as City picked the controller back up and on they went. 15 minutes after the own goal, it was 6-2. That’s just an implosion. Capitulation. Embarrassing. Whichever word you wish to choose, so long as it describes Stoke’s performance negatively.
Perhaps we could try dominance?
We never know which Stoke is going to show up, but they’re in the middle of a bad stretch now. 2-0 loss to Bristol City in the EFL Cup on September 19; 0-4 loss to Chelsea on September 23; now this. At least they get Bournemouth next week?
Match of the Week: Southampton vs. Newcastle
Drama! Intrigue! Late equalizers! A far better draw than Liverpool/United from Saturday morning. That is to say, things happened in this one. Both teams attempted to score. Though, we’re willing to gave a shout to Watford/Arsenal solely because of Tom Cleverly.
Gimme those hot takes: City will hang eight (8) on Burnley this Saturday. Yes, I am aware that Burnley can actually defend.