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: Chelsea
Remember last week when I said that Marco Silva is the Manager of the Year? Well if Saturday’s performance by Watford is any indication of what’s to come, I stand by it.
And yet, Chelsea would emerge from that morning matchup with all three points. That is, not until after falling behind 1-2 just shy of the 50th minute. It’s no surprise that Chelsea were victorious, of course. Even despite numerous injuries. They are the current champions of the Premier League, after all. They have the potential to do what they did Saturday to any club.
And this time, Chelsea just needed to wait a little longer to secure those points—with goals in the 71st, 87th and 95th minutes. But given their competition and what we’ve seen from Watford so far this campaign, it truly was the most notable comeback.
Yes, I understand Arsenal was down 1-0 to Everton on Sunday. But the Toffees are a joke. (More on that a little later). Yet because that was literally the only other comeback of the weekend, honorable mention is theirs.
Shock of the Week: Huddersfield Town
The Terriers are back to claim their spot, football fans! After a couple of rough weeks (0-4 loss to Tottenham, 2-0 loss to Swansea), Huddersfield would right the ship at home. Against Manchester United, of all clubs.
And sure, the Red Devils are dealing with their fair share of injuries. But come on, this is Huddersfield town we’re talking about. This loss—United’s first—puts them level on points with Tottenham (20) ahead of Saturday morning’s crucial fixture at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile Huddersfield, who would’ve remained just one point from safety with a loss on Saturday, can breathe a little easier for a couple of days after slotting into a mid-table spot. The Terriers would score two goals within 33 minutes, then hold on despite Marcus Rashford’s goal in the 78th.
Now they get Liverpool. The best part? We have no idea what to expect from the Reds.
Individual Performance of the Week: Murray? Pedro? Sánchez? Özil? Kane?
Honestly, we’re probably just going to stop picking only one player per week. Murray (two goals) shined in Brighton’s shock 0-3 win over West Ham. Pedro (one goal, one assist) was crucial in Chelsea’s eventual 4-2 win over Watford. So was Sánchez (one goal, one assist) and Özil (same) in their 2-5 decimation at Everton.
Oh, and of course there’s Harry Kane. The Englishman did what he does best—score goals—by opening and closing the scoring against Liverpool. And after nine weeks, Kane leads all Premier League goal-scorers with eight (8). Meanwhile, Sergio Agüero and Romelu Lukaku remain just one off the pace.
When are the rest of you going to finally admit that Harry Kane is just that good? Does Kane need to average 25 goals per Premier League season for 10 years or something?
Whopper of the Week: West Ham
I so badly want to say Everton here. But, losing 2-5 to Arsenal isn’t out of the question for the Everton side we’ve seen this season. Oh, and after 16 months, manager Ronald Koeman is gone. That’s because the Toffees are on just eight points after nine matches, currently good for a relegation spot. That’s right—the Toffees are in a relegation battle.
But if Koeman is gone, and Leicester’s Craig Shakespeare is gone, then West Ham’s Slaven Bilić has to be next. He just has to be. And yet, Friday’s 0-3 defeat at home to Brighton doesn’t appear to be the last straw. For now. So what will be then—a loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday? Perhaps…
Right now, the Hammers are also on just eight points after nine matches. But due to goal differential, as Stoke City have been equally atrocious, West Ham remain safe. For now, that is. Because make no mistake about it—they are in a relegation battle as well.
We’ve had our fair share of sackings already. This season has shown us plenty of bad teams through nine weeks. I just can’t help but feel the writing is on the wall for Bilić.
Match of the Week: Chelsea vs. Watford
Normally when lesser clubs play away from home—against clubs like Chelsea, no less—they put plenty of men behind the ball. They lock up shop, so to speak. Or park the bus.
Not Marco Silva, though. And not Watford.
Sure the match ended 4-2 in Chelsea’s favor. Of course you don’t get any points for going for it. But Silva and his side clearly know what they’re doing this campaign. They’re playing up against the bigger sides (with the exception of Manchester City, but now we can’t really fault them for that, can we?) They’re taking care of business against the lesser sides. And they’re making these types of matchups watchable.
Heck, for about 60 minutes or so on Saturday, they outplayed the champions at Stamford Bridge. There are worse things you could do.
Gimme those hot takes: Huddersfield are going to take three points from Liverpool on Saturday.