EPL WEEK 3: Winners & Losers


WINNERS

Defending champions Liverpool completely dominated proceedings against Arsenal who have been much improved this season but couldn't offer much more than token resistance. With a debut goal by new striker Diogo Jota, the constant attacking threat of Mane and Salah and the defensive steel provided by Alisson, the Reds are continuing where they left last season. Unbeaten after 3 games, the team under Klopp certainly don't look like they are suffering any hangover from last year and appear just as hungry and motivated to win back to back EPL titles.


Beware the Foxes. Mercurial striker Jamie Vardy continued his goal scoring exploits against the Citizens with a hat-trick, James Maddison scored an absolute ripper and under Brendan Rodgers the Foxes are a threat against any team in the Premier League. Even with livewire midfielder Wilfred Ndidi missing this week, the Leicester midfield of Castagne (24 yrs), Youri Tielemans (23 yrs), James Maddison (23 yrs), Harvey Barnes (22 yrs) and Dennis Praet (26 yrs) were outstanding in their service to ageless Vardy upfront. Leicester would have to be the team that the top 4 teams would hate to play. With their swashbuckling style of play, they are going to cause a lot of matchup headaches for top teams.


The Hammers caused the upset of the round with a 4-0 demolition of much fancied Wolves. Wolves players looked tired and Michail Antonio and Pablo Fornals capitalised with some strong work on the flanks to set up Jarrod Bowen who scored two goals. Wolves manager Nuno is a fantastic tactician and a superb motivator in getting the best out of his squad and next week can't come soon enough for this team to prove the disaster against the Hammers was just a blip on the radar.


Neal Maupay will be cursing his luck after mocking Manchester United with his fake tears goal celebration after scoring his team's opening goal. While this current Red Devils squad may not be as fearsome as of the past, never grab a tiger by the tail. In a scrappy affair, the Red Devils never stopped trying and Brighton hit the woodwork 5 times in total and wouldn't you know it, Maupay's handball gave Bruno Fernandes the opportunity to win the game in the 10th minute of added time.


LOSERS

The Baggies & the Blues both. West Brom were leading 3-0 after 27 minutes. A horror outing by new signing Thiago Silva which let in a soft second goal and Chelsea were in shock. While credit does go to the Blues and in particular Mason Mount for orchestrating a stirring comeback in the 2nd half with Tammy Abraham rescuing a point in the 94th minute, the £300 mil spend on new arrivals is having trouble functioning as a high-performing unit. All the Abramovich billions cannot buy a cohesive squad. Some serious questions about Timo Werner's goal-scoring drought after 3 games.


Sheffield United and Fulham. Bottom of the table after 3 weeks with 3 losses, the Blades finished 9th in the premier league last season but that was then. They are 2nd from bottom and manager Chris Wilder needs to find a way to unlock last season's stellar defence if the Blades want to stay in touch with mid-table contention.

Fulham owner Tony Khan had to apologise to Fulham fans via Twitter after their dismal loss to Aston Villa cemented their position at the bottom of the ladder and promised additional reinforcements for the leaking defence. Manager Scott Parker surprisingly said that he was unaware of the owners attempts to get quality players for their defence. This could end up being a mirror image of Fulham's last premier league campaign after they were relegated one season after gaining promotion to the Premier League.


The Citizens. Under Pep Guardiola's brilliant tactics, the Sky Blues are a joy to watch. However, despite the billions invested in talent by the Abu Dhabi United Group, Pep Guardiola always laments that he needs more quality players. The latest addition to his squad is Ruben Dias, a £65mil signing from Benfica. Since the loss of inspirational captain and club legend Vincent Kompany, the Sky Blues have struggled with maintaining a strong defensive line. Will this be the final piece of the puzzle for Guardiola and will they finally win the Champions League this season? That will the £65mil question on everyone's lips.


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