EPL WEEK 8: WINNERS & LOSERS


WINNERS

Southampton & Ralph Hasenhüttl. On 25th Oct 2019, Southampton suffered their biggest ever loss in the premier league. A 9-0 drubbing at the hands of Tottenham which equalled Ipswich Town's loss at the hands of Manchester United by the same score in 1995. Ipswich now play in League One, the third tier of English league football. On Sat, after a 2-0 win against Newcastle, the Saints were top of the table for a day for their first time ever in their club's history. Chinese owner Gao Jisheng has stabilised the club with a solid investment and under Ralph Hasenhüttl the Saints have bought wholeheartedly into his system which resulted in impressive results for FC Ingolstadt & RB Leipzig under his managerial guidance.


Chelsea & Hakim Ziyech. The Moroccan has taken Stamford Bridge by storm after some silky performances in midfield. While the focus has been on Timo Werner as Chelsea's main striker, Ziyech who started the season late after rehabbing a knee injury suffered in his final season with Ajax has shone brightly in the premier league. A goal midweek against Krasnador in the Champions League & two assists against Sheffield United have Chelsea on a 6 match unbeaten run which they will look at keeping intact when they return from the international break.


Manchester United and Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese player Manchester United overpaid for at the start of the year is proving to be their saviour and single-handedly won them their match against Everton.with a hand in all three of their goals. When he is on, the Portuguese is a sublime player with sheer determination backed by some serious talent & in a season marred by their transfer failures, Fernandes is guiding United to results that may save Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's job for the time-being. With the addition of Cavani & Alex Telles, United will look to add to their squad in the January transfer market and provided their star player stays fit and injury free might just claw their way into European qualification for next season.


Aston Villa & Jack Grealish. Against a Gunners side brimming with confidence after the win last week against Man Utd, the Villains found their impressive form from a few weeks ago after 2 pedestrian defeats. Jack Grealish is a boyhood Villa fan and is playing some impressive football season running the midfield with able support from the rejuvenated Ross Barkley. Ollie Watkins is reaping the benefit upfront with help from this dynamic duo with two clinical goals against the Gunners assisted by Grealish & Barkley respectively. With a call up to the England senior squad, the player that is integral to Villa's ambitions may not be able to resist the opportunity when big names come calling at the end of the season.


LOSERS

Everton & Carlo Ancelotti. The international break cannot come soon enough for the Toffees who have retreated to their mid-table mediocrity. Since the loss of Richarlison to a red card in the Merseyside derby, the Toffees have struggled to find the formula that kickstarted their season so impressively. Everton started well against United with an opening goal to Bernard but soon ran out of ideas against a ruthless Bruno Fernandes. This is the first time since 2006 that Ancelotti has suffered 3 defeats in a row. After an impressive start, Everton & their manager need to find something to turn their form around. Luckily, they are facing bottom dwellers Fulham and their Brazilian good luck charm Richarlison is back after his 3 match ban.


Brighton & Graham Potter. 59% possession against Burnley, 16 shots at goal but only 3 on target, 5 corners to Burnely's 3 and an impressive performance by new signing Danny Welbeck still left Brighton searching for a first win since Sept 20. Graham Potter must find a way for his impressive squad's performances to count for something more than a solitary point as the season progresses otherwise the lack of killer instinct may prove costly towards the end of the season relegation battle, a spot that the Seagulls don't deserve.


Arsenal & Mikel Arteta. 9 goals in 8 matches, 2 shots on target in a woeful loss to Aston Villa at Emirates stadium and another game without a goal for star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have the Gunners fans wondering which team will turn up to play after the international break. Impressive last week against Manchester United but downright shocking against Aston Villa, manager Arteta will have to find a solutikn quickly but also needs to find words of motivation for his star striker and stop tinkering so much with his match day tactics. If the Gunners don't turn this around soon, the fans who already have no love for the ownership of Stan Kroenke, will be left with a foul taste in their mouths after some impressive off-season additions to the squad promised so much more.

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