Premier League Thoughts (MW8)

By Andrew Walbrown
Oct. 06, 2019

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Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

I know I'm not super consistent with these, but I had some thoughts on this week's matches and I wanted to share them.

IS MANCHESTER UNITED IN DANGER OF BEING RELEGATED?

It's an insane thought, for sure, but through 8 weeks Man U has looked like a bottom table team. I watched the Newcastle/Man U match today and despite owning the majority of possession (57%) they never looked like they would threaten to win. Harry Maguire had a decent chance off a corner, but other than that, Man U had no offense whatsoever. And this was against Newcastle, a team that's been outscored 5-13 on the year. Now I know they're missing about 5-6 starters due to injury, but if Man U doesn't make some moves in the next transfer window (including replacing OGS) then there is a real shot they could face relegation this year.

WILL MANCHESTER CITY TRULY CHALLENGE LIVERPOOL AT THE TOP?

Through 8 weeks Liverpool have a perfect score tally (24 points) and Manchester City has dropped points at Spurs, Norwich City, and Wolves. I know there is still a bunch of soccer/football to be played, but Man City has vulnerabilities that teams are exploiting (specifically their defense). Liverpool will drop points sooner or later, but with an 8 point cushion this early, if Man City doesn't figure out their backline the league could be decided by February.

HOW IS ARSENAL 3RD?

I've watched a lot of the Gunners this season, and for the life of me I can't figure out how they are third place. Arsenal is a completely disjointed team where Aubameyang does great and everyone else seems to have no idea what they're doing, especially their defensive backs. I watched the game today against Bournemouth thinking it would be a 5-3 game, instead getting a 1-0 Arsenal victory. It just seems like to me Arsenal is a mid-table team capitalizing on luck on a weekly basis. At 9 points from the top I don't think they have a legitimate chance to catch Liverpool, but at 8 weeks I didn't expect them to be 3rd either.

CAN LEICESTER STAY IN THE TOP 4?

At the current moment, Leicester City are 4th in the league, and if not for a questionable penalty, would be 3rd at the end of Match Week 8. Brendan Rodgers has to the team playing well, although at times the Foxes seem to lose focus offensively. There's a lot to like about Leicester's chances this year, especially with Spurs and Man U struggling, but they need more quality out of the midfield. Without solid midfield play, Schmeichel and the backline are having to fend off wave after wave while explosive players like Vardy and Maddison barely touch the ball until a final barrage towards the end of the 90 minutes.