In the middle of next week, the Premier League will return after more than a month of hiatus to make way for the 2022 World Cup. Many exciting battles are waiting for the teams ahead.
Manchester City won 4 of the last 5 Premier League titles and they are determined to win 3 consecutive seasons for the first time in history. However, this task is not easy.
A regular title contender, Liverpool, has been in decline, but a new challenger has emerged. That’s Arsenal. The Gunners are at the top of the table with 12 wins and only 1 loss in the first 14 rounds. They are 5 points ahead of Man City.
The power of depth and the possession of many experienced players may give City an advantage in this race, not to mention Erling Haaland’s extraordinary scoring ability.
However, Arsenal is showing a makeover and can completely surprise.
Champions League battle
Only Man City and Arsenal are capable of winning, and the race for the top 4 is the most intense. Newcastle are in 3rd place. This team has some excellent performances. Eddie Howe’s army lost only one battle and in fact they exceeded expectations.
Next is Tottenham Hotspur. The team under Antonio Conte has solid defense and sometimes feels dull, but is among the top scorers in the league. Tottenham’s form began to decline before the World Cup, but no one can be reckless before this team.
Manchester United and Liverpool are also recovering from poor starts. Both want a chance to qualify for the Champions League. The strong return of Man Utd and Liverpool promises to bring many interesting things.
Chelsea will also try and be optimistic about qualifying for the European Cup, although currently ranked 8th in the rankings when there is no stability under Graham Potter.
One of the best relegation battles in years is brewing, with nearly all of the bottom 10 or 11 teams in danger of relegation to the Championship. Two rookies Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest started well but need more effort.
Wolves are currently at the bottom of the table. Everton, West Ham or Southampton are also playing very badly from the beginning of the season.
More coaches lost their jobs
The Premier League has just passed half-way, but there have been 5 teams sacking coaches. Premier League grinders are operating at full capacity. First is Bournemouth (Scott Parker), followed by Chelsea (Thomas Tuchel), Aston Villa (Steven Gerrard), Wolves (Bruno Lage) and Southampton (Ralph Hasenhuttl).
Frank Lampard is having a hard time at Everton, while David Moyes also causes West Ham to fall despite spending strongly in the summer of 2022. Jesse Marsch is under great pressure at Leeds United. These are the next coaches at risk of losing their jobs.
Xiao Lam | 23:02 12/24/2022