West Ham picking up where they left off?
While Wigan have started the season poorly with two defeats, 4-0 and 6-0 to Blackpool and Chelsea respectively, West Ham are also in a similar situation. An opening day defeat to Aston Villa 3-0 and this weekend a 3-1 defeat at home to Bolton – their seventh successive loss to the Trotters.
The Hammers look to be bereft of talent at the moment, and with Carlton Cole leading the attack-line they hardly look like stinging teams with lots of goals while Robert Green and Matthew Upson seem to be suffering a post-World Cup hangover.
In my pre-season preview of West Ham, I tipped them to struggle and right now they are proving me correct. Still, there are 36 games of the season to go, but with Manchester United and Chelsea to come in their next two games; it doesn’t get much better for the Hammers.
Can the Chelsea juggernaut be stopped?
Last weekend Chelsea beat West Brom 6-0 at Stamford Bridge, and they continued the goal-fest once again – their record in the last five Premier League games stands at 29-0 as this time they smashed Wigan for six. The Blues are now back where they finished last season – on top of the table and are the only team to have a 100% record in the league after just 2 games played.
People may say that the victories were over West Brom and Wigan, but as the saying goes, “you can only beat what is put in front of you”. Stoke, West Ham and Blackpool are all to come in the next three games and you certainly wouldn’t bet against Chelsea dropping points against any of those, would you?
Player/goal of the weekend – Gareth Bale
Theo Walcott may have scored a hat-trick against Blackpool on Saturday, but for me, the player of the weekend has to be Tottenham’s Gareth Bale – it also happens to be that he was the scorer of both goals for Spurs in their 2-1 victory over Stoke. The first doing his very best Javier Hernandez impression with the ball going in off his fact, while the second was a cracking volley after a superbly crossed ball be Aaron Lennon. Dare I say a candidate for goal of the season, already? Video
The dream becomes reality for Blackpool
If last weekend’s 4-0 victory over Wigan was the dream start to life in the Premier League, then Ian Holloway’s side was brought down to reality with a crash, bang and wallop with a 6-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates. Amy Lawrence referred to it in her match report: “caviar after a trip to the chippy.”
Huge credit to the Blackpool fans that made the trip to the Emirates and despite the defeat stayed to cheers their team off the field. It may have been a harsh dose of reality for the team on the field, but the fans are still living the Premier League dream – sadly, there could be more defeats like that to come.
Is 6-0 the new 2-1?
From @optajoe – “After 18 Premier League games in 2010-11, 6-0 is the most common scoreline (4 times) – [Chelsea 6-0 West Brom, Arsenal 6-0 Blackpool, Wigan 0-6 Chelsea and Newcastle 6-0 Aston Villa] – ahead of 2-1 (3 times) – [Wolves 2-1 Stoke, Birmingham 2-1 Blackburn and Stoke 1-2 Tottenham]. Unusual.”
Insightful punditry (as always) from the BBC
Colin Murray – “What do you know about Squillaci?
Robbie Savage – “Nothing, expect he’s got a funny name.”