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Swansea sack Monk
We've got another sacking in the EPL! This one comes as a real surprise. Swansea City, a team that was so impressive as they finished in their highest-ever spot (8th) last season under Monk, started the season impressively. Striker Bafetembi Gomis (and his terrifying celebrations!) was in great form and Monk's men looked like they could be ready to challenge for a Europa League spot. But it's all gone wrong for the Swans in the past two months as their horrid form has seen them slip to 15th, just one point above the relegation zone. That's just not good enough for a team that played so well last season and truthfully only improved their squad by bringing in Andre Ayew. They should be doing much better, and the manager has to be made responsible for the results. They were winless in their past 12 matches and have just 3 wins on the season. The plain fact of the matter is that just isn't good enough. It's a tough blow for Monk, who was a Swansea player for years before becoming their manager last season. He's got the club's blood running through his veins and I know that all Swansea supporters wanted to see him succeed. What could be next for Swansea? Perhaps Brendan Rodgers, who is certainly looking for work after being sacked by Liverpool? Do you think that would be a good match? @InPlainSight @AbdulrahmanSaad @trinityarcangel @thefeels @MarcusJiles @DerekGumtow @havic @yaakattackk @bnzatton @SherzTYCi @krishntejanand @addri @mishthi @andwas @NimishMathur @Sydsocquet @starli @kyleatekwana @BenjiPhilip @Eduardo14 @AshfakEjaaz @EmanueleYagoda
EPL Matchday 14 Review
There's a reason it's the best league in the world -- each week in the EPL brings something new! Match Day 14 was another great one - here's how it all went down. The top half of the table didn't see much shakeup this week. Leicester and United drew 1-1 as Jamie Vardy recorded a goal for a record 11th consecutive match, but the draw allowed Manchester City, who beat Southampton 3-1, to leapfrog both of them and take first in the table, ahead of Leicester on goal differential. Arsenal faltered, drawing 1-1 to lowly Norwich. Spurs played Chelsea well in a match that looked like a draw right from the start, and indeed it ended 0-0. It was a terribly boring match between two teams that really offered little going forward. The highlight of the week -- for me, at least -- was Crystal Palace, as they hammered Newcastle 5-1. They fell behind 1-0 in the 9th minute but came storming back, with two goals each from Yannick Bolasie and James McArthur. Wilfried Zaha also got on the scoresheet in a return to the old club of Alan Pardew and Yohan Cabaye. Palace are really putting it together and their place in the table is representative of just how well they've played. It seems they're ready to challenge for a European spot -- just like Leicester, they have the advantage of not worrying about playing European football during the week and can focus all of their energies on the EPL. They get my vote for team of the week! In the bottom half of the table, some surprising names continue to struggle. Of course, Chelsea stands out, as they sit in 14th, with just 15 points from their 14 matches. It's really shocking to see them continue to put it together week after week given the squad they've got. Watford are climbing up the table nicely, as they beat Villa 3-2 in a wild match. I've been impressed with them this season, as they're scoring a lot of goals thanks to striker Odion Ighalo and doing just enough defensively to make it seem like they're ready to avoid the drop. After Chelsea, the most surprising name to me here is to see Swansea City languishing in 15th. After such a successful season last year and given the fact that they made improvements to the squad over the summer, I thought they were ready to make a challenge for Europe. Instead, they've played some terrible football and the pressure is really mounting on manager Gary Monk after they fell 1-0 to Liverpool at the weekend. Bottom three Villa, Newcastle and Bournemouth are all going to have a really hard time staying up unless something changes dramatically. They just don't seem to have the talent, organization or desire necessary to compete in a league as challenging as the EPL, if you ask me. Worst team of the week goes to Swansea as their tumble down the table continues. Did you watch any of the matches this weekend? Who impressed you? Who failed to impress? Let's hear it! @InPlainSight @AbdulrahmanSaad @trinityarcangel @thefeels @MarcusJiles @DerekGumtow @havic @yaakattackk @bnzatton @SherzTYCi @krishntejanand @addri @mishthi @andwas @NimishMathur @Sydsocquet @starli @kyleatekwana
Five questions that the EPL's first weekend asked
It was eventful Match Day 1 in the English Premier League, with some surprising results, some cracking goals, and some telling performances across the league. Let's take a look at how it all shook out. Arsenal in trouble? How much should we read into Arsenal's 2-0 loss to West Ham on Sunday? New goalkeeper Petr Cech was at major fault for both goals. It was a really uncharacteristic display from one of the league's most competent - and experienced - keepers. Arsenal have been heavily linked with Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, and I say Benzema would be the perfect signing for a team relying on the inconsistent Olivier Giroud for a whole lot. No reason for major panic for the Gunners, but the loss was disappointing for sure. Respect to West Ham for putting in a great performance on the opening day. Swansea ready for European push? On the strength of their impressive 2-2 draw away at Chelsea, Swansea City look like they could be primed for another serious push. Will they crack the top 6? It's unlikely, but they looked really, really strong against the league's best team on Saturday. New signing Andre Ayew was energetic and scored a goal, while big striker Bafetembi Gomis was as imposing as ever and Ash Williams rewarded the Swans' efforts to keep him at the club with a solid shift at the back. They were aided by Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois's red card and played a large part of the second half with an extra man, but it was an impressive match all the same for one of the league's up-and-coming squads. Promoted sides here to stay? While two losses and a draw from the league's three new sides may not seem all that impressive, anyone watching the teams play knew that all three made solid showings for themselves. Watford were the most impressive, as they played to a thrilling 2-2 draw with Everton (conceding one of the goals of the week to Ross Barkley). Bournemouth had opportunities but ended up falling to Aston Villa 1-0 in another tight contest. And Norwich City will feel hard done by the referee following their 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. They had an equalizing goal ruled out for a strange high leg call and a legitimate cry for a penalty turned away. In any case, upon first glance these look like three teams that can outfit themselves well, maybe score some goals and, at the very least, entertain viewers. Coutinho to step it up? Liverpool's key player is Philippe Coutinho, and he showed his quality with a stunning goal, certainly the goal of the week. It broke a 0-0 deadlock in the 86th minute in the match vs. Stoke. An important win for Liverpool, definitely - and against a very well organized opponent on the road. But maybe even more important is Coutinho's contribution - if he can be the talisman this season, he will make everyone around him better, including newcomers Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke. Sunderland worse than we thought? Sunderland got whopped by Leicester, 4-2. Now, we didn't expect much from either of these sides entering the season, but a huge defeat to another potential relegation candidate has to be worrisome for Sunderland. They were totally overrun by last year's success story and showed hardly any bits of excitement. On the other hand, Leicester were outstanding, let by the under-fire Jamie Vardy (a video has surfaced showing Vardy making a racial comment in a casino) and the under-rated Riyad Mahrez. Might they have what it takes to survive another season in the Prem, maybe building on the terrific form they showed toward the end of last season?
[25th-Apr-15] Match Preview: Newcastle - Swansea
Siem de Jong is fit for Newcastle leaving no injury concerns for manager John Carver. Swansea are without Klye Naughton and Bafetimbi Gomis, the latter of whom will return sometime next month. Defender Neail Taylor is also suspended for the Swans. Background Swansea are in a bit of a lull. Southampton are 9 points clear of them in 7th and Gomis has been nothing but quality for a side that would definitely benefit from his return. Swansea also need a draw from their remaining 5 games to set a club record for points in the Premier League. Newcastle are in a state of worry. Yes their 7 point cushion above relegation is nice, but with 5 to play it still could evaporate. Their defeat to Sunderland their 5th in a row to their fiercest rivals a few weeks ago and just one in a series of 6 straight,. Head-To-Head Newcastle have lost 6 straight matches, the first time since 1977 they were on such a poor run. John Carver has won only 2 of the 15 matches he has been in charge of and Newcastle have only managed 3 goals in their last 8 games in the Premier League. The Magpies have also lost 3 straight home games while having the 2nd worst defense in the league, their 54 goals only better than QPR's 59. they have just 1 win and 2 draws for 5 points total in their last 10 games. Swansea have won only 2 of their last 6 games but have scored in 9 of their previous 11 matches away from the Liberty Stadium. Despite being 8th, the Swans have had only 7 goalscorers all season, tied for the worst with Burnley. Prediction: I think the Swans attack fizzles out a bit with Gomis missing but Newcastle are so poor it shouldn't matter. Newcastle 0-1 Swansea
[18th-Apr-15] Match Preview: Leicester City – Swansea City
Leicester City will be without the services of Zoumana Bagayoko and Conrad Logan, both of whom have long-term injuries while Matt Upson is fit to return to the squad. Swansea are without the suspended Neil Taylor, while Bafetimbi Gomis, the man many see as the replacement for the sold Wilfried Bony, will be out injured after picking up a hamstring problem in last weekend’s fixture against Everton. Background An improbable 3 goal win for the Foxes could see them not only lift themselves off the bottom of the table, but out of the bottom 3 for the first time since November. In addition, 3 of their remaining 7 fixtures are against the 3 teams directly above them, giving Leicester a good shot at a great escape. By contrast Swansea have now equaled their best ever finish in the Premier League on 47 points following last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Everton. Gary Monk’s quiet and strong Swansea have been the most impressive side in the mid-table so far this season, needing only a draw out of their last 6 games to break that Premier League club record for points in a season. Head-To-Head Swansea have failed to win at Leicester in the Football League in their last 10 trips with the Swans’ last win coming in 1950. Swansea do come into the game on the back of 3 straight unbeaten but have failed to go 4 straight unbeaten since the start of 2013. The 2-0 loss at West Brom in February was also the only match in the last 10 on the road for Swansea in which they have filed to score in. Swansea have also only kept 3 clean sheets in their last 14 games, but those 3 clean sheets have all come away from the Liberty Stadium. Leicester are trying to win 3 straight Premier League games since the last time they were in the Premier League over 10 years ago in 2000. Their 8 goals in their last 3 games equals their tally in the 10 preceding matches. The Foxes also had 3 more points in their previous Season in the Premier League in 2003-2004 than they have now but even then they were still relegated at season’s end. Prediction: Leicester look to be coming on at the right time but Swansea are no pushovers. High-scoring, open game. Leicester 2-2 Swansea