Best Names in the Premier League
Today, is a little bit of a different blog because I will be going over the best or most interesting names in the Premier League. The Premier League is a primarily English league, but there are players from all over the world which makes for a lot of diversity and a lot of different names.
First up is the 21 year old defender from Arsenal named Konstantinos Mavropanos. He is originally from Greece and has a very long name, which is also very difficult to pronounce.
Next up is the goalie from Chelsea named Kepa Arrizabalaga. He is from Spain and his last name is also long and hard to pronounce. What makes his name special is that his first name is Kepa and he’s a keeper.
This midfielder from Wolverhampton hails from Belgium, and has a very unique name. His name is pretty funny to say for obvious reasons.
This forward from Watford is from Nigeria, and has more of an ironic name. Having the last name Success puts a lot of expectations on you, but I guess hes doing a pretty good job if he’s a professional soccer player.
This defender from Leicester is from Turkey, and what makes his name unique is the fact that he has so many accents.
This Midfielder from Newcastle who is from England has a very unique name which raises the question, does he have a longstaff?
This defender from Burnley is from England and has a very simple name, but probably causes some confusion.
This forward from Burnley is from England and has a very ironic name because he is 6’7″
Premier League Relegation Battle
There are only 9 games left in the Premier League season, and while there is a race for the title, there is also a battle to not get relegated. The bottom three teams out of twenty get relegated to the Championship. The current bottom three, in order from 20-18 are Huddersfield, Fulham, and Cardiff. Fulham and Cardiff are newly promoted sides, so it’s not a real shock that they’re struggling. Although, Fulham in particular has really underperformed their expectations. Fulham came into the season with the Championship Player of the Year, in Ryan Sessegnon. As well as bringing in big players such as World Cup winner Andre Schurrle, and Jean Michael Seri who was linked with Barcelona before going to Craven Cottage. They have only accumulated 17 points from 29 games, with only 4 wins. Huddersfield sits in last place with 14 points, and they are likely to go down. Cardiff is 8 points above Fulham, but 2 points from safety. The bottom half of the table is very close. There is only a 9 point difference between 16th place and 9th place. In Comparison, there is a 9 point difference between 2nd and 3rd place. At this point in the season, Fulham and Huddersfield will need a miracle to climb out of relegation. There are a great deal of clubs who could slide into 18th place and go down. It will be interesting to see how the table shifts by the end of the season.
Updated Premier League Leaders
This is an update of a previous blog showcasing the leaders in various aspects of the Premier League. It has been about 11 games since the last Premier League leaders blog was posted, and there have been some changes. Here I will show the new and updated leaders of the Premier League.
Premier League Standings
- Liverpool- 69 points
- Manchester City- 68 points
- Tottenham- 60 points
- Arsenal – 56 points
- Manchester United – 55 points
Liverpool go top of the league with one point over Manchester City. Arsenal and Manchester United swap positions as the gunners move into well known territory in fourth. They are 4 points behind Tottenham, with a game between the two in the coming weekend. Chelsea aren’t currently in the top 6, but have a game in hand, and can go level with arsenal with a win.
Premier League Top Scorers
- Sergio Aguero- 18
- Mohamed Salah- 17
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang- 16
- Harry Kane- 15
- Sadio Mane- 14
Sergio Aguero is the new leader in Premier League goals in the updated standings, scoring 4 goals in the last 2 games for City. Last year’s golden boot winner, Mohamed Salah, sits in second place, 1 behind the leader. Sadio Mane also creeps in the top 5, showcasing Liverpool’s success this season.
Premier League Top Assisters
- Eden Hazard- 10
- Ryan Fraser- 9
- Paul Pogba- 9
- Leroy Sane- 9
- Christian Eriksen- 9
- Raheem Sterling- 9
Eden Hazard takes the top spot for most Premier League assists. He is the only player in the Premier League with at least 10 assists and 10 goals. There is a 5 player tie of 9 assists each. 2 of those players being from City, in Sane and Sterling. Paul Pogba jumps into the mix after a great start to life under Manchester United’s new boss.
City Go Top!
It’s currently early February and there is a new leader of the Premier League. Manchester City went top of the league with a 2-0 victory over Everton in midweek. They overtook Liverpool who have been on top for almost the whole season. Although, Liverpool have a game in hand, and play Bournemouth on Saturday. Manchester City are the current champions, but had some rough times over the season. Recently squandering points to Crystal Palace and Newcastle. They have crawled back and are level on points with Liverpool, and City has a slight advantage on goal differential. Let’s hope Liverpool don’t slip again.
Premier League Players in TOTY
EA Sports recently released their annual Team of The Year for Fifa 19. A team of 11 players comprised of players who have had the best 2018. 2018 was a huge year for soccer especially because it was a world cup year. With France winning the most coveted prize of international football, their players obviously had a boost in making the team. The TOTY has players from 4 of the top 5 leagues in Europe. There are only 4 select players from the Premier League who made the best 11 from 2018. Those 4 include:
David de Gea
De Gea is known worldwide for being one of the best goalkeepers in the world, and he was selected as the best for 2018. De Gea beat out the likes of fellow Premiership players in Alison and Lloris. De Gea saved Manchester United from defeat many times in 2018 with brilliant reflex saves. He also put in work at the national level with Spain. Even though Spain didn’t have the best World Cup, he still showed why he is one of the most dominant keepers of recent years. He was rated 97 for hid TOTY card in Fifa 19 making him the highest rated goalkeeper in the game.
Virgil Van Dijk
VVD has been the best defender in the Premier League since his move to Liverpool from Southampton last season. He too had a monster 2018, helping his team go to the Champions League finals. He didn’t play in the World Cup as the Netherlands didn’t qualify but they are trending upwards and advanced to the Uefa Nations League semi-finals where they will play England. This season he has led the #1 defense in the Premier League and is the main reason his team sits atop the Premier League table.
Kevin De Bruyne
KDB is another amazing player who had a tremendous 2018. KDB is a master at playmaking, who can set up goals as well as finish them. KDB won the Premier League with Manchester City in 2018. He was a key player in a dominant season for City. He also helped Belgium finish third in the world cup.
Kante is the second midfielder from the Premier League in the TOTY. He was a rock for Chelsea in the Premier league in 2018. He controlled everything that went through the middle of the park for Chelsea. His biggest accomplishment in 2018 was helping France win the world cup. He was an integral player in Les Bleus second world cup win.
Premier League teams in the FA Cup
The 3rd round of the FA cup just recently concluded and many Premier League teams took to the pitch. Many Premier League teams faced much smaller teams in much lower leagues. There were many notable score lines, and some major upsets.
Tottenham kicked off the play with a 7-0 thrashing of Football League Two side Tranmere. Llorente bagging a hatrick, to go along with Aurier’s brace. Son and Kane both added goals as well. A Premier League matchup took place as Brighton beat Bournemouth 3-1. Burnley bested Barnsley by the narrow margin of 1-0. Manchester United beat Reading 2-0, both goals coming in the first half. West Ham also won 2-0 against Birmingham, scoring right at the beginning and right at the end. Cardiff City was the first Premier League club to fall out of the competition with a 1-0 loss to underdogs Gillingham. Everton captured a 2-1 win against Lincoln City. Chelsea won 2-0 against Nottingham Forest with Morata scoring a brace. Southampton avoided defeat against Derby County but had to settle to a 2-2 draw, with the replay upcoming. Crystal Palace won 1-0 against Grimsby Town with Ayew scoring at the death of the game. Arsenal had a comfortable win of 3-0 over Blackpool, with Willock scoring a brace in the first half. Newcastle will also have to replay their match against Blackburn after drawing 1-1. Manchester City destroyed Rotherham 7-0, with an impressive six different scorers and an own goal. Watford cruised to a 2-0 win over Woking. Fulham blew a lead and fell to Oldham 2-1. Their struggles in the league have transferred into cup play. Leicester City also fell 2-1, to Newport County. In a shocking last game, league leaders Liverpool lost to Wolverhampton 2-1.
Biggest Game Yet of The Premier League!
The biggest game of the season concluded yesterday as Manchester City beat Liverpool 2-1. This was a huge game between the top two teams in the league at this point in the season. Going into the game Liverpool had a 6 point lead at the top of the table. Liverpool were unbeaten through 20 games at the time. Manchester City are the defending champions and they needed to win this game to try and catch Liverpool in the title race.
Not only did this game mean a lot to both teams, it also provided in gameplay. In the first half, Sadio Mane hit the post off of a through ball from Mo Salah. There was a miscommunication between John Stones and Ederson and Stones tried to clear the ball but Ederson blocked it. The ball spun towards City’s goal, and looked surely in. Stones made a last second clearance with at least 80% of the ball over the line. Later in the first half Sergio Aguero opened the scoring to put City up at halftime. In the 64′ minute Roberto Firmino pulled one back for Liverpool with a header from close range. Not long after in the 72′ minute Leroy Sane scored off a counter attack to put Manchester City up 2-1. The game was a war until the end but Manchester city came out victorious to pull within 4 points of Liverpool. The title race is back on and Liverpool can’t afford to slip up again.
Jose Mourinho Sacked
Big news coming from Manchester United as they have sacked their manager Jose Mourinho. Mourinho is widely regarded as one of the best and decorated managers in the world. Him and Manchester United have had a very poor start to the season and Mourinho has been on the hot seat for a long time. They are currently in 6th position in the Premier League, a large eight points behind 5th placed Arsenal. They have struggled to get results, they have only a zero goal differential, and fans have been upset with their play for a long time. Also, there have been turmoil between Mourinho and some of his players specifically Paul Pogba. Pogba is one of the biggest names in football, but he and Mourinho never had the best relationship. Mourinho has frequently dropped him from the squad and they have had run ins in the past. Mourinho is a very successful manager winning trophies at almost every club he has been at but, his time at Manchester United is up. Manchester United have already appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager until the end of the season. He is a former player for United and he has a very hard task in front of him trying to salvage this season.
Premier League Leaders
At the time of writing this blog the Premier League is in week 16 approaching the halfway point of the season. Many new and familiar faces have had great seasons up to this point. In this post I will show the top Premier League leaders in some important categories, individual and team.
Premier League Standings
- Manchester City- 41 points
- Liverpool- 39 points
- Tottenham- 33 points
- Chelsea – 31 points
- Arsenal- 31 points
This is a top 5 full of big clubs that are familiar with the top of the table. Manchester city is currently in the top spot which they have become accustomed to after winning the Premier League last season. Manchester City and Liverpool are the only two teams to be undefeated in the Premier League this season. Two top 5 teams meet on Saturday as Chelsea take on Manchester City. Notably, Manchester United sits at mid-table in 8th.
Premier League Top Scorers
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang- 10
- Harry Kane- 9
- Sergio Aguero- 8
- Glenn Murray- 8
- Callum Wilson- 8
- Raheem Sterling- 8
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang currently leads the league with a total of 10 goals in 15 appearances for Arsenal. Manchester city has two forwards in the top 6 with Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling both at 8 goals. Glenn Murray and Callum Wilson are two surprise players that are having great seasons so far. Wilson has already tied his goals from last season in 13 fewer games. The race for the golden boot continues for these players on the weekend.
Premier League Top Assisters
- Ryan Fraser- 7
- Christian Eriksen- 6
- Eden Hazard- 6
- Aaron Ramsey- 6
- Raheem Sterling- 6
Ryan Fraser leads the pack with 7 assists in 15 games. His play is one of the reasons that his teammate Callum Wilson is in the top 5 in goals. They are both factors for the success of Bournemouth this year as they sit in 7th place. Raheem Sterling is the only player to appear in the top 5 in goals and assists at this point in the season, contributing directly to 14 goals.
Premier League Roundup
The Premier league is in full flow and the season is heating up. All the sides were looking to pick up points and move up the table. There were many exciting matchups and interesting storylines in the seventh matchday of the Premier league 2018-2019 season.
Weekend Fixture Reviews
Manchester United vs. West Ham United
Manchester United suffered a shock defeat to the hands of the hammers away from home at the London Stadium. Man. U. came into the game in a bit of a rough patch following a draw against Wolverhampton and a loss to Derby County midweek in the English Carabao Cup. Alexis Sanchez was dropped from the squad before the game not even sitting on the subs bench. West Ham pounced on the wounded Manchester team on Saturday. West Ham started things off early with a cheeky finish from new signing Felipe Anderson in the 5′ min. They doubled their lead when a shot from Yarmolenko took a deflection off of Victor Lindelof and ended up in his own net. Marcus Rashford pulled one back for the red devils with a backheel shot off of corner in the 71′ min. Just three minutes later Marko Arnautovic Sealed the victory with a precise finish in the bottom corner. With the three points West Ham moved up to 14th, level on points with Burnley and Crystal Palace. Manchester United dropped to 10th place, with Jose Mourinho’s job in jeopardy. The Man. U. fans are unhappy and want change in the front office.