Archive for the ‘Analysis’ Category

5 things that we’ve learned

Posted: August 23, 2010 by thepremierleagueowl in Analysis, General
Tags: Chelsea, James Milner, Aston Villa, Everton, Ashley Young, Wigan, Carlo Ancelotti, Jermaine Beckford, David Moyes, Kevin Macdonald, Andy Carroll, Rob Green, Matthew Upson

Ashley Young will already have been on the phone to his agent… The day Martin O’Neil handed in his resignation at Aston Villa, the future looked less bright in the midlands. Less bright, but not bleak – Villa fans could correctly have reasoned that they still had a very competitive squad, even if the manager […]

5 things that we’ve learned…

Posted: August 16, 2010 by thepremierleagueowl in Analysis
Tags: Manchester City, James Milner, Roberto Mancini, Wigan, , , ,

Manchester City are the same, but different….. Harsh as it may be to say this at such an early stage, but City still look more like a collection of individuals wearing the same shirt than a team. Lot’s of debate in pre-season was dedicated to whether Roberto Mancini had cured the team’s soft under-belly, and […]

Player of the Day

Posted: August 14, 2010 by thepremierleagueowl in Analysis
Tags: , , Manchester City, Roberto Mancini, ,

Joe Hart – Manchester City (vs Tottenham) Closer than we thought it would be at about 1.30pm this afternoon, but Joe Hart still edges it ahead of Didier Drogba and all eleven Blackpool players. Pre-World Cup, the suggestion that Hart should be England’s first choice was greeted with much derision, but now the vast majority […]

O’Neill resigns over pending Milner/Young sales.

Posted: August 9, 2010 by thepremierleagueowl in Analysis
Tags: Ashley Young, Aston Villa, James Milner,

Aston Villa have found themselves without a manager 5 days before the start of the new season, as Martin O’Neil today resigned after 4 your in charge. O’Neil was reportedly unhappy at the lack of ambition being shown at boardroom level, and more specifically, the lack of funds he was due to receive from the […]

1. Can Arsenal mount a title challenge? Probably not. Pre-season friendly tournament or not, the Emirates Cup revealed that the age-old defensive fragility is still sadly alive and well. The obvious lack of a goalkeeper is so blatant that it’s barely worth further comment, but the absence of any real physical presence at centre-back is […]

The strange case of Darius Vassell…

Posted: July 26, 2010 by thepremierleagueowl in Analysis, Video
Tags: , , , Manchester City

“People want money, people want goals, they want me to stay, but i’m missing my home. The smile on my face, disguises the case, I bury the truth deep down in my soul.”

What exactly does Jermaine Jenas do?

Posted: July 20, 2010 by thepremierleagueowl in Analysis, Video

Probably one of the most accurate and humorous videos to ever appear on YouTube…

Actually Monsieur Platini, maybe we should talk…

Posted: July 13, 2010 by thepremierleagueowl in Analysis
Tags: Chelsea, , Manchester City, ,

Put the xenophobia away for five minutes, and think again about the Michel Platini-sponsored UEFA Financial Fair Play Plan. Then, remember this… Success in football breeds contempt. Fact. A golden era in a club’s history will always accompany a surge in contempt from all other corners in the country, it happened to Liverpool in the […]

In Howard Webb’s defense…

Posted: July 12, 2010 by thepremierleagueowl in Analysis
Tags: , , , ,

This blog is not usually a friend to Howard Webb, but this morning is different. Webb, through his Premier League career, has shown an increasingly frustrating tendency to favour ‘Sky’ teams at their own grounds – so much so that one was beginning to question his ability to handle the pressure in front of such […]

Stock take time at Anfield for Hodgson.

Posted: June 29, 2010 by thepremierleagueowl in Analysis
Tags: , , ,

The press conference confirming Roy Hodgson’s arrival at Liverpool is now imminent, and the well-traveled ex-Switzerland coach might want to give some thought as to what awaits him on the other side of the honeymoon period. Liverpool are now a second tier club in the Premier League. Furiously contested as this claim is by the […]