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Premier League Preview

MIKE CUMMINGS: It should be business as usual in the Premier League this season, but “usual” has changed slightly over the past few years. Where there used to be dominance from the Big Four, now it’s the “Sky Six.” Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool should all be near the top of the table, but Spurs and Manchester City have also positioned themselves as perennial contenders. One thing is still for sure, though: Manchester United is the team to beat.

KAREN PATEL: The Community Shield is the appetiser to the new EPL season and it seems, based on the result, that Manchester United have carried on where they left off. Despite some new faces to bed in (notably Ashley Young, and possibly Wesley Sneijder) and some players nearing retirement, United’s will to win is still very much there and unless there is some huge injury crisis, they will be challenging for the title once again this season.

AIDAN KELLY: Team most likely to win … Manchester United, silly. Despite rarely exhibiting the swagger of champions last season, and looking very ordinary on occasion (the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool and 2-1 loss to Wolves in 2011 spring to mind), they still managed to notch up a record 19th league title with nine points to spare, thanks in the main to Arsenal’s springtime self-destruction.
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MIKE CUMMINGS: Liverpool beat Chelsea 1-0 on Sunday to pull themselves one point head of … well, Sunderland, for fifth place. With the loss, Chelsea stayed level on points with … well, Tottenham Hotspur, on 44 points, with the Blues taking fourth spot thanks to a better goal differential. Apologies to fans of Sunderland and Tottenham, but that doesn’t really have the same ring as pulling ahead of Arsenal or level with Manchester United, does it?

KAREN PATEL: There was indeed a lot of hype surrounding this fixture, and that is largely due to Fernando Torres. Yet it was Liverpool who shone and displayed the grit and determination that had been missing during Roy Hodgson’s tenure. Continue reading

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EPL Transfer Window in Review

KAREN PATEL: This year’s January transfer window saw the biggest total spent in the Premier League since the window was introduced in 2003. A massive £225 million was spent during the month, this was an increase of £195 million from the 2010 window, and it is an indicator of just how much the market has inflated recently.

MIKE CUMMINGS: At this rate, there’s little doubt that Karen is right about us seeing the first £100 million player by next January’s transfer window. But things seldom stay exactly the same from year-to-year, in football or in anything else. Case in point: Seeing Fernando Torres in Chelsea blue alongside Fat Frank, Didier and Le Sulk (who was once rumored as a potential make-weight in the deal). For us Americans, it’s going to be weird, but encouraging, to see Michael Bradley in England, and even more weird if he actually finds some subtlety to his game. Continue reading

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Chelsea Vs. Tottenham Hotspur in Review

HOWARD MEGDAL: In one of the finest matches of the season, both Chelsea and Tottenham told us quite a bit in a 1-1 draw Sunday at White Hart Lane.

MIKE CUMMINGS: For Chelsea, it wasn’t a must-win as much as it was a must-not-lose. For Tottenham Hotspur, it wasn’t a must-win as much as it was a must-win-if-we-want-to-be-taken-for-real. And if not for one Heurelho Gomes howler (sorry, Howard, but you’re wrong about this one), tonight we’d all be talking about whether Spurs are now the de facto fourth member of the Big Four. Continue reading

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Chris Hughton Reflections

KAREN PATEL: I am amazed that Newcastle sacked their manager, Chris Hughton. It just shows how some owners want quick results and are happy to throw managers on the scrapheap after a couple of defeats. It’s worrying and is an indicator of just how fickle the game has become.

AIDAN KELLY: They say that Christmas is not a good time for England Premier League coaches and the season of the pantomime opened its curtains last week with Newcastle United provided the first entertainment with the sacking of Chris Hughton.

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January Transfer Window Expectations

KAREN PATEL: I remember last season when Sir Alex Ferguson was quoted as saying that the transfer market is poor, which is why he doesn’t make any more flagship signings. Many interpreted this as simply a lack of funds provided by the owners (they are in an awful lot of debt after all) but, for the first time in my life, I have to agree with Mr Ferguson.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Karen is right: the transfer window does allow for price-gouging, and little else. But for a number of teams within clear striking distance, adding that one extra piece could be the difference. Continue reading

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KAREN PATEL: I’ll be honest; I did not foresee a Liverpool win on Sunday. Despite three victories in a row and a revitalised Steven Gerrard after his hat-trick in midweek, I still expected the team to capitulate against Chelsea in the manner it did against Manchester City and Everton.

Chelsea are a different class to Liverpool and despite this result, they still are. However, a mammoth team performance took the sting out of the Premier League champions.

MIKE CUMMINGS: On Sunday’s evidence alone, it would be easy to say Liverpool are back, the new American owners are working wonders, and the Reds are well on their way to a spot in Europe. But to borrow the phrase de celebre of baseball stat-heads everywhere, that’s really too small a sample size to make any such judgment. Besides, for neutrals, Liverpool’s fine 2-0 win over Chelsea was great for an entirely different reason: It reopened a title race that was already starting to look more like a foregone conclusion. Continue reading

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Champions League: Round 2, Day 1

MIKE CUMMINGS: Welcome to the official thread for the inaugural Perpetual Post Champions League liveblog® (patent pending). Let’s pray this works.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I’m looking at primarily Auxerre v. Real Madrid and Basel 1893 vs. Bayern Munich. Curious to see if poor Auxerre can fight their way into the group, and if Bayern is as strong as they looked last time out against Roma. Continue reading

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Manchester City Vs. Chelsea In Review

MIKE CUMMINGS: “Chelsea are the best team in the Premier League at the moment. They are probably going to win the Premier League title easily.” That’s what Roberto Mancini said before his Manchester City squad faced Chelsea this past weekend. Then City went right ahead and proved their manager wrong. Well, sort of.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Saturday’s game provided an answer to the question: was Chelsea dominant because of poor competition, or were the Blues that much better than everyone in the EPL? Apparently, it was the former. Continue reading

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Champions League In Review

MIKE CUMMINGS: The Champions League’s first match-day. It’s like Christmas three-and-a-half months early, except it actually lasts for two days and, here in the states, we can only enjoy it by proxy. Maybe that means it’s more like the overseas March Madness, six months late. Who knows? Either way, there’s always plenty of excitement, followed by a batch of totally unsurprising results, followed by a wave of sarcasm and anger from me. How did it play out this time? Funny you asked …

HOWARD MEGDAL: No real argument with Mike, though while I agree that Inter lost some players (and Morinho), they also kept a ton of players. Wesley Sneijder, Julio Cesar, Diego Milito… all still there. So the draw to Twente surprised me.
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