22 December 2015
The 2015/2016 Premier League Season so far
As we approach Christmas 2015 who would have predicted Leicester City would be sitting pretty at the top of the table with the outstanding Jamie Vardy breaking the scoring record with goals in 11 consecutive games? What an amazing rise to stardom he has had after beginning his career at non-league Stocksbridge Park Steels in 2007. It just goes to show that if you work hard enough and give it your all, dreams can come true.
Last year’s winners Chelsea (pictured above) are a team in turmoil after losing 10 times already this season. After winning the league last term, no one would have thought, going into this season, that Chelsea would be where they are now. Last week saw the end of The Special One at Stamford Bridge. Fans have had mixed feelings about the sacking but there are many who show their love for him and what he has achieved at the club.
Liverpool sacked their manager Brendan Rodgers after a sticky start to the season and brought in Jürgen Klopp who is well admired in Football from his time at Borussia Dortmund. He started well in his first few games but things are slowly turning back to the Liverpool of the early season after a 3-0 thumping at the hands of Watford at the weekend.
Manchester City are picking up points but are not playing the expansive football we are used to seeing with the players they have at their disposal and the money spent during the summer. They also recently lost 2-1 against Arsenal in a vital match in the race for the title. There are many rumours circulating at the moment that indicate Manuel Pellegrini will be losing his job at the end of the season, with Pep Guardiola coming out to the German Press and stating that he will be “moving on to another chapter in his managerial career”. He has had extremely successful spells Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Many clubs would go above and beyond to have him as their manager.
Across the city at Manchester United, the fans and media are slowly turning on Louis Van Gaal as results such as the 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford against Norwich are unacceptable for a club of Man Utd’s stature. Many people have now linked Jose Mourinho with the job and the man himself has stated his dream to one day manage the Red Devils.
Arsenal are currently the bookies favourites to win the league with the German wizard Mesut Ozil running the show with assists for them this season. Alexis Sanchez has been in breathtaking form showing fantastic skill and popping up with some important goals this year. It’s looking as though if Arsenal were ever going to win the title again it needs to be this year with teams around them stuttering.
Aston Villa have had a dreadful season so far and will be rooted to the bottom of the table at Christmas. Tim Sherwood started the season in charge and lost the majority of his opening games giving Villa an uphill task from the word go. Sherwood has since been sacked and Remi Garde has now taken charge but has yet to steady the ship. It’s looking like it may be a long second half of the season for Aston Villa fans.
My own prediction for teams to be relegated are:
With so many ups and downs so far it’s hard to believe we are only half way through. Let’s all hope that the second half of the season is just as, if not more, entertaining than the first!
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