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Scenes opening Week in EPL
The Opening Day
Week 1 E.P.L
We all waited with Baited breath over the close season just to see who our teams would or would not sign. How many Millions would the haves and not haves spend ?
Man Utd the arguably the biggest team in the league kicked off with a win against Spurs. As usual with this fixture, a fortuitous own goal gave them the un-deserved 3 points
Spurs fans will be saying “how come we never get the rub of the green at Old Trafford” They all remember the disallowed Pedro Mendes fantastic shot from the half-way line April 2010 where Roy Carroll clawed the ball back from at least 1metre past the goal line. The referee intimidated by the 70,000 Man U fans and also the Ire of the then Manager Sir Alex refused to give the goal.
Thankfully we now have Goal line technology as brilliantly demonstrated in one of the closing games 2014-15 season when Bafetimbi Gomis headed the ball past David Gomis in the Arsenal goal. The stadium was a hush the verdict was a goal no more arguing with the decision. It is yes or no did the ball crossed the line.
Speaking of the aforementioned Arsenal the team everyone is tipping for the first title since there Halcyon days of season 2003-04 they were humbled at home by a spirited West Ham Buoyed by the arrival a former player, now manager Slaven Bilic a canny first team coach. He marshalled his squad to create the biggest surprise of the first weekend.
Who would of thought anyone would have the foresight to hand a 16 year old Reece Oxford his premiership debut. Only to snuff out the threat of a world cup winner Mezut Ozil
The soap opera continues as you look at the smaller teams but still very interesting. Claudio Ranieri the amiable and well travelled manager, who has not been in the premiership since 2004 masterminded a mauling of the Napoleon looking Dick Advocaat of Sunderland. Who themselves survived a torrid 2014-15 campaign only to be rescued by the Dutch Master Advocaat
If you were able to predict these premierships results of the 1st weekend you would have cleaned up, with any bookmaker which in itself makes watching this spectacle more nail biting than any other sport in the world.
You can now spread bet on many outcomes, such as the result to 1st scorer to last, Score at half time, how many corners, so it now makes the 90 minutes no longer something that you endure. There are a number of games decided in the last 10 minutes of matches.
Statistically the better teams will always get a goal. All professional footballers are super fit, therefore a small team can always match a bigger team in its endeavour. It is no more survival of the fittest it is now survival of the best tactics and the most persistent.
Hard work beats skill if skill does not work hard
The days of Wimbledon and Stoke out muscling teams are a declining factor in the premiership, as Good coaches set up teams to combat this. Although a common used phrase is that another team wanted it more.
Sure cream always rises to the top. But on any given day as demonstrated by Burnley in season 2014-15 they took 4 points of the then Champions and mega wealthy Man City.
The Noisy Neighbours were not about to make the same mistake against WBA. After taking them apart in The Monday night game, that at times resembled a training match.
The medias darling Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea could only manage a draw against a well organised Swansea, who surprised another top team Arsenal last season. The fallout from which, we will no longer see the only lady who routinely runs on to the pitch Eva Carniero. She has been branded naïve. Only Mourinho could deflect from what was an average day opening performance.
So I like millions around the world can’t wait for the next instalment of the EPL