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What's been occuring this weekend in the Premier League
Posted Nov 29, 2010 by Shaun Edwards
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What is it with Dimitar Berbatov at the moment? Not only is he the only player in the Premier League who plays whilst walking (© Alan Hansen), he interrupts a barren streak to smash five past one of the most difficult sides in the Premier League. How utterly bizarre. Whether this is the rediscovery of form, or simply a blip of positivity, the Bulgarian is one of the most perplexing players in the league.
Once again Chelsea stumble after gifting Andy Carroll yet another goal. This season has gone way beyond the point of being possible to predict, so I’ll simply say this: if Chelsea don’t pull themselves together very soon, Carlo Ancelloti will be gone by New Year.
What a disappointment Manchester City were once again against Stoke. I’d hoped that their demolition of Fulham last weekend was the mark of a team who were finally about to live up to their massive expectations, but instead they simply showed it to be a fluke. If they ever really want to challenge for the title, they need to get rid of Mancini: the Italian simply has no imagination. If they want results, they’ll take Ancelloti from Chelsea when Ambramovich inevitably makes the mistake of firing the second world class manager to bring titles to the blues.
Yes, it took until the last minute for Spurs to grab a winner against Liverpool, but let’s not pretend that makes them level clubs. Harry Redknapp’s team are by far the most exciting team to watch since Arsenal’s unbeatables, and would simply dominate Liverpool if they hadn’t spent the midweek spanking a side that could easily be in the Premier League top five.
Fair play to West Ham, and I do respect them, but I don’t think their win against Wigan really means much: yes, they were on top against fellow relegation candidates, but Wigan look far more likely to take points from the other sides in the league: something West Ham do not.