English Premier League Review: Week 3

September 3, 2012

Features, Soccer

By: Stefan Jagot and Mike Gazdik

As the transfer deadline came and went on August 31st, EPL followers witnessed the usual big signings and changes in scenery that come with it. The most notable signing was that of Manchester United and Robin van Persie, which came around two weeks prior, however there were plenty moves made as the deadline loomed.

Week 3 presented fans with a concrete understanding of what their team will look like roster-wise for the first half of the season.

Some fans will hope that their teams results in week three will be symbolic of their season in a whole, for fans of the other squads (Liverpool) they might want to forget this week ever happened.

Let’s take a look at the top stories from the third week of the 2012-13 English Premier League season.

1. RVP’s Hat-trick Saves Man U and Himself:

RVP after his match winner against Southampton. Image courtesy of The Guardian.

There were a lot of headlines coming into the matchup between Southampton and Manchester United. The biggest being Sir Alex Ferguson taking the reigns of the Red Devils for the 1,000th time in league play.

However, by the end of the day it was none other than van Persie who had the world’s attention. The Dutchman tied the game for Man U in the 23′ minute, but The Saints from Southampton were not easily deterred and rallied to take a 2-1 lead in the 55′ minute of play.

RVP found himself encountering goat status after a botched penalty in the 69′ minute which would have tied the game. What happened next though is the stuff of legends.

He was able to recoup and find the net twice in the matter of three minutes (87′,93′) to secure Manchester United the victory and Ferguson his 599th win as manager of MUFC.

2. Liverpool’s Historic Failure:

Liverpool FC Manager Brendan Rodgers. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

Liverpool is known for their major successes, but as of lately they haven’t been quite able to live up to the lofty expectations set by themselves, their fans, and the world. Those lofty expectations and the pride that comes with it turned to pure panic for the Anfield faithful as they witnessed their team fall to Arsenal 2-0 Sunday. Both Gunner goals came from their most recent signings; Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla.

The loss puts The Red’s at a 0-2-1 hole to begin this campaign along with a seat in the dreaded relegation zone at 18th place. To make matters worse for them, the one point they have recorded makes for their lowest point total after three games since the 1962-63 season.

First-year manager Brendan Rodgers now finds himself in the hot seat. With a two week World Cup qualifier break Rodgers will have to play damage control with his squad, and the media, until they face Sunderland on the 15th of September.

The season is not lost yet, but they need to make up ground quick if they hope to compete for European competition this season.

3. Swansea City Remains Unbeaten

While everyone and their mother are in panic mode at Liverpool, there is much to be happy about in Wales, and more specifically Swansea City. The only non-English team in the EPL find themselves in 2nd place after a 2-2 draw with Sunderland.

In the two games prior The Swans were victorious; all the while boosting their goal differential to an impressive +8; courtesy of a 5-0 thrashing of Queens Park Rangers, and similar beat down of West Ham United, 3-0.  This is due mainly to their mind-boggling passing play lead by Midfielder Leon Britton, and their forward Michu who has been scoring goals by the bulk early on this season.

Swansea, and Britton seem to be building on the passing percentages of last season which rivaled clubs, and players of much bigger stature.

While they did not secure a win this weekend, the draw gave them a point, which puts their point total to seven.  To compare, the current EPL leaders, Chelsea have nine points so far.

Will this success last for the Welsch side? More than likely not, but with a start like this they put themselves in prime position to secure their place in the Premier League and build on their success for years to come.

4. Carlos Tevez is back…for now

How long will he stay happy?

The Manchester City striker has been the source of much controversy since his entrance into the English Premier League with West Ham United in the 2006-07 season. The controversy finally hit its highest point last year when Tevez left Manchester City for six months to his home in Argentina and missed out on most of the season with his home club.

Roberto Mancini and Tevez seem to have buried the hatchet, as Tevez is now back with City and has scored a goal in every match so far this season, including one that helped secure the Community Shield against Chelsea just before the start of regular matches.

While the sale of Van Persie and his success thus far at rival Manchester United have gripped the headlines, Tevez seems to have been riding under the spotlight and maybe this is good for him. He has been splendid so far this season and his personal success is solely on his shoulders, as his talent has always been unquestioned, but his maturity and outbursts have always been what has held him back from realizing his full potential on the score sheet.

Tevez has 3 goals right now in EPL matches, only one back from current leaders RVP and Swansea City’s Michu.

5. Andy Carroll: First match injury woes

Since Carroll’s £35 million move to Anfield last year, and his failure to make an impact on the pitch last year for the team, his move from Liverpool has been rumored. It seemed to be only destined to happen as the striker fell to third choice on the squad, a placement definitely not for a player who cost the club so much money just a year prior.

Ever since West Ham was promoted it seemed transfer rumors had been thrown about aimlessly towards their coveting of the young English player and finally, even as the talks seemed to break down, West Ham leadership spoke finally of their intended move for the player, even if it meant a hurting in their pocketbook for years to come.

The move finally happened on Thursday, as Carroll was loaned to the Hammers for the year with an option at the end for a fee for his permanent stay, which if he impresses will certainly be picked up by the East London club. He seemed to be well on his way to a successful start as his play on Saturday as West Ham cruised to a 3-0 victory over London counterparts Fulham, but fell with an injury to his hamstring in the 68th minute at Upton Park.

The severity of his injury is still in the air, as his hamstring was supposedly not able to be scanned at usual time and had to be pushed back due to no real improvement since the match.

How long will Carroll be unavailable for WHU?

Top stories around the twenty clubs of the English Premier League will be brought to you by The Farm Club weekly, following the weekend matches. Be sure to stop back in for some more news and insight as the season progresses in England. If you are just getting interested in the most popular football league in the world, make sure to check out some of The Farm Club’s earlier articles, breaking down reviews and previews for every club as well as an article from co-founder Stefan Jagot that should help you decide which club you should root for. You can check all these out by clicking the Soccer tab in the navigation row at the top of the site.

Until then, make sure to set your alarms early on Saturday and get your fill of some exciting EPL action at a time that no other sporting events are even close to starting up.

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About Mike Gazdik

Born in Detroit, raised in Warren, MI and now located in Grand Rapids, Mike has lived in Michigan his whole life: totaling 22 years. He currently is Vice-President of The Farm Club, a blog that is growing daily with new writers and readers. He enjoys offering research driven articles on many different subjects, but mostly American football. The goal of The Farm Club is to give aspiring college writers the ability to write on what topics really get them ticking, while sharing their insight and feelings with a large reader base. If you think you'd like to contribute to The Farm Club, contact the blog on Twitter, Facebook or through email. Information is listed on the blog's webpage.

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