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Champions in crisis, a relegation battle shaping nicely and new stars shining brighter each week, here’s five things we have learnt from the weekend.
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While FIFA’s carousel in Brazil where men take plastic balls out of shiny pots is likely to capture world football’s attention this afternoon as England get to know which teams they’ll face this summer, the Premier League returns tomorrow after a mid-week goal bonanza.
So, if Wednesday matches scuppered your chances of glory, here’s four players you should include in your team for this weekend to make up for the ground you’ve lost.
It’s only two days since goals were plundered in in almost every Premier League game played on Wednesday and now we get to, hopefully, do it all over again as the top-flight returns into his traditional weekend slot.
So, what can we expect from the Premier League this weekend?
As Liverpool stumbled to a 3-1 defeat at Hull on Sunday, the Reds’ so far almost impeccable run this season was abruptly brought to a halt, leading Brendan Rodgers to demand reinforcements and others to question the former Swansea manager’s transfer policy.
Unexpected though it might have been, Sunday’s defeat shouldn’t take anything away from Liverpool’s excellent start to the season, which has seen them pick up 24 points so far, just two less than second-placed Chelsea.
Martin Jol comes across as a very likeable man. The softly-spoken Dutchman has often been portrayed as a gentle giant of sorts, one of football’s good men.
However, sad as it might be to see him departing the Premier League, the only surprising thing about his sacking is that it took so long for Fulham to bring themselves to hand the former Spurs and Ajaz manager.
Martin Jol was the second managerial casualty in the Premier League this season, while Spurs and United can’t get going and Newcastle could surprise a few more people between now and the end of the season.