The Weekend Hero
Nathan Dyer. By virtue of the big boys facing some tricky games this weekend and of course Burnley getting a bit of a spanking off Chelsea last Monday, Swansea were promoted to a few banker accums. They didn’t dominate, but Dyer’s 23rd minute goal was enough to grab the win and after the surprise win at Old Trafford, send Swansea hurtling into the Champions League places. Yes, there’s 94.7% of the season remaining, but it’s still nice to be up there.
Top of the Flops
Manchester United and Arsenal were the main accum regulars who didn’t oblige, but with tricky away trips to Sunderland and Everton respectively, caution should have been merited. The biggest flops of the weekend were Celtic who failed to deliver at odds of 4/9 against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. They’re more worried about their Champions League Playoff Round second leg against Maribor on Tuesday and they’ll still win the league by about 40 points, but that doesn’t help anyone who was banking on them to deliver over the weekend. By the by, Caley keeper, Dean Brill has yet to concede a goal in four games this season. Great name and great performance.
It wasn’t enough to spark a repeat of this quality headline, but it was a shock nonetheless.
One To Watch
Fulham. And not for good reasons. The Cottagers had suffered three defeats by one goal margins. That’s not nice, but also not a complete disaster – a bit like someone giving you a Michael Buble CD as a present. Then came Saturday when Felix Magath’s men got tonked 5-1 by Derby. They’re now 9/1 to suffer another relegation after being 40/1 before the season started.
Up next, they’re away to Brentford in the Capital One Cup. Yeah, no-one really cares about it, but being out of a cup competition this early won’t help his cause. Then it’s at home to Cardiff on Saturday, which neatly fits the ‘most competitive league in Europe’ stereotype. A crap start to the season could get a lot crapper faster than you can say ‘HOW MUCH FOR ROSS McCORMACK??’
Obligatory Manager Under Pressure
Louis van Gaal is in to 33/1 to be Next Manager Sacked after being 66/1 a couple of weeks back. That’s nothing major to be honest, but it’s a sign of the troubled start he has made to his Old Trafford reign. The results are crap, but possibly more worrying are the flat performances from his team who look as comfortable with his system and style as Ed Woodward does negotiating a transfer for a world class player. Alan Sugar has some wise advice for him:
Suggest Mr Van Gaal does not put his house on the market in Amsterdam
— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) August 24, 2014
Harry Redknapp is also one to keep an eye on with the Rs bottom of the table and Tony Pulis lurking around with his ‘I Can Help You Not Get Relegated’ voodoo. Despite constantly looking smug and giving off the impression he’s in total control, Felix Magath will also be slightly nervous.
Get Him On The Plane!
Yeah he looks a bit like he’ll try to sell you a Milky Bar, but Eric Dier’s start to his Premier League career has gone like a dream. Two games, two goals, being part of a defence that has earned two Spurs’ clean sheets – some players had to go several years to be part of a Spurs defence that had two clean sheets – we’re thinking the Gary Doherty era in particular. England play Norway in a friendly on Tuesday week, before starting their Euro 2016 qualification cakewalk in Switzerland. Could Uncle Roy be making a phone call in the near future?