Live Streaming

  • Latest News

    Powered by Blogger.

    Premier League Half-Term Report


    It's the halfway point of one of the closest Premier League seasons in recent years and there is still a lot of questions for teams to answer.  However, who has met their pre season expectations? Who has defied them? And who has failed miserably? Well, it's half-term report time to see for each team





    Grade: B-
    After another frustrating summer for the Gunners, fans may have feared the worst when they were mauled at home by Liverpool on the opening day. But, to the teams and Arsene Wenger's credit, they have drastically turned things round, flying up the table and went 14 games unbeaten, however consecutive defeats to Everton and Man City have them flailing in fourth and almost 12 points off leaders Chelsea. They still have hope of that elusive title but it already is looking like another race for that final Champions League place.
    MAIN AIM FOR REMAINDER OF TERM: Top Four

    Grade: B+
    Bournemouth were a team I tipped for a positive season in their second term in the top flight, and they haven't disappointed.  Comfortably mid table at the halfway point of the season, the Cherries have gone about their business quietly and now they are in an excellent position at this point, Eddie Howe may keep one eye on the Europa League places.
    MAIN AIM FOR REMAINDER OF TERM: Mid Table, Maybe Europa League.

    Grade: B+
    Another B! The Clarets struggled badly to score goals and pick up wins when they needed them in their last top flight run in 2014-15, but this time around Sean Dyche's men have made their home form count, picking up impressive wins at Turf Moor over the likes of Liverpool, Everton, Sunderland and Crystal Palace. They currently sit 11th, their highest place at this stage of a season and Burnley fans have the relegation zone well, well away from them.]
    MAIN AIM FOR REMAINDER OF TERM: Finish around mid table.

    Grade: A*
    It's incredible to think that following defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal back in September, there was talk of Antonio Conte being under pressure. Thirteen straight wins later, that all feels like a lifetime ago. The Blues have gone from strength to strength, utilising their killer 3-4-3 formation to full effect, ripping teams up at will and staying strong at the back. They will feel confident of lifting the Premier League trophy for a fifth time in May, although one slip up and the pressure will be right back on.
    MAIN AIM FOR REMAINDER OF TERM: Win the league.

    GRADE: D-
    2017 can only get better for Palace after a nightmare 2016. Despite a run to last season's FA Cup final, their league form was horrific, and having collected 16 points from 18 games leaves them with an uncertain future. Palace's squad on paper says they have the potential to be a mid table/European place side, but Sam Allardyce's first aim will be to keep the club comfortably in the top flight for another season.
    MAIN AIM FOR REMAINDER OF SEASON: Stay up.


    Grade: C+
    One of the major unarchivers last season, Ronald Koeman should be happy with what his side have produced so far. The winter period has marred their strong start to a small extent, but 7th place at the halfway point is a respectable feat.  Their progress will be based on how the kick on for the remainder of the season, and anything lower than a top half finish will ultimately be seen as failure for the talented young side.
    MAIN AIM FOR REMAINDER OF TERM: Europa League place.

    Grade: E+
    You have to feel sorry for Hull really. A nightmare pre-season which saw no new players in, an injury hit squad and Steve Bruce's resignation was lifted with a shock opening day win over champions Leicester and a follow up win over Swansea. Since then, it's been predictably down hill from there. The Tigers have struggled to keep clean sheets and have looked like the strugglers everybody thought they would be. Staying up looks like a miracle for them at this point, and it looks like Mike Phelan has a rebuilding job on his hand, unless they can do the unthinkable and beat the drop.
    MAIN AIM FOR REMAINDER OF TERM: Stay Up. Somehow.
    Grade: D-
    This time last year. Leicester sat second, two points behind leaders Arsenal. We all know what would go on to happen after that. If they were sat in the same position this time around, people would be wondering when they are going to wake up. We all probably expected the Foxes to be nowhere near the top this time but to be battling relegation is not good enough for a squad of their calibre. N'Golo Kante may have departed for Chelsea, but Jamie Vardy has struggled and only Riyad Mahrez has truly impressed so far.
    MAIN AIM FOR REMAINDER OF TERM: Mid Table.

    Grade: A+
    Jurgen Klopp's Revolution at Anfield is in full swing, and it's been a joy to watch so far. He has turned a struggling side into one which is spectacular going forward and after initial defensive struggles, has made them a rock at the back, as shown in their close 1-0 win over Man City on New Year's Eve. He has also turned around many of the player's fortune, including Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Emre Can to name a few. Only six points off Chelsea, and having won at Stamford Bridge already this season, The Reds are still in full contention  for a potential domestic treble.
    MAIN AIM FOR THE REMAINDER OF TERM: Win the league.

    Grade: B+
    There was a lot of hype at the Etihad when it was announced Pep Guardiola would take over. After a strong start of six wins out of six, defeat at Spurs in October saw City crumble, conceding top spot to Chelsea and Liverpool and falling well behind the top two, as well as showing the Spaniard just how tough the Premier League is. Defensively, they have struggled horribly and have kept only four clean sheets this season which has led them to conceding several late points. A flurry of superstars has led to a team with no balance, and that will be Guardiola's downfall this season.
    MAIN AIM FOR THE SEASON: Top Three. MAYBE the title.

    Grade: C+
    Following his Chelsea nightmare last season, Jose Mourinho's reputation was in tatters, and I don't think he's done loads at Old Trafford to repair it. United spent a lot of money in the summer, and only in the Christmas period have the big singing come to prominence and brought them closer to the top four after a shocking start. Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mikitryan have been superb in the last few months and now they are just one point off fourth, a return to Europe's elite does not look so unrealistic anymore. However, anything else for a squad of this quality is frankly unacceptable.
    MAIN AIM FOR THE REMAINDER OF TERM: Top four.

    Grade: D+
    If Aitor Karanka had been offered 16th going into the new year, he probably would have taken it. Boro were unlucky to lose at Old Trafford on New Year's Eve and have been okay so far. Their main issue so far has their home form, where they have only two home wins. The Riverside will need to be a fortress for the remainder of the season if they are to survive, but they should be pleased with their progress so far.
    MAIN AIM FOR REMAINDER OF TERM: Stay up.

    Grade: C-
    I actually tipped the Saints to shock everybody and finish in the top four after two excellent seasons under Ronald Koeman, unfortunately for new gaffer Claude Puel it's been very stop-start for his new side. Whilst 9th place at this point is no failure, they have struggled badly to really get their season. A run of no wins their first four games was followed by four wins in five games before a really mixed run of form over the Winter period. Out of Europe, the Saints will hope to find some consistency in the new year and have a league cup semi-final with Liverpool to look forward to.
    MAIN AIM FOR REMAINDER OF TERM: Europa League place.

    Grade: D-
    Stoke's worst start to a Premier League season put a heap of pressure on Mark Hughes, but a decent results over the teams near the bottom have taken them away from danger. For now. Stoke has surprisingly struggled defensively this time around and haven't looked as solid as in recent years, and despite sitting 14th going into the new year will be looking nervously over their shoulders unless they can build a constituent run of results.
    MAIN AIM FOR REMAINDER OF TERM: Mid Table.

    Grade: E+
    David Moyes had a lot to prove when he joined Sunderland after a horror show during his 10 months as Man United manager. Unfortunately for him, they will still feel they dodged a bullet with him. A run of no wins in their first 10 league games and 8 losses, they were always going to be embroiled in another relegation dogfight. However, credit to Moyes, as crucial wins over Bournemouth, Hull and Watford have left the black cats 2 points off safety, although they will need star man Jermain Defoe to continue banging in the goals for them, otherwise it will be a long season at the Stadium of Light.
    MAIN AIM FOR REMAINDER OF TERM: Stay up.

    Grade: F-
    Swansea were probably lucky not to get a U here (Ungraded) due to their shocking season. Where to start? One win in their opening seven games led to the somewhat harsh sacking of Francesco Guidolin and the arrival of American Bob Bradley. 85 Days later, he was also given his P45 after a frankly embarrassing two months as manager, which included lazy performances in thrashings by Manchester United, Spurs and West Ham. Ex- Derby boss Paul Clement is reportedly set to be named as their third manager of the season, and he will have a moutian to climb to keep this sorry lot up.
    MAIN AIM FOR REMAINDER OF TERM: Stay up, and put some effort in.



    Grade: B+
    It would have been very easy for Spurs to carry last season's title heartbreak  into this season, but credit to them, they've made a strong start having lost just 2 of their first 18 games. The main issue for Spurs is their lack of goals when Harry Kane doesn't play, but with no more Champions League 
    football to come they have the league as their main focus. The title may not be their for them this time, but a top four spot is very much in their sights.
    MAIN AIM FOR REMAINDER OF TERM: Top four, finish above Arsenal.
    Grade: C+
    2016 was a highly successful year for the Hornets. A run to the FA Cup semi-finals, and some excellent results against the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, West Ham and Everton to name a few. A decent start to the new season despite another change of manager and they will be more than happy with where they currently sit, 12th. With a decent squad of players at their disposal, Walter Mazzari's side may consider aiming higher for 2017.
    MAIN AIM FOR REMAINDER OF TERM: Top half.

    Grade: B+
    West From have arguably been the surprise package of the season. A good start to the season, inspired by the goals of Solomon Rondon and Matt Phillips have seen the Baggies comfortably sitting in the top half and they will certainly have an eye on nabbing a Europa League spot for the first time.
    MAIN AIM FOR REMAINDER OF TERM: Europa League place.

    Grade: D-
    New stadium, new badge, new era. All looked rosy for the Hammers after a stunning season last year, which saw them finish 7th. However the Olympic Stadium has been a disaster for them since moving there, with multiple home defeats and crowd trouble disgracing their first year there. Couple that with some shocking defending has seen them embroiled in a relegation fight. Their saving grace has been some decent form over the Christmas period, which has seen move up to 13th and away from the drop, although it will still be a tough season ahead for Slaven Bilic and his men.
    MAIN AIM FOR REMAINDER OF TERM: Stay up, Finish near mid-table.

    • Blogger Comments
    • Facebook Comments

    0 comments:

    Post a Comment

    Item Reviewed: Premier League Half-Term Report Rating: 5 Reviewed By: rob
    Scroll to Top