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Premier League Team Of The Week – Gameweek 3

See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting third weekend in the Premier League. Arsenal and Tottenham have provided atleast two players, while there is one ech from West Brom, Swansea, Norwich, Sunderland, Manchester City and Manchester United.

Brad Friedel (Tottenham Hotspur)
The American again proved to everyone that age is just a number. He made a number of important saves, especially from Johnson late on to stop Norwich from taking all three points, but the highlight was his reflex save from Snodgrass in the first half. However, he couldn’t do much about the close-range strike for the goal. He is surely going give new signing Hugo Lloris a tough competition for the number one spot in the team.

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

The former Ajax skipper put in another impressive display for his new club. The Belgium international was solid at the back and made the most number of clearances this weekend. He was a constant threat to deal with for the Canaries during set-pieces and also at the same time made his presence felt while defending.

Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal)
The strong Belgium international led his side from the front. He was rock solid at the back and played an important role in starting the attacks from the back line. His smart interception towards the end, from Mannone’s block prevent Liverpool getting back in the game.

Gareth McAuley (West Brom Albion)
Like the other two defenders in this team, McAuley was also rock solid at the back for the Baggies. He did an excellent job in dealing with aerial threat of Fellaini. He scored the second goal of the game from a corner to seal all three points for his side.

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City)
The Englishman has been very impressive this season, and was again the Swans’ most effective man going forward. His pace and drive was very important for the hosts and he troubled Jack Colback throughout the game. He created the first goal for Wayne Routledge with a delightful chip and also had three shots on target during the game.

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
The Gunners’ most impressive player so far this season was again at his best at Anfield. His Spanish class was evident almost every time had had the ball. He always found space, especially to recieve Podolski’s pass before setting him up to score and then he repeated the same trick from the other side of the combination, his movement and powerful finish were just superb.

Abou Diaby (Arsenal)
The Frenchman was one of the stars of the weekend. He displayed some fearsome strength in holding the ball, passed it with accuracy and provided his side with the momentum to build attacks. If he can stay fit for the whole season, then he has shown that he is more than perfect replacement for Alex Song.

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich)
The former Leeds United man was the star of the match. Caused the Spurs defence a lot of problems from the right and came very close of scoring in the first half, only see to see Friedel make an amazing reflex save. He capped an impressive display with a much deserved goal which earned his team an important point at White Hart Lane.

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland)
The former Wolves forward made an impressive debut for the Black Cats by scoring twice at the Liberty stadium. He was not much involved in the build-up play but showed his great finishing instincts with two good goals. He finished off the first sweetly after Williams’ mistake and then showed determination to bundle home under pressure from Chico.

Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)
The Argentine was again on top form as he helped his side defeat QPR at the Etihad Stadium during the weekend. His cross from the left provided the assist for Edin Dzeko’s goal and then capped a very impressive display with a goal after he turned in Dzeko’s shot in injury time. He completely deserved the goal and has now scored in all of City three Premier League games this season.

Robin van Persie (Manchester United)
The Dutch international turned from villain to hero in the space of 20 minutes. He equalised for the Red Devils in the first half but his overly-confident penalty in the second half was saved buy Kelvin Davis and it looked like he had blown the chance away for United to get back in the game. However, he scored twice in the last five minutes and earned himself a match winning hat-trick.


Premier League Team Of The Week – Gameweek 1

Have a look who made our Team of the Week from the a thrilling opening round of Premier League matches. Five debutants are included in the team as Cuellar, Cazorla, Michu, Hazard and Petric all impress.

David De Gea (Manchester United)
The young Spanish shot-stopper produced some stunning saves to keep his side in the game during the first half – especially from a Leighton Baines freekick – but couldn’t do nothing about Fellaini header.

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)
The Serbian is not a regular goal scorer for the Blues, but he scored the opener against Wigan and the finished off the scoring against Reading in the midweek. Defensively he was very good, showing good awareness to clear danger and also making well time tackles to stop the opposition getting in on goal.

Phil Jagielka (Everton)
The Englishman put in a performance of real quality. He was brilliant throughout the game and showed brilliant anticipation against an unpredictable and strong United forward line. At the same time he was dominant in the air and also made a couple of brilliant last-dich tackles.

Carlos Cuellar (Sunderland)
The Spaniard settled in well in the heart of the Sunderland defence straightaway and kept Lukas Podolski at bay for the whole game with the help of his stylish brand of defending.

Liam Ridgewell (West Brom)
The former Birmingham City and Aston Villa man put in an impressive display against the Reds. Gave Downing a hard time by showing him onto his weaker right foot and encouraging him to cross. Assisted in his team’s third goal by setting up for Romelu Lukaku.

Nathan Dyer (Swansea)
The Englishman put in a great performance against a weak QPR defence by bagging a brace for himself. First one being a cool finish after being put through one-on-one by Routledge and then an a great piece of technique to bring down Agustien’s floated pass before slotting home his second.

Marouane Fellaini (Everton)
The Belgium international played just behind the striker and made his physical presence felt by winning almost everything in the air and showing great feet to bamboozle United’s defence. Scored the winner with a towering header.

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
The Spanish international, who traveled from Puerto Rico, was the only spark for the Gunners in their opening game. The former Malaga man constantly got himself into probbing positions and also had couple of efforts on target but couldn’t break the deadlock.

Michu (Swansea)
The Spaniard signed for just £2m in the summer from Rayo Vallecano made a dream debut for the Swans. It looks like he can carry his form of last season into the new season and in a new league. His first goal may have been because of a goalkeeping error, his second was a stunner. Unlucky not to get his hat-trick, but certainly would be more than please with his display.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
The Belgium whizard has settled into life in the Premier League with ease by putting two consecutive Man of the Match displays. The former Lille man has five assist – including two penalties – to his name in two matches and has been a constant threat to the opposition with his pace and trickery. Surely a star in the making if he can do this on a regular basis.

Mladen Petric (Fulham)
The Croatian international made a very good impression in his first 45 minutes in the Premier League for his new club, by gabbing a brace. Scored a debut goal as his header did cross the line before it was cleared and scored the second with a screamer from 30 yards. Also set up the fourth goal for Kacaniklic with his last touch of the game.

Premier League 2012/13 Team Preview – Swansea City

Welcome to IntoTheTopCorner’s team-by-team preview to the new Barclays Premier League season. Here we look at Swansea City’s vital stats, their summer transfers and analyse their chances.

Manager: Michael Laudrup.
Captain: Ashley Williams.
Stadium: Liberty Stadium (20,532).
Last season: 11th.
Leading scorer (PL): Danny Graham (12).
Odds: Title 2500-1. Relegation 15-8.

In: Chicho (£2.2m, Genoa), Jonathan de Guzman (Loan, Villarreal), Michu (£2.2m, Rayo), Itay Shechter (Loan, Kaiserslautern).

Out: Joe Allen (£16.7m, Liverpool), Ferrie Bodde (Released), José Moreira (Released), Casey Thomas (Released).


Key Man – Danny Graham
Following Gylfi Sigurdsson’s departure, the goal scoring burden now solely rests heavily on the shoulders of Danny Graham. The former Watford forward ended the last season as the club’s top goal scorer with 12 Premier League strikes and he will be keen to keep firing in more goals this season at the head of Laudrup’s frontline.

Opening Fixtures
18-Aug – QPR (A)
26-Aug – West Ham (H)
01-Sep – Sunderland (H)
15-Sep – Aston Villa (A)
22-Sep – Everton (H)
29-Sep – Stoke (A)

Probable Formation (4-3-3): Vorm; Rangel, Williams, Chico, Taylor; Britton, de Guzman, Michu; Dyer, Graham, Sinclair.

Verdict: After last season’s superb displays under Brendan Rodgers, Michael Laudrup will have his work cut out to emulate those achievements in his first season in English football, which will be a huge test. Losing midfield pass-master Joe Allen will be harmful too – and Scott Sinclair looks likely to follow the Welshman after rejecting to sign a new contract. Laudrup has made some smart signings by bringing in Chico, Michu and Jonthan de Guzman but can Laudrup keep the Swans’ passing style of football going is a question that needs to be answered. It’s going to be a very tough season for the Swans, but I think they have enough quality in their squad to stay up and clear of a relegation scrap.

Prediction: 16th.

Reasons Why Brendan Rodgers Would Be A Success At Liverpool

The search for the next Liverpool manager is over, as the club have agreed a compensation with Swansea City for their manager Brendan Rodgers. The 39-year-old is expected sign a three-year contract with the Anfield club and his appointment is likely to be officially confirmed within 24 hours.

Liverpool finished eighth in the league and sacked Kenny Dalglish just after the season finished. The Reds finished 17 points away from a Champions League qualification spot, but won the League Cup and reached the FA Cup final. On the other hand, Rodgers guided his Swansea side to an impressive eleventh position finish in their debut campaign in the top flight, including a 1-0 win over Liverpool on the final day.

Brendan Rodgers will be unveiled in press conference at Anfield on Friday and here we explain why the Northern Irishman could be a great appointment for the Reds.

1. Will be given time by the owners

When the new Liverpool owners, FSG took over the club in October 2010 Roy Hodgson was already the manager at that time and so they had no choice but to stick with him. When the current England manager was sacked in January last year, the Liverpool fans called for Kenny Dalglish as their man to replace the former Fulham boss, and so to please the fans, the owners appointed the King. But now after sacking Dalglish, the owners have chosen their man and Rodgers is completely their choice and not forced upon by anyone.

Rodgers’ main objective would be to rebuild the club and take them back to their glory days, but the owners would surely know that it can’t be achieved in a season or two. It would take time and unlike the Chelsea chairman Roman Abramovich, FSG would completely stick with him and give him their complete support during his time at Anfield.

2. Will bring back the ‘Pass and Move’ football

The Koptites love talking about their old days when they were the most dominant team in England during the 70s and 80s. Why were they so dominant during those days? It’s mainly because of the philosophy and way of working that defined the club both on and off the field. Off the pitch: it was Bill Shankly’s vision he had for Liverpool. He saw beyond the football club and decided use the city’s characteristics to define the culture of the club and make it one of the best in the world. On the pitch: it was the ‘pass and move’ football which meant playing football where possession was prized. There is no doubt Brendan Rodgers gets his teams playing that kind of football.

Rodgers grew up watching the great Liverpool teams that completely dominated England football and the Northern Irish coach is the great admirer of ‘The Liverpool Way’. In an interview, the former Reading boss said: “That Liverpool was a truly great side. It was two-touch football. Pass move pass move.” This will be music to the ears of the older Liverpool fans, who saw their club go from the best-football playing team in the country to the physical and defensive play under Gerard Houllier. While Rafa Benitez’s teams played better football than the Houllier’s, the Spaniard still used more defensive tactics against the big teams and would settle for a draw against them rather than going for the win. Roy Hodgson’s short reign saw similar football to his two predecessors. Kenny Dalglish brought back the pass and move philosophy when he returned for his second stint but his team found it difficult to get the right results and in his last match they were complete dominated by Rodgers’ Swansea. Now the Anfield faithful would be delighted to watch their team boss oppositions once again.

3. Can get the Right results without spending Much

Rodgers is one of those managers who doesn’t need money to get the right results from his team. Swansea got promoted to the Premier League last summer by winning the Championship playoffs. It was obvious that the Swans won’t be spending a lot during the summer and with a net spend of just around £10m, Rodgers constructed a team that was capable of beating the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool and even Arsenal and also finishing eleventh in their debut season in the Premier League.

As we have seen last summer, the Liverpool owners aren’t shy of spending money but after Dalglish failing to provide with the right results they will be reluctant to spend the same amount of money this season. Rodgers is perhaps the right man who can spot talented and hungry for success players who are normally overlooked by other managers and develop them into top quality players. The same way he has developed the likes of Leon Britton, Scott Sinclair, Nathan Dyer, Angel Rangel, Michel Vorm and the latest of them Gylfi Sigurðsson – who has had an outstanding loan spell with Swansea and could follow his former boss to Anfield.

4. Represents the Future of the club

Kenny Dalglish when stated he would take two cup finals over a top-four league finish just showed how much football had change since his time. Dalglish came back after almost 11 years out of management and surely a lot of things had changed in football – like the environment surrounding the game, the arrival of top foreign players and rival managers and most importantly increase in the media scrutiny – since his past glory days. The demands are very high especially at a top club like Liverpool and there were some indications that the pressure was getting the better of  Dalglish and he was still living in the past.

Rodgers at the age of 39 represents the future of British football management. He has learned his trade under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and has also traveled the continent to learn from different football cultures where the ball is treated as a special prize. The to-be new Reds boss is a huge fan of the Barca’s tiki-taka style of football and he recently said: “The example of the Barcelona model was a great influence and inspiration to me. When I was at the Chelsea academy that was how my players would play, with that high, aggressive press, combined with the ability to keep the ball.” Many pundits across England think he could be a very shrewd appointment for the club and I am sure the Liverpool fans will certainly hope so.