Across the Pond #2

Staff Writer Ben Winebrenner gives an update on the Premier League and previews the upcoming week.

Across the Pond #2

Ben Winebrenner, Staff Writer

How the Table is Shaping up after week 4:

There’s been quite a buzz among the premier league faithful after Matchweek 4. The top 4 teams all look like title-favorites, and this season has a competitive air that the fans haven’t seen since the 2015-16 season. 

Topping the pack, after a battering of my Newcastle United this week, sits Manchester United. The greatest club in Premier league history is chugging along with 10 points out of 12 from 4 games. 

Chelsea and Liverpool sit behind the reds in second and third place respectively only on goal differential. Man Utd’s cross town rival Manchester City sits at the bottom of the champions league qualification competitors in 4th. 

Some other surprises: Tottenham drops from first to seventh after a three-nil defeat to Crystal Palace. The whites’ North London Rivals, Arsenal, sit in a lowly 16th place after a 1-0 victory against bottom of the table: Norwich city. 

In other news, Cristiano Ronaldo, who is to many the greatest Footballer ever, returns to Manchester united after an 11 year Hiatus. 

Game of the Week: Newcastle United @ Manchester United

I know I have picked my team for game of the week two weeks in a row, but I assure you there is no bias here. We have been utterly dismantled this week, and it’s well and truly time for Steve Bruce to get on his horse and trot out of Newcastle. 

The Magpies’ trip to Manchester marked the return of one of the greatest players ever to the club where he made his name. It was the most watched premier league game ever, and the Red Devils put on a show for the 8.6 million viewers. They excoriated the Black and White, with a final score of 4-1. 

The 34 year old Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United as a 23 year old and returned as a global superstar. Ronaldo lived up to the hype as well, scoring two on his second debut for Manchester United. 

The Magpies were able to score one courtesy of Javier Manquillo, whose goal was his first for the club after 74 appearances. The other two goals for Man. United came from Bruno Fernades and Jesse Lingard in the 80th and 92nd minute, respectively. 

Other results:

Crystal Palace 3 – 0 Tottenham

Southampton 0 – 0 West Ham

Brentford 0 – 1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Leicester city 0 – 1 Manchester City

Arsenal 1 – 0 Norwich City

Watford 0 – 2 Wolves 

Chelsea 3 – 0 Aston Villa 

Leeds United 0 – 3 Liverpool

Everton 3 – 1 Burnley

My Team of The Week:

GK: Kasper Schmeichel (LEI)
LB:Tyrick Mitchell (CRY)

CB:Antonio Rudiger (CHE)

CB: Marc Guehi (CRY)
RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)

CDM: Fabinho (LIV)
CM: Mateo Kovacic (CHE)

CAM: Andros Townsend (EVE)

LW: Wilfried Zaha (CRY)
ST: Romelu Lukaku (CHE)
RW: Cristiano Ronaldo (MAN)

Game to Watch:

Sunday has a whole host of games that look to be intriguing, but my favorite of the trio is Chelsea @ Tottenham. The two “Big Six” teams face off at 10:30 a.m. on NBCSN. Chelsea (2nd) are favored against The Whites (7th) in this London Derby match.