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The Thursday Throwdown: A to Z

By | 20th August 2009

everton-v-arsenalFor the first time ever, Premiership Talk’s Thursday Throwdown is here. Each week we’ll bring the A to Z list of the happenings in the Premier League. Without further adieu…

A is for Ancelotti. Carlo Ancelotti got off to a phenomenal start at his new club as Chelsea picked up six out of six points during the opening week of action.

B is for Burnley. After a disappointing opening day loss, Burnley proved that they are giant killers as they beat Manchester United 1-0 at the Turf Moor on Wednesday night. Well done, lads!

C is for Chelsea. Chelsea have stormed out of the gates this season as they attempt to retain the Premier League trophy from Manchester United. Two wins out of two leaves them tied with Tottenham at the top of the table.

D is for Drogba. A lot of Chelsea on this list, and rightly so. Drogba’s opening day brace lifted his side to a 2-1 win, and Didier is quickly becoming the Premier League’s next big villain.

E is for Everton. Everton recorded one of the worst opening day results in Premier League history as they fell 6-1 against Arsenal, and the Toffees proved that there’s a lot of room for improvement at Goodison Park.

F is for Fulham. Was last season a fluke? No way, says Roy Hodgson! Going strong in Europe already, Fulham maintained their good form from last season as they picked up an early three points on the road against Portsmouth.

G is for Gallas. Not only did William Gallas grab a goal in Arsenal’s opening day thrashing of Everton, but the Frenchman scored one off his backside against Celtic in the midweek Champions League fixture. Points for being in the right place at the right time.

H is for Hull City. Just like last season, the Hull rollercoaster ride is back. On opening day things looked to be going well as the Tigers took an unlikely 1-0 lead over Chelsea, but fast forward two matches later and Phil Brown’s side already have two losses. Uh oh…

I is for “I can’t believe my eyes!”. Tottenham are the annual favorites to challenge the top four, but seemingly every season they stumble out of the gates. Look at the table and believe it – Spurs are in first after two wins from two matches!

J is for Jermain Defoe. If Fabio Capello was wondering who should lead England’s frontline, I think he found his man. After rescuing England in Amsterdam, Defoe has gone from strength to strength. A hat trick against Hull propelled Defoe to the top of the form chart.

K is for Keogh. Wolverhampton’s Andy Keogh got the club their first win of the season as he headed the only goal of the game against Wigan. Every point is important for a club that could end up in the relegation scrap, and Wolves walk away from a tricky away tie with a win.

L is for Liverpool. Last season was a rollercoaster ride for Liverpool fans as they went from leaders to disappointers, and an opening day loss suggested more of the same. A convincing 4-0 slaughtering of Stoke shows that Rafa’s boys still have it, and this could be a promising season for the Reds.

M is for Manchester United. While the Red Devils may have won the title last season, most people say they never really got going. Their unimaginative and uncreative form has carried into this season, and their loss at the hands of Burnley exposed some glaring gaps in their squad.

N is for Noble. Mark Noble got the ball rolling for West Ham United this season as his beautiful goal against Wolves led the Hammers to a 2-0 win on opening day. West Ham haven’t made the step up in recent years, but 2009/10 could be a prosperous year for the London outfit.

O is for Owen. All eyes are on the new number 7 at Manchester United, and so far Michael Owen has only seen chances gone astray. With clear cut chances in both his appearances for United so far, he has failed to make one count. If he can’t do the business this year, he’ll be watching the World Cup from home.

P is for Pompey. Even their own stars are worried about a financial collapse, and now Portsmouth’s on-the-pitch form is suffering. The club narrowly avoided relegation last season, and zero points from the opening two matches suggest Pompey just might go down this year.

Q is for quitting. Rumors were flying all over the place this midweek about Rafa Benitez quitting his Anfield post. Alas, the rumors were wrong, and good ol’ Rafa remains at the Liverpool helm.

R is for redemption. Manchester City endured loads of embarrassment last season for failing to deliver, but Mark Hughes and his boys have already suggested that they’ll redeem themselves this year. Stephen Ireland and Emmanuel Adebayor led City to an opening day win, and they just might cause a splash this season.

S is for Sunderland. How can we ignore Sunderland? The Black Cats have been impressive this season, starting with a 1-0 win over a tricky Bolton side. They may have lost against Chelsea, but their 1-0 lead at halftime shows that the potential is there.

T is for Twitter. Darren Bent’s Twitter scandal is now well and truly behind him, and the England international is off to a fantastic start. Two goals in two games shows that he has found a new home at Sunderland, and we expect to see more and more goals out of Bent.

U is for uh oh. Martin O’Neill will be scratching his head and hoping he can avoid further blushes after losing 2-0 to Wigan at home on opening day. Villa could find themselves in some trouble this season as all of their competitors seem to have strengthened while very little has been done at Villa Park. Uh oh…

V is for victories. The three promoted clubs all recorded wins on their second matchdays, and those victories should give them the confidence to move forward in the world’s greatest league.

W is for “wow!”. We saw some stunning goals during the first week of Premiership action, and two in particular stand out. Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s goal against Liverpool was quite stunning, but the pick of the bunch is Hugo Rodallega’s goal for Wigan against Aston Villa. Simply amazing.

X is for xenon headlights. Burnley manager Owen Coyle was busy bragging about Burnley’s modest roots and humble players, when all of a sudden former Manchester United player Chris Eagles turned up to training in a brand new Bentley. I’m sure they come with xenon headlights, so the x in this list hasn’t thrown me off just yet.

Y is for Young. Ashley Young was the biggest disappointment in Aston Villa’s opening day embarrassment, and he’ll need to improve quickly. Young had a great season in 2008/09, but that’ll count for nothing in a World Cup year if he can’t replicate that form.

Z is for Zamora. All credit to this man. Bobby Zamora scores goals. When Fulham is up against the wall, Zamora has the ability to make something happen, and he found himself on the scoresheet on day one as he scored the only goal of the match against Portsmouth.

Tune in next week to another Thursday Throwdown, and let us know in the comments section if you like this weekly feature!

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  1. Taylor Fisher says:

    Loved the article so much that I think I'm gonna go out and purchase me a new set of xenon headlights for my new car!

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