Here we are with the second part of Premier League Power Ranking after 3 round. If you have not seen the first part yet, you can check it out here [link].
Raul Jimenez’s 1: 1 goal was the second latest Premier League hit since January 2017. The Mexican scored a penalty goal of a Burnley draw only in the 96th minute. Thanks to him, Wolves maintain their position in the Force Ranking, although they are more and more noticeable of fatigue in the Europa League. With a clash with The Clarets they played three games in 6 days, and Nuno Espirito Santo does not rotate the squad.
It was a colourless performance of the player Marco Silva at Villa Park. Yes, they created a few opportunities and in the second half firmly pressed their rivals, but they played below the required standards. The biggest problem? Effectiveness. What can help? Moise Kean’s break. Why will it be difficult? On Sunday, The Toffees will face a match with well organized in defence Wolverhampton.
11. West Ham
Sebastian Haller, welcome to the Premier League. The French striker scored West Ham two goals in a 3-1 win against Watford and introduced himself to the Hammers fans. The next two matches are an excellent opportunity to increase the output. Norwich and Aston Villa score and play well, but they are more focused on defending. West Ham has high aspirations and must win with such rivals.
12. Norwich City
A big jump of the Norwich in the Force Ranking, although this time after the defeat. Chelsea defeated Norwich, but when we look at the performance, all seems different. The Blues had particular problems with Norwich in the first half of the Saturday game, and although Daniel Farke’s players did not even score a point, they can put their heads up. The good news is that until mid-October, Canaries will have only one match against another team from the Big Six.
Unfortunately last game was terrible for Brighton. A bright spot? Leandro Trossard. No other player in this round has created as many opportunities for his teammates as Belgian. In a week, Trossard may not shine like that anymore, because Brighton awaits torments. The ones in the Premier League are understood by going to Etihad Stadium and clash with Manchester City.
The Southampton finally won, but it wasn’t enough to advance in the Force Ranking. Florin Andone’s red card helped a lot in winning against Brighton, but Ralph Hasenhüttl’s return to his favourite 4-2-2-2 setting was more important. The narrowly set defence line allowed the side defenders to hook up to attacks, two forwards caused the Austrian to have one more player to press, and everything seemed right.
15. Aston Villa
The Villans could easily be even higher. It would be better unless the fact that Dean Smith’s team repeats a similar scenario in the next match, in which at the beginning it is doing well to defend at the end of the game desperately. The lack of strength? Or maybe lack of experience? Anyway, to win 2: 0 against Everton. Aston Villa will shortly play only once with a team from TOP6, and it will be a clash with prickly Arsenal.
The defeat with Manchester City is calculated for most teams in the Premier League before the season, and even style of play was not so bad, but the position is also due to the good results of other teams in the bottom half of the ranking. Eddie Howe needs to slightly improve the team’s offensive, where Callum Wilson is invisible in the first phase of the season.
17. Crystal Palace
Until the 32nd minute of the match at Old Trafford, Crystal Palace did not exist until Victor Lindelöf made a mistake and Jordan Ayew scored. Over the next few minutes, the Eagles had a few more chances, then they stepped back, and the next one happened in the extra time, and Patrick van Aanholt used it. Thanks to the Dutch goal (and David De Gei’s mistake) the Eagles won 2: 1, and for them, it was their first away win with the Red Devils in almost 30 years.
Maybe Steve Bruce knows his job? The English manager positioned his team well against Tottenham, he took advantage of one of the chances and then limited the possibilities of the rival, and many supporters of Newcastle could recall similar performances during Rafa Benitez’s term.
19. Sheffield United
Sheffield lost to Leicester City, and manager Chris Wilder did not say anything and did not look for excuses after this match. Commitment alone is not enough, although you get the impression that the Englishman was deliberately so sharp with his players that they would soon return to better performance. Four points after three matches are still solid achievements, but they will need to work hard for the next ones.
The only place we were fully convinced. What happened to the team that did so well last season? Watford is the only one without points, and their game is not optimistic. The players started making a lot of mistakes (goalkeeper Ben Foster repaired some of them), Andre Gray’s goal was only the first this season, and West Ham had no significant problems on Vicarage Road.
That is all that we have to say after the third round of Premier League. Stay with us to always know what is going on in English football.