Premier League Pecking Order- Matchweek 8 (Premier League Season 2020/21- In a Nutshell)
The pecking order is based on the performance of the Premier League teams during the given Matchweek; on this occasion, it’s Matchweek 8. No one had the week off, which meant all 20 Premier League teams featured. The Premier League Pecking Order starts with the 20th team (worst performed team) on the Pecking Order and finishes with the 1st team (best performed team) on the Pecking Order.
- Watford sat back and played on the counter attack.
- They were their own worst enemies.
- It appeared as if they were unprepared.
- This has to be considered one of the worst performances of any Premier League team this season.
19- Leeds United
- Leeds United had no answers for Southampton’s system.
- Marcelo Bielsa was thoroughly outcoached, which is a rarity.
- The fact that Leeds United didn’t show character would be a concern!
- Along with that they didn’t threaten in the final third.
- Everton weren’t at the races for the majority of their game against West Ham.
- The 1-nil loss flattered Everton, as they should’ve lost by more than one goal.
17- Newcastle United
- After a goal scored by Callum Wilson in the 2nd minute, Newcastle United went to sleep.
- They were simply outplayed despite only losing by one goal.
- Chelsea was extremely fortunate to beat Brentford.
- It can mainly be put down to good luck; Chelsea was obliterated in general play.
- The 2nd half performance of Chelsea was due to Brentford’s dominance; to put it simply Chelsea can thank their lucky starts they claimed all three points!
- Burnley were thoroughly outplayed, but they still managed to stay competitive.
- They didn’t allow the scoreboard to get out of hand.
- When analysing everything, the main thing they would be disappointed with was the final third.
14- Manchester United
- Manchester United weren’t at the race in the first half, but the score was 1-all at half time.
- Harry Maguire didn’t appear to fit, which hampered Manchester United.
- They equalised to make it 2-all in the 2nd half in the 82nd minute, but lost to Leicester City 4-2.
13- Brighton and Hove Albion
- Based on the Premier League table it was two points dropped for Brighton and Hove Albion.
- They would’ve expected to beat Norwich City and look more of a threat in the final third, the opposite happened!
- Due to the balance of play being controlled by Norwich City, Brighton and Hove Albion would take a point!
12- Norwich City
- Norwich City had more clear cut opportunities than Brighton and Hove Albion.
- They appeared to have a reasonable game plan, but they didn’t take their chances!
11- Aston Villa
- Aston Villa were cruising late in the game as they led by a couple of goals.
- They went to sleep for ten minutes of normal time and for four minutes of stoppage time!
- They lost a game that they appeared to have three points in!
10- West Ham
- West Ham controlled the balance of play thanks to a woeful display by Everton.
- The fact is that West Ham weren’t clinical enough in the final word.
- They should’ve scored more than one goal.
9- Manchester City
- Manchester City made the game appear a bit like a training drill, against relegation battlers Burnley.
- The fact that Manchester City controlled the game, meant that they should’ve won by more than 2-nil.
- After conceding the opening goal of the game, Tottenham played some good football.
- They played some good football and scored three goals.
- Despite only winning by one goal against relegation battlers Newcastle United it was a good performance by Tottenham.
- Arsenal took a deserved lead in the 8th
- They defended poorly at times.
- Despite that, they showed great character to claim a point in the last seconds of the match, when they equalised in 2nd half stoppage time.
6- Crystal Palace
- Crystal Palace lacked cutting edge in the 1st half, but got better as the half went on as they were denied a goal near half time, due to a great save by Arsenal goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale.
- They willed themselves to take the lead in the 73rd
- It was unfortunate that they didn’t win the game, but a draw was probably a fair result; both teams had six shots on target.
- Southampton prevented Leeds United from having a shot on target!
- The impressive part was the Southampton controlled the balance of play and the tempo of the game, despite having less possession than Leeds United.
- It may be a Season defining performance from Southampton.
- Wolves showed character to win a game that they trailed 2-nil with ten minutes of normal time remaining.
- The fact that Wolves never stopped believing was impressive.
- They had no right to win that game, but they willed themselves to victory!
- Liverpool looked as if they were having a training drill.
- It was clear that they controlled the balance of play and the tempo of the game.
- They didn’t take the game lightly though.
- There was no letting up from Liverpool in the first half, but they could’ve won by more than five goals, as Watford were woeful; Liverpool took the foot off the accelerator in the 2nd
2- Leicester City
- Leicester City controlled the game in its early stages; they should have transferred that dominance into goals.
- Mason Greenwood gave Manchester United a 1-nil lead in the 19th
- Leicester City showed great resilience and movement in the final third to regain the lead in the 83rd minute, to give them a 3-2 lead.
- Brentford had seven shots on target and hit the post twice against top of the table Chelseal!
- They restricted Chelsea to just on shot on target, unfortunately the shot was a goal.
- The fact that Brentford fans stayed till the end and didn’t stop chanting showed that they deserved something out of the game.
- Irrespective of the result, the performance was one of the best of any team this Premier League Season.
Premier League Pecking Order- Matchweek 8 (Premier League Season 2020/21- Final Thoughts)
It was an unpredictable Matchweek 8 of football in the Premier League. That can be substantiated by the Pecking Order. The entertainment value was outstanding, as there were 30 goals scored! There were two draws in ten matches. It’s incredible that Brentford finished 1st in the Pecking Order, but they didn’t score or claim a point. That’s what the Pecking Order is all about, as its performance based, not results based.