Round one of the Premier League season is in the books with Manchester City defeating the Baggies 3-0 in a Monday night affair. At this point in the season there are so many questions but little answers as the Premier League is truly a long and winding road. Without jumping to conclusions and making rash judgments based on one match (that would be daft) let’s take a look at three storylines after the opening set of fixtures.
Is Petr Čech Old Or Just Out Of Form?
The former Chelsea goalkeeper made his Arsenal debut and it was one of those “shock horror” and or “howler” performances that no one wants to have the first time they pull on a new shirt. Čech was supposed to be a big improvement on what Arsenal has had in between the sticks in recent years but did not show that against West Ham. Many will say Cech is old but that is probably not the case at 33 years old wich is still fairly young for a club keeper. The more likely reason for Cech’s struggles is a lack of playing time over the last year playing in only 7 league matches for Chelsea. I would expect him to improve over the course of the season as he works himself back into the routine of playing regularly.
Can Graziano Pellè Score More Consistently?
The former Feyenoord and Parma man opened his 15/16 account in the opening match with a goal against Newcastle. This continues his hot goal scoring streak from last season where he scored 4 goals in the final 7 matches in a campaign that saw him notch 12 league goals in 38 total appearances. The Saints will be looking for more of the same this season but over a longer period of time. Pelle got off to a hot start in the scoring department in his first season with Southampton scoring 6 goals in his first 8 games. Unfortunately for Pelle he only scored 2 goals in his next 23 games for the club and he will look to be more consistent this season.
Will Pardew Keep The Crystal Palace Train Rolling?
Even before the opening weekend’s win over Norwich, the Eagles seem to be most everyone’s pick en vogue pick to do well after midseason appointee Alan Pardew took them to a 10th place finish last season going 13-1-8 as manager. That is a 59% winning percentage and projects to 67 points over a full Premier League season and would put Crystal Palace in the position to potentially qualify for Europe. With Yohan Cabaye , Patrick Bamford and Connor Wickham joining the squad during the summer transfer window, Palace could easily be like Southampton and West Ham were last season and in the mix for European places come January or later.