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A Fair Week for the EPL

posted Mar 26, 2011, 8:50 PM by Golden Knight   [ updated Mar 29, 2011, 2:16 PM ]

Posted in Sports

By Timothy Nguyen


Already into its sixth week of play, the English Premier League, also known as the Barclays Premier League, has had its ups and downs. With twenty teams and trades involving many high class players, it is unsure how things will eventually turn out. The league’s first place defending champions, Chelsea, had suffered their first loss to Manchester City, with Carlos Tevez’s single strike clinching victory. Arsenal, who currently sits one standing below Chelsea, also had their first loss to West Bromwich Albion 3-2, whose players Peter Odemwingie and Gonzalo Jara scored within two minutes of each other. There were several game draws during the week, most notably the game between Liverpool and Sunderland. What seemed to be a lost cause for Liverpool losing 2-1 turned into a draw when Steven Gerrard saved his team with an equalizer off of a cross from Fernando “El Niño” Torres.

Even though it is early in the season, the standings look fair. The four powerhouses maintain their place at the top while the other teams are struggling to make a difference. Chelsea and Arsenal have received their first loss of the season while the famed Manchester United is in third and derby rivals Manchester City in fourth. Stoke City, West Ham United, and Everton have a long way up from the cellar in which they currently reside. As the season gets into its latter phase, things will start to heat up and tensions and passion will rise for fans’ favorite teams to come out on top.

The season runs from August to May, playing thirty-eight matches each for the twenty teams. Forty-four clubs have competed in the EPL, but only Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester United have managed to win a title. Since its inception, the English Premier League has become the most popular professional league in the world. As we continue to watch the season progress, we will see many great talents, controversies and achievements that have shaped the EPL to what it is now.