Premier League table toppers Manchester United will open the Week 2 of the 2017-18 campaign in a trip to Wales to face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in Saturday’s first match.
Jose Mourinho will hope to see his side take after their 4-0 throttling of West Ham United with a triumph over the Swans, while Chelsea settles their attentions on a derby date against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
- Swansea vs Manchester United
The early fixture on Saturday is between relegation headed Swansea vs title aspiring Man Utd. After a good start against West Ham, Man Utd are full of confidence to go to their first away fixture of the season. Lukaku has already shown his prowess and will be giving Swansea defenders a hard time again tomorrow. Man Utd has lots of striking power with all midfielders being able to slot in a goal too if needed. Swansea comes to this fixture off a surprising 0-0 draw with Southampton last weekend. They find themselves with very little scoring ability with their top strikers not available for this match. They also lost their best player Sigurdsson who has moved to Everton. Not looking pretty for Swansea here
Man Utd over 2.5 team goals
Correct score prediction Swansea 0 Man Utd 3
Multicorners over 24.5
- AFC Bournemouth vs Watford
Two humble teams meeting up on the 2nd league day with very important points up for grabs. Watford managed a helluva good 1 point recovery at home to Liverpool last weekend with a last gasp goal in a 3-3 thriller. This augurs good things for them as they will find it hard to remain in the top flight this season. Bournemouth struggled to get shots on target last weekend against a surprisingly solid WBA side. Okaka Chuka looked on from last weekend and will be a threat again here.
Bournemouth to win outright
Correct score prediction Bournemouth 2 Watford 1
- Burnley vs West Bromwich Albion
The low-key fixture between two winnings sides on Day 1 of the premier league. Burnley pulled off the biggest upset of the day beating holders Chelsea. WBA had a convincing low margin win against Bournemouth. We usually tend to see disappointing games following magical upsets. It will be tough for Burnley to find the same motivation they had against Chelsea. On the other hand, WBA looks like a solid side that can have a decent mid-table placing this year.
Correct score prediction 1-1 and Over 4.5 corners for Burnley
- Leicester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Leicester looked like a side that will cause some damage to this year’s premier league. They will not pull another 2015, they will also not place within the top 4 but do not exclude Europa league places for this stubborn side. Jamie Vardy and Iheanacho WILL get the goals.
Lots of goals in this one.
Leicester to win outright
Correct score prediction Leicester City 3 Brighton 1
Over 9 total corners
- Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
Really disappointing league start for Liverpool last Saturday when Watford managed to get a last gasp 3-3 draw. Liverpool was obviously complacent and kept all their energies for their midweek Champions league fixture. That went well and puts Liverpool in a strong position to qualify for the group stage. This fixture though is really important for Liverpool to aspire to manage a 4th place finish. Every point counts for them in this premier league and they could easily miss out if they do not bank the points at home.
Over 2.5 goals and both teams to score
Correct score predictions Liverpool 3 Crystal Palace 0
Over 24.5 multi corner’s
Southampton vs West Ham United
Southampton only needed to break their scoring jinx on opening day to get the 3 points against Swansea last week. Their low scoring opening day streak continues. They did, however, look like a strong side that will improve and have some good games along the way. Still expecting Gabbiadini to score in this one as the Italian has a great sense of scoring. West Ham looks weak but can still pop a surprise. West Ham will be missing key players here and will struggle to score.
Southampton to win outright
Correct score prediction Southampton 2 West Ham 0
Race to 3 corners – Southampton
Stoke City vs Arsenal
Arsenal’s great comeback win at home may have ignited positive vibes in the Arsenal changing room but the transfer rumours around Alexis Sanchez are still the overpowering voice. Lacazette will solve goal problems for Arsene Wenger but they must also think about the 3 goals they bagged on day 1. Defensive matters will get you lower or higher in the league table. Stoke looked ok at Everton last weekend but still, they lack the physicalities. Mertesacker will still be out with a head injury and Alexis Sanchez also out with an Abdominal strain. Stoke will be missing a key player in Afellay.
Arsenal to win outright
Correct score prediction Stoke City 1 Arsenal 3
Over 2.5 goals
Huddersfield Town vs Newcastle United
Huddersfield pulled off a massive 3-0 win away to Crystal Palace last weekend and they looked like they got through that so naturally and easily. Newcastle are our favourites to relegate this season. Rafa Benitez seems frustrated at the lack of incoming transfers this summer and they also miss Shelvy from this match after his crazy incident vs Tottenham last weekend. The Magpies will find it difficult to score this year without a killer striker upfront.
Huddersfield to win outright
Correct score prediction Huddersfield 2 Newcastle 1
Corner in the first 10 minutes
Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea
Game of the week and what a crucial one for Antonio Conte and his men! Losing the opening fixture to Burnley at home on day one is NOT how AC thought he would start his title defence. Shocking result but it would probably be a stern reminder to Chelsea that nothing is for granted in Premier League. This London derby has a long history of rivalry and we think that this game will be fought hard and with goals but some hard tackles. Chelsea will probably start Morata this time round as he was the one that gave them the spark to attempt a comeback last Saturday. Chelsea will miss key people in this fixture which makes it all the harder. Hazard, Pedro and probably Bakayoko will be out through injury, whilst Cahill and Fabregas will both miss out due to red cards acquired last weekend. Tottenham comes into this game stronger and will not miss any key players. They will play their first league game at Wembley and it remains to be seen how they will react to this change of stadium.
Tottenham to win outright at 2.10
Correct score prediction Tottenham 2 Chelsea 1
Card handicap Chelsea -1
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere
The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.
The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.
Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues
Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.
Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.
He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.
The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.
In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.
Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.
Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”
- Iago Aspas
Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.
After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.
At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.
In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.
- Diego Forlan
Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.
Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.
In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.
The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.
With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.
Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.
Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.
There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.
These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.
Top 10 Football Dribblers Of All Time
The beautiful game of football is arguably the only sport that entertains its fans with the opportunity to witness a genuine instance of sheer genius with a series of beautiful nutmegs. The display of skills, footwork, eye-catching dribbles by different players makes the game more entertaining.
A lot of players around the world can dribble, go past a defender with a single flick and pace. However, good dribblers can be considered as one of the most important key players of a team, as they can unlock any kind of defense.
There are tons of Football dribblers, but only the best have made it onto the CheapGoals list.
10. Roberto Rivelino
Rivelino’s magic with the ball was unbelievable, doing things nobody ever has or will do on a football pitch, and also had a quality of certainty about himself when he was on the ball.
He would not only wind past his opponents but also mortify them and smash defenders’ confidence. Sudden speeding up, various body bluffs would see him outfox defenders on numerous occasions, as some would say Garrincha made the ball talk to his feet.
Other than being authoritatively one of the best footballers to ever graced the beautiful game and lived with three World Cup medals, this iconic Brazilian player was incredible at dribbling. Being able to control the ball in front of defenders and going past them with ease and confidence is something an aspiring footballer would dream of.
8. George Best
Undoubtedly one of England’s greatest players, having scored 137 goals in 361 appearances for Manchester United in a career that spread over more than a decade for the Red Devils. He had the confidence to make use of the ball within and outside of his boot so well that he could cut around players quickly and easily.
De Lima is known for dribbling past defenders and after that going ahead to score a goal. only a few players have aced the popular ‘step over’ dribble as Ronaldo always proved to be a match-winner time over time with his solo dribbles.
6. Johan Cruyff
One of Cruyff’s best abilities was that he had the ability to recognize any weakness and shortcoming in a defender. Like De-lima, he had a move named after him called “The Cruyff Turn”. It would appear as though he was passing the ball to a teammate but instead to kick the ball, he would turn 90 degrees and drag the ball within his foot behind his back leg. This sudden 90-degree move always left the opponent over to the cleaners.
Talking about football dribblers, Garrincha compared to Pele was generally viewed as the best dribbler ever. His extraordinary speed combined with his stunning ball control always leaves defenders powerless, and unfit to deal with his mesmerizing dribbles. At just 5ft 6inches Garrincha’s low center of gravity helped him weave around opponents effortlessly.
4. Diego Maradona
Maradona uses a style of dribbling called “Gambetta” in which he would use his body position to trick into going the wrong way.
Maradona is an impudent, supreme football dribbler – who uses his small stature to make an extraordinary impact which made him one of the best dribblers in football. His strength and control made it difficult to knock him off the ball.
Considered by many as a standout amongst one of the most skillful players in football, he was commended for his abilities and inventiveness. only if his prime had lasted longer, he may very well have been crowned with Ballon d’Or but Okocha is one of the best football dribblers. Be that as it may, it always a joy to watch the Nigerian dazzle on the football pitch.
The former PSG forward and Brazil legend came into the limelight amid his time with Barcelona scoring 70 goals in 145 caps for the club. Dinho brought his mesmerizing pattern of football from the streets of Brazil onto the world stage, and defenders couldn’t deal with his skills and frills.
Every little thing about him appeared to be so superb. From his sly bluffs to his sudden change in increasing speed, all that he did was accompanied by a smile all over his face. His most popular trick was ‘Snake Bite’ where he would trick defenders by pushing the ball sideways, however, all of a sudden pulling the ball back the other way. He is considered one of the best football dribblers.
Having for all intents and purposes wins everything minus a World Cup, the four-time Balon d’Or winner is magnificently unstoppable on his day. The Barcelona forward has scored lots of stunning goals, beating three, four, even five players before firing it in the back of the net.
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This is CheapGoal’s top 10 football dribblers, if any of our loving readers feel otherwise or have their preferred special list, pls don’t hesitate to drop and comment…