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By Leo Linden
Eljero Elia has arrived with a bang
Just a week ago, Eljero Elia was playing his football in Germany with Werder Bremen. He made his Premier League debut against Manchester United before scoring twice to lead Southampton past Newcastle on Saturday. He was dynamic on the pitch and made life difficult for Newcastle’s defense all day. If Elia proves to be a true talent, the rest of the league should be worried. Southampton’s defense has been the best in the league, allowing just 16 goals in 22 games. The arrival of a dangerous, creative attacking player
Aston Villa in trouble
Despite having more than a few close calls, Aston Villa have never been relegated since the inception of the Premier League in 1992. However, they are currently at a breaking point in their season which could see the club’s current downslide intensify. We’ve said it a lot on this site for a reason: Villa can’t score.They simply lack the ability to stick the ball in the net. It’s amazing they are still in 14th place while scoring just half a goal per game. Villa have 11 goals in 22 games,eight fewer than the second-lowest scoring team.
When Villa met Liverpool this weekend their inability in front of goal was apparent. Many have said when striker Christian Benteke returned, the goals would come. However, he looked poor at best in front of goal and lacks confidence. While Villa defended ok against a talented attack, they were once again plagued by their failure to score. This weekend was the 14th time this season that Villa have been shut out, and they now have to go back six games since their last Premier League goal. While ties are keeping them around right now, if they continue this terrible form in front of goal, it’s only a matter of time before they drop into the relegation zone.
Can Manchester United catch the top two?
Manchester United have been in superb form for a while now, and it’s hard to ignore the push they are making towards the top two. After a tough loss against Southampton last week, United regained their form by overpowering Queens Park Rangers. United had over 58 percent of possession and despite nineteen efforts from QPR, David De Gea only needed to make four saves. Louis Van Gaal looked like a genius when halftime substitute Marouane Fellaini broke the 0-0 deadlock in the 58th minute. The Red Devils added a second from James Willson in stoppage time when QPR were pressing forward.
United changed tactics at the start of the second half, playing with four at the back instead of the three that Van Gaal prefers. This switched seemed to calm United, as they played a much better second half. The victory was a good display of football overall and the points were well deserved. As of late Van Gaal is certainly pulling the right strings and if there is slip up at the top, United will look to pounce.