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English Premier League, Week 1 Game of the Week

10 Aug

WELCOME TO SOCCAHAUS! We are excited for another season of previewing matches!

Swansea City vs Manchester United

Swansea City vs Manchester United

Saturday, August 16th, 6:45am CST, Old Trafford

Why This Game is Intriguing: The Louis van Gaal era is officially under way at Old Trafford, and the Dutch manager will look to make a statement against a solid team at home. Unlike his predecessor David Moyes, van Gaal will look to attack, attack, attack, only using a backline of 3 defenders- much like he did with The Netherlands in the World Cup. New acquisition from Athletic Bilbao, Ander Herrera has looked sensational in the preseason, and Wayne Rooney definitely comes into this game with a chip on his shoulder after the way last season went, and the way his English national team underperformed in Brazil. Manchester United went from Champions of the Premier League to coming in 7th place last year- and missing out on European competition.

Other Reasons to Watch This Game: Louis van Gaal isn’t the only manager with something to prove in this game- Swansea’s Garry Monk was permanently named manager this past May, a promotion from his interim status last season after the club fired Danish manager Michael Laudrup in February. Monk captained Swansea for much of the last decade, and has a good squad this seasion to boot. Swansea’s best players are captain Ashley Williams, midfielder Nathan Dyer, and center forward Wilfried Bony. Ivorian Bony is an exceptional talent, scoring 16 goals last season and 2 goals in the World Cup in Brazil. Swansea underachieved finishing in 12th place last season. With more stability in the club this season with regards to the managerial situation, expect the Swans to be in contention for a top 10 finish. Michu has been sold to Serie A side Napoli, but Bony is more than capable of filling the void.

Soccahaus Prediction: Manchester United 4, Swansea City 1

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English Premier League, Week 29 Game of the Week

26 Mar

Recap of Two Weeks Ago: We are back after a week off because of international play. In what was an incredibly exciting, hard fought game between two teams at the bottom of the EPL, Aston Villa came away with the win, beating last place QPR by a score of 3-2. The back and forth affair was eventually settled by none other than Belgian international Christian Benteke in the 81′.

This Week: 

Swansea City vs Tottenham Hotspur

Swansea City vs Tottenham Hotspur

Saturday, March 30th, 10AM (CST) Liberty Stadium

Why This Game Is Intriguing: I’m going to call this game a must-win for the Spurs if they want to remain in the top 4 and earn a Champions League bid. Why? Not only have the Spurs lost their last 2 games in a row (at Liverpool and vs Fulham), but the upcoming schedule for the North London club after this match against Swansea is absolutely brutal. Now, Swansea is a fantastic club, especially this season, but the next 3 games after this for Spurs are: vs Everton, at Chelsea, and then vs Manchester City. For a club reeling from 2 defeats and clamoring to stay in the group of England’s elite, this game against a high powered Swansea team is huge. In those two losses, Gareth Bale has not scored a single goal. The Spurs are at their best when their superstar Welshman is leading the attack scoring goals.

Other Reasons to Watch This Game: 11th place Swansea is looking for a home win against one of the top teams in England in the Tottenham Hotspur. Like the Spurs, Swansea is on a bit of a losing streak of their own, losing their last two games (vs Arsenal and at West Brom) by a combined score of 1-4. Swansea is led by Spanish international star Michu, who leads the team 15 goals, although he hasn’t scored a goal in the last 4 games. Swansea’s back line is anchored by Ashley Williams, the captain of the Wales National team. Williams is an incredibly athletic defender, and his leadership has propelled Swansea to a solid standing in the Premier League, as well as a victory for the Capital One Cup over Bradford City.

Soccahaus Prediction: Spurs 3, Swansea 1

Other Games This Week Worth Watching: Manchester City vs Newcastle, Arsenal vs Reading, Southampton vs Chelsea, West Ham vs West Brom, Everton vs Stoke City, Aston Villa vs Liverpool