Premier League Matchweek 7 and 8: queen’s death leads to postponed matches

Cailyn Robertson

Global headlines have impacted the layout of these past two weeks. The Premier League is an English-based soccer league, so the death of Queen Elizabeth II has taken a toll on the schedule.

The passing of England’s monarch of 70 years has, of course, impacted how Matchweek seven and eight have proceeded.

On the Friday following the queen’s death, the English Football League and the Women’s Super League decided to postpone all matches from September 10 through September 12. This was not a shock because the passing of the Queen is a big deal.

The following week, the postponement continued.

Policing issues resulting from the Queen’s funeral lead to the Chelsea v Liverpool and Manchester United v Leeds matches to be further delayed. This leaves these four teams with not one, but two matches they will need to make up. 

With an international break this weekend, the World Cup approaching and the fact that three out of these four teams are involved in either the Champion’s League (Chelsea and Liverpool) or the Europa League (Manchester United), let’s hope that they can find the time to squeeze these two games in.

Until they are played, the standings of the league will not be completely accurate.

Despite many games not being played, there were still some matches last weekend.

The table has not seen much rearranging, despite some high-placed teams being a game behind. Arsenal is still going strong, with Manchester City right on their heels.

The matches went pretty much as expected, with no drastic upsets. Haaland has added yet another goal to his Premier League repertoire, and Grealish made his first start off of a knee injury, scoring in the same game.

Good luck to all defenses when they play Manchester City. With De Bruyne feeding Haaland, Gealish and Foden, how can Manchester City not score?

The biggest surprise this weekend was Leicester City’s 6-2 loss to Tottenham, leaving them, yet again, dead last. Such a great team with such a bad start to the season. I just wonder how they can sort it out.

Seeing Leicester City relegated to the Championship would be shocking, and I don’t think it’s something that Premier League fans want to see.

Lastly, voting for September’s player of the month is open. The nominees are:

  • Philip Billing – A 26-year-old Danish midfielder of AFC Bournemouth
  • Kevin De Bruyne – A 31-year-old Belgian midfielder of Manchester City
  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg – A 27-year-old Danish midfielder of Tottenham Hotspurs
  • Alex Iwobi – A 26-year-old Nigerian midfielder of Everton
  • Jacob Ramsey – A 21-year-old English midfielder of Aston Villa
  • Marcus Rashford – A 24-year-old English midfielder of Manchester United

Any reason why they are all midfielders? Who knows.

Premier League Matchweek 5 and 6: Transfer Window Closes and Tuchel Fired – September 16, 2022

We are 6 weeks in and the season is finally shaping up. New transfers have arrived from outside of the league and interleague loans have been established.

Many transfers are catching the eyes of fans. I think the most popular of our new Premier League players is Norway’s Erling Haaland. Manchester City decided to switch up their game plan this year by signing this young player. Haaland is known for being very direct in attacking and in his 12 year career has booked 147 goals. No wonder he has managed to score 12 goals in just 6 matches for Manchester City so far.

Last minute eye catcher Antony has transferred from Ajax to Manchester United, following his last season coach, Erik Ten Hag and teammate, Lisandro Martinez. Is all of Ajax heading to Manchester? Who knows. The £86 million signing seems to have paid off, though. In Saturday’s match against Arsenal, Antony was able to get his debut goal, assisted by Marcus Rashford.

On the subject of Manchester United, they have risen from 20th to 5th in a span of 4 weeks. Coming off of their worst season in club history, many were expecting complete disaster. Maybe the club will prove us wrong.

The headline news from these past two weeks has to be the firing of Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, who was hired in January 2021. In his first season Tuchel was able to get the club a Champions League title, and in just over a year he found himself sacked.

Chelsea have experienced a whirlwind of a year so far, with their owner Roman Abramovich being forced to sell the club in the latter half of the 2021-2022 season due to his connection to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Some suspect that a reason for Tuchel’s firing comes from a disagreement over transfer strategies between Tuchel and the new owners, Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital. Others believe it is due to the poor start to the season, losing 3 of the 6 games and the Champions League opener.

Brighton’s Graham Potter will be taking over for Tuchel, leaving 4th place Brighton on the hunt for a new manager.

Stakes are high in the league, and hopefully within the next two weeks we’ll see whether Potter can lead Chelsea to a winning season and whether Brighton can hold its ground in the top 4.