Friday Five; Things to Look out for This Week.
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Posted by Featured Articles | Published on August 26, 2016
Friday Five is a new feature that looks at five things for football fans to look out for this week.
- Referee Watch
The referees took centre stage last week for multiple reasons. Leicester City were denied two penalties against Arsenal, Mark Clattenburg was looking directly at the Musa incident and somehow missed it. Mike Dean laid down the precedent at the Britannia. He gave a penalty against Ryan Shawcross after he grabbed a shirt during a corner, then the referee penalised Sterling for doing the same offence to Shawcross. It will be interesting to see whether he continues this tirade against these antics in the box. Furthermore, will other referees follow this precedent, as if they do there will be penalties left, right and centre this weekend.
- Transfer Deadline Day
Managers hate it (unless you’re Harry Redknapp). The media and fans love it. Players use it to their advantage. Next Wednesday will signal the end of the transfer window. Which teams will strengthen? Will results from this weekend will result in managers panic buying? Only time will tell, but fans will be glued to their TV screens hoping their team signs a big name.
They have spent big and their fans will be expecting big things. They went to Wembley last year and it is not unrealistic for the Watford fans to expect a trophy this season. They should have enough to stay up. They have spent over 50 million in this transfer window, 12 million of that has gone on Roberto Pereyra from Juventus. He is an attacking midfielder who can also play on the wing. He is not a big goalscorer but Mazzarri will be looking for him to provide the assists for Igahlo and Deeney (who are yet to score this season). Watford face Arsenal this weekend and will be looking to cause an upset. Arsenal will be looking to get their first win on the board. Potentially a must win game for Arsene Wenger’s side.
- Hull City
How have Hull City won both of their Premier League games so far? They only have 13 fit first team player and the rest are youngsters. They are still yet to spend any money in the transfer window. The club is currently going through due diligence to see if the club can be sold to a Chinese consortium. There is no doubt that Mike Phelan will have to find a way to get some players in by next Wednesday. Hull City face Manchester United on Saturday evening, is there any way that they could cause yet another massive upset and win three in a row?
- Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth
This could be a six pointer already so early in the season. Crystal Palace have been on a downward spiral since they reached the FA cup final. Bournemouth have been widely tipped for relegation this season. They have yet to show any of the form that kept them up last season. They could have snatched something at the London Stadium last week but none of the players could take the chances. Crystal Palace have spent £32 million on Benteke and the Palace fans are hoping that this will be the catalyst to kick starting their season.