After this weekend’s Premier League fixtures we’ve taken a look at who is going up and who is going down in our barometer.
Burning Hot – Robin Van Persie
RVP scores again and Arsenal win, it’s becoming a bit predictable these days.
I’m struggling to get to grips with RVP this season, on a weekly basis I look at him for my fantasy football team and think “nah he can’t keep this up” and what does he do.
The Arsenal forward has been almost unplayable this season and the volley he scored on Saturday against Everton was sublime.
Hot – Michel Vorm
The Swansea ‘keeper was a bargain at £1.5 million. Brendan Rodgers needs a good keeper for the fight to stay in the Premier League and Vorm is an excellent shot-stopper. The Dutch goalkeeper is also a decent with the ball and that is important for how the Swans play. Splitting the centre-halfs in an almost “Barca-esque” mannor helps them keep the ball and minimises a long punt up field which the small Scott Sinclair and tiny Nathan Dyer will rarely win.
Having saved Clint Dempsey’s penalty Vorm sealed his 7th clean sheet of the season.
Warming up – Martin O’Neill
The Sunderland boss got off to winning ways despite trailing 1-0 at half time to Blackburn Rovers. Late goals from David Vaughan and Seb Larsson handed O’Neill all three points on his return to Premier League management.
Slight Draft – Things between Roberto Mancini and Mario “Why always me” Balotelli
After the Manchester City forward was spotted breaking the clubs curfew Mancini is under the microscope on if and how he will discipline Balotelli.
Balotelli was seen having a pretend sword fight with rolling pins in a Manchester restaurant late on Saturday night.
The Italian forward had moved out of Manchester City Centre into the quieter Cheshire area to restrict the temptation of doing something stupid. Although after the firework incident Balotelli has had to move into a city-centre hotel which I’m sure Mancini will love.
The City boss had joked that Balotelli might be moved into his basement to keep an eye on him – that would be a Big Brother even I’d watch.
However his goal against Man City will have helped his defence case.
Chilly – Owen Coyle
Three wins in fifteen games isn’t good enough. The Bolton manager has a job on his hands to turn things around.
As worrying as it is to have lost twelve of the first fifteen league games, what is even more worrying for Bolton fans is that they haven’t even picked up a single draw. I don’t think it is a case of Coyle not respecting the draw enough but the fact that they are unable to keepa clean sheet.
Taking off Ivan Klasnic on Saturday was an appalling decision, to win games you need to score goals and Klasnic is a finisher. The Croatian has already scored seven goals this season, which is over double next closest Chris Eagles tally of three.
Freezing cold – Steve Kean (It had to be!)
The Blackburn manager was feeling a little warmer than his usual self when his side were 1-0 up away at Sunderland. Until two goals in ten minutes meant that he was back in the freezer.
There is no doubt that Blackburn are in trouble and an interesting fixture crops up a week on Tuesday with Rovers hosting fellow North West strugglers Bolton.
The match should seal the dreaded bottom at Christmas position, which if recent history is anything to go by at least one side will be frozen out to the Championship.
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