No Silva Linings Here | Case of the Mondays
Here's who's having the worst #CaseOfTheMondays this morning.
Another Premier League manager bites the dust. This time, Watford’s Marco Silva.Watford have not won in the league since Boxing Day, losing three and drawing one since, as well as won FA Cup win against Championship side Bristol City. But until Boxing Day, they also had not won for an entire month prior.Watford sit in 10th currently, which might not seem so dire, but the tightness of the bottom half of the Premier League table means that they’re actually only four points clear of 18th and 9 clear of 20th. That’s closer to the bottom than second-placed Manchester United are to first.To keep them clear of the bottom, Watford will need to turn their one-win-in-two-months form around fast. And it seems they don’t believe Marco Silva, who’s only been with the club since May, is the man to do that.
This weekend’s edition of the De Klassieker between Ajax and Feyenoord went to the former, a confident 2-0 victory.It was nil-nil until the 50th minute, when Ajax rapidly scored two goals in three minutes. Just minutes later, Feyenoord went down to ten men, and with thirty minutes left to play it all but looked like Ajax had already sealed it.But at least Feyenoord are getting a 34-year-old van Persie — that’ll turn things right around for them, won’t it?
This weekend, 5th-placed Tottenham played (then 17th-placed) Southampton. The point gap between the two teams was 23. And they drew 1-1.Tottenham actually scored both goals — the opening goal, putting Southampton up 1-0, an own goal from Spurs, and then Harry Kane’s 99th Premier League goal as the equalizer shortly after.Tottenham are still two points behind Liverpool, before they play tonight, with Arsenal nipping at their heels in 6th. The way Arsenal have been playing — and without Sánchez — Tottenham will probably be able to hold on to fifth place at least, but can they climb higher?If Spurs really want to prove they’re fighting for a Top 4 place this year, they can’t be dropping points to a team fighting to avoid relegation.
It took just 2 minutes for Lyon to score the opening goal and 90+4 for them to score the winner, but Lyon took down Ligue 1 leaders PSG this weekend in a top of the table clash.PSG still have a nice buffer, 8 points clear, but the match was the gift of a smaller gap for Lyon. And for the price they paid for Neymar this summer, they better win the league by a mile...