The Welsh team signed Michu in the summer for ₤2 million and is now known as the bargain of the season due to his high goal-scoring form, with 16 goals this season. The Swans have made a great start to the season and are 8th at the end of January, which is thoroughly deserved due to their tip-tap-toe football playing some of the nicest football in the Premier League thus far. De Guzman was also brought in by Laudrup in the summer and has been in sensational form, scoring 6 goals and making a lot of assists in the process. They have also been extremely successful in the Capital One Cup, and will face Bradford City in the final on 24 February.
Andre-Villas Boas has thrilled Spurs fans as they find themselves in 4th place at the end of January; this is largely due to their two star players, Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale, who have done a great job setting up attacking efforts and scoring many goals themselves. Together, they have scored 26 out of the Spurs’ 41 goals this season. Welsh midfielder Gareth Bale has been performing above expectations, especially as a midfielder, scoring 12 goals for the club this season. After joining the club in the summer, Adebayor has disappointed a lot of Spurs fan as he has only scored 3 goals. Aaron Lennon has been a constant this season for Spurs alongside Bale; Lennon has been putting in great performances and giving Adebayor a lot of service, however he hasn’t been able to take advantage of it yet.
West Bromwich Albion
West Brom had a very exciting start to the season after picking up 7 points out of 9 in the opening 3 games. Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku (who is on loan from Chelsea) have both been on good scoring form, racking up 9 goals each. However, Steve Clarke likes to play a 4-5-1 formation, which only allows 1 of the 2 to play at a time. The pair have only started together in the Premier League twice. Another striker for West Brom is Odemwingie, who looked to be leaving in January however ended up staying at the club and has now scored 5 goals this season. Scoring goals has not been the problem for Steve Clarkes team, yet defending them has. They have conceded 23 goals in 12 games away from home thus far, and if West Brom want to compete with the big boys, they will have to build up their defense and stop conceding as many goals.
West Ham United
Sam Allardyce’s men have been performing above expectations this season, and finished Janurary in 11th place. When Andy Carroll joined the club in the summer on loan from Liverpool, the club looked to have solved their target striker problem. However when the ₤1.9 million striker got injured, things looked bad for the Hammers, but they have managed to keep scoring goals at home, this being the reason why the club have finished the end of January so high up in the table. Captain Mark Nolan has been in great form and has scored 6 key goals for the Hammers. However, the club’s away form has been despicable and will need to be fixed if they want to keep or even heighten their position in the table.
After finishing 15th last season , Wigan Athletic would have wanted Roberto Martinez to gain on that position and start to climb up the table this year. However, they have performed far below expectations this year and find themselves in 18th, tied with Aston Villa in terms of points but just ahead on goal difference. Wigan’s home form has not been great and they have conceded 27 goals in 13 games, which is one of the reasons they find themselves so far down in the table. Wigan’s top goal scorer is Jordi Gomez with 7 goals this season. However, following him with 6 and 5 goals are Kone and Di Santo, respectively. Wigan haven’t picked up 3 points since the 29th of December, where they won a vital game against Aston Villa, who are also involved in the relegation battle. I predict that Wigan will be one of the three teams to be relegated to the Championship at the end of the 2012-13 season.
Written by PAFCBake