English Premier League Standings

first_imgEnglish Premier League StandingsStandings P W D L GF GA GD Pts1 Man City 2 2 0 0 6 0 6 62 Leicester City 2 2 0 0 6 3 3 63 Man United 2 2 0 0 2 0 2 64 Everton 2 1 1 0 5 2 3 45 Swansea 2 1 1 0 4 2 2 46 Crystal Palace 2 1 0 1 4 3 1 37 West Ham 2 1 0 1 3 2 1 38 Liverpool 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 39 Norwich City 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 310 Aston Villa 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3 P W D L GF GA GD Pts11 Arsenal 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 312 Watford 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 213 Stoke City 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 114 Tottenham 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 115 Newcastle 2 0 1 1 2 4 -2 116 Chelsea 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 117 Southampton 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 118 West Brom 2 0 1 1 0 3 -3 119 AFC Bournemouth 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 020 Sunderland 2 0 0 2 3 7 -4 0last_img read more

Transfer battle! £30m ‘all-round attacker’ but will Arsenal or Man United sign him?

first_imgFor brilliant football statistics and insight, check out WhoScored.comThree weeks into the New Year and the biggest transfer so far has been Wilfried Bony’s big-money move to Manchester City. Sunderland, like City, have also strengthened in attack having signed Jermain Defoe, though his move to the Stadium of Light did not grab the headlines quite like Bony’s transfer to the Etihad. With 10 days remaining of the window, high-profile deals still have time to be completed.One player linked with a move to the Premier League is man of the moment Paulo Dybala, with Arsenal and Manchester United credited with an interest in the Argentine. Only 3 players have earned a better WhoScored.com rating than Dybala (7.65) in Serie A this season, central to his team’s turn in fortunes after a lacklustre start to the campaign. The 21-year-old striker has scored or assisted a Palermo goal in each of his last 9 league appearances – a run stretching back to November 2nd – with Europe’s biggest teams now keeping tabs on him.Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has insisted that the Palermo ace will not be sold for anything less than £30m, though that should not deter potential suitors. Zamparini’s purchase and potential sale of Dybala bears a striking resemblance to the approach used with Edinson Cavani and Javier Pastore. The charismatic Italian scoured South America, eventually securing the signatures of Cavani and Pastore in 2007 and 2009, respectively, before selling the duo on for inflated fees, and Dybala is following a similar pattern. His performances for the Rosanero suggest clubs should not pass up the opportunity to sign the striker, regardless of the hefty price tag.Only Carlos Tévez (18) has directly contributed to more goals than Dybala (16) in Serie A this season, though his style of play means the Palermo star is not just a conventional frontman. Boasting WhoScored.com strengths of ‘key passes’ and ‘dribbling’, Dybala has more to his game than just goalscoring, though his 10 goals and strength of ‘finishing’ notes this is one of the weapons in his arsenal.An average of 3.5 shots per league game highlights supreme confidence in his striking ability, while 1.5 key passes and 3 successful dribbles per match shows his all-round attacking quality. Both teams are not necessarily in the market for a new striker, with a centre-back seemingly a priority for the pairing. Palermo president Zamparini, though, recently admitted he expects to see Dybala turn out for a Premier League team in the future, which will have appeased the big spenders in England’s top tier.His willingness to pull to the flanks and power on the ball is reminiscent of Alexis Sánchez and an attacker to help ease the burden on the Chilean would certainly appeal to Arsenal. Meanwhile, his inclination to drop deeper in order to contribute to build up play should attract interest from United. Manager Louis van Gaal has started with a lone striker on just 5 occasions in the Premier League this season and with the Dutchman determined to implement a two-striker system at Old Trafford, Dybala would provide the perfect foil for either Robin van Persie or Falcao up front. Furthermore, this would allow record signing Ángel Di María to be deployed in a deeper position in the starting XI, thus harnessing his creativity and ability to drive the team forward from midfield. However, with United well stocked in attack, a move would only be financially viable if the club are prepared to cut their losses on Falcao.Nevertheless, if Dybala can maintain his impressive form between now and the end of the season, his asking price will rise further, though his displays for Palermo suggests he would be worth every penny for any team.You can follow all the scores, statistics and live player and team ratings with the new free-to-download WhoScored iOS app 1last_img read more