Anyone that sticks it to Mourinho gets a big thumbs up from me. Alan Pardew is doing a cracking job at Crystal Palace with 9 points from 12 so far. Jose felt his side merited a point, I’m not so sure.
Something is afoot at Chelsea. Last season they were the epitome of a well drilled unit, it’s anything but at present. Mourinho needs a sharp change in form otherwise this domestic with the club doctor might be the beginning of the end of the Abraminho II love affair (I know, I hate myself for that one).
However, let’s stick to giving Palace credit, particularly Joel Ward who is single handedly keeping SpVgg Greuther Friel alive in fantasy premier league. Sako has slotted in perfectly whilst Pardew will being doing his best to ignore his mobile over the next few days as bids will undoubtedly come in for Yannick Bolasie. If he can keep his squad together, Pardew’s men will be a thorn in many sides this season.
Aberdeen. Can’t argue with 5 out of 5 wins, equalling a club record. The most encouraging aspect for Derek McIness is the consistency of the defence, supplemented by the capable Danny Ward between the sticks. Celtic head to Aberdeen after the international break and cannot afford to take this fixture lightly. Deila’s side have a glass jaw at the moment and the imminent loss of Virgil Van Dijk will not help matters. With a rocking Pittodrie behind them, the Dons have a great chance to capitalise on Celtic’s disjointed form.
I’d like a better view of Callum Patterson’s sending off against Hamilton as I think he might have been hard done by. Admittedly I’m being influenced by the ridiculous overreaction of the Accies players and the fact it was Willie Collum dishing out the cards. I bet every fan forum in the country has a thread entitled ‘Willie Collum hates us.’ On the replays I’ve seen so far, it looks to me that Patterson is falling over, perhaps a little clumsily, a yellow at the worst. The decision was a game changer as Hearts looked on their way to sealing at least a point. Maybe Sportscene will prove me wrong, but I doubt their amateurish camera work will aid my view.
One guy I have zero sympathy for is Aleksander Mitrovic. Clearly a sending off, he ruined my 5/1 weekend tip on Newcastle. Screw the heed Aleksander.
Brendan Rodgers, you’re a lucky man. I was all for sticking the boot in this week after getting gubbed at home by West Ham. But fortunately for Brendan, someone else has trumped Liverpool for sheer stupidity. Nugget-head, knife wielding Fenerbahce fans, take a bow. What a bunch of wassacks, get in the sea the lot of you.
Having said that, the #thatsnotaknife response from Celtic fans is genius, Scottish humour at its absolute best (you need a sense of humour to get over Tuesday’s performance). Shout out in particular to the hoops fans wielding a Dyson and a can of Mr Sheen, molto benne.