Welcome to my first blog post! This will be the first of many to come as I look into the English Premier League and provide some other opinion on everything related to the league.
For this first blog post, we are going to be briefly looking at the top 6 clubs in the Premier League and discussing on how they play. I will discuss certain formations and what their starting lineup usually looks like. Don’t forget to sound off in the comments at the end because I want to know what you think too!
Arsenal under Unai Emery has been improving slowly but they will need to get their defenders sorted out soon (stay tuned for a future blog post that discusses this). Arsenal plays in a number of formations with their injury-ridden squad but the one they have been most successful with this season has been a 3-4-1-2. In net, they have Bernd Leno starting with ideally Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac bursting down the wings with Rob Holding, Sokratis, and Koscielny in the defence. In the middle, they can play with Granit Xhaka and either the teenage sensation Matteo Guendouzi or Lucas Torreira with Mesut Ozil as a number 10. A front 2 of Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would finish off the deadly attack.
Man United has had an amazing run of games with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the wheels with 14 wins, 2 draws, and 2 losses in the past 18 games. With his help, they turned their season from a Europa League position team into a top 4 team again and he has gotten the best out of the likes of Pogba, Rashford, Luke Shaw, and Lindelof. They like to play as all sorts of formations including 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2, 4-3-1-2, and the 4-3-3 attacking formation. I am going to focus on the 4-3-3 attacking formation for right now as this is the most entertaining of the 4 formations that get played. De Gea starts at the back with a defensive line of Luke Shaw, Lindelof, Smalling, and Ashley Young. A Midfield 3 of Matic as a deep-lying defensive and passing beast with Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba controlling most of the park. A front 3 of Rashford, Lukaku, and Martial look very scary and can provide some strength and pace on the counter-attack.
Man City also lineup in a famous 4-3-3 that Pep Guardiola loves playing. They start with Ederson at the back with his amazing passing range and a defensive lineup of Zinchenko/Delph, a defensive 2 of Otamendi/Stones/Laporte/Kompany and Kyle Walker as the best right back in the Premier League. The center midfield looks like Fernandinho in the deep plying role with David Silva and De Bruyne ahead of him. To round out the attack its Sterling on the left or right wing with Sane that can swap with him, Aguero up front and Bernardo on the right. All and all this is such an amazing team to watch and they are very effective at winning too as they won the Premier League last year with the most amount of points by a team.
Liverpool has some good depth under Klopp so this formation might be skewed to what I think should be the best way to the lineup. They also play in the 4-3-3 role that the teams above play in with Alisson at the back and Andy Robertson on the left, a defensive 2 of Van Dijk and Matip/Lovren and Alexander-Arnold in the other fullback role. They play a midfield 3 of Fabinho in the deep-lying role and a midfield 2 of Jordan Henderson and Wijnaldum in front of him. Keep in mind that they have players like James Milner, Naby Keita, Adam Lallana, and the Ox to come in to rotate. The front 3 is just an absolute unit with Mane on the left, Bobby Firmino down the middle and Salah on the right. If Liverpool get another top quality center back and a top quality central midfielder then can easily challenge for the Premier League and Champions League for the next couple of years.
Now that Sarri has moved into the manager role at Chelsea he wants to get his famous Sarri-Ball started just as he did in Napoli for the past few seasons. Chelsea lineup in a 4-3-3 as well (common theme here) with Kepa at the back and a 4 of Alonso (should be Emerson in my opinion), a defensive 2 of David Luiz and Rudiger, and Azpilicueta to play as the right back. They have a midfield 3 of Jorginho playing as a “regista” in the deep-lying passing role, which is extremely crucial to Sarri-Ball, with Kante and Kovacic in front of him. In my opinion, Kante and Jorginho do not work well together in this system but that’s not either here nor there. To finish off the formation Chelsea runs a top 3 of Hazard on the left, Higuain down the middle and Pedro/Willian on the right (should be Hudson-Odoi here but whatever).
Mauricio Pochettino has experimented a lot with formations at Tottenham this season playing a 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1, 4-3-1-2, but he seems to be sticking with the 3-4-1-2 formation…for now. At the back, he starts Hugo Lloris, with Vertonghen, Alderweireld, and Davinson Sanchez for the 3 at the back. At wing-back, he has the rapid Danny Rose on the left and Kieran Trippier on the right with a midfield 2 switching depending on if he wants to play more defensive or offensive. Sometimes he has players like Dier or Wanyama for defence along with Sissoko surging forward or he plays Eriksen to be in Sissoko’s role while Sissoko plays deeper or gets subbed out for someone like Winks. In the number 10 position, they play Ali who likes to drift wide to the left and a front 2 of Kane and Son Heung-Min with Lucas Moura or Erik Lamela getting playing time often as well
I hope you found my first blog a bit entertaining and thanks for sticking to the end! Don’t forget to check back every week to find a new blog on everything Premier League. My next 2 blogs will be going into the Top 6 teams and what they need in order to challenge for the English Premier League. And don’t forget, this blog is all about interaction not just reading what I have to say. I want to know what you think your favourite Premier League team should lineup as or just some general thoughts about the teams so far. If you enjoyed this blog then why not share it using that button below. That’s it from me, let your thoughts be known in the comment section and see you next week!