By, Kyle Gibson
We’re heading into our first dark, dark international break of the season. Catch up with your family this coming weekend.
1. It’s Now Manchester City’s Title to lose.
Chelsea lost again, this time to Crystal Palace. And while City only beat promoted Watford (which they did handily), it’s all about their latest signing.
City added the Bundesliga Player of the Year Sunday, signing Wolfsburg’s Kevin DeBruyne for an astronomical fee (in excess of $50 million).
DeBruyne brings pace. He brings creativity. He brings goals from the midfield. He elevates people’s games. City should start getting its title dance choreographed.
2. Home field advantage doesn’t mean much anymore.
Only three teams (City, Southampton, Swansea) won at home this weekend. That trend actually has been the rule, not the exception. So far, only nine teams have won at home out of a possible 40 tries. It’s not just a thing this year either, as Five Thirty Eight notes.
A good theory I’ve heard about this is that teams at home are expected to attack and push after goals. This leaves them highly susceptible to counters, which is becoming the norm in the EPL.
3. Tim Howard ain’t dead yet.
The Everton and United States goalkeeper made six total saves (and some great ones at that) to keep a hungry Tottenham at bay Sunday. This comes right as he’s stepping back into the U.S. National Team fold after a year off. It seems like reports of Howard’s death were greatly exaggerated.