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Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool on Course to Lose Prem Title

  • BBC Sport, Monday, September 11, 2006 3:31 PM
With a great deal of authority, you'll often hear soccer pundits tell you after a string of good late summer performances that you can't win the Premier League in August or September. That may be true, but the title can be lost that early, Alan Hansen of the BBC says, and Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool are all already dangerously close to joining that club. Of the three, Arsenal is realy in dire straights, drawing two times and losing once after absolutely dominating possession in its first three games. The team only looks interested in scoring the perfect goal from open play and has had to rely on a set piece and penalty kick to score its only two goals. The Gunners next play first-place Manchester United this weekend. If Arsenal loses, it will find itself 13 points behind the Premier League leaders, which means its title challenge could be effectively over. Liverpool, meanwhile, just suffered a massive 3-0 loss to its neighbor Everton, its worst defeat in the derby since the 60's. While the Reds didn't play terribly on offense (they hit two crossbars and had two penalty appeals denied), the team's lack of tenacity in defense is certainly something to be worried about. Tottenham, for its part, has had the hardest opening schedule, losing most recently to Manchester United and then Everton before it, but with three losses already, Spurs needs to start winning, soon. The most surprising team of the opening to the season has no doubt been Portsmouth, second now to United and the only team in the league yet to concede a goal. The addition of former England players Glen Johnson, Sol Campbell and goalkeeper David James has had much to do with that, Hansen says. The three players cost Pompey less than $4 million, making Manager Harry Redknapp look like the off-season's shrewdest manager thus far.

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