After a busy transfer window play in the Premier League returns to the pitch. It is Matchweek 22.
Sean Dyche was hired just a week ago to try and rescue Everton from relegation but that is old news following a flurry of activity at the tail end of the transfer window. Highlights from the chaotic and expensive window include: Jorginho moving from Chelsea to Arsenal, Chelsea adding eight players including Enzo Fernandez, and Newcastle trying to find some offense to go with their often-impenetrable defense. One exit raised a few eyebrows. Man City moved Joao Cancelo out to Bayern Munich.
Bet the EDGE with Jay Croucher (@croucherJD) and Brad Thomas (@MrBradThomas) touched on these and other topics…including a Super Bowl pick…with Spurs' of ProSoccerTalk.fan Andy Edwards (@AndyEdMLS)
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Chelsea looking to qualify for play in Europe next season?
Edwards believes they can. "They can absolutely do it and get into 6th. I think they have no chance at Top 4 (Chelsea is +800 to make the Top 4).…Defensively is the biggest issue. They cannot keep the ball out of their own net."
Croucher compared the new-look Chelsea squad to Wenger's later years at Arsenal.
"Arsenal had all this attacking talent, but they all played the same position…I think the team is a bit of a mess at the moment."
Newcastle's spot in the Top 4
"They are a little bit thin up top…but if Bruno DiMaria is healthy and in form, he elevates them to a completely different level…It's been an incredible job that Eddie Howe has done…They just don't beat themselves."
Thomas owns a ticket on Newcastle finishing Top 4 at preseason odds of 45:1. He is cautiously optimistic that ticket cashes. He expects the offense to start to help what has been a stifling defense.
"They are probably going to score more based on the numbers."
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The conversation continued with a breakdown of a handful of this weekend's matches including Chelsea v. Fulham, Everton v. Arsenal, and Tottenham v. Manchester City.
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To close out this week's episode, Croucher and Thomas laid out their top plays for the weekend. Thomas likes Newcastle -1.25 corners at St. James' Park against West Ham Utd. In lieu of the Mbappe injury news, Croucher likes Bayern Munich to lift the Champions' League Trophy in late May.
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