The dark horses of the English Premier League
“It is always the underdogs who bring out the best in the favourites”. Tired of seeing the favourites sweep away all the trophies, the crowd loves the occasional upsets. Be it Wigan winning the FA Cup against Manchester City or Sabine Lisicki defeating Serena Williams in the recently concluded Wimbledon or Uruguay knocking out Spain in the U-20 football world cup, the crowd always roots for the underdogs.
We hate it when it happens to our team but we love it when it happens to our rivals. The minnows not only win matches, but also win hearts. It’s, perhaps, in the English Premier League that one can witness remarkable turnarounds which can disrupt a team’s quest for the title. With the upcoming season looking like a even contest, the remarkable upsets guarantee a nail-biting finish.
Here is a look at three teams which can spoil the party for the top teams.
Kicking off their Premier League campaign just two years ago, the first Welsh team in the league already looks a threat to the top-tier teams. In their second year, Swansea already have the League Cup in their cabinet going past Liverpool in the fourth round and Chelsea in the semis and culminated in earning a place in the UEFA Europa League qualification round.
Swansea have also made their presence felt in the transfer market last season. Along with Michu, who was one of the best buys of the season, others like Pablo Hernandez, De Guzman, Nathan Dyer and Routledge have also been noteworthy additions to the squad.
With another season of top-flight football, Michael Laudrup’s boys are more than capable of doing the impossible. New signing Jonjo Shelvey and Wilfried Bony will add more depth to their attacking option, making the Swans one of the toughest teams to beat. Swans look strong enough to pull off many upsets and they may start off with one, when Swansea host United in their opening match.