Saturday 21 April 2018

'This could be the worst Premier League of all time' - Eamon Dunphy blasts standard of top flight

Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea vs Manchester United - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - November 5, 2017 Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini and Chelsea's Tiemoue Bakayoko Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley
Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea vs Manchester United - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - November 5, 2017 Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini and Chelsea's Tiemoue Bakayoko Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Eamon Dunphy has claimed that the standard of this year's Premier League is possibly the 'worst of all time'.

While Manchester City have played some scintillating football en route to collecting 31 of a possible 33 points, all the other top sides have experienced runs of poor form.

Manchester United and Spurs are City's closest rivals currently, with both sides eight points behind Pep Guardiola's men having lost two games each.

Speaking on Game On on 2FM tonight, Dunphy was critical of the overall quality of the Premier League this season.

"This could be the worst Premier League of all time," he said.

"Some of the teams you see around the top. Watford were fourth until they went into the weekend. Newcastle were up there. There are some really bad teams in the Premier League this year. Really, really poor teams."

While he wasn't particularly taken by some of the top sides in England, Dunphy was much more positive when asked about Ireland's chances of qualifying for the World Cup.

Martin O'Neill's side travel to Copenhagen for the first leg of the playoff on Saturday, and Dunphy is bullish that the Boys in Green can prevail over the two games.

"I give us a very good chance," he said.

"They have an injury crisis that is much more serious. The only thing I've heard that would worry me is Jeff Hendrick. I don't think it is a big doubt, he played for an hour [last weekend]. I think we have a very good chance of qualifying and it is a huge advantage to play the second game at the Aviva. I am very optimistic."

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