Another gameweek of Premier League football ends with lots of excitement and entertainment. Big boys like Manchester United and Liverpool were humbled by newly promoted Norwich City and Watford, whereas, Chelsea, who sacked their manager Jose Mourinho on Thursday, grabbed a compelling victory and showed glimpses of their bygone form against Sunderland in a surprise bottom of the table clash. Leicester City are unstoppable these days, and they continued their good run of form defeating a strong Everton side. They are still top of the table with 38 points, two points clear to the second placed Arsenal.
Tottenham Hotspur beat Southampton to climb up to the fourth spot of the table. Crystal Palace also managed a last gasp victory over Stoke City and they now have same points (29) with Tottenham (4th) and Manchester United (5th) only behind on goal difference. Bournemouth managed their 3rd successive win when they defeated 9 men West Brom by a 2-1 margin. A magnificent Jordan Ayew goal cancelled out Fabricio Coloccini’s strike as the game between Newcastle and last placed Aston Villa ended in a 1-1 draw. Game between Swansea and West Ham ended in a goalless draw.
The Monday night match between 2nd placed Arsenal and 3rd placed Manchester City was the mega clash of the gameweek. The match produced a high quality football, and Arsenal managed a 2-1 victory over their opponent.
There were so many great performances. Our team of the week consists of some regular performers and a few surprises this time:
Heurelho Gomes: The Brazilian goalkeeper was a forgotten man at Tottenham until he forced a move to Championship side Watford last season. Since then he had been their most reliable performer and played a pivotal part in their promotion to the top division. The game against Liverpool was his 8th clean sheet in 17 appearances this season as he made a number of crucial saves in the second half and ended Liverpool’s hope of a come back in the match. He now holds the highest number of clean sheets in the league.
Kyle Walker: Kyle Walker has re-registered his place in the first team under Mauricio Pochettino after being sidelined for a long period due to injury and off form. His consistency is still a big question, though he had a good game against Southampton at St Mary’s, was solid defensibly and caused threat in attack as well, grabbing an assist in the process.
Branislav Ivanovic: Ivanovic was a huge disappointment so far in the league. But his performance against Sunderland this weekend was certainly the finest in this year’s campaign. He opened the account for Chelsea and did well defensively too.
Ashley Williams: The Swansea captain made a number of crucial interceptions and blocks and managed to earn a hard fought draw against West Ham United.
Charles Daniels: He has been a consistent performer for Bournemouth this season. His goal in dying minutes against West Brom earned Bournemouth a crucial 3 points in relegation battle.
Alexander Tettey: The defensive midfielder of Norwich had his best game in this season. Not only he blocked the movements of Manchester United in midfield but also scored a beautiful goal to earn them a historic victory at Old Trafford.
Dele Alli: He is certainly one of the signings of the season so far. The teenager has brought back stability in Spurs midfield and also scoring goals and setting up chances for the forwards. The match against Southampton was no exception; he scored one and assisted another.
Riyad Mahrez: The Algerian international has been a revelation for Leicester City. He scored a brace against Everton in their 3-2 victory over the Toffees.
Mesut Ozil: Ozil can’t stop assisting. He set up both the goals for Arsenal against Manchester City last night.
Oscar: The highly rated Brazilian was badly out of form under Jose Mourinho. But he showed his class against Sunderland, scored a beautiful goal and created a lot of chances, exactly what Chelsea were missing in this year’s campaign.
Odion Ighalo: He scores when he wants to score. Ighalo has been a revelation for Quique Sanchez Flores’ side. He is now the fourth highest scorer of the league with 12 goals in 17 matches behind Jamie Vardy, Romelu Lukaku and Riyad Mahrez. His brace against Liverpool was more than enough to snatch a victory from the Reds.
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