It has been another intriguing gameweek of Premier League as we have seen some outstanding matches across England, Chelsea have managed to keep their status on top of the table with teams like City, Liverpool and Arsenal are not far behind at all.
Matches and Results:
Burnley 1 – 2 Manchester City
Hull City 1 – 1 West Bromwich
Leicester City 2 – 2 Middlesbrough
Liverpool 2 – 0 Sunderland
Swansea City 5 – 4 Crystal Palace
Chelsea 2 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur
Watford 0 – 1 Stoke City
Arsenal 3 – 1 AFC Bournemouth
Manchester United 1 – 1 West Ham United
Southampton 1 – 0 Everton
Manchester City started the weekend with a hard earned away win at Burnley. Swansea played out a Premier League classic at Liberty Stadium against Crystal Place, which was a 9 goal thriller won by the home side. Chelsea also won over their London rivals Tottenham. Manchester United dropped points at home and the Gunners beat Cherries at the Emirates as Alexis Sanchez starred.
Let’s see what we have learnt from the last Premier League Gameweek.
1. Alexis and Walcott are key for Arsenal:
Arsenal’s victory over Bournemouth was hard fought, the result doesn’t reflect the game as Gunners had to dig deep to get the 3 points. Already an injury stricken Arsenal now needs a fit Alexis and Theo Walcott to carry them forward. The Chilean has scored 10 goals this season so far, while Walcott is only 1 behind. So it’s pivotal that both Theo and Sanchez hits the top gear and remains fit to strengthen Arsenal’s Premier League quest.
2. Tottenham are no more invincibles:
Arsenal fans welcomed the news of Chelsea beating Tottenham as Spurs’ unbeaten run in the season ended at Stamford Bridge. Spurs took the lead but the Blues at home prevailed in the end, much to the delight of Arsenal fans as well. The loss means that Spurs are 4 points off the top 4 spot and Chelsea are still on top of the table. Conte and his masterclass have surely changed the whole harmony of the Chelsea team and now they are one of the front runners to win the title. A rejuvenated Victor Moses seems to be the key and other players have also made laudable contribution.
3. United’s stumble at home is not a surprise anymore:
Manchester United seems to have lost their old touch at home when they used to dominate oppositions at the Theatre of Dreams. They are currently 6th in the table and have registered just a solitary victory in last 7 Premier League games.
After four draws at home, Manchester United have now failed to win a game at Old Trafford since 24th September. What is worrying is that opposition goalkeepers have been at their best at Old Trafford. The idea of Manchester United not being a daunting proposition at home anymore has inspired oppositions to push their limits and come out of the Old Trafford with points. They have drawn at home against Stoke, Burnley, Arsenal and West Ham respectively and in all the games they have failed to score more than one goal.
4. Fernando Llorente is pivotal for Swansea’s relegation battle
It was a Premier League classic at Liberty Stadium and Swans managed to edge past Eagles 5-4 in frantic final minutes of the game. Fernando Llorente scored the final two goals for Swansea City late in stoppage time to seal a dramatic victory. The Spaniard has been out of form but has shown signs of improvement over the last few weeks and his goals clearly shows he is a fox in the box, who knows how to convert half chances.
His club at the moment needed him most and he thankfully delivered. As chances have come far and few between for Swansea,they would be banking on Llorente to score the goals for them. His finishing, positioning and movement have been decent and the former Athletic Bilbao man will be key for his team as they look to battle themselves out of the relegation zone.
5. Leicester are in deep trouble
Leicester City, the Champions are having a tough outing this season as they are currently 14th on the table. The team lacking creativity and inspiration, again drew at home against Middlesbrough. 4 goals were shared at King Power Stadium but the home side managed to score only from two penalties.
Their over dependency on Riyad Mahrez is hurting them and an out of form Jamie Vardy has made the matter worse. New signing Islam Slimani also scored but his impact hasn’t been that significant in the Premier League compared to the Champions League. Claudio Ranieri desperately needs a leader who will carry his team out of this stagnant zone.
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