Finally! Someone snatched some points of Manchester City! The game was a battle to see who could smash the other side’s unbeaten record, and it was Mauricio Pochettino that came up with the goods. The standout game of the weekend, Spurs brushed City aside as though they were Crawley Town. It honestly just feels good to take City off the top of this chart. An unbelievable all-round performance.
Although a win against Hull should be fairly straight-forward for Chelsea, questions were starting to be asked of Antonio Conte’s men. It was time to answer a few critics, and notching their first league win since August did exactly that.
Jurgen Klopp recorded his fifth consecutive win, despite a pretty disappointing start to their game against Swansea. Their second-half comeback was impressive, if a little hard-fought. Leroy Fer put The Swans ahead early on and out-worked The Reds for the first 45 minutes. A very classy penalty from James Milner in the last few minutes gave Liverpool a come-back, and it’s hard to deny Klopp’s impressive impact.
It feels surreal to be putting the Stoke lads so high up the TOTP table, but this week, they deserve it. They held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, at a time where their side and Manager were facing some nasty questions. Goalkeeper Lee Grant, a loanee from Derby, pulled off an unbelievable Man of the Match performance. Credit where credit is due.
Yes, I know Arsenal are on fine form. Yes, I know it was Arsene Wenger’s 20 year anniversary. But that goal was incredibly contentious, and ultimately just plain snide. Burnley were resilient and tough, and perhaps deserved a point from the fixture. When it comes to the later stages of the season, though, these results are often the ones that really count.
Watford twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Bournemouth. The Cherries had 11 shots to Watford’s 17 on Walter Mazzarri’s birthday, with The Hornets looking the more impressive side. Also, how funny was that Jack Wilshire miss? Very.
Talk about frustrating. For many United fans, how The Reds played in the first half reflected what they have been screaming for recently. Quick, fast, forward-thinking football. Which is all well and good if you can find the net at the end of the pitch, which United couldn’t. Sitters were missed from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Paul Pogba. Although they were much more entertaining to watch, it looks like some shooting practice is on the menu.
How does the air feel down there, Pep?! The unbeaten record had to be beaten at some point, and City were dealt a cruel blow from Tottenham on Super Sunday. The ferocious pace from Spurs, combined with defensive errors from City saw a 2-0 defeat. Claudio Bravo saved a penalty, that was probably the only thing The Blues could take from it. Whilst it’s impossible to ignore the record and success Pep has so far this season, this felt a little like them being brought back down to earth.
Despite their game against Liverpool ending in a loss, Swansea City were outstanding in the first half. They held onto their lead well, and managed to hold against Manchester City last week. The pressure started to show, and cracks began to form, but they deserve to be commended for their efforts.
Palace showed their resilience one again, the resilience that has earned them five unbeaten Premier League games. Staying calm under pressure, despite going behind to a Lukaku free-kick, Christian Benteke levelled the scoring and earned himself the MOTM yellow brick. Alan Pardew said he was pleased with the “good little start” his side have had.
One point against a tough Crystal Palace side may prove crucial in a few months, and the draw saw them edge up into third place. Although they perhaps should have done more to get three on home turf, Ronald Koeman must be pleased with his team’s progress.
The Claret’s determination was apparent from the get-go on Sunday. They dug their heels in to hold down an in-form Arsenal side, and arguably deserved a point from the clash. The late goal from The Gunners’ was as controversial as it was heartbreaking.
The Hammers have earned this spot on the charts simply because of Dimitri Payet. They were one-nil down, at a place which is home but doesn’t quite feel like it, and he was the man to bring the magic. Taking out over half of Boro’s team before dinking the ball past Victor Valdes. One of those football moments that leaves you in awe, fair play.
Holding the Champions to a 0-0 stalemate at the King Power this weekend, Saints looked the better team. They dominanted possession, particularly in the second half, but lacked the skill in the final third.
With 17 shots against David Moyes’ men, it’s difficult to know how The Baggies only took one point from this clash. Similarly to Saints, they missed that little bit of something in front of goal, where it matters.
Chelsea simply made it look like a walkover at the KCOM Stadium this weekend. They looked to struggle under the pressure and perhaps are in need of a bit of a break. With Liverpool and Chelsea back-to-back, some time to re-group during the international break may be just what they need.
Whether teams can predict Leicester now, whether they are focusing their efforts on the Champions League, whatever it is, is simply not good enough. They sit in 12th having won just two of their seven league games so far, and it’s hard to imagine this results would have been goalless last season.
Callum Wilson opened the scoring at the half-an-hour mark, with many crying out for Gareth Southgate to take some notice. Watford, however, came back from behind twice to end the game on a 2-2 draw and Jack Wilshere missed a nightmare of a sitter.
“We see it as two points dropped, not a point gained” David Moyes said following his side’s 1-1 draw with West Brom. This about sums it up – Sunderland’s situation is dire, with just two points from seven games and no sign of improvement.