Week 10 of the Premier League came and went with little flare but plenty of farce. There were last-minute surprises and titanic clashes at the bottom of the table whilst City kept their 5 point lead at the top…
It wasn’t a classic league weekend, was it? United ran out one-nil winners against Tottenham, over in London the Hammers had their hearts broken by a last-minute Zaha screamer. The woes continued for Watford, Bournemouth and Watford who all lost again whilst Klopp scraped back some credibility after defeating his protegee David Wagner.
At Turf Moor Burnley defeated a sturdy Newcastle United side, Dyche dragging The Clarets up to 7th. On Sunday it was more woe for Everton as a newly appointed Claude Puel guided his Leicester team back to winning ways.
Game of the Week: Crystal Palace 2 West Ham 2.
Both teams were in desperate need of a positive result on Saturday. Palace were still rock bottom with 3 points, whilst West Ham were in a terrible vein of form.
Bilic looked to be in control after 45 minutes, Andre Ayew’s fantastic strike doubling West Ham’s lead after Hernandez poked in a low cross early in the half.
Then it all changed. Milvojevic’s penalty brought the Eagles right back into the game. Joe Hart and some stoic defending were required as Palace put West Ham on the back foot. That was before Wilfried Zaha danced through the left-hand side of the box and swept the ball home in the 97th minute.
Heartbreak isn’t the word.
Losers of the Week: Southampton.
This may a bit harsh on the south coast team.
No can really hate Southampton and they certainly aren’t in bad form, sitting at 13th in the table. However, that doesn’t excuse the seriously boring football.
Their Sunday clash with Brighton wasn’t ever going to be classic but it didn’t have to be another snoozefest either. The game finished 1-1 with Southampton getting a solitary shot on target, to add to the 31 they have had all season. I’d rather stick pins in my eyes, Jesus.
Controversial Calamity: Troy ‘The Mountain’ Deeney.
Troy Deeney has always prided himself on being a ‘physical presence’ on the pitch.
He failed to realise that his ‘physical presence’ didn’t extend to grabbing Joe Allen and trying to crush his head between his hands.
Want a visual comparison? Just remember the Mountain in Game of Thrones below.
The striker will serve a 3 match ban.
Mighty Minnows: Leicester City.
Another odd choice but in a drab weekend, Leicester seemed to play the most exciting football.
Facing a weakened, manager-less Everton team in shocking form, The Foxes reminded us of the team who romped to the league title two years ago. Playing that route-one style that shocked so many teams, Leicester turned over The Toffees.
The opening goal saw Vardy and Mahrez combine before a Damarai Gray’s deflected shot doubled Leicester’s lead, giving Claude Puel the best possible start to life at The King Power.