Week 11, or the ‘get the win before the international break’ week, has been the most crucial one in this year’s Premier League to date…
What a weekend. Well, what a Sunday. In fact the first real Super Sunday we have seen this season. Sky Sport’s actually earned their revenue for week 11.
Saturday was a drab affair. Four of the day’s six games finished one-nil, Burnley’s victory saw them climb to seventh, whilst Newcastle and Swansea lost in consecutive games. Liverpool’s 4-1 victory at the London stadium was certainly entertaining and put the final nail in the Bilic coffin. Sunday brought two fantastic spectacles, Everton came from 2 down to win for the first time since September.
At the other end of the table, it was a Manchester tale. The Reds lost to Chelsea, The Citizens won and opened up an 8 point lead at the top – unbeatable?
Game of the Week: Everton 3 Watford 2.
Everton began the weekend in the bottom three, still without a manager and in desperate need of a positive result.
The Toffees already looked buried as Richarlison opened the second half with a goal. Kabasele doubled the Hornet’s lead, latching on the end of a corner on the 64th minute.
Oumar Niasse was able to capitalise on a defensive era to get his team back in the game before youngster Calvert-Lewin headed in the equaliser. A hard earned point? Nah.
12 minutes of injury time were added on due to a head injury sustained by Watford keeper Gomes and it provided enough drama for several full-time games. Everton were awarded a penalty, Baines converted and, for the first time in months, Goodison was genuinely rocking. On the 11th minute of injury time, Watford won a penalty of their own. Tom Cleverley put in wide.
Losers of the Week: Arsenal.
Facing a formidable and undefeated Manchester City at the Etihad, Wenger and Arsenal were fully aware that they would have to play beyond their own abilities. They couldn’t even play within their abilities. Sanchez was slow and lacked any creativity. The defence crumbled like stale cake and missing posters for Mesut Ozil are being printed as we speak.
Wenger also left his record signing and top goalscorer Lacazette on the bench… we have nothing more to say to that it’s almost like he loves losing.
City found it easy to pick the gunners apart and it’s clear now that the North Londoner’s can no longer be seen as part of any top four.
Controversial Calamity: Lino?
As a Sunday league player, I am partial to a bit of lino work on a strictly amateur basis but even I could have seen that David Silva was offside when he broke through the Arsenal line to set up Jesus on Sunday.
He was in fact, so offside, that he almost received the ball standing in the crowd.
Mighty Minnows: Burnley
Oh Burnley is wonderful and it’s wonderful when you can climb to seventh with a tiny squad and a budget of monopoly money.
The Claret’s one-nil victory at Southampton, after a towering Vokes header, brought Burnley their fifth win of the season. What else can I say? Just don’t take away Sean Dyche otherwise these articles will take a turn.