Wasn’t a vintage week was it? In fact this was possibly the worst set of games so far this season. The most thrilling games involved Watford and Southampton. Unlucky number indeed.
Well. Burnley didn’t make the top four. Disappointing. City and United played out unconvincing wins against minnows Brighton and Huddersfield. Crystal Palace won only their second game this season at home to Stoke, whilst Watford and Southampton provided goals and victories in their respective fixtures.
The remaining games, including Saturday’s clash between Chelsea and Liverpool, all ended in bore draws. Yawn.
Game of the week: Watford 3 Newcastle 0.
Watford have been one of the season’s surprise packages. After a mundane 2016/17, the Hornets have had an explosive start to their league campaign.
On the other hand, Newcastle haven’t won since mid-October and were made to look positively amateur by Marco Silva’s team.
Will Hughes’ fantastic first-time finish, followed by a Yedlin own goal, stumped ‘the toon’ before Richarlison set up Andre Gray for the final goal. The Brazilian has been bang on form this season and proved to be lethal once again.
Benitez better get his house in order because United are shipping goals whilst scoring just 11 in return this season. Next manager to go? It’s more than possible.
Losers of the week: Everton (again).
Everton are in desperate need of a permanent manager and this weekend highlighted that more than ever.
After a midweek pasting at home to Atalanta, David Unsworth was eager to see the Toffee’s regain some form at Southampton. He was disappointed.
Before Saturday the Saints had scored only 6 outfield goals. They put 4 past Everton.
The illusion of Everton’s defensive line and the ability to mark all but disappeared when Tadic, Austin and Davies put the ball past Jordan Pickford with little effort.
It’s a long, steep trajectory down to the championship but it’s already fast approaching Everton.
Was there any controversy this weekend? Really? It was fiendishly boring. So boring that I can’t even find any real talking points.
Fernandinho got booked for diving. Could talk about that. Van La Parra pushed Sane, got a red. Lukaku kicked a player, it didn’t get picked up. Could talk about that.
There’s you go. Some quasi-interesting topics, pick one.
Mighty Minnows: West Bromwich Albion.
What can I say? You’ve got to give the boring teams credit too.
The Baggies visit to Wembley was seen as an opportunity for Tottenham to get back on form. It turned out that (now manager-less) West Brom, were eager to take the points instead.
Soloman Rondon’s opening goal was enough to keep Spurs at bay for most of the game before Kane’s second-half equaliser. It was also the slowest goal of all time, trickling past Loris into the left–hand corner 17 years after it left the Venezuelan’s boot.
West Brom played some tight football and showed, for the first time in weeks, an attacking desire and ability, that Pulis had lost. Let’s hope they continue to play in a similar vein.