Things are seriously hotting up in this season’s Premier League. Both Manchester clubs have emerged five Premier League games with identical records at the top of the table. Is the title going back to the north…?
It was another blazing weekend of goals, cards and outstanding solo performances in the Premier League. City put six past Watford as United matched their rivals in a four-nil romp at home to Everton. At the other end of the table Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea settled for draws as defensive solidity outshone attacking nuisance. In London, the Eagles rotten form continued. Roy Hodgson watched as his new club lost their fifth game in a row.
Game of the Week: Watford 0 Manchester City 6.
City were rampant once again this weekend with Jesus and Aguero putting their names on the scoresheet once again. John Stones finally looks comfortable at the heart of a stoic City defence whilst the midfield are as creative as Dickens and Shakespeare on intellectual steroids.
What’s more, Watford weren’t even that bad, they just weren’t good enough to stop the Citizens running riot. The highlight was Aguero’s second, he ghosted past several defenders before squeezing the ball past Gomez from an impossibly tight angle. Messi, eat your heart out. Aguero is now the highest scoring non-European in the Premier League, his predecessor achieved similar legendary status…
Losers of the Week: Everton.
Crystal Palace may have broken records after their fifth successive premier league defeat on the weekend but Everton have been on a dire run of their own. Their four-nil loss to United at Old Trafford signalled their sixth defeat in a row in all competitions.
That, coupled with a failure to score in several games, has seen an increase in discontent amongst the Goodison faithful. The Toffee’s fans murmur. After spending so much in the summer, many have expected them to do so much better. After splurging mountains of cash on the likes of Sigurdsson, Keane and Klassen, many have suggested that a top-four finish is the minimum Everton should achieve this season.
The pressure is mounting on Koeman now and after De Bjoer’s sacking, he could be for the chop if Everton’s fortunes don’t change.
Mighty Minnows: Swansea.
Oh, they don’t exactly play pretty football but they get the job done don’t they?
Many thought that Spur’s Wembley hoodoo was behind them after their midweek triumph over Borussia Dortmund but Saturday’s game didn’t follow that line of reasoning. The Swans were able to keep Harry Kane and co at bay with the classic two banks of four defensive blockade which led to a dour nil-nil draw.
It wasn’t a nice game to watch but it highlighted Paul Clement’s ability to organise a team. Players like Renato Sanches also proved that their defensive and ball-winning abilities are just as apt as their attacking ones. Alfie Mawson less so, he’s still a meathead with no ball-playing skill. One day Alfie, one day.
Controversial Calamity: Chelsea’s disciplinary record.
Five games, three reds and ten yellows, it’s not exactly beautiful Italian football from Conte’s men but it seems to be getting results. Chelsea sit third in the table, three points shy of the Manchester clubs but they are topping the disciplinary charts.
David Luiz became the fourth Chelsea player to see red this season after a high-footed lunge on Arsenal’s Kolasinic. The game ended honours even but the Blue’s atrocious record has provoked a lot of questions about their ability to stay out of trouble.
Conte claimed on Sunday that it wasn’t a worry. So it’s just the fantasy football players who receive -three points on the regular due to your wild centre-backs then. Cheers Antonio.