Its only week seven in this Premier League season but it may stand as a decisive one when the champions are finally crowned in May. Time to look at our first serious top four clash…
Wow. Manchester City and Manchester United have both maintained their neck and neck race for the title. However, it was City who planted their blue flag firmly in the ground, Guardiola’s side took a one-nil win at Stamford Bridge, taking the top spot in the table. United took their usual four-nil win at Palace, that’s seven with no goals and no wins if you’re still counting.
There were key last-minute victories for West Ham and Stoke whilst The Hornet’s stole a point with a 95th-minute goal at West Brom. Liverpool continued to disappoint as they failed to win once again (defending, anyone?). Oh and that Burnley team beat Everton to go sixth. Talking of away form, Brighton failed to win away once again after they were dispatched by Arsenal at The Emirates.
Game of the week: Chelsea 0 Manchester City 1
The Citizens arrived at Stamford Bridge, on Saturday, with a manager who had failed to ever win at the stadium. Guardiola had visited Chelsea’s home eleven times before and never beaten the Blues. Until now.
The game was a fierce contest between the two sides. Chelsea still looked like cheap imitations of the team that romped to the title last season but they started well enough. Alvaro Morata was eager and willing to break the City back line and really it was his untimely injury midway in the first half that blunted Chelsea’s attack. Hazard was nowhere to be seen but the midfield stalwarts of Bakayoko and Kante were able to keep Chelsea in the game.
City needed a goal. Kevin De Bruyne provided them with a stunner. Easily a contender for goal of the season, the Belgium picked up the ball midway in the Chelsea half, laid it off to Jesus before receiving the ball on the edge of the ‘D’ and slamming it in the bottom right-hand corner. Take a bow son. That could be a turning point in the title race.
Losers of the week: Leicester City.
I could have picked on a lot of clubs again here. Let’s be fair, both Everton and Crystal Palace are carving out abysmal starts to the season but they have enough to deal with without my abuse. So it’s Leicester’s turn.
Leicester have looked blunt and lacklustre since the thrilling 3-2 loss to Arsenal on the first day of the season. Vardy may be banging them in but new centre-half pairing, Mcguire and Morgan have been leaking goals at the back.
Saturday’s game at Bournemouth epitomised their current run of form. A goalless draw that revealed how boring the Cherries are and how clueless the Foxes are. Many are already calling for Shakespeare’s head. He may go the same way as the famed Tinkerman.
Controversial Calamity: An Englishmen dived.
THIS IS SERIOUS. Tottenham’s Dele Alli is a serious talent. He has seriously good stats. He scores serious goals. His bromance with Eric Dier is serious.
What is also serious is that he blatantly dived in Spurs’ game against Huddersfield on Saturday. In fact, it was so blindingly obvious he didn’t even complain when referee showed him the yellow card. He didn’t even flip him off.
Bottom line, as a future England prospect, we are all hoping that Dele can cut the middle finger, gut-punching, diving action out. For his own sake.
Mighty Minnows: Burnley.
Hey, I write this stuff I get to put Burnley in here again if I want.
Yes, the Clarets have now got more away points in seven Premier League games than the entirety of last season. After beating Everton one-nil at Goodison on Sunday, Sean Dyche’s men are sitting at sixth in the table.
That’s a European spot. Most Burnley fans have never left Lancashire.
Jeff Hendrick’s tidy finish after a twenty-three pass passage of play secured the three points for Burnley. It also proved that we can play pretty football as well. Goal of the season contender number two for this week.