There was not a single draw between the 20 teams in week 9 as the Premier League rolled on. Upsets were rife, defending was terrible, goals were plenty…
The shocks continued into week 9. Tottenham steamrollered Liverpool, breaking any notion of a Wembley hoodoo. Everton were romped 5-2 at home to Arsenal, Chelsea eased passed Watford and City made it 11 straight wins in all competitions against Burnley. At the other end of the table the woe continued, as West Ham, Stoke and Palace all lost. Again.
Game of the Week: Chelsea 4 Watford 2.
Watford were in fine form when they arrived at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Silva’s man had already beaten Arsenal and Everton in the league, whilst keeping an impressive away record.
Although a Pedro wonder-strike opened proceedings, Watford were able to come back, Doucoureand Pereira making it 2-1.
The Hornet’s had a host of chances to kill off the game. Richarlison missed an open goal then fluffed a clear head from yards out.
Watford rued their missed opportunities as substitute Michy Batshuayi levelled before Azpilicueta put the Blues ahead. The Belgian added a second and took all three points.
Despite the Chelsea win, Watford have proved that they will be tricky customers this season.
Losers of the Week: West Ham.
Friday night’s home game against league newcomer’s Brighton proved that West Ham are truly in trouble. The Hammer’s looked utterly clueless as an emphatic Seagulls put 3 past Joe Hart.
With such a huge array of attacking talent in Hernandez, Ayew and Arnautovic, West Ham still only managed 2 shots on target the whole game. Arnautovic looked dejected, the midfield were nervous and ill-discipline reemerged as they conceded their fourth penalty this season.
Another manager will be for the chop soon, could it be Slaven Bilic?
Controversial Calamity: Do Premier League teams know how to defend?
Victor Lindelof, Nacho Monreal, Liverpool’s back four. What do they all have in common? Very questionable defensive ability.
Whilst the attacking talent present in England’s top tier is obvious, it has also underlined it’s defensive issues.
Liverpool conceded four at Wembley whilst two howlers denied Arsenal an otherwise deserved clean sheet.
Victor Lindelof put on the worst display this weekend. The Swede didn’t win a single tackle or aerial duel on his Premier League debut whilst his inability to deal with a long ball over the top allowed Huddersfield to double their lead against Manchester United.
Mighty Minnows: Huddersfield.
It’s not often that that teams beat Mourinho and receive praise from the United manager. Huddersfield achieved both after their 2-1 victory.
The Terriers who were the best team by far, playing Manchester United off the park in the first half. United’s lack of creativity and desire was glaring as Huddersfield pressed them at every opportunity.
A poor Mata touch led to Mooy breaking and putting Huddersfield ahead with a rebound. Depoitre grabbed the second goal, taking the ball round De Gea after Lindelof missed a simple header.
United staged a late comeback with a Rashford header but it wasn’t enough. As Mourinho himself said, “The best team won”.