On a weekend where the Super Sunday fixtures actually looked super, many Premier League fans were hoping for two titanic derby clashes, Manchester and Merseyside. They were probably disappointed. I certainly was.
For the Merseyside and Manchester derbies to co-inside on such a day was an exciting prospect as the league entered its fifteenth week. What wasn’t exciting was the average 1-1 draw at Anfield and the more than average 2-1 defeat United suffered at Old Trafford, effectively ending the title race. Yawn.
Guardiola’s men are 11 points ahead, no one can really catch them, what is the point of living what is the point of me doing these reviews?
Elsewhere, Arsenal drew at home to The Saints, Spurs thrashed Stoke at Wembley, Moyes got his first Hammer’s victory and Palace were angered after a missed Benteke penalty left them at the bottom of the table.
Oh and Burnley won again to keep pressure on the top six.
Game of the Week: Tottenham 5 Stoke 1.
The sluggish Spurs of the past few weeks was blown away with an emphatic home performance.
Stoke aren’t the best opposition in the world and they have been in pretty shoddy form but Tottenham’s victory over The potters saw the return of their attacking nous.
The speed and free-flowing play of Erikssen, Kane and Son was back in full, with the England striker grabbing another brace.
They may be out of the title race (who isn’t?) but the north-Londoners are at least back on form.
Loser of the Week: Romelu Lukaku.
Ouch. £75 million for one big game disappointment.
Lukaku looked slow and sluggish against Manchester rivals City, squandering both of the chances he was given to score.
At the other end he failed to clear two set pieces, gifting Silva and Otamendi their goals.
He was also involved, supposedly, in lobbing a bottle at City coach, Mikel Arteta, after the match.
Not a great week for big Rom.
Controversial Calamity: Everton Penalty?
Ooooh it’s more penalty box drama.
Did he dive? Nope. Was it a foul? Yes. How do I know? It was that knuckleheaded, how in god’s name does anyone pay you to play football, centre-back, Lovren that pushed Clavert-Lewin over in the box.
Ergo, it was a penalty.
Why are we discussing it? Because some people think it wasn’t. Mainly Liverpool fans who had to watch Wayne Rooney smash in the subsequent penalty. The Red’s lost two points late on again.
Mighty Minnows: West Ham United.
Guess who’s back? David Moyes is back baby.
Turns out if you’re on a bad Premier League run then you should just play Chelsea and come away with a shock victory.
That’s what Hodgson’s Palace side did and now West Ham have kick-started their season with a massive one-nil victory at home.
It was, newly signed, Marko Arnautovic who dummied his way into the box and curled the ball neatly round Courtois scoring the only goal of the game.
Chelsea were lacking in attacking prowess and looked uneasy on the ball. On the other hand, West Ham countered well and defended better.