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Premier League Round Up:Liverpool extend their lead while Spurs make a statement

Everton 2-6 Spurs

Spurs in the title race

Tottenham demolished Everton in what was the best team performance by any team in the premier league this weekend. After progressing to the Champions League knockout stages, they have carried that momentum in defeating North London rivals Arsenal while this victory has moved them within two points of Man City. They are in red ht form away from home also, winning 8 of their 10 way games. This was a decisive victory in laying down a marker. Now they must back this performance up.

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Harry Kane scored twice against Everton. Source: Getty Images.

 

Man United 5-1 Cardiff City

United up the pace

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of his first match as Man United interim coach. It could not have gone much better as they thrashed Cardiff City 5-1. United played more attacking football as their front three of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford all got on the scoresheet. It was the first time this season that United outran their opponents in the Premier League. They also made their highest number of forward passes in a game in the league this season. It is too early to judge Solskjaer’s reign but the signs are promising!!

 

Arsenal 3 – 1 Burnley

Kolasinac outstanding in wing back role

Arsenal defeated Burnley 3-1 in Saturday’s early kick off.  The Gunners came in to this game after back to back defeats to Southampton in the league and Spurs in the Carabao Cup. They suffered further defnsive woe with Nacho Monreal limping off but the performance of Sead Kolasinac at left wing back is encouraging. He suffered when deployed in a back four against Wolves and since then Unai Emery has deployed a back three. He got an assist and played a key role in the second. Arsenal need him to stay fit amid their defensive crisis.

Arsenal v Burnley

Arsenal responded to two defeats in a row to defeat Burnley. Photo via: http://www.arsenal.com

 

Huddersfield 1-3 Southampton

Hasenhuttl has got Saints scoring

Ralph Hassenhuttl has enjoyed an excellent start to life as Southampton manager. They have won consecutive premier league games for the first time since April 2017. The Saints have also scored 3 goals in consecutive games. Danny Ings, Charlie Austin and Michael Obafemi have all scored uder their new boss while Shane Long had a goal ruled out for offside against Arsenal. Their fans can now enjoy Christms outside the relegation zone.

 

Chelsea 0-1 Leicester City

Leicester enjoy the rub of the green

Crystal Palace defeating the reigning Premier League champions meant that Leicester’s victory against Chelsea was almost forgotten. The Foxes set up with a bank of four and a bank of five as they frustrated the Blues and Eden Hazard. It was their best result of the season but had Marcos Alonso’s injury time strike gone in instead of striking the post and rolling across goal, then they would have not gained the three points. Sometimes you earn your own luck and Leicester’s tigerish performance saw them grab all three points.

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Chelsea had little cause for celebration after a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City. Photo by: Reuters

Crystal Palace 3 – 2 Man City

A Coming of Age Performance for Wan-Bisaka

Crystal Palace deserve immense praise for their shock victory against Man City. Roy Hodgson got his tactics spot on while Palace scored three goals from three shots on target as they were ruthless in front of goal. No player typified Palace’s grit and determination more than 21 year old right back Aaron Wan-Bisaka. The defender faced in form Leroy Sané but nullified the talented German while providing an outlet for the counter attack. He is far from the finished article but based on this performance, he has a bright future.

 

Crystal Palace v Leicester
Crystal Palace had cause for celebration after pulling off the upset of the season so far.  Source via: talkSPORT.
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Premier League Talking Points: Spurs slip up while the rest of the top 6 win. Talking Points from an exciting Premier League week

This weekend of Premier League action saw wins for five of the ‘Top 6’  as Spurs slipped to an away defeat to Watford. The Hornets rise to third place as the Premier League takes a break with international games being played. Here I discuss the key points from the weekend’s action.

Emery must sub Cech or alter his plans

Petr Cech endured an uncomfortable afternoon as he continues to struggle with Unai Emery’s passing out from the back system. He has looked uncomfortable with the ball at is feet all season, almost scoring a comical own goal at Man City. He has made decent saves so far but he does not fit the style of play Emery demands. Emery must change his tactics or his keeper as it is hard to see Cech turning into Ederson any time soon.

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Arsenal beat Cardiff 3-2 but Petr Cech’s performance will worry Unai Emery. Photo via: http://www.arsenal.com

Another milestone for James Milner

James Milner assisted Roberto Firmino’s goal against Leicester in Saturday’s early kick-off. That was his 80th Premier League assist, equalling David Beckham’s total assists in the league. The lack of glamour in his game means he will more than likely not go down as one of the all-time great Premier League midfielders but his performances and stats show he has enjoyed a stellar career.

Chelsea adjusting to Sarri-Ball

Chelsea maintained their 100% record under Maurizio Sarri as they beat Bournemouth 2-0. The last time they won their first four games was in 2014-15 and they won the title that season. Sarri wants Chelsea to press the ball high up the pitch while he demands that defenders move the ball forward quickly instead of waiting for the right pass. The Blues look a settled side while Eden Hazard is impressed with Sarri’s style of play. A promising start now can they maintain it?

Maurizio Sarri
Maurizio Sarri. Photo By: Getty

Optimism fades for pointless West Ham

West Ham are currently bottom of the table with four defeats in their first four games. The last time they lost their first four games was in the 2010-11 season when they suffered relegation. Despite spending £100 million on new recruits, the Hammers’ midfield lacks drive and defensive nous while there was a lack of penetration in attack. Their new signings are yet to gel while Carlos Sanchez’s mistake led to Wolves’ late winner. They simply must improve when the league returns otherwise they are in for a long season.

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Marko Arnautovic has not had much reason to celebrate this season. Photo By: Getty

Murray crucial for Brighton

Glenn Murray in some ways typifies Chris Hughton’s Brighton side: tigerish, tenacious and workmanlike. Murray scored twice as The Seagulls drew 2-2 with Fulham. The centre forward put himself about, knocking defenders off the ball and causing havoc for the Fulham defence. His first goal was well taken while his second was an emphatic penalty. He rose through the leagues and is an example for all lower league players.