The Barclays Premier League this week was full of interesting fixtures and it produced more than interesting results at the end of the week. Teams at the top of the table dropped points while teams from the bottom half of the table has picked all three points this week. This season has been more interesting than the last couple and will surely get better as the year progresses.
But before that, let’s take a look at what we learnt from this week’s Barclays Premier League fixtures:
Norwich City still has it to stay in the top flight.
Norwich City are in the midst of a relegation battle this early in the season but have shown signs of improvement in the recent games. They played an Everton side that has been rampant in the recent past and were able to hold them down and took a point from the game. They will still need a lot of points to secure their position in the top flight, but they have shown enough improvement for the fans to believe in them.
Alan Pardew working his magic:
The Crystal Palace side has looked stronger and stronger as the season has progressed. They played out a pretty convincing game against the Saints and took all three points with a 1-0 victory. The manager will be delighted with the work rate that his players put in and will hope to continue accumulating positive results going into the busy festive season of the Premier League.
Stoke City hold on once again:
Stoke City have largely improved since the start of the season. They have a relatively strong squad this season and will be hoping to stay in the top half of the table. They did pretty well to hold onto a draw against the Hammers who are now just 2 points away from a European spot in the Premier League. The manager will hope to continue this form for as long as he can.
City still do not have that Champion’s material:
Manchester City took all three points against Swansea on Saturday, but they deserved not even one as they were completely outplayed by the Welsh outfit. Swansea defended superbly on the night as they gave City no space or time to work with in the final third. They made City look like an ordinary team and deserved, at least, a point for their performance.
Big Sam in another relegation battle:
Sunderland lost an important game against Watford City with a solitary goal from Ighalo. Watford defended really well for most parts of the game and deserved all three points and left Sunderland in the relegation zone 16 games into the season. The Black Cats manager will have to start doing something quickly if he wants to play in the top flight next season.
The Cherries have an unbelievable week:
Less than a week after beating Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge, Bournemouth welcomed Manchester United and beat them 2-1 in a thrilling contest on Saturday. Josh King scored the winner on the night as Bournemouth took all three points and are now placed in the 14th place 2 points above the relegation zone.
Remi Garde’s job has become more than difficult:
The Aston Villa manager started off his tenure with the new club with a promising display at the Etihad, but the club has not been able to replicate that performance and was dumped 2-0 by a discipline Arsenal side who moved to the top of the table. Villa is now the bottom placed team in the Premier League with just 6 points from 16 games and need to start winning matches if they are to stay in the Premier League.
Pochettino stunned by the Magpies:
A week after beating Liverpool at Anfield, Newcastle United pulled out yet another upset when they beat Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. A late comeback from the visitors and a late winner from Perez sealed all three points as Pochettino was left to rue the chances that were missed by his side. Tottenham now have dropped 5 points in the last two games and need to be more consistent to entertain a top 4 place.
Klopp steals the headlines:
Even as Liverpool slumped to a 2-2 draw with the last-gasp deflected equalizer from Origi against the Baggies, Jurgen Klopp took the players to the Kop in a bid to show his appreciation for the fans. Many have criticized his gesture as being an over-reaction to a game that they were expected to win, but Klopp has brushed all the criticism aside and will hope that his actions will not be a huge issue in the media.
Mourinho admits that his team realistically is out of Europe:
The post match interview after Chelsea were beaten 2-1 by Leicester City saw Mourinho admit honestly that his team were not up to the mark on the day and also said that his team does not realistically have a chance to finish in the top four. It would be hard for the Champions of last season to give up on a top 4 place this early in the season but Chelsea at the moment are just 1 point off the relegation zone and will have to get their act back together as quickly as possible.