The Premier League this season is becoming more interesting by the week. There is not a single match that can be predicted with confidence this season as most results have been shocking. This week, top clubs lost another chance to climb up the table while the underdogs have been showing a level of consistency that is sublime.
Here are 10 things we learnt from this week in the Barclays Premier League:
1. Cherries are not relegation material:
Eddie Howe has been very impressive this season with the newly promoted Bournemouth side. They have shown some supreme confidence in games and are unlucky to be plagued with injuries. They are 4 points and 4 places away from relegation and are on a run of 3 successive league victories. They have some tough fixtures in the festive period and if they can come out of those with minimum damage, they will play in the Premier League next season.
2. Mourinho may have been right:
Jose Mourinho in his last press conference as the Chelsea manager accused his players of betraying him and his methods. The team under the Portuguese looked like they were not interested and though there was not a lot of change in the performance, they pulled out an important win which has risen doubts about the commitments of the players.
3. Foxes at the Top of the table at Christmas:
Leicester City’s fans, players and Claudio Ranieri will be over the moon going into Christmas as they sit top of the Premier League table this season. Top clubs have shown some inconsistencies, but we cannot take anything away from Leicester. The Foxes have been playing some impressive football and are scoring for fun. They brushed Roberto Martinez’ side at Goodison Park this weekend and are only growing in confidence.
4. Van Gaal will have a tense festive time:
Manchester United have now lost back to back games against newly promoted sides in the Premier League. After the loss to Bournemouth last weekend, they went 2-1 down to Norwich city at the Old Trafford. These results are simply unacceptable and will surely put Van Gaal’s place at the club in jeopardy. The Boxing Day game at the Britannia Stadium will be a very important fixture for the Dutchman.
5. Magpies pulled down by the Villains:
Newcastle were on a high after back to back victories against Liverpool and Tottenham going into this game against bottom placed Aston Villa. With each point as crucial as the other, Remi Garde set his team up to snatch what they can from this game. They were an improved side in the second half and a superb curler from Ayew snatched what is only the 7th point of the season for Aston Villa. Newcastle are now just 2 points and a place above the relegation zone.
6. Pochettino’s men hit back strongly:
Tottenham Hotspur fell to just their second defeat of the season when they lost to two late goals from the Magpies last weekend. They will have been gutted with the score-line but produced a strong performance against the Saints at the St Marys. The Spurs looked comfortable for most of the game and are looking strong contenders for the top 4 spots.
7. Pardew’s Palace steal it right at the end:
Crystal Palace have looked a solid side this season and are equal on points with Tottenham and Manchester United at the top of the table. They were away to Stoke in a tough fixture and took the lead just before half time. Bojan struck for the home team with just 15 minutes to go, but a late winner from Lee Chung-Yong left Stoke devastated. Stoke City are now in the 11th place in the table.
8. Frustrated Swans stay in the drop zone:
West Ham United are in the 8th position in the Premier League table but were completely outplayed by Swansea City who are still without a manager. The Swans registered over 20 shots on the night but were not able to break the dead lock as Slaven Bilic’s side never started to trouble them. This draw sees the Irish outfit in the 18th place with 15 points.
9. Jurgen Klopp’s honeymoon is certainly over:
Liverpool looked a rejuvenated side in the first month under the new manager. Klopp has certainly lifted the spirits in the Red of Merseyside but off late they have looked lethargic in the middle. The pressing and intensity was not visible against Watford in what was an embarrassing 3-0 defeat. Klopp will now have understood the magnitude of the work in his hands.
10. Arsenal certain title favorites:
The Gunners put in an impressive performance against Manchester City and took all three points and opened up a 4 point gap at the top of the table. They are only 2 points below Leicester City who have a tough run of games up ahead. If Arsenal can keep up this consistency for the most part of this season, they are not too far away from the Premier League title.