Heading into the twelfth round of matches at Premier League, there were only few certain possibilities by the end of the week; that the top three will remain unchanged and irrespective of the results Queens Park Rangers and Burnley will remain in the drop zone. Premier League has been the most competitive league amongst the other Top Five European League, due to its competitive nature, this season is again a testimony to the same where all the teams other than Chelsea have dropping points.
Standout Team: Newcastle United
If we look at the last six matches in the league, the top two performers are expectedly Chelsea and back from the dead Newcastle United. It is beyond anyone’s comprehension how almost sacked manager Alen Pardew has changed the fortunes of the Toon Army! A run of five straight wins, which includes victory against Totenham and Liverpool, is surely making Newcastle United march on in style. They currently sit tied on points with Manchester United, how far they can sustain the current form will be something to watch out for. They were on the bottom of the table after first four rounds, but an impressive undefeated run since October have made them the standout team thus far.
Shock of the Week: Crystal Palace beating Liverpool
Last year the title winning hopes of Liverpool were dashed by a resilient Crystal Palace team which came back from nowhere to get a 3-3 draw and end their maiden Premier League winning hopes. Probably Brendon Rodgers team have still not recovered from the shock which they received in May at Selhurst Park and gave away one goal lead to lose 3-1 to Crystal Palace side. While Liverpool’s form into match day was nothing to write home about, however the edgy passes, lack of leadership and tentative overall play ensured that Brendon Rodgers now fears for his job.
Lost Opportunity: Arsene Wenger’s woes continue!
For any Manchester United faithful who has been following the Premier League, will share how once upon a time Arsene Wenger’s team use to bully and instill a fear in the Red Devils ranks. It is not the same anymore for the past many seasons. The start of the match was all Arsenal, however the goals that mattered were scored at the other end by Wayne Rooney and Co. As stated by a lot of experts, this was Arsenal’s best opportunity to get a victory against Manchester United at the back of their compounding injury list and inconsistent form. Unfortunately the Arsenal fans would surely be wondering is the decision to stick with Arsene Wenger as the manager hurting the club.
League Round Up
It was business as usual for Chelsea at the top of the table while coming out comfortable winners against a ten men West Brom Team with goals from Star Attackers Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. West Ham United went out of the Champions League Position while losing to Everton at Goodison Park, with Leon Osman scoring the winner to celebrate his 400th appearance for the club. Manchester City secured a victory over visiting Swansea to close in the gap on second place Southampton. Strike from Jovetic and Toure were required to cancel out the lead Swansea had thanks to the strike from Wilfried Bony. Another notable match was the team in the relegation battle Burnley securing all three points at Britannia Stadium, Danny Ings ensured a second successive victory for Burnley and increased their hopes to get out of the drop zone 0with a decent run in form. On the solitary match played on Monday night Southampton were lucky to get a draw as Nathaniel Clyne scored nine minutes from time and kept The Saints on course for a unlikely finish in the top four.
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