Talking points: EPL Match day 9

We pick out our Top 3 talking points from EPL Match day 9- and some.

  1. Chelsea hammer Manchester United

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It was an unhappy return to Stamford Bridge this afternoon for Jose Mourinho as his Manchester United side lost 4-0 to Chelsea.

It was United’s third defeat of the season to deter their aspirations of a title challenge, whilst the victory moved Chelsea into the top four for the first time this season thanks to goals from Pedro, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and sealed by N’Golo Kante’s fantastic solo goal.

It would seem the blues are starting to settle under manager Antonio Conte’s methodology and is their third win in succession since transferring to the Italians favoured 3-4-2-1 formation.

  1. Liverpool should be taken seriously.

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Liverpool continued their fine season with a 2-1 home victory over West Bromwich Albion. Sadio Mane and Phillipe Coutinho got the goals to put the reds joint top in the Premier League.

Even though the score line suggests it was a tight game, the way Liverpool passed and attacked with pace throughout the game was a joy to watch and even left West Brom boss Tony Pulis stating:

“This team has a chance”, when referring to their title credentials.

With Manchester City going three games without a win and Arsenal again, traditionally failing to take advantage of teams above them; by gaining just a point at home to Middlesbrough, it’s now time to take Liverpool seriously and accept that they are serious title contenders this season.

  1. Shaquiri + Allen = Safety

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Stoke City beat Hull City 2-0 at the KCOM Stadium yesterday to give Stoke back to back victories for the first time this season, to ease their opening relegation fears.

Two truly fabulous strikes from Xherdan Shaqiri gave the Potters all three points and extended their unbeaten run to four games.

With Joe Allen also proving influential among the goals over the past few weeks; having scored four goals in three games prior yesterday, it would seem if Mark Hughes can keep these two key players fit – then the only way is up for Stoke City fans.

Additional talking point from 22nd/ 23rd October 2016…

  • Another season Arsenal fail to take advantage of a weekend when results go in their favour – can they go the distance?
  • Is Chelsea’s victory against Manchester United a statement that they too can challenge for the title this season?
  • With no European football, who will finish higher Liverpool or Chelsea?
  • West Ham left it late but got a vital home win thanks to Winston Reids strike against Sunderland- will David Moye’s last the year?
  • A great home win for Leicester City against Crystal Palace, thanks to goals from Okazaki and Musa whilst Jamie Vardy was on the bench. Is he a one season wonder?
  • It seems the Premier League table is starting to take shape. Can anyone dislodge the current top five teams? Are Sunderland, Swansea, Hull and Middlesbrough the teams that need to worry or will anyone else slip into the relegation mire?

Let’s discuss!!!!! 

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