We pick out our Top 3 talking points and some, from EPL Match day 10…
Chelsea back in the mix
Chelsea beat Southampton 2-0 this afternoon at St Mary’s Stadium to continue their fine form, stretching their winning run without conceding a goal to four consecutive matches. Eden Hazard and Diego Costa scoring the goals.
The rejuvenated blues have continued to impress since reverting to Conte’s favoured 3-4-3 formation.
Hazard, scoring his third goal in three games – is starting to show signs of returning to the form which saw him crowned PFA player of the year, the last time Chelsea won the title. Todays goal was his fifth of the season – already beating last years total of four.
Now in fourth place and just one point behind the joint leaders of the league, are Conte’s Chelsea strong enough to push a title challenge till the end? With no European commitments – added to the recent turn around in form, it would seem so.
Aguero & Giroud back with a brace
Sergio Aguero returned to the starting line up to end Manchester City’s six game winless run as they beat West Brom 4-0 at The Hawthorns.
Scoring for the first time since their last win (3-1 at Swansea in September), Aguero’s goals gained plaudits from manager Guardiola, seemingly quashing speculation that the striker wasn’t in the managers plans after recently being dropped from the starting line-up.
He took his goals brilliantly and the second goal in particular was world class.
If he can repeat this level of performance regularly, the recent dropping of Aguero – may just be the making of him this season.
At the Stadium of Light, another forward to have recently been struggling for game time, returned with a bang.
Olivier Giroud came off the bench to inspire an Arsenal away win, with two goals from his first two touches!
The forwards impact proves the strength in depth Arsenal are equipped with this season and further proved to the doubters, what Giroud can offer.
Will he continue to be an effective weapon from the bench? Will his two goals this weekend push him to start the North London Derby? Share your views in comments below.
Burnley turn the Heaton Mourinho!
Burnley implemented their defensive master plan brilliantly this weekend as they held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.
Burnley goalkeeper and former United trainee Tom Heaton, had an absolutely outstanding performance between the sticks. Even though Manchester United conjured a record 37 attempts at Burnley’s goal, they just could not find a way past the impressive Heaton and his well-drilled Burnley defence.
Jose Mourinho got so frustrated with the failure of the referee to award a penalty to his side during the match, that he got sent to the stands – prompting the national press to pile the pressure on the Manchester United boss. Some writers even stating that his management style is now ‘Old School’, when compared to the modern styles of Klopp and Pochettino.
Manchester United now sit in an unconvincing 8th place in the Premier League.
Anything less than a win away to Swansea next week, will only continue to heighten the pressure.
Additional talking points from 29th/ 30th October 2016…
- Everton end four game winless run – how far can they go this season?
- Can Barkley deliver consistency?
- Is Mourinho’s management style now ‘old school’?
- Liverpool again score for fun and look the real deal in their 4-2 away win at Palace, even with their defensive frailties. Will Klopp buy a CB in January, if so; who fits the bill?
- Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham – is this the top 5 for the season? Who will finish where?
- A good away point for Leicester City at Tottenham – but was the Huth penalty decision for Spurs soft or correct decision?
- Another great win for Watford this weekend to take them above Manchester United – can they finish top 8?
- How long has Moyes got left – will he see out the year?
- Who will win the Monday night game at The Britannia Stadium between Stoke City and Swansea?
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