We pick out our Top 3 talking points and some, from EPL Match day 11.
Liverpool storm to the top
Last weekend, Liverpool gave a real statement of intent with an emphatic 6-1 victory against Watford at Anfield, to surge Jürgen Klopps team to the summit of the Premier League for the first time in the Germans tenure.
While fellow challengers Man City and Arsenal dropped points, Liverpool continued their scintillating form by convincingly dispatching a Hornets team, whom had been on a good run themselves– unbeaten in four prior this match.
Week by week, Liverpool maintain to impress.
As much as they fail to keep clean sheets, they continue to play scintillating attacking football, dispatching teams in the process.
Mane (2), Coutinho, Can, Firmino and Wijnaldum were among the goals and though he didn’t score, Daniel Sturridge hit the crossbar twice after coming off the bench and looked effective – demonstrating he may be starting to rediscover his swagger.
If Klopp can continue to work his magic and get Sturridge firing again, then there may just be no stopping the Reds this season. Can it really last? No European football helps.
It was the fifth Premier League game this season, they have scored four or more goals in a game, further evidence of their offensive abilities, made even more impressive they have only played eleven games this season.
Now they sit top of the table – the precedent is set. Only time will tell, in this most exciting of seasons, whether Liverpool have what it takes to stay there.
Chelsea 5 star performance
Chelsea initially knocked Manchester City off top spot prior Liverpool’s match on Sunday, with a five goal mauling of Everton at Stamford Bridge last Saturday evening.
The match was over by half time as the Blues led 3-0 inspired by the majestic Eden Hazard, whom really is starting to rediscover the form that saw him crowned PFA player of the year in 2014/15.
The Belgium finished the game with a brace, bringing his recent tally to 5 goals in his last 4 games whilst the Chelsea back three continued their impressive form with their fifth EPL clean sheet in a row.
Everton were poor – most notably goalkeeper Stekelenburg, while Koeman’s decision to match Chelsea like for like by playing three at the back completely backfired.
As much as Everton were poor, Chelsea’s exuberant offensive play was a joy to watch; in what was nothing short of a perfect display, as Costa, Pedro and Alonso also got on the score sheet.
It now seems Conte has the blues playing for him and they have really brought in to his ideology. The blues are back and on this evidence – will be a tough outfit to overcome.
Arsenal begin dreaded November with derby day draw.
Arsenal and Tottenham shared the spoils in the first instalment of the North London derby at The Emirates on Sunday.
The decision by Pochettino to surprisingly play three at the back, confused Arsenal as they were unable to find space behind Tottenham to play their natural game.
This aside, Arsenal still went in front through a controversial Kevin Wimmer own goal which took them into half time with a slender but deserved 1-0 lead.
Tottenham came out with a point to prove in the second half and soon got a controversial goal of their own. Harry Kane dispatched a penalty on his return to the first team from injury, after Koscielny had been judged to have fouled Dembele in the area after a mazy run from the Belgian midfielder.
After that goal, Spurs went on to finish the game arguably the better side and had the more clear-cut chances to steel victory.
Overall a draw was probably a fair result – though a result that doesn’t aid either side’s title credentials at this stage.
Spurs; though still undefeated, have now failed to win in seven games in all competitions. The immediate goal scoring return of Kane will no doubt soon end that statistic.
As for Arsenal, it seems all too familiar that when teams drop points around them – like Man City have recently, they fail to have the belief, the conviction and the ability- to take advantage. Going into this game Arsenal were the favourites and could have made a statement of their own, had they beaten Tottenham at the weekend.
This fixture started the dreaded November for Arsenal fans, where in seasons past, Arsenal have statistically recorded their lowest point’s total.
With Manchester United at Old Trafford next –and Mourinho’s record of never losing to Wenger intact, adding to the recent news Alexis Sanchez may be out for 6 weeks or so after injury his calf on international duty – it could turn out to be an all too familiar eleventh month of the year for Arsenal fans.
Additional talking points from 5th/ 6th November 2016…
- Zlatan gets back to scoring ways with a brace – will he gun down the Gunners at Old Trafford?
- After the weekends North London draw- can both Arsenal and Spurs finish in the top 4?
- After their impressive draws at The Emirates and now Etihad Stadium – have Middlesbrough got enough to survive this year?
- When will Manchester City click back into gear after their draw at home to unfancied Middlesbrough?
- West Brom end Leicester’s 21 game unbeaten home run. Will Leicester hold a worse title defence than Chelsea did last season?
- Burnley beat Crystal Palace with a great home win. Have Burnley got enough about them to survive in the Premier League this year?
- That defeat was Palaces’ forth in a row….is it time to panic?
- Sunderland get their first win of the season. Does the Moyes revival start here?
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