Palace destroy Arsenal, Son keeps Spurs hot on Chelsea’s heels while West Ham get Bilic a much needed win. We discuss these & so much more in EPL Talking Points Match Week 32.
Eagles continue to fly in convincing win over Arsenal
Crystal Palace caused another shock after their recent victory over Chelsea, with a convincing 3-0 win over Arsenal at Selhurst Park.
Though Arsenal had 72% of possession in this match, they worryingly showed no fight, nor leadership and seemed to have no real game plan against a predictably ‘physical’, Sam Allardyce side.
They simply had no answer to the attacking threat of Wilfried Zaha and the powerful Christian Benteke- who bullied the Arsenal backline throughout the game. Both players were influential in all the goals who were scored by Andro’s Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and a Luka Milivojevic penalty – converted after 3rd choice Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez brought down goal scorer, Townsend.
This fourth consecutive away defeat took Arsenal fans to a new low point, as they were heard chanting “You don’t deserve to wear the shirt” during the players abysmal display, which truly lacked any spirit, tenacity, organisation and cohesion.
This latest defeat may well prove to be a vital blow, to Arsene Wenger’s side’s top 4 Champions League aspirations. They find themselves eight points adrift of fourth placed Manchester City, with eight games remaining.
As for Crystal Palace, this victory leaves them in 16th place, six points clear of the relegation zone with a game in hand over their rivals. With a final run in which sees them Tottenham, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool – it would seem one more win, may just prove to be enough to see Big Sam, save another team to Premier League safety.
After this victory, a beaming Allardyce told Sky Sports:
“Tactically the players were aware of how to beat Arsenal…We won a lot of possession off them and created lots of chances… It wasn’t a shock for me because we played Chelsea and won that game. The result might be a shock, but we did that again and did it better.
“We all know Arsenal are going through their worst spell for years, but the only way to take advantage is by playing well. Everything worked perfectly for us today.”
Arsene Wenger on the other hand, admitted:
“I don’t think my players didn’t want it, but we lost duels in decisive moments and that’s how games are decided at this level.
“I understand our fans are disappointed and we all are deeply tonight. It’s very worrying and disappointing the way we lost the game.
“We are in a difficult position. The game doesn’t help.”
Talking Points: Are Crystal Palace safe and where will Zaha go next season? Again we ask ourselves, will Wenger stay… or will he go? Is this defeat the final straw for Arsenal fans?
Nice one Son
Heung Min Son put in a dazzling display, assisting Eric Dier’s goal before going on to score an emphatic brace, as Tottenham defeated Watford convincingly 4-0 at White Hart Lane.
The ever impressive Dele Alli opened the scoring with a fantastic right footed shot for the edge of the Watford area. Gathering the ball back on the edge of the box, Alli took one touch to set tee up his shot, before curling the ball into the top right hand corner, giving the outstretched Heurelho Gomes, no chance.
Watford offered little threat and would seem to have missed captain Troy Deeney who was injured.
This win sees’ Spurs remain 2nd in the Premier League and keeps them in title contention with what was their 11th consecutive home victory.
Talking Points: How much more improved are Spurs this season? Will they finish second? Is Mazzarri the right man to lead Watford next season?
Kouyate hammers home in vital home win.
West Ham got their first win in 6 matches, recording a much needed 1-0 win at home to relegation rivals Swansea City.
In a tightly contested match the Irons created the best chances with notably Andre Ayew missing the side’s best chances.
The match was of significant importance to both sides, with both teams EPL futures far from secure with West Ham only five points above the relegation zone prior this match, whilst Swansea lingered 2 points adrift from safety and 18th in the table.
Swansea offered very little and Cheick Kouyate’s brilliant drive from outside the area; his first EPL goal of the season, ended up being the decisive goal.
It was a deserved and vital victory for manager Slaven Bilic, coming just days after being given the ‘dreaded vote of confidence’ from joint Chairman David Sullivan.
West Ham climb to 14th and are now eight points above the bottom three.
This was Swansea’s fifth consecutive away defeat and they remain in the dreaded drop zone, just two points from Hull City. Both teams have just six games remaining and on this form, Swansea look in real danger.
Talking Points: How bad did Bilic need this win? Are West Ham safe? Will Swansea go down?
Additional EPL Talking Points Match Week 32
Man City 3-1 Hull City
Goals: Elmohamady OG, Aguero, Delph / Ranocchia
Talking Points: What has Pep learnt in his first season? What does he need to do to make them title contenders? Can Hull City avoid the drop?
Boro 0-0 Burnley
Talking Points: Will Agnew stay till end of season? Will Bryan Robson return? Who has been the stand out player for Burnley this season?
Stoke 1-2 Liverpool
Goals: Walters / Coutinho, Firminho
Talking Points: Has Hughes taken Stoke as far as he can? Are Liverpool good enough to hold top 4 spot?
West Brom 0-1 Southampton
Talking Points: 1 win in 6– are WBA already on their hols? Have Saints sealed top 10 with this win?
Bournemouth 1-3 Chelsea
Goals: King/ Smith OG, Hazard, Alonso
Talking Points: Are Bournemouth in relegation trouble? What do Chelsea need to build on for next season as champions?
Sunderland 0-3 Man Utd
Goals: Ibrahimovic, Mkhitaryan, Rashford
Talking Points: Will Moyes stay to see EPL return through? Can Man United finish top 4 or will they win Europa?
Everton 4-2 Leicester
Goals: Davies, Lukaku X2, Jagielka / Slimani, Albrighton
Talking Points: How good a job has Koeman done at Everton? What do they need to break top 4? Will Shakespeare get job full time at end of the season?