This week Premier League fans were in for a treat, the new ‘Friday Night Football’ featured the weeks stand-out fixture – I think we could get used to this!
Game of the Week: Chelsea (Costa ’61) 1–2 Liverpool (Lovren ’17, Henderson ’36)
Liverpool registered their 3rd league win of the season with an impressive victory at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte’s side went into the fixture unbeaten and not many would have backed Jurgen Klopp’s men to take all three points back to Merseyside. Liverpool have beaten both Arsenal and Chelsea away from home in the early weeks and comprehensively beat last seasons champions Leicester City at Anfield.
Talk of Liverpool for the title has begun surfacing and I for one think its premature. I can’t help but feel they will fall short defensively and over the years they have been known for pushing the self-destruct button come the business end of the season. For more on Liverpool click here! As for Chelsea, Antonio Conte suffered his first defeat of the season and after last weeks draw at Swansea he may have to rethink his approach. As a talented manager/tactician I’m certain the Italian will scrutinize their recent performances and it won’t be long before they are back to winning ways.
Performance of the Week: Watford F.C.
This was a tough decision to make, I have to say I considered giving the Sofa Sports News Performance of the Week to Tony Pulis’ West Brom. Based purely on the quality of the opponent I decided to give it to Watford. Walter Mazzari’s Hornet’s piled more misery onto the ‘Special One’ – Who’s special? Don’t make me laugh!
An organised, physical and hungry Watford side registered their second win of the season after their impressive come back at the Olympic Stadium just a week earlier. Odion Ighalo missed a sitter early on when the returning Chris Smalling and David De Gea made a meal of an aerial ball. Thankfully for the Hornets Etienne Capoue continued his impressive goal scoring form and late goals from Zuniga and Deeney completed the victory.
Jose was quick to shift the blame from himself and criticized the officials post-match. I guess he just does that wherever he goes, if you refer to an old article I submitted you will see what I mean…click here! If I was a United fan I’d have questioned his team selection once again, but who am I to judge! 🙂
That leads me onto the next section nicely…
Worst Performance of the Week: West Ham Utd
Has Slaven Bilic completely lost it at West Ham? A discussion I never thought I would have so early on in the season – it’s clear that the fans remain behind their manager but whats gone wrong in the past few weeks?
Having surrendered a two goal lead at home last week I was tempted to label that as a one off. Saturday’s defeat at WBA has done nothing to ease the pressure on the Croatian and to concede four goals in two games running vs the kind of opposition they should be turning over has set the alarm bells ringing.
It’s far too early to panic but having moved into the Olympic stadium and having crashed out of the Europa League in the qualifying round the Irons will no doubt be aiming to secure the European football that stadium deserves.
For the rest of this weeks Premier League Results click here!
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