By Niall Clarke

  • Five lessons learned from Premier League match-week Eight
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Manchester City’s masterclass saw them go clear at the top of the table in match-week eight of the Premier League season. Here are five lessons we learned from the weekend.

 

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Kevin De Bruyne is the best player in the league

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Kevin De Bruyne might not have gotten on the scoresheet in Manchester City’s 7-2 thrashing of Stoke, but there is little doubt the Belgian ran the show.

De Bruyne was involved in three of City’s goals with inch perfect passes as he tore apart the Stoke defence. The Citizens were brilliant on Saturday, but this man stood above the rest, no wonder they were chanting his name after Leroy Sane’s goal.

The scary thing is, it has not just been a one game performance. De Bruyne has consistently delivered this season and he looks like a player who could walk into any team in the world. It is hard to deny he is a world class talent, but now he is looking like one of the best midfielders in the world. Chelsea must be kicking themselves for letting him go.

 

Liverpool vs Manchester United was a disappointment

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It was a game with much hype going in. Liverpool vs Manchester United, how could it possibly fail? Well, we found out how on Saturday.

With two high scoring teams facing off, you would expect goals in this fixture, but there was none to be found. It looked promising at the start as United were a little more adventurous, but the second half they sat back, clearly satisfied with a point.

Liverpool did all the attacking in the second half, but once again they lacked that cutting edge. Without an out and out goalscorer in the side, Jurgen Klopp’s side struggle to find goals against well organised defences.

A point at Anfield is a good result for Manchester United, but for Liverpool they will see this as a disappointing result. If they are to challenge for the title, they will have to improve and win these matches at home.

 

Palace can score, Palace can win!

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After seven match-weeks of the Premier League season, Crystal Palace had not only failed to register a point, they had also failed to score a goal. With Chelsea up next in match-week eight, the chances of them starting their tally was slim. They were up against the defending champions and a team known for their solid defence, but Palace did not care.

The Eagles took the game right to Chelsea from the get go, and after 11 minutes they scored their first goal of the season. Ironically it was an own goal from Cesar Azpilicueta, but as they say, they all count.

Things started to look bleak again when Chelsea equalised eight minutes later thanks to Tiemoue Bakayoko’s header. Palace were not detoured though and retook the lead before half time through Wilfried Zaha.

Roy Hodgson’s side defended well in the second half to keep Chelsea at bay and earn their first points of the season against an unlikely opponent. The Eagles remain bottom, but they are now on the board and possibly full of confidence after beating last year’s champions.

Chelsea are now nine points behind Manchester City and look like they may struggle to defend their title. N’Golo Kante and Alvaro Morata were sorely missed in this game, and it looks like Victor Moses may join them on the injury list.

 

Curse? What Curse?

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Tottenham bagged their first Premier League win at Wembley with an unremarkable 1-0 win over Bournemouth.

For once, Harry Kane was not on the scoresheet as it was Christian Eriksen who bagged the winner with a neat finish just after half time. Up until that point they were stifled by the back five of Bournemouth, but they found that bit of quality needed to grab a much needed home win.

Despite an impressive 3-1 win against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League at their new temporary home, Spurs had failed to win in their first three home Premier League games. Away they have been superb however, winning all four of their trips so far.

With the curse lifted, maybe home form can improve for Tottenham as they bid to challenge for the title yet again. But first they must face the daunting task of Real Madrid in the Champions League.

 

Watford look very good under Marco Silva

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The Premier League was introduced to Marco Silva when he took charge of Hull City late last season. The Portuguese man did a good job with the Tigers, almost saving them from relegation when it looked certain they would go down. He impressed many pundits and  commentators in his debut stint, and that earned him a shot at managing Watford.

After eight games, the Hornets sit fourth in the table, ahead of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. They have looked solid throughout, and their 2-1 win over Arsenal was indicative of that. They went behind after Per Metesacker’s header, but Watford kept at it and the decision to bring on Troy Deeney changed the game.

The striker immediately got to work at unsettling the Arsenal defence, and he got his goal from the penalty spot after Richarlison was adjudged to have been fouled by Hector Bellerin. The winner came in stoppage time through and unlikely source in Tom Cleverley.

It was a solid win for Watford, who look on course for a top half finish if they keep up their current form from the start of the season.

 

Predictions round-up

 

Niall (54)
Actual Score Neil (53)
Liverpool 1-1 Man United  Liverpool 0-0 Man United Liverpool 2-2 Man United
Burnley 1-0 West Ham Burnley 1-1 West Ham Burnley 1-1 West Ham
Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea Crystal Palace 2-1 Chelsea Crystal Palace 1-3 Chelsea
Man City 3-0 Stoke Man City 7-2 Stoke Man City 3-0 Stoke
Swansea 0-0 Huddersfield Swansea 2-0 Huddersfield Swansea 1-1 Huddersfield
Tottenham 3-1 Bournemouth Tottenham 1-0 Bournemouth Tottenham 2-0 Bournemouth
Watford 1-1 Arsenal Watford 2-1 Arsemal Watford 2-2 Arsenal
Brighton 1-1 Everton Brighton 1-1  Everton Brighton 1-2 Everton
Southampton 1-0 Newcastle  Southampton 2-2 Newcastle Southampton 1-0 Newcastle
Leicester 2-1 West Brom  Leicester 1-1 West Brom Leicester 2-0 West Brom

This week we are all tied as both Niall and Neil scored six points. Both got one correct score and three correct results to go with it, therefore Niall keeps his one point lead heading into match-week nine.

The Premier League returns on October 21st

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