By Niall Clarke

  • Five lessons learned from Premier League match-week 13
  • Full results
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – Huddersfield gave Manchester City a hard time, and what was with that camera angle at Anfield? That plus more in our Premier League match-week 13 review.

 

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Palace’s revival may just have started

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Crystal Palace grabbed a huge win at the weekend after beating Stoke City 2-1 at Selhurst Park, a victory that moves them to within three points of safety.

The hosts went behind thanks to Xherdan Shaqiri’s solo goal, but the Eagles would not have to wait long for an equaliser. Within two minutes of the goal, Ruben Loftus-Cheek equalised for Palace after some poor Stoke defending.

It set up for a nervy last hour with the visitors feeling they had done enough for a point, however Mamadou Sakho’s injury time tap in earned Palace a much needed three points and sent Selhurst Park into a frenzy.

Roy Hodgson hopes it could be a catalyst for a fight to stay away from relegation, and they are now only three points behind West Brom in 17th.

 

Man City can not destroy everyone all the time

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Much praise has been heaped at Manchester City so far this season, and for good reason. Not only do they sit eight points clear at the top of the Premier League, they have been blowing teams away with some amazing football.

Many thought they would blow away Huddersfield Town too (including myself), but the Terriers met the Citizens with much resistance , and gave City one of their tougher matches of the season. City ran out 2-1 winners in the end, but they had to work and fight very hard for it.

It was a similar story in mid-week as Feyenoord  made the trip to Manchester. The Dutch side put up a good effort but ultimately lost 1-0.

If this week has shown anything, it is that you can not expect City to blow away every team all the time. For as good as they can be, they will meet inspired and well organised teams that will frustrate them. As long as the results keep coming, it does not really matter.

 

Everton need sorting out, and quickly

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Everton have had a torrid time this season. They have not only been dumped out of the Europa League and lost their manager, they also sit dangerously close to the relegation zone.

The Toffees were chewed up and spat out by Southampton on Sunday. The Saints, who are not a free-scoring team by any means, ran out 4-1 winners at St. Mary’s , piling more misery on a side that is down enough as it is.

This result comes just three days after being thrashed 5-1 by Atalanta. Everton need a manager and fast because right now they are a mess. They need organisation, confidence and stability, because this side is better than they have shown this season.

 

The camera angle at Anfield was awful

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Hands up if you watched Liverpool vs Chelsea on Saturday? I did, well at least a tried, because it was hard knowing who was who with that camera angle. I am not the only one who thought it was awful, right?

It is not all the time we talk about camera angles, well not ever really, but this one raised my eyebrows. The camera was way too far from the pitch and way too high, making it difficult to tell who is who.

It took away from the viewing experience of thee match and made it more difficult to get invested in what was happening. It was an issue, and hopefully it gets sorted out soon.

As for the match, it finished 1-1, a result that suited neither team. They both hoped to move a step closer to Manchester City, but the draw has left them only further behind.

Mohamed Salah gave the Reds the lead before Willian’s cross-turned shot looped over the goalkeeper to rescue a point for the Blues.

 

What else happened?

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David Moyes got his first point as West Ham manager as his side drew 1-1 with Leicester on Friday Night. The Hammers’ performance looked much improved in front of the their home fans, but they failed to find a winner and remain in the bottom three.

Manchester United were rather fortunate to beat a well organised and difficult Brighton side 1-0 at Old Trafford. A Lewis Dunk own goal separated the two sides, and it felt harsh on the Seagulls who arguably did enough to earn a point.

West Brom began post-Pulis life with a well earned draw away at Tottenham. Harry Kane rescued a point for Spurs, whose league form dip has seen them fall to fifth.

Watford continued their great away form by defeating Newcastle 3-0, Arsenal needed a late penalty to overcome Burnley, and Bournemouth were held to a goalless draw away at Swansea.

 

Predictions round-up

A solid week for Neil sees him extend his lead to eight points after 13 match-weeks. Both got a correct score, but Neil got four more correct results than Niall this weekend.

Niall (78)
Actual Score Neil (86)
West Ham 1-2 Leicester West Ham 1-1 Leicester West Ham 1-1 Leicester (3)
Crystal Palace 2-1 Stoke (3) Crystal Palace 2-1 Stoke Crystal Palace 1-2 Stoke
Man United  3-0 Brighton (1) Man United 1-0 Brighton Man United 3-1 Brighton (1)
Newcastle 2-2 Watford Newcastle 0-3 Watford Newcastle 1-2 Watford (1)
Swansea 0-2 Bournemouth Swansea 0-0 Bournemouth Swansea 0-2 Bournemouth
Tottenham 4-0 West Brom Tottenham 1-1 West Brom Tottenham 3-0 West Brom
Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea (1)
Southampton 0-0 Everton Southampton 4-1 Everton Southampton 1-1 Everton
Burnley 1-1 Arsenal Burnley 0-1 Arsenal Burnley 1-2 Arsenal (1)
Huddersfield 0-4 Man City (1) Huddersfield 1-2 Man City Huddersfield 1-3 Man City (1)
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