By Niall Clarke
- Five lessons learned from match-week 10 of the Premier League season
- Full weekend results
The top three looked scarily good whilst others quaked in their boots in this weekend’s Premier League action. Here are five lessons we learned from match-week 10.
Manchester City are back from the dead.
The winless streak of six games has finally come to an end for Pep Guardiola as his Manchester City side slaughtered West Brom 4-0 at the Hawthorns.
It looked like a tricky match on paper but City fans ended getting treated to a great display. The return of Sergio Aguero was a welcomed one, and the Argentine sliced through the Baggies’ defence twice for a brace of goals. Ilkay Gundogan also bagged two goals in the four goal rout, and the Citizens retained their top position in the Premier League standings.
The result is also a huge confidence boost ahead of the spooky prospect of welcoming Barcelona to the Etihad Stadium in midweek. City are back, and they look dangerous once again. The question is, can they keep it up?
Spurs are in danger of being left behind
They are the only unbeaten team in the Premier League, but another draw means another two points dropped for Spurs, and whilst their rivals keep winning they are in danger of falling behind the pack.
It was a third straight tie for Mauricio Pochettino after they could only muster a 1-1 result at home to Leicester. They have become a very difficult team to beat, but they lack the sharpness up front to convert that into victories.
Spurs need wins and they need them fast. Arsenal and Liverpool are in good form, Chelsea looked revitalised and City looked like the side that was dominant at the start of the season again. There is danger of leaving themselves too much to do come the end of the campaign.
The title race remains wide open
Overall it was a positive week for the title challengers as four of them record big away victories. Arsenal defeated Sunderland 4-1 at the Stadium of Light at the start of the weekend to temporarily go top with Olivier Giroud bagging two goals.
By the start of Liverpool’s away trip to Crystal Palace, Man City had regained the top position with a 4-0 away win at West Brom, so the pressure was certainly on Jurgen Klopp’s side to keep with the pace, and boy did they deliver. It was one of the games of the weekend in which Liverpool’s attacking force proved to be the difference in a 4-2 victory.
Chelsea travelled to Southampton off the back of three straight wins and three straight clean sheets. The Saints were in some good form of their own, but goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa made sure Chelsea remained within a point of the leaders.
Sunderland’s survival hopes could be dead and buried
The Black Cats’ 4-1 defeat at home to Arsenal means that they have made the worst start to a Premier League season since it’s inception.
It was a crushing defeat that not only leaves them further behind the rest of the field, it could also mean that David Moyes gets the axe as manager. Sunderland lack direction and do not seem to play a certain style of football, it is like they can not make their minds up. At times they try to play it from the back, then at others they play the long ball.
Their performances have resembled a horror show and their survival in the Premier League is hanging by a thread as a result. Something needs to change and fast. It is a nightmare at the Stadium of Light, only this nightmare may be one they can not wake up from.
What happened elsewhere?
It would be wrong not to mention one of the best goalkeeping performances you will see all season. Tom Heaton was superb as Burnley survived over 30 shots on their goal to earn a 0-0 draw against Manchester United.
Middlesbrough scored a vital 2-0 win at home to an in-form Bournemouth, whilst Watford piled further misery on Hull with a 1-0 victory. The defeat was the seventh in a row for the Tigers and leaves them in the relegation zone.
Everton ended their four game winless streak by defeating West Ham 2-0 at Goodison Park, and to end the weekend’s action Stoke won 3-1 at home to Swansea.
Full Premier League results
Sunderland 1-4 Arsenal
Man United 0-0 Burnley
Middlesbrough 2-0 Bournemouth
Tottenham 1-1 Leicester
Watford 1-0 Hull
West Brom 0-4 Man City
Crystal Palace 2-4 Liverpool
Everton 2-0 West Ham
Southampton 0-2 Chelsea
Stoke 3-1 Swansea
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