EPL Recap (Gameweek 14)

Gameweek 14 of the Premier League served another course of unbelievable action; Saturday set the tone for a derby Sunday of the highest quality. Here EGGHEADS unpacks the highlights and some talking points from the weekend’s action!

 

Palace finally find a win!

Burnley offered very little at Selhurst Park as they were beaten on Saturday afternoon. Palace could have embarrassed the Clarets, but for a couple wasteful opportunities and the woodwork of the Burnley goal.

Roy Hodgson’s men have achieved their first victory at home of the campaign, taking them up to 14thon the table.

 

A brace by the Mexican maestro!

Newcastle United’s little run of wins game to an end courtesy of a Javier Hernandez brace. The Mexican put West Ham ahead after just 11 minutes only to double their lead a little into the second half.

The Magpies were largely lacklustre in their quest for a 4thPremier League win and although I wouldn’t say this was a shock result, it just once again goes to show that you never know which West Ham will show up come matchday!

Newcastle have two tough fixtures coming up when they travel to Everton on Wednesday before welcoming Wolves to St James’ on Sunday. You would think that although they could very well lose both games, if Rafa got three points between the two he would take it.

 

United ‘earn’ a draw at Southampton.

United had to fight back from two goals down, within the first 20 minutes, to earn a point at St Mary’s. I thought United were absolutely terrible in the first 25 or so minutes, yes they showed a bit of fight and heart to get level before the half, but it just isn’t good enough.

Matic and McTominay alongside Phil Jones in a back three? What is that?

If you ask me Jose Mourinho’s time at Old Trafford is running out, you have a lot of people saying the club should persevere with the Portuguese manager citing ‘United doesn’t run through managers like underwear’.

My problem with this is I don’t think Mourinho is the man for the job. His style of play just isn’t the United way, his tactics don’t seem to belong in the modern game and his negativity – win or lose – is toxic.

Probably most alarming is that it is December and United still don’t have an identity. Mourinho is a manager who is renowned for his tactical prowess and game management, a manager who invests in a powerhouse midfield. All of his previous teams have a strong identity, styles of play which were characterised by pace on the counter, turning defence into attack in the blink of an eye coupled with midfield dominance.

I ask again, what is United’s identity?

You look at Pep Guardiola at City, or Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool or even Unai Emery at Arsenal, there is a clear understanding of a game plan, which the entire club buys into. Manchester United has no coherent style, their players look uncomfortable and confused which could go a long way explaining the recent results.

 

Arsenal and Spurs produce an absolute thriller!

Arsenal defeated Spurs 4-2 in what could quite possibly be the game of the season. Arsenal came out of the blocks early, dominating the game and really having a go at Spurs. Their pressure was rewarded after just 10 minutes when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slotted home a penalty.

Spurs hit back though when Eric Dier headed the Coys level before Harry Kane gave them the lead through a penalty awarded when Rob Holding was said to have fouled Son in the area.

This back and forth North-London derby then swung the other way when substitute Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal ahead with just 15 minutes left, the Gunners then saw off their bitter rivals when Lucas Torreira made it 4-2.

Arsenal are now only 8 points behind leaders City, and in this League you just never know what could happen…

On a slightly negative note however, I’ sure that everyone can agree when I say that notwithstanding the rivalry that exists between these two sides, the person who threw a banana at Aubameyang is a racist (…) who not only shames Spurs but the League as a whole. There is no place for such people and I would love to see them banned for life!

 

Liverpool snatch 3 points thanks to a 96thminute Origi header.

Divock Origi came off the bench to earn his side what could turn out to be a crucial win in the Merseyside derby. The Belgium international headed home the winner after Jordan Pickford failed to deal with a rather simple looping shot from Virgil Van Dyk.

If I’m honest I think a draw would have been a fair result, and I’ll go as far to say that if there was to be a winner it should have been the Toffees.

I’m very interested to see how Jurgen Klopp is dealt with after running onto the field to celebrate his side’s late winner. Needless to say if it was another manager in the league…say Jose Mourinho (hypothetical example)…there would be hell to pay!

 

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