Can the Premier League sides who failed to convert chances this week blame the “international hangover”? Two weeks of managers and medical staff being on their toes has all come down to the return of the Premier League.
The media merry-go-round surrounding Andros Townsend is set to go even faster, after England’s new star impressed yet again during Spurs’ 2-0 away win at Aston Villa. He had the most shots for the London side with a total of five, two of them were on target. This calculated to a shot every 22 minutes. For a game that only produced 5 clear chances, Townsend was made to look extremely active, and continues to be a star figure for AVB going forward. However, the game was overshadowed by a flare, which was thrown towards and hit the linesman closest to the Tottenham fans, an action which consequently lead to two people being arrested.
Liverpool’s good start is beginning to stutter after they only managed to scrape a draw at St James’ Park. The SAS (Suarez and Sturridge) partnership struck again in a well worked goal, but anpther example of poor defending left The Reds looking open at the back, and was ultimately their downfall in the lunchtime kick off. Although dominating possession, Liverpool conceded a total of 10 fouls, compared to Newcastle’s 8, contributing to the idea that Liverpool’s defence did struggle when it came to composure. Being sometimes criticised for “over-passing”, the away side were dispossessed a total of 7 times throughout the game, with one of those errors leading to one of the goals conceded.
Chelsea came from behind at Stamford Bridge to win comfortably against a Cardiff side which took the lead in the 1oth minute. After an controversial equaliser, The Blues went on to eventually thump the Welsh side 4-1, with goals from Eden Hazard, Oscar and Samuel Eto’o. Hazard was once again the star man statistically going forward; all 3 of his shots on goal were on target, and creating a total of 5 chances in the 90 minutes. Although the result didn’t flatter Cardiff, Ben Turner put in an impressive display at the back: he made 11 clearances defensively, all of which were successful.
Arsenal continue to thrive at the top of the table after a 4-1 win at home to Norwich. The Gunners’ golden boys Aaron Ramsey and Mezut Ozil were in the spotlight once again after a late couple of goals sealed the victory. After a nervy couple of days when Ozil went off injured in the internationals, the German went on to be the most significant part of the jigsaw with his two goals. As a week of European football lies ahead, the Arsenal manager will be pleased that his side have sustained a gap at the top of the Premier League table after this weekend.
Although Wenger still admits to seeing Manchester United as title contenders, David Moyes will be feeling under even more pressure after they only managed a draw against Southampton. A home draw is not something usually expected at Manchester United, but Southampton continue to look like the “surprise package” of the season so far. The away side had the better of the possession, more final third activity, and created a total of 16 chances compared to United’s 10. Is this the settling in period for Moyes, or more likely the lurking presence of predecessor Ferguson that lies in his way?