A dramatic and significant weekend of fixtures in the Premier kicked off with the eagerly-anticipated Merseyside derby, and it was even more pulsating than expected. End to end drama concluded with goals from Suarez, Coutinho, Sturridge, Mirallas and two from Lukaku meant that the match ended 3-3 at Goodison Park. Big saves from Simon Mignolet kept the Reds in the game, after they were leading 2-1 with 2o minutes gone in the first half. After Everton drawing level to make it 2-2, a late goal from each side meant that the points were shared. Although, there was debate that there should have been at least one sending off.
Brendan Rodgers commented afterwards that Mirallas’ high challenge on Luis Suarez should have definately made him see red, and if that was Suarez, would it have got a different reaction? Statistically, Everton created the most chances, making 14 compared to Liverpool’s 7, and dominating in terms of attempted dribbles also – 26 to 18. Although this may be seen as two points lost instead of one point won, Liverpool’s next few fixtures are certainly capable of winning. Will the Christmas period determine where each team will finish this season?
AVB won’t be looking forward to next week’s game versus Manchester United after Manchester City thrashed them 6-0 at The Etihad stadium. Sergio Aguero was voted MOTM by many, as he had five total shots – all of them being on target, and averaging a shot every 13 minutes. In comparision, the ever-reliable Jan Vertonghen was dispossessed a total of 4 times throughout the game; perhaps a sign of how it just wasn’t their day. Although what can be described as a disappointing performance by Spurs, the finishing from Manchester City was deemed world class, and they now make their way up the table to 4th.
Although many wouldn’t have expected at this stage in the season to be calling Arsenal vs Southampton a top of the table clash, it was a big chance for the away side to prove why they were up there. However, two goals from man of the moment Giroud meant that Arsenal extend their lead at the top of the table to 4 points. Although Boruc gifted the home side the lead, Southampton were still impressive statistically. They marginally shaded possession, and created 6 chances to Arsenal’s 5. Although they made a very good start to the season, can Southampton still go on with this impressive run, or is this the reality check the needed?
Another big decision was one of the talking points at the Cardiff City Stadium as they managed to secure a point against Manchester United in stoppage time. The referee decided to only caution Wayne Rooney after kicking out at a Cardiff player early in the first half, and he then went on to score the first for United shortly after. Cardiff left it late but they grabbed a point in the last few minutes with a goal from Kim Bo-Kyung; one which they deserved, although United did win the battle, statistically. They had a total of 14 chances compared to Cardiff’s 10, with Wayne Rooney being the most heavily involved.
Chelsea managed to secure another three points away to West Ham, as they now lie level on points with second place Liverpool. Frank Lampard scored twice against his former club, with Oscar also getting his name on the scoresheet. Once again, it was Eden Hazard who stood out statistically for Chelsea – he created 5 chances throughout the 90 minutes, and grabbed himself an assist. For West Ham, James Tomkins was the busiest at the back – he made a total of 9 clearances, all headed and all successful.
Although Crystal Palace only just brought in their new manager ,Tony Pulis, at the weekend, they managed to get an away win under their belts before he officially takes charge. In only their second win of the season, Bannan scored in the last 10 minutes to grab the three points against Hull, as Palace needed to get points on the board. Although only having 38% of the possession, Palace took their chance, and is just what their new manager will want to see before coming in to try and save their season.
It’s another clash of the big guns next week, as struggling Spurs take on Manchester United. Will AVB be wanting to see more from his players, or will Moyes’ men step up to the plate?