Today, we will be reviewing Gameweek 11, which finished off just yesterday with a Saints triumph over the Seagulls.First, however, I would like to apologise for not posting a review on Gameweek 10 due to time constraints. Without further delay, let’s dive deeper into a detailed analysis of what happened over the weekend.
Burnley vs Everton: 1–1
This match wasn’t as boring as it looks like, as it was an evenly fought out match between Sean Dyche’s Clarets and Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees. While this would be a relishable result for Burnley and their fans, the Toffees will certainly be alarmed at the rate at which they have declined. The Toffees started the season unexpectedly well, but have been steadily declining as they have brought all of us on a rollercoaster ride, occasionally world-class, sometimes decent, and sometimes lacklustre. The man of the match has to be DCL, who extends his rich vein of form by scoring yet again. Who would have known he’d be top scorer above the likes of Jamie Vardy, Salah and Timo Werner?
Manchester City vs Fulham : 2–0
To be frank, this result was quite predictable. Scott Parker’s men weren’t abysmal, but they had no chance against a re-vitalised Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s men were back to their best last week as they trashed Burnley 5–0, and they remain impressive as they cruised to a comfortable 2–0 victory, Raheem Sterling finally looks like the prolific Sterling of 2019, and he would be happy to clinch a goal, even if it is against Fulham. My man of the match has to be Kevin De Bruyne, who was a creative beacon for the Light Blues, and remains one of the most creative and consistent players in the PL.
West Ham United vs Manchester United: 1–3
This result was unexpected. Even though the Southampton vs Manchester United game was crazier, this tie felt so one-sided. Sure, the Hammers had a great first half, but i really didn’t think they would crumble like this. As for Manchester United, they got to continue an amazing spree of winning games after being on the losing side in the first half. Many pundits have highlighted this trend disturbing, and i agree. However, the comeback was still impressive, with a Paul Pogba screamer, a trademark Greenwood finish, and a ice-cold finish from Rashford. My MOTM will have to be Bruno Fernandes, who completely changed the atmosphere on the pitch, and inspired the comeback. After that performance, you would have thought the Red Devils wouldn't have bombed out of the Champions League. *cries*
Chelsea vs Leeds: 3–1
What is there to say? Chelsea have always looked top class on paper, and their team showed it in this game as they ran away with the 3 points, not giving Marcelo Bielsa’s men even the tiniest of mistakes to capitalise on and clinch at least one point. The game started well for Leeds, with ex-Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford scoring against his former club to put the Whites up, but things went downhill from there. Goals from Frenchman Olivier Giroud, centre-back Kurt Zouma, and a late goal for Christian Pulisic sealed the 3 points for Chelsea after a stellar performance. My man of the match has to be Olivier Giroud, after he continues his goal-scoring spree despite being at the ripe age of 34.
West Brom vs Crystal Palace: 1–5
I had to refresh my web page 5 times before I could believe that CHRISTIAN BENTEKE scored TWICE. Could 2020 get any wackier? How does one go from playing for the under-23s to scoring twice in the Premier League? Regardless of my initial shock, the result is really impressive for the Eagles. Crystal Palace were experiencing a string of bad results, and they finally showed their full potential by thrashing the Baggies. As for West Brom, they were simply miles behind the quality of the Eagles, and Slaven Bilic has to start producing better results, or he could face the axe. My man of the match is Benteke, whose brace is mighty impressive for someone who has become something of a meme nowadays.
Sheffield United vs Leicester City: 1–2
It is a great result for the Foxes, but the route to victory wasn’t pretty. The Blades were on par with Leicester for the majority of the 90 minutes, and the result will feel a bit unfair to them. As usual, Vardy came to the rescue with a 90th minute winner, smashing the ball into the bottom right corner of the net, and smashing a corner flagpost too. My MOTM is Jamie Vardy, who gave a savage celebration on top of an amazing goal. I’m going to miss Jamie Vardy once he decides to retire.
Tottenham vs Arsenal: 2–0
The match everyone was eagerly waiting for was so one-sided, it really didn’t feel like a North London derby. The game was clearly over after the first half, in which Spurs’ super duo clinched a goal each to win the game. Arsenal were as creative as a snail, which really didn’t help spark a comeback, or AT LEAST a consolation goal. Aubameyang seems to have lost his prolificacy after signing a contract extension, Mesut Ozil remains exiled from the first team, and Willian seems to be the best player for the Gunners that day. It may feel like I’m exaggerating, since the Gunners had more possession, shots, crosses, passes and better pass accuracy, but these all don’t matter if they can’t score a goal. Spamming crosses all evening doesn’t help if nobody is there to put the ball in the back of the net! As for Spurs, they were clearly dominating their noisy neighbours, and it looks like the Son and Kane duo will surpass the Drogba-Lampard duo by next May! My man of the match is Son Heung-Min, who scored an absolute Banger, and assisted Harry Kane too.
Liverpool vs Wolves: 4–0
This was quite unexpected. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, but I still do not get how Liverpool are doing so well with so many injuries. One factor which affected the result was the Liverpool fans, who cheered the Scousers on as they bulldozed Nuno’s men. While the result may not be that detrimental to Wolves, it certainly highlights their over-reliance on Raul Jimenez. My man of the match is Jurgen Klopp, who got to do his usual punch in the air towards his team’s fans. Nah, it’s Mohammed Salah, for his stellar display.
Brighton vs Southampton: 1–2
This is certainly disappointing for the Seagulls.They were equals to the Saints throughout the game, but dropped all 3 points due to the sketchy penalty VAR rewarded to Southampton. As for Southampton, the team will be satisfied with the win, but they will have to realise that luck will not always be on their side. My man of the match is Jannik Vestergaard, who continues to be solid at the back, and even added another goal to his tally.
So that’s all. I hope this article was a detailed and informative review of the Game week, and I hope to write another one soon!