Gameweek 12 review

Aakash Rao
5 min readDec 19, 2020

Gameweek 12 finished a week ago, and yet has had a massive impact on the results this week. There were some good results, some appalling results and some totally unexpected results. Let’s take a look at what happened, to determine the consequences of the results to each team.

Leeds United vs West Ham United: 1–2

This result was certainly a fair reflection of the game. Leeds took the lead after an early penalty was converted by Mateusz Klich, but they struggled to score after that despite dominating the Hammers in terms of possession, pass accuracy and the number of passes. West Ham, meanwhile, were deadly with their set pieces as they bounced back from their loss the previous week to beat Bielsa’s men. Tomáš Souček and Angelo Ogbonna both scored to give their team the win, as they continue to prove their worth to the team. My man of the Match has to be Tomáš Souček, who has been in fine form for quite a while now, with him even clinching a goal the previous game against Manchester United.

Wolves vs Aston Villa: 0–1

I have to admit, neither of the teams actually deserved to win, and Villa just got lucky when they were rewarded that penalty. I never thought I would say this, but Nuno’s attackers were as blunt as a rubber knife. I mean, they did hit a couple of good shots towards Martinez in the second half, but otherwise they were quite tame, which is pretty unusual. Due to this, the Wolves’ defence panicked too, and they committed 23 fouls. I’m not sure if that’s a record number, but it is too much fouls for sure. Aston Villa, meanwhile, blew hot and cold. Their defence and midfielders were rash, but their attack and goalkeeper were pretty solid. Hopefully, they do better this weekend, after they drew against Burnley yesterday. My MOTM will be Martinez, who despite not having much to do for major of the game, made great saves when he had to, and led from the back to ensure Villa didn’t give away the game.

Newcastle United vs West Brom: 2–1

West Brom’s loss was expected, after they were trashed 5–1, so I am not surprised Newcastle had an easy game. They were in full control, and fully deserved the win. Steve Bruce has certainly improved his tactical know-how, and will be satisfied with how the Magpies played. On the other hand, West Brom didn’t play horribly, but were always unable to keep up with Newcastle, despite the goal scored by Furlong 5 minutes into the second half. My man of the match is Dwight Gayle, who scored against his former club to win the game for his current employers with a great header.

Manchester United vs Manchester City: 0–0

This derby was far from blockbuster, but had important implications to both teams. It was an important clean sheet for the Red Devils’ defence, who have unfortunately made multiple defensive errors this season. Meanwhile, the Citizens’ fans finally managed to see John Stones at his best, as he was solid at the back with Ruben Dias. Both teams had below average starts to the seasons, and the single point each team gain will be crucial to both of the teams’ top 4 or title challenge. My MOTM, however is Fred, who kept City’s midfield quiet, and also distributed some fine passes. That slick skill against KDB was cool too.

Everton vs Chelsea: 1–0

This result was really surprising. Chelsea have had decent form this year, so it’s surprising that they have failed to beat any team in the top 10 this season! Everton worked very hard to maintain their lead, and did a fantastic job. They weren’t amazing, but were good enough at the back to keep Chelsea’s attack quiet. Chelsea, meanwhile, will have to buck up and start performing ,or any chance of a title challenge will dissolve. My MOTM is Micheal Keane, who was a rock at the back, pitching in with some great tackles and blocks.

Southampton vs Sheffield United: 3–0

O.M.G. Southampton were clear favourites to win the tie, but they have obliterated their opponents. The Blades have been dreadful all season, and while Southampton may have not won by 5 or 6 goals, they still utterly destroyed Sheffield in all aspects. Danny Ings’ return has certainly inspired the Saints, and at this rate they will be aiming for Europa League football next season. My MOTM has to be Stuart Armstrong, who scored the second goal for Southampton and remains underrated by PL fans, despite being an influential player in the Saints’ squad.

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham: 1–1

This was not a usual 1–1 draw, as it was filled with drama and some great performances. Crystal Palace were at the top of their game, and did quite well to keep it 1–1. Tottenham did pretty well too, but I felt they should have gone the extra mile to win the game. Tottenham have done well this season, and this draw could have dire consequences later on in the season during a title challenge or a top 4 challenge. My MOTM has to be Vicente Guaita, who was simply phenomenal in goal, and saved multiple shots in the last 20 minutes.

Fulham vs Liverpool: 1–1

WOW. Everyone expected the Londoners to be demolished by the Scousers, but Scott Parker somehow managed to get a point against last year’s champions. Neither team were bad, but Kudos to Fulham for playing unexpectedly well to tie with a team bigger teams struggle to win against. As for Liverpool, they will be disappointed at dropping points, and will hope to do better in the reverse fixture. The MOTM has to be Bobby Reid, who scored the single goal against Liverpool.

Leicester vs Brighton: 3–0

Leicester are another team who have been doing well since the appointment of a new boss, and Brendan Rodgers’ men showed why they are one of the best teams in England as they beat Brighton by 3 goals. Jamie Vardy remains a star player despite his age, and James Maddison has done amazingly well at CAM. Graham Potter will be disappointed at the loss, and will hope to do better in the upcoming games. My MOTM is James Maddison, who scored two wonderful goals, and was a creative beacon for the Foxes.

Arsenal vs Burnley: 0–1

Arsenal have become the meme club of England, and it’s not hard to see why after this humilating loss. P.E. Aubameyang scored his first goal at the Emirates since signing his new contract, but it was unfortunately at the wrong end! Meanwhile, yet another Gunners’ player was sent off, and this highlights one of the main issues in the squad: discpline. The Clarets will be more than content with the result, as it gives them a crucial 3 points. My MOTM is Ashley Westwood, who whipped in a decent free-kick to cause PEA to score that horror own goal.

And finally, I will introduce a new section: Player of the Week

My POTW is James Maddison, for his great performance for Leicester as he bagged a brace against the Seagulls.

So, that’s all for today. Do look out for my GameWeek 13 review, which will be posted either later today or tomorrow. Hope you enjoyed this article, and I hope to post soon!

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Aakash Rao

An avid Manchester United fan and football/music blogger!