Manchester City continue to deceive
For many analysts, they are the team to lift the title this season. With a heavily assembled squad that is almost complete and has more than two players for every position, City was supposed to dominate the season – especially after the demise of Chelsea.
But, for all their might, City flattered to deceive in important games and find themselves in third position although just one point behind the leaders Arsenal and Leicester City. Their 4-0 rout of Crystal Palace was symbolic of their season so far in more ways than one. They could easily have scored more but they didn’t. The score line doesn’t show their nervous start which they overcame. Will this be the start of their league domination? Possible! Is this another false beginning? Highly probable!
What’s wrong with Chelsea?
It was thought that sacking Jose Mourinho is the answer to the problems plaguing Chelsea. Alas! Football isn’t that easy; especially Premier League. The defending Champions were lucky to come back out of their home game against Everton with a point after a bruising 3-3 encounter. They had the linesman and John Terry to thank for an allowed ‘off-side goal’.
Guus Hiddink was right when he said that Chelsea is still in relegation fight. His team is in 14th position with just six points separating them from 18th position – this could change to four if Swansea win any points against Watford on Monday night. Chelsea have kissed goodbye to their title hopes long time back and it looks like they can waive off their Europe chances too pretty soon.
Arsenal earn their point at Stoke
This has always been the fixture that Arsene Wenger and his team fear. A trip to Britannia was always a test of their mettle and this time Arsenal came out with a well-earned point. All thanks to Petr Cech who continues his love story with clean sheets. Though Arsenal fluffed their chances of breaking away from Leicester, it is a point worth its weight in gold. Next up though, is Chelsea – although on current form, it’s more a cakewalk.
Leicester miss a penalty and the chance to go top
There is something about Claudio Ranieri and his Leicester team this season that makes them worth watching; even when they drop points. In a battle between the top and bottom of the Premier League, the Foxes played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Aston Villa. Riyad Mahrez missed a controversially awarded penalty (again!) and the hosts hung to their very slim hopes of beating the drop.
United defeat Liverpool
Such has been the sad state of affairs at the two most successful English clubs that this match is mentioned at the last. The game at Anfield has been so low on quality that some of the former players have lamented the lackluster affair.
For the record, United recorded a narrow 1-0 victory thanks, in a small extent to Wayne Rooney and a large extent to David De Gea. Without his saves, United would have been in relegation!
All in all, another exciting weekend action in Premier League at both ends of the table.