EPL Season 2016/2017
Where were you, Yaya?
For so long, Yaya and Guardiola had a frosty relationship that looked fractured beyond repair. Even after the midfielder issued a public apology, there was no guarantee that he would be accorded a welcome to the playing eleven. But his shocking return to the team was the difference at Selhurst Park where City rode on his brace.
Connor Wickham did equalize things for the hosts but nothing could stop Yaya on what turned out eventually to be his day. The only souring point for the Citizens was the injury to Vincent Kompany – again – who had a sickening collision with his own goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
The win keeps City on the heels of leaders Liverpool and Guardiola would be happy to also have his options extended in the midfield. For Palace, this is now five consecutive defeats and on this form they look relegation candidates.
Frustration for Klopp at St. Mary’s Stadium
The free-flowing Liverpool side are one of the best sides to watch this season. But Jurgen Klopp’s side were held to a 0-0 draw by a resilient Southampton side. The Reds enjoyed the lion’s share of possession but fell short of a breakthrough. Firmino was the star for Liverpool and had several chances to put them ahead but failed to do so.
Former Southampton player Nathaniel Clyne had a great chance but in the end, the visitors had to go back with just a point. It was enough for them to stay top of the Premier League, two points away from Chelsea who play on Sunday. For Southampton, the point is enough to keep them in the top ten positions and the Saints would look for a bit more consistency in the coming weeks.