From a team losing their unbeaten record to the new manager putting another under pressure, Arsenal strengthening their position as a potential top-four candidate and the Old Trafford faithful booing their team and manager off, MW13 had it all. And, if anything, has clearly thrown in focus the only two real contenders to the throne – Man City and Liverpool! Both teams continued their brilliant start to the season with convincing victories away to West Ham and Watford respectively.
City, who beat West Ham 4-0, had also scored four in their previous two Premier League visits to the London Stadium and were 2-0 up after 19 minutes. Despite scoring four again, manager Pep Guardiola admitted the scoreline flattered City. If City win 4-0 when they aren’t playing particularly well, other teams should be seriously concerned. Liverpool faced a tricky away tie at Watford. Though Watford had chances, and a penalty appeal, at 0-0, Liverpool ran away in the second half to win 3-0. Even the sending off of Jordan Henderson didn’t hinder Liverpool, who are now two points behind City and three ahead of Spurs. It’s hard to see where either team will drop points, though Liverpool have a big week coming up with a Champions League tie at PSG followed by a home derby against Everton.
There were also wins for Arsenal and Everton but Manchester United could only draw at home to Crystal Palace. Arsenal extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 17-matches after a challenging 2-1 victory at the Vitality Stadium. It was a crucial win for the Gunners after drawing four of their last five matches. Emery switched to a back three with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang playing as the lone striker after Alexandre Lacazette missed the game through injury.
In the biggest game of the week, Chelsea suffered their first loss of the season, going down 3-1 away to Tottenham Hotspurs. At the other end of the table, only three sides registered victories. Huddersfield, Newcastle and Fulham all getting vital three points in their quest to fend off relegation fears.
The big one over the weekend though was the return of Claudio Ranieri to the EPL. In his first match back the Fulham coach steered his new side to only their second win of the season. Plugging the worst defence in the league will be Ranieri’s first priority – Fulham are also the only club in England’s top four divisions without a clean sheet this season. And he will be delighted Aleksandar Mitrović has found the scoring touch again after nearly 10 hours without a goal. Fulham go to Chelsea next before Ranieri faces a reunion with Leicester, where he famously won the league.
MATCHWEEK 13 – Results
Spurs produced a pulsating display to defeat Chelsea 3-1 at Wembley and move above their London rivals into third. Coming after the international break, Spurs made an electric start and were 2-0 ahead after 16 minutes including Dele Alli’s sixth goal in his past six matches against Chelsea. Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min tormented Chelsea and Son capped off an impressive performance with a wonderful solo goal for Spurs’ third.
It was Spurs’ best performance of the season but one to forget for Chelsea. David Luiz, at the heart of Chelsea’s defence, has improved a lot in recent years but this was an erratic match from the Brazilian. Luiz dodged the ball for Harry Kane’s second goal and allowed Son to pass him far too easily for the third. Luiz and Chelsea will hope this was just a bad day at the office.
Table After MatchWeek 13
MatchWeek 13: What we learned
From Sam Vokes’ far-out header to Claudio Ranieri’s winning starts, see the must-know stats from the latest matches
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Leicester City
At 35 years and 60 days, Brighton’s Glenn Murray is the ninth-oldest outfield player to reach 100 Premier League appearances
Everton 1-0 Cardiff City
Since the start of last season, Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored 13 goals in all competitions, more than any other Everton player
Fulham 3-2 Southampton
Claudio Ranieri has a great record in his first matches in charge of new clubs. This was his sixth opening-match victory from the last seven teams he has managed
Manchester United 0-0 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace picked up their first point in a league match at Old Trafford since a 2-1 win in December 1989, ending a run of 11 successive defeats at Man Utd
Watford 0-3 Liverpool
Mohamed Salah has scored six goals in his three Premier League appearances against Watford
West Ham United 0-4 Manchester City
David Silva has scored in four consecutive competitive appearances for Man City for the first time
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur have won consecutive league matches against Chelsea for the first time since August 1987
AFC Bournemouth 1-2 Arsenal
With four victories out of six, Arsenal have already won as many Premier League matches on the road this season as they did in the whole of the 2017/18 campaign
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Huddersfield Town
Aaron Mooy’s brace is the first time any Huddersfield Town player has scored more than one goal in the same PL match since he did so himself, against Watford, 344 days ago
Burnley 1-2 Newcastle United
Sam Vokes’s goal for Burnley was scored from 17.65 yards, the furthest distance for a headed PL goal in more than three years. Jamie Vardy scored for Leicester against Sunderland with a header from 18.03 yards in August 2015 Courtesy – PremierLeague.com
Alan Shearer’s Team of the Week
Wayne Hennessy (CRY) | MUN 0-0 CRY
Made some fine saves to keep a clean sheet at Old Trafford
Serge Aurier (TOT) | TOT 3-1 CHE
The Ivorian was solid and didn’t give Eden Hazard a kick all day
Mamadou Sakho (CRY) | MUN 0-0 CRY
The Palace defender gave a cast-iron performance, was very calm and totally bossed Man Utd’s forwards
Toby Alderweireld (TOT) | TOT 3-1 CHE
The Belgian defender gave nothing away at Wembley. A dominant display
Andrew Robertson (LIV) | WAT 0-3 LIV
The flying Scotsman was excellent both defensively and going forward
David Silva (MCI) | WHU 0-4 MCI
What a brilliant performance from the Spanish playmaker. AGAIN!
Phillip Billing (HUD) | WOL 0-2 HUD
A towering display. Mooy scored twice, but Billing was the best player on the pitch, and his incredible clearance kept his team’s lead at a vital time
Dele Alli (TOT) | TOT 3-1 CHE
The midfielder was brilliant. Chelsea simply couldn’t cope with him
Son Heung-min (TOT) | TOT 3-1 CHE
He ran Chelsea ragged all afternoon. Tied David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger in knots
Aleksandar Mitrovic (FUL) | FUL 3-2 SOU
He scored two good goals and led the line with purpose and aggression and gave his new manager a brilliant start
Leroy Sane (MCI) | WHU 0-4 MCI
With two goals and an assist, Sane’s performance was full of pace and trickery.
Fantasy Dream XI
Wayne Hennessey (CRY)
The Crystal Palace goalkeeper kept his first clean sheet since MW6 as the Eagles secured a point with a draw at Manchester United
Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)
All three Dream Team defenders made an impact in attack, with the Liverpool right-back scoring his first goal of the season in the 3-0 win at Watford
Erik Durm (HUD)
The full-back scored more than half his points for the campaign as Huddersfield Town won 2-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers
Ciaran Clark (NEW)
Newcastle United’s third straight league win came courtesy of Clark’s decisive header in Monday night’s 2-1 win at Burnley
Leroy Sane (MCI)
The winger’s star turn at London Stadium has propelled him into the top three ahead of a home fixture against AFC Bournemouth
Aaron Mooy (HUD)
The Huddersfield Town midfielder had blanked in all 11 of his starts prior to the win at Molineux. Two goals meant he broke his best for the season
Raheem Sterling (MCI)
Another day, another huge haul for the Man City midfielder. A goal and two assists against West Ham took Sterling to the top of the FPL standings
Stuart Armstrong (SOT)
The summer signing from Celtic scored his first two Premier League goals as Southampton went down 3-2 at Fulham
Dele Alli (TOT)
Injuries have restricted Alli to only six starts this season. He scored his first goal since MW1 and added an assist in Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-1 win over Chelsea
Aleksandar Mitrovic (FUL)
Three straight blanks sent the Fulham striker’s ownership plummeting for the first time since MW4. The Serb responded with two goals in his first match under Claudio Ranieri
Roberto Firmino (LIV)
The Liverpool forward’s seven-MW barren run ended with a goal and an assist in a standout display against Watford
Stats After MatchWeek 13
The usual suspects are already in position for the title race, but the relegation battle is what looks more fascinating right now. Huddersfield went to Wolves bottom of the table and with odds against them. But an excellent 2-0 win moves them up to the dizzy heights of 14th. The goals, from Aaron Mooy, mean Huddersfield scored twice for the first time in 22 Premier League matches.
The bottom seven are separated by just two points and the teams above them, including 11th-placed Wolves, will know a few others could be drawn into a relegation fight as we inch closer to the Christmas break and January transfer window.
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