Salah at the double!
The current run that Liverpool are on is insane!
Genuinely, has there ever been such a period of sustained winning in the Premier League?
There’s unbeaten runs and then there’s this. With one single exception, they’ve won every Premier League game in 2019/20, and even when they’re not at their best (as was the case against Watford).
Woe betide any team that plays them when they truly hit top form again!
With new manager, Nigel Pearson, at the helm, Watford were stubborn for the most part, but a lightning quick counter attack towards the end of the first half, expertly finished by Mo Salah, handed the hosts the advantage.
It wouldn’t be until the last knockings that the Egyptian King would double his tally, but it was worth the wait – a cheeky little back heel to put the Reds on 49 points with only 17 games played.
Pukki out-foxes Leicester
With Liverpool winning the Saturday lunchtime kick-off, it was imperative that Leicester did the same.
At home to second bottom Norwich, the odds were stacked in the hosts favour, with respect.
Perhaps that had played on their minds because even before Teemu Pukki handed the Canaries a 26th minute lead, he’d had a chance to open the scoring as the visitors overwhelmed the Foxes.
A fortuitous own goal by Tim Krul levelled things up before half-time, with the expectation of a second-half onslaught to come.
It never arrived, and to be fair Norwich rarely looked troubled in the second 45.
The draw now leaves Leicester 10 points behind the Reds, and it would be hard to look past Jurgen Klopp’s side for the title at this point.
Howe about that!
A battle of two of the brightest young English managers at Stamford Bridge, and one in which Eddie Howe came out on top.
Bournemouth were fortunate throughout their 1-0 win at Chelsea, and Dan Gosling’s 84th-minute winner was one of only two shots that the Cherries had on target.
The south coast side never stopped working – a feature of an Eddie Howe side – and whilst 100 percent effort is a pre-requisite as far as football supporters are concerned, teams don’t always provide it.
That can’t be said of Bournemouth who were harrying and hustling their opponents right up until the final whistle.
The Blues were consistently knocked out of their stride, their rhythm disrupted, and credit for that must go to Howe.
Frank Lampard, despite the defeat, will have seen enough in his own team’s performance to know that with one or two additions during the January transfer window they’re going to be just fine.
Everton make their point at United
Two games into his caretaker spell, and Duncan Ferguson remains unbeaten as Everton manager.
The point his side earned at Old Trafford was as much due to luck as it was to their determination to dig in when it mattered, but as the saying goes; ‘you make your own luck.’
Certainly, Victor Lindelof could do nothing about Everton’s opener. Leighton Baines swung in a corner, and once David De Gea had flapped at the ball and missed it, the defender had no time to react as the ball hit him and bounced into the net.
VAR took a look at a possible foul on the United keeper but ultimately awarded the goal.
On another day, the Red Devils could’ve had three or four because they were the only side looking for the win.
The Toffees were pinned in their half for long periods, but the hosts couldn’t make their pressure count.
Substitute Mason Greenwood did his chances of a more regular starting berth no harm at all, coming off of the bench to bag the equaliser.
A point probably suits Everton more than it does United, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will again be pleased with the application and effort of his team.
De Bruyne derails Arsenal
It took Manchester City and Kevin De Bruyne just two minutes to silence the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Arsenal’s supporters turned up in their droves more in hope than expectation, but even they would’ve expected that their side might’ve held out for longer than 120 seconds.
When Manchester City’s first goal came it was a blinder too.
Gabriel Jesus beat the Gunners’ back line for pace and then put a simple ball on a plate for the Belgian who lashed it into the roof of the net.
Within a quarter hour Raheem Sterling had added City’s second and by half-time De Bruyne had won the game for the visitors with an accurate left-footed finish.
One shot on target for the hosts shows the gulf in class between the two sides, and it wasn’t a surprise to see the fans heading for the exits with a quarter of the game still to play.