Premier League Fans, let’s get caught up.
Match Week 13 is in the books and we are now officially 1/3 of the way thru the season. Things are taking shape. Teams are now established in their spots in the table and coaches are wondering if they need to make some January transfers to improve their team. Top teams are playing in Champions League or Europa League and we are about to continue with FA Cup and EFL tournament. Things are getting busy.
Match Week 13 Recap
The feature match this week was the clash in London between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur…a clash of #3 and #4 in the table. A home game for Tottenham who were in form after 4 wins in a row. Chelsea were undefeated in the Premier League but had struggled to multiple draws recently so looked vulnerable. I hate to say it as a Chelsea fan, but Tottenham were clearly the better team in this match up, ugh. They pressed Chelsea, played with more energy and really put their defense under an assault early. A very bad call on what seemed an obvious PK did not go Chelsea’s way and before the first half hour, this game was out of control. I think Chelsea needed the wake up call.
Let’s check out some highlights.
Why did Tottenham choose to play their best game of the year against Chelsea. Bummer . But I must say, a well deserved win for the Hotspur. Love that nickname. Tottenham has the talent to be a Top 4 and Title contender. Chelsea was exposed a bit, so now their season really starts. How will they respond? Can Tottenham keep this form longer?
In other games the winners were:
Newcastle United 2-1 over Burnley as they continue to climb up the table from 20th a few weeks back to 13th now.
Liverpool 3-0 win over Brighton.
Fulham with a critical win, 3-2 over Southampton.
Everton with a 1-0 win over Cardiff City.
Arsenal win a 2-1 win over Bournemouth.
Huddersfield with a big win over Woverhampton, 2-0.
Manchester City, now starting to show they are the class of the league, with a 4-0 win over West Ham.
Manchester City look unstoppable. They are crushing everybody.
Race for the Title and Champions League Top 4
1. Manchester City 11-0-2 35 Points
2. Liverpool 10-0-3 33 Points
3. Tottenham 10-3-0 30 Points
4. Chelsea 8-1-4 28 Points
5. Arsenal 8-2-3 27 Points
6. Everton 6-3-4 22 Points
Manchester United, Bournemouth, Watford and Leicester City round out the Top 10.
With Fulham winning , there are now 6 teams within 3 points of the 20th position and fighting to stay up. Huddersfield with another big win to get to 10 points, Crystal Palace with 9 and Burnley with 9 are just outside the relegation zone. The new bottom three:
18. Southampton 1-7-5 8 Points
19. Cardiff City 2-9-2 8 Points
20. Fulham 2-9-2 8 Points
As per normal, the Relegation Zone is a much closer battle that the Premier League title race!
Match Week 14 Preview
Game of the Week.
Two big games this week on Sunday.
#3 Tottenham vs. #5 Arsenal. This is another big London Derby. Is Tottenham for real? Can Arsenal challenge for the Top 4?
#2 Liverpool vs. #6 Everton. Everton has been on a nice run and has not been this high in the table for a few years. Can they make a serious challenge for the Top 4?
Back to back on Sunday…check it out!!