With the International break finally over, Premier League football has returned and this week we saw some vital fixtures which could be viewed as potential six-pointers. So let’s get to it, how did your club do this weekend?
Manchester City – A*
Unfortunately, a fantastic performance by City was overshadowed by the controversy which changed the game. Red card or not, City were on top form this week and their 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool was deserved. Aguero and Jesus as a partnership will torture defences up and down the League and to make things worse for anyone but City, the well-oiled machine is now fully in motion.
Brighton & Hove Albion – A
Did anyone expect that?! I think not. A Brighton side who had failed to score or look likely in their first three games. Completely destroyed one of the best defences in English Football. Great performance by Brighton, they’ve definitely shown that they’re not just here to make up the numbers.
Tottenham Hotspur – A
I wonder what it is with Harry Kane and August. September starts and it looks like Kane was back to his old self. Spurs have a fantastic record in September and after limiting a decent Everton side to just one shot on target at Goodison, I can’t see that changing this year. Big game for them against Dortmund on Wednesday. Although, Imagine if their first win at Wembley comes in the Champions League. Worth the wait? I’d think so.
Arsenal – B+
After their 4-0 defeat to Liverpool, Arsenal really couldn’t afford to lose today and they didn’t. They bounced back against a realistically poor Bournemouth side but Arsenal played their football and got a convincing 3-0 win. Now to follow it up in the Europa League on Thursday.
Watford – B+
What is happening to Marco Silva’s Watford? They’re sat in the top four and are playing some great football. They dominated all over the park and made Southampton look awful. With the young talented players, they have at their disposal things can only go forward for Silva’s side.
Chelsea – B
Tell you what, Leicester were up for the game against Chelsea and against most teams would’ve picked up the three points yesterday. However, Chelsea’s resilience and ruthlessness under Conte is shining through and they’ll be very difficult to beat this season.
West Ham United – B
What a great Birthday present that was for Bilic. Rumours of his sacking have been lingering for a fortnight before his side go to this season’s early overachievers and show them up. Much better performance from the Hammers. Perhaps this could be their kick-start to the season.
Newcastle United – B
Poor transfer window, rumours of manager wanting to leave and said manager can’t make it to the game due to illness? Just a day in the life of Newcastle United. However, Newcastle managing to keep two clean sheets in a row is unheard of. I thought they were impressive against Swansea. They knew their game-plan and perfected it.
Stoke City – B
Stoke look a force at Home this season and that was demonstrated against Man United this week. Choupo-Moting picked up two goals for his side and Stoke looked sturdy. Perhaps could have won the game too, if it wasn’t for David De Gea.
Manchester United – C+
A lot of teams will come to the Britannia this season and be chuffed if they walk away with a point. So, the fact that United left disappointed tells a story. A good performance all around by the Red Devils and we also witnessed one of the saves of the season by David De Gea to deny Jese.
Burnley – C
Burnley were quite lucky against Palace. However, I believe in Football, you make your own luck and if you capitalise on opponents mistakes and don’t make any of your own. You win games and that’s exactly what Sean Dyche’s men did.
Leicester City – C
Decent performance by Shakesphere’s men. On another day they would’ve won but on Saturday they just faced a Chelsea side who were really good. Leicester’s countering style will see them take points from the top four this season. It just wasn’t to be this week.
Swansea City – D+
The result for Clements side was downright awful. However, there were some positives for the Swans. They forced Elliot into 2-3 good saves and would have probably won the game if it wasn’t for a Man of the match performance from Jamaal Lascelles.
Crystal Palace – D+
I feel for Frank De Boer, if there was ever a game in which nothing went right it was this one. Palace could and probably should have won this convincingly when you watch the footage. But a lack of quality in the final third and one mistake cost Palace the game and put the fourth and final nail in the De Boer coffin.
Everton – D
A bad day at the office for Everton who were holding out until Harry Kane’s “fluke” goal. However, the Merseysiders never recovered from that blow and suffered a heavy loss because of it.
Huddersfield Town – D
We were wondering when Huddersfield were going to pick up their first loss. However, few envisioned it would be against West Ham in their current form. Also, they’re the only team not to score against Joe Hart in the last 24 attempts in League football. Bad day at the office.
West Brom – D
Another rare bad day but for Tony Pulis and his team this time. I’d guess Pulis didn’t anticipate Brighton starting as well as they did on Saturday and his side failed to get a grip on the game. Quick side note, James Morrison is one goal away from being West Brom’s joint highest Premier League goalscorer ever. That is mad.
Southampton – D-
Really not good enough from the Saints who have looked really toothless in-front of goal recently. Worrying signs for them. Mauricio Pellegrino needs to find a way for his team to score goals. Because if they continue like this, they’re in trouble.
Liverpool – D-
Probably not as bad as the scoreline made out but they really struggled with 10 men against City. The game is probably completely different if Salah converts at 1-0 but he didn’t and Liverpool couldn’t keep up with City. Poor result, move on.
Bournemouth – E+
I thought Bournemouth could follow up a good performance against City with a good result this week. How wrong I was. Howe says his team was disappointing, I’d say they were hapless, toothless and hopeless. Their only goalscorer in the BPL this season has been their left-back. That says it all.
So that’s all for this week’s gradings. Agree with our gradings, don’t agree? Leave a comment with your opinion