Game-week nine gave us a Super Sunday to remember, surprising victories and the final nail in the coffin of Ronald Koeman.
We are a quarter of the way through the Premier League season and things are heating up at both ends of the table. How did your team do last weekend? Let’s find out!
Tottenham – A+
When watching the game on Sunday, I was truly speechless. I originally thought Liverpool were just that bad but when you re-watch the game, you realise how much pace, power and precision Spurs had on the ball. Simply brilliant this week.
Huddersfield – A
A story that Huddersfield fans will have dreamed about for years. A historic result founded by a solid defensive performance that was overshadowed by awful Manchester United.
Chelsea – A-
Their win against Watford might be their biggest so far this season. Grabbing three points from the clutches of defeat against an in-form team is always positive. If there was any doubt over Chelsea players commitment and passion, they were well and truly answered here.
Manchester City – A-
This win will likely be overlooked due to the nature of the opposition. However, Burnley have improved away from home this season and City had to work very hard to pick up the three points.
Bournemouth – B+
That is exactly what the doctor ordered for Eddie Howe’s side, a superb 2-1 win away to Stoke which takes them just one point away from West Ham in 17th. They’re improving, if they keep this up they might be safe from relegation this season.
Arsenal – B
You can only beat what is in-front of you and that’s exactly what Arsenal did in style on Sunday. They started slowly but grew into the game and showed no mercy to a Everton side which went down without a fight.
Leicester – B-
A massive win in Michael Appleton’s first game in charge of the club. Albeit, it was against a poor Swansea side. However, when you’re down the bottom three points are vital to the point where you don’t care who they come against. However, we saw improvements from Leicester which fans will be hoping is a sign of things to come when Claude Puel takes charge.
Southampton – C+
A fantastic solo effort from Sofiane Boufal was enough to give Southampton three points against West Brom. Truthfully, Southampton dominated the game but still only managed to score from a moment of magic. They’re not going to come every game.
Newcastle United – C
Not the best performance by Benitez’s side but it was still three points against a slightly improved Crystal Palace side who failed to register a single shot on target. Playing bad and getting a result is the sign of a good team. However, Newcastle rode their luck and would’ve likely lost against another team.
Watford – C
Watford will play worse against multiple teams this season and pick up all three points. They were outstanding for the first 60 minutes and realistically should have been out of sight. They didn’t take their chances and fell to a defeat. However, Marco Silva will have no problems with the performance.
Crystal Palace – D
I actually think Palace did enough to get a point at St James’ Park on Saturday and were unlucky with the goal they conceded. However, they simply didn’t test the Magpies’ keeper at all. They’ll need more from Townsend and Zaha if they’re to stay up this year.
Burnley – D
It just wasn’t to be for Burnley. It can be argued they were unlucky with the penalty and put up a fight against this seasons favourites for the title. They’ll move on from this very quickly.
Liverpool – D-
Jurgen Klopp admitted it got it wrong this week. However, I’m not sure anything Liverpool did would have stopped Spurs this week. The pressure on Klopp is building and his defenders aren’t helping at all.
Manchester United – D-
You can forgive Jose Mourinho’s men for being on the losing end of one of the upsets of the season. However, fans won’t forget the dismal performance by United. Players didn’t seem to care and Mourinho looked speechless.
Swansea City – D-
I’m not exactly sure what it is that’s making Swansea play so below-par in the Premier League this season but something needs to change, they were average on the poor and struggled to survive Leicesters’ counter-attacks. The Swans are in real danger this season and I wouldn’t be surprised if Clement paid with his job.
Everton – D-
A horrendous performance against Arsenal was the final nail in the coffin for Koeman and deservedly so, Everton were poor all over the pitch, it seemed like Rooney’s goal made them switch off rather than motivate them and they were punished accordingly.
West Brom – E+
An uncharacteristically dismal display from the Baggies this week. They made Southampton look like world-beaters at times and will be thankful they didn’t produce this performance against a more clinical team. Back to the drawing board for Tony Pulis.
Stoke City – E
When you’re at home to the team second bottom in the league, who have won 1 out of their last thirteen away games, realistically you can’t afford to lose, especially if it means you fall into the drop zone. But that’s what Stoke did and their fans must be livid with their poor performances.
West Ham – E
I actually thought Bilic would have been sacked following this performance. I can’t remember the last time West Ham looked so uninterested. Maybe when they were relegated in 2010/2011 and if they continue like this in the League, we’ll be looking at a repeat performan.