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Premier League – Five things we learned this weekend

This weekend wasn’t one which will stick firmly in the minds of Premier League fans but was extremely important for some sides as we enter the tiresome, busy schedule of the winter period. Crystal Palace got closer to abandoning bottom spot of the table for the first time all season whereas Everton are in immense danger. Here’s what we’ve learned from this weekend’s fixtures…

Manchester City are the best side in Premier League history

After their late win over Huddersfield at the John Smith Stadium on Sunday, Manchester City are officially the best team in Premier League history…so far! With thirty-seven points from just 13 league games, Guardiola’s side are the first ever team to reach that total after so many games. City look like breaking some more records this season and could well and truly end the season unbeaten!

The Citizens really don’t look like being beaten this season and so it will have to take an exceptional performance from any side to take a point from City, let alone all three!

 

 

Palace are on the up!

Having been at the bottom of the Premier League for the entire season thus far, Crystal Palace are now just two points from exciting the foot of the table and the relegation zone. A 2-1 win against Stoke saw the Eagles maintain their position, but the gap between 20th and 17th was closed which will definitely encourage Palace boss Roy Hodgson.

After starting the season with seven consecutive defeats without a goal, Palace have scored eight goals in six games, three of those scored by man of the moment Wilfried Zaha. What will be concerning still for Hodgson is that his side are still yet to record a clean sheet this season after thirteen games. Palace have conceded 25 goals so far this term so it is clear where Palace must improve if they are to be a Premier League club next season.

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Everton need to appoint a manager quickly!

After being smashed 4-1 by Southampton on Sunday, Everton need to act fast as they enter their second month of temporary management. David Unsworth has called for the Everton board to act quickly for the sake of the club as the caretaker manager has taken the duties of looking after the Toffees for two months since the sacking of Ronald Koeman.

 

 

Unsworth reflected angrily on the shocking performance by saying that it’s important for a permanent manager to be appointed, whether that be him or a new face. Just two points off of the relegation zone, something really needs to click for Everton as they risk relegation for the first time during the Premier League era.

Arsenal are improving

Back-to-back wins and clean sheets have led Arsenal to fourth place in the league, leapfrogging rivals Spurs after the Gunners’ derby win last weekend. This time out they were victorious over high-flying Burnley as a 92nd minute penalty was converted by Alexis Sanchez at Turf Moor. The front three of Lacazette, Ozil and Sanchez looks very potent and with a high-quality squad, the Gunners will give teams a run for their money over the next few weeks if not this season.

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Home still isn’t exactly where the heart is for Spurs

Despite wins over Dortmund and Real Madrid in the Champions League at Wembley, Spurs still aren’t having the best of fortunes in the Premier League at their temporary home for the season. After a 1-1 draw with manager less West Brom, Spurs have picked up 13 points from seven home games in the league which doesn’t sound awful, but for a team who will wish to finish in the top four and were unbeaten at home in the entirety of last season, performances in front of their own fans haven’t been brilliant.

Furthermore, Tottenham have only scored more than one goal in a game at the National stadium once in the league this season and with the likes of Kane, Eriksen and Alli in the side, this statistic needs to change quickly!

 

Written by Dan Hargraves, follow him on twitter @danhargravessfc

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