In week six of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign, the focus was on former England manager Roy Hodgson as he took charge of his second League game against Manchester City. This week also saw potential relegation six-pointers as Brighton faced Newcastle and Huddersfield travelled to Turf Moor. So, now it’s that time again, where we look at every team’s performance this weekend and grade them. Let’s see how your team did this weekend!
Manchester City – A+
I’m just going to start saying “refer to week three” when it comes to Manchester City’s performances, Palace never looked like scoring. City could have scored 7-8 on another day and quite frankly this City side just gets better and better.
Chelsea – A
Four shots on target and four goals for Chelsea They forced Stoke’s makeshift back-line into multiple mistakes and looked solid all-around. Morata may just end up being one of the signings of the season and the League looks like setting up as a three-horse race.
Tottenham Hotspur – B+
For sixty minutes of this game, this was the best I’ve seen Spurs play in the League. West Ham weren’t great but Spurs looked solid in defence and powerful in attack. They nearly let themselves down in the last 30 minutes but held on to prevent a Hammers comeback.
Arsenal – B
Decent performance by the Gunners on Monday night. They were slightly lucky against West Brom but looked comfortable and could have scored two or three more. Wenger got it right against Pulis this time.
Watford – B
Another win for Watford who put last weeks disappointment behind them with a dramatic late win. I really like watching Carrillo and Richarlison on the attack and I feel Watford’s defence is working really well together. They’ll be very hard to beat this season.
Liverpool – B
Another poor defensive display. However, offensively Liverpool were as good as usual. Salah has been a really good signing for Liverpool and keeping Coutinho will do them wonders.
Everton – C+
This could be a massive win to change Everton’s season. They’re usually slow starters, the only issue this season was where will the goals come from. Two decent goals from Oumar Niasse gave them the win today and he could well fill a bit of the void left by Romelu Lukaku. Reasons to be positive for Evertonians.
Huddersfield Town – C+
When you’re a newly promoted side you’ll constantly hear the phrase “Win your home games and don’t lose to your rivals” That’s exactly what Huddersfield did today. They were defensive in the first half and threatened more in the second. They didn’t look like conceding and David Wagner will be a very happy man at the minute.
Manchester United – C+
If you want to stay at the top, you have to win matches where you’re not at your best and grind out ugly victories. Fortunately for the Red Devils, their aren’t many better managers at grinding out ugly wins than Mourinho and we saw that this weekend. Not a great performance but another good result.
Brighton – C+
A very poor game. However, Brighton looked stronger in attack than I’ve seen them this season. March and Gross were the best players on the pitch. Hemed’s stamp has put them in a sticky situation for their next game but it’s a big three points for Brighton.
Southampton – C+
When you watch back Southampton’s 90 minutes against Manchester United, you notice a difference in the side in comparison to previous weeks. They had desire, hunger and quality all over the pitch to match United and gave Mourinho’s men the toughest challenge they’ve faced all season. Unlucky Saints.
West Brom – C
On another day, West Brom get a point against Arsenal. However, Rodriguez missed some golden chances and they made some sloppy defensive decisions which cost them the game.
West Ham – C-
Nearly a great comeback for the Hammers who won’t face many tougher challenges at the Olympic Stadium this season. We saw some glimpses of the West Ham we saw a couple years ago. However, their defensive issues shone through again. Your not going to win many games if you concede as many silly goals as West Ham this season.
Burnley – C-
When you’re playing a newly promoted team at home, you really have to create more chances than Burnley did on Saturday. Both sides looked reasonably solid in defence but rarely threatened offensively. They were the better side in the first half but were probably happy with a draw given their performance overall.
Newcastle United – D+
A game of two poor sides saw Newcastle lose at the Amex. They had multiple chances and could’ve scored 3. However, they weren’t clinical and Joselu has come underfire for his missed chances.
Bournemouth – D+
Y’know, Bournemouth weren’t bad at Goodison. I actually thought they were the better team for parts of the game but they just couldn’t hold on and found themselves on the receiving end of another defeat. Performances are getting better, results not yet.
Leicester City – D
Another narrow loss for Leicester in a game which I can’t help but imagine they would’ve drawn last season. They need to start getting consistent wins on the board otherwise they may find themselves in trouble this year.
Swansea City – D
Paul Clement came out after the match and said he got his tactics wrong today. I genuinely couldn’t agree more. Swansea look toothless offensively and I don’t think Bony or Abraham are ready to play as a sole striker right now. Mesa made a big difference after half-time too. They had a lot more shots but still weren’t great. Going to be a long season for the Swans.
Stoke City – D
I thought the scoreline of 0-4 was very harsh on Stoke. However, you can’t make some of the mistakes they did and expect to win. However, when you’ve got one fit centre-back against a team like Chelsea, your defence are always going to have a tough time.
Crystal Palace – D
I’m not sure what to say about Palace this week, to be honest. They were poor but City are destroying every team in their path this season. For 40 minutes they were solid, they were holding on but they crumbled after conceding one.