This was the final game-week before the second International break of the season and usually, the point where the Premier League table begins to take shape and we get hints of who will challenge for the title and who will be in a relegation battle this season. So, how did your team do before our second international break?
Tottenham Hotspur – A
An absolutely phenomenal performance by Spurs against Huddersfield Town, they had it all on Saturday morning and could have scored more than just the four. Harry Kane’s goalscoring record since August has been incredible and Spurs’ look favourites to retain their Champions League spot in behind Chelsea, Man United and Man City.
Manchester United – A
Standard United performance by the looks of things, 4-0 win against a very poor Crystal Palace side. Palace cause one or two problems early on but United never looked concerned about possibly conceding as it was never realistically on the cards.
Man City – A-
They played almost a perfect game against Chelsea. Their midfield was almost unstoppable and if it wasn’t for a few good saves and some resolute defending they could’ve grabbed two or three. They look almost unstoppable at the minute.
Arsenal – B
Four successive clean sheets for Arsenal and a truly dominant performance against Brighton. Arsenal could be hitting their stride now and they’ll need more performances like this to keep their Champions League hopes alive.
Burnley – B
Great win for Burnley at Goodison. They were under pressure for most of the game but managed to take all three points. Their away form this season has been truly incredible.
Bournemouth – B-
The Cherries were very unlucky against Leicester and really should have picked up all three points. Simpson’s handball could have been given either way and they missed some good chances. Still, a point isn’t back but it was really a game between two teams who should be down there at the end of the season.
Stoke City – B-
Stoke needed a big win against Southampton this week after three defeats in a row and they delivered. Have to admit, Diouf’s impact as a wing-back is impressive and Crouch continues to get important goals. Berahino, on the other hand, does the opposite.
West Ham – B-
I have to admit when I found out Bilic was bringing on Masuaku and Sakho with about ten minutes to spare, I wasn’t impressed and I thought it would be an awful final move in his last match. However, I was proven wrong and his substitutions paid off. Good move from Bilic.
Newcastle United – C+
They were under the cosh against Liverpool for most of the game. However, except for the last ten minutes, Liverpool barely threatened the Newcastle goal. Good defensive performance, something we never saw when Newcastle were relegated two seasons ago.
Watford – C+
It was some comeback by the Hornets. They kept the ball well and made lots of chances. They look very good this season and some peoples early season prediction of them to struggle now look unlikely. Well played Watford.
West Brom – C
West Brom started the game against Watford strong and from a 2-0 position you really expected them to hold on. However, they bottled it in reality. Watford pressed and capitalised on a rare collapse from a Tony Pulis side.
Leicester City – C
Leicester struggled against Bournemouth and really shouldn’t have picked up a point. However, they dug in their feet and held out for a draw. I feel they’ll need to do that a lot this season.
Chelsea – C
They had a really competitive game against City and against a different opponent probably would’ve won. However, they didn’t have enough of the ball or enough efforts to trouble Man City.
Liverpool – C-
I thought Liverpool were poor against Newcastle. A Coutinho moment of magic got them the draw at St James’ but again the made mistakes defensively and missed two good chances late on. Not good enough for a top six team I’m afraid.
Brighton – D+
Y’know, Brighton weren’t awful against Arsenal, they’ve played worse and drawn games but again, they had one shot on target and have only scored once away from home this season. They need to improve up-front.
Southampton – D+
They had loads of possession and 21 shots but once again the same problems arise and that is scoring goals. I can’t remember seeing a Southampton side that has looked so toothless in attack. When the likes of Van Dijk don’t appear to have their heart in the game and make mistakes, it doesn’t bode well at either side of the pitch.
Huddersfield Town – D
Alright, Huddersfield had a slip-up this week but their performances this season have been solid. They’re going to be struggling in a relegation battle but they’ve shown they can pick up wins. However, I thought they were poor against Spurs and didn’t look to threaten them at all.
Swansea City – D
One shot on target again. They never look like bothering their opponents now, they have no attacking outlet and they spend most of their time passing sideways. Possession isn’t the most important thing, Swansea need to realise that quickly.
Everton – D-
I thought Everton’s win against Bournemouth might be a catalyst to improve their season. I was wrong, they started brightly against Burnley, they then conceded a good goal and just couldn’t break down Burnley’s final line. Koeman’s time may be running out but at least the players seem to be playing for their manager.
Crystal Palace – D-
Not a game that Palace fans were expecting a good performance from and unsurprisingly Palace lost again. They need a miracle by the looks of things and Roy Hodgson doesn’t appear to be a man who can make a miracle happen.
So that was the last game before the international break, improvement needed for Everton, Liverpool, Swansea and Palace but Spurs and the two Manchester teams are going into the break happy sets of fans.