Gameweek five saw two unbeaten sides go head-to-head. Wayne Rooney returned to Manchester United, Chelsea played Arsenal and much more. It was a great weekend of Football. So let’s see how your club did this weekend!
Manchester City – A+
City look incredible at the moment. Pace, precision and as far as I can see, domination. They had a bit of luck at Watford. However, any team that puts 6 goals past their opponent away from home has had a very very good performance.
Manchester United – A
Another 4-0 for Man United and another good win. Early signs suggest a two-horse race for the title this season. The Manchester derbies will have added meaning this year.
Newcastle – B
Another good performance for the Magpies who could have scored 5-6 if they were more clinical. On another day, they would be made to rue missed chances but on this day, they did enough to see off a Stoke side who were in decent form going into the game.
Bournemouth – B
Thought it was going to be another bad day for Bournemouth. However, the substitution of Ibe changed the game and injected new life into the Cherries, giving Eddie Howes side their first win of the season. As they say, it doesn’t matter how you win, just that you do.
Arsenal – B
I don’t think anyone expected Arsenal to grab a draw at Stamford Bridge but Wenger changed his usual tactic and it paid off. Credit where credit is due, the players looked like they were playing for the manager. Unlike their previous attempts at the Bridge.
Southampton – C+
A decent performance by the Saints. They got their goal early on and showed their defensive stability. Forster made two fantastic saves and Lemina is justifying his price-tag. However, I’m still not impressed by Southampton offensively.
Huddersfield – C+
I’m not sure whether Huddersfield’s point against Leicester was a good one or not. They did enough to justify getting the three points in my opinion but silly mistakes and not taking your chances in games like this could be the difference between survival and relegation.
Burnley – C+
A good solid performance by Burnley. However, they were quite lucky and their keeper needed to be in top form. However, they stole a point from Anfield. I can’t imagine many teams will be saying that this season. Well played.
Swansea City – C
After a disappointing result last week, Swansea getting a positive result at Wembley is massive. Fabianski kept his side in the game but Swansea defended well.
West Brom – C
Another clean sheet for Pulis’ men. They didn’t look good as an attacking threat but were solid in defence as per usual.
West Ham – C
Vital clean sheet away from home for West Ham. A point at the Hawthorns is decent. The football wasn’t great but the result will do.
Tottenham Hotspur – C
They controlled and dominated the game and if it wasn’t for Lukas Fabianski, they probably would have scored 3-4. The Wembley curse strikes again?
Chelsea – C
Something was missing on Sunday. Chelsea didn’t look the force they usually do. Another red card for a defender is disappointing.
Brighton – C-
I was actually quite impressed by Brighton on Friday. They could have been out of sight before Howe made his substitutions and unfortunately for the Seagulls. The woodwork was their enemy on Friday. They’ll play worse and win games, that’s for sure.
Leicester – C-
Leicester really need a plan B in my opinion. Counter-attacking football works wonders against teams you’re not expected to beat. However, against newly promoted sides. They’re going to need a plan B. Didn’t work for them on Saturday.
Liverpool – C-
Lots of possession, 35 shots but it wasn’t enough. Granted, Pope made one or two fantastic saves and Liverpool were unlucky through Solanke etc; but it just wasn’t good enough. The goal they conceded was so typical Liverpool that it’s actually becoming annoying to a neutral.
Stoke City – D
An average performance from Stoke, they struggled to break down Newcastle for most of the game then when they did towards the end, they just couldn’t convert. A day to forget for Mark Hughes’ side.
Crystal Palace – D
It wasn’t the worst performance in the world by Palace and on another day, they’d have scored twice. Still yet to score, setting a new record. Not great viewing for Palace fans right now. However, there were positives against Southampton.
Everton – D
They were solid defensively for most the game but they just tired out and turned off towards the end and were punished massively by Uniteds pace.
Watford – D-
Sometimes, it’s just not your day. That’s exactly how it was for Watford against City. On another day, they perhaps play worse and get a result. Mistakes were made and City were clinical.