Thursday, January 28, 2021

Premier League Review Matchday 26 Winners and Losers

Premier League in the weekend brought the hits accompanied by a few misses to maximize the experience in this Augustus environment. Burnley snatched a late equalizer to stop the free flowing City.

Sterling’s insane miss was hilarious to see while Saints finally salvaged their sovereignty with a much-awaited win. Brighton and Bournemouth picked up important 3 points to gather steam on their path to safety. Monday Blues could potentially result in banishment of Conte from Chelsea as Watford put in a wonderful performance to punish the ill-disciplined champions.

Manchester United and Arsenal were ruthless against the struggling Huddersfield and inconsistent Everton respectively while the match of the weekend at Anfield wasn’t a usual end to end contest we’ve seen in the past from these two sides but it had all the ingredients of an entertaining bout filled with controversy and artistry.

Biggest Winners: Southampton

The struggling Saints finally found some solace in their scrappy win against the baggies. The matchday miseries consisting of 12 fixtures finally come to an end and we at the 12th man can now take a back seat on their malign, just 2 points clear of the drop zone doesn’t give them the opportunity to relax but certainly the rejuvenation that came after going behind provide the sovereign of the rational to replace the reign of the radicals.

Biggest Losers: West Brom

West Brom blew away the chance to honor the faithful at the Hawthorns who expect some high-end scenarios considering the acquisitions they have made in the January transfer window. An auspicious start turned into a suspicious suffering in the course of a high octane game that reimburses the rigors of this league. West Brom remains at the bottom and they face some tricky fixtures against their contemporaries in near future with fans hoping for the purchase to strike with the precision of the Pardew phenomenon.

Best Team: Manchester United

A fierce response orchestrated by a dominant display in midfield and defense brought the dignity back at Manchester that was hammered in the midweek by the sailing Spurs. Jose very humbly withdrew from the title race last week and the focus is now very much on the runner-up spot which can provide some respite to his position at United.

Stats: Manchester United vs Huddersfield Town (2-0)

Total Shots (on target) Accurate Passes % Shots conceded(on target) Duels Won
                16 (7)             89%                        4 (0)         75


Best Player: Aaron Ramsey

Ramsey ran rampage on the tasteless toffees that got a good old battering from the Gooners. Ramsey’s rich form in-front of the goal often brings casualty to the celebrity class, no major news on that front which is a relief. On a serious note, Ramsey is such an underrated midfielder when it comes to technical brilliance and agile awareness. He can both manufacture and finish a move with authority. A hattrick with 91.2% passing accuracy is alluring.

Honorable Mentions: Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mohamed Salah

I find Mkhitaryan to be a typical Arsenal player who can play top level football in patches. He has the vision and technique to open up any defense in the world on his day but those days have been usually few and far between in the Premier League.

What can I say about Mo Salah that hasn’t been said already, I always wanted to see a 100% skill centered player without the brawns succeed in the Premier League in recent years, By God, he has done that without much fuss or flamboyance. The second goal he scored against Spurs was pure Serenity.

Worst Player: Eric Dier

Dier’s dismal display in big matches questions his durability as a defender. Earlier in the season, his fatal errors cost dearly against Arsenal and Manchester United, he repeated the feat once more against Liverpool where his flexibility and discipline didn’t compliment his desire and strength. England would be disappointed with his evolution this season which hasn’t been exercised on a consistent basis.

Honorable Mention: Raheem Sterling

Sterling portrayed the same persona against Burnley that was a hindrance to his high prior to this season, the miss of the season was simply unbelievable, hopefully, it was just a one-off and we expect the studious Sterling under Pep to return next week.

Best Managers: Eddie Howe and Javi Gracia

Bournemouth is now in the top half of the table and Eddie how. The sarcasm might be lame but the serious commitment from the management and personnel has brought brightness to this bleak squad which had bet it all on Defoe to ignite the offense in the summer.

The move backfired but Eddie in recent weeks has installed the counter-attacking formation where the pace is mixed with direct power asking the players to attack in numbers. 3 more vitals points at the vitality stadium ensure safety is now in sight.

Javi Gracia has been intelligent with his signing bringing in Deulofeu who has the skill, stamina and now the top level experience to save Watford.

Best Match: Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur (2-2)

The Weekend ended on a high as the two heavyweights got involved in a proper contest where the plot lacked purpose but the story gathered momentum at the climax bring the drama and throwing the unpredictability quotient which is synonymous with these two entertainers.

It was a game of two halves as Liverpool pushed in their power press to suffocate the Spurs in midfield dispossessing them consistently in the process. The early goal allowed them to dictate the tempo and they should have scored again in the dying stage the of second half when Salah complicated an easy spread to Mane

Spurs came out strongly in the second half bullying Liverpool in midfield where Liverpool ran out of legs and quality, it was a physical display which finally found the purpose thanks to a weighted strike from Wanyama, trust me he wouldn’t be able to repeat the cleanliness that strike had in practice or matchday ever again. The penalty miss from Harry seemed to cost Spurs dear after Salah came up with another Sublime finish but he got his chance to redeem himself from the spot burying the ball in the back of the net that time to become the second-fastest player in Premier League history to score 100 goals, only behind Alan Shearer.

Author’s Take

The Miss at the Turf is a worry no more

The Title is bestowed by the tyrants down the road

The result couldn’t reciprocate the Anfield encore

Recruits in London are well and truly aboard.


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