Premier League: 5 Things We Learned From Week 16
5 Things We Learned from Week 16
This was a great weekend for football. There were plenty of goals and goalless draws, enough defense and offense for aficionados of either, and some complete domination, all in two days.
Fans were treated to some good matchups between top teams.
Stoke City battled to a draw away to Hull City a few days after a surprising 3-2 win over third place Chelsea.
West Bromwich Albion took a step back in their campaign after losing 1-0 to newly promoted Cardiff City.
Norwich City hosted Swansea City where Gary Hooper’s spectacular volley earned the home side a draw, and for him, possibly goal of the week.
Everton continued their run of great form with a 4-1 win over relegation threatened, Fulham.
Manchester United won in god-knows-how-long against a very inconsistent Aston Villa side. Yet, the most surprising part of this game was the goal-scorers. Nobody would have guessed Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverly would combine for three goals.
Chelsea earned themselves a 2-1 win at home to Crystal Palace, yet nobody on the team, least of all Jose Mourinho, was happy about the effort put forward throughout the game. Enough was done to win, though, and has kept the Blues level with Liverpool on points and within two of league leaders, Arsenal.
There were no real surprise upsets this week but there were surprise score-lines.
Arsenal was scorched by Manchester City in a game that ended 6-3. The noisy neighbors got on the board early and did not let up at all during the 90 minutes. Arsenal is just beginning to play the toughest part of its schedule and this start was not impressive.
Last but not least, Liverpool showed up to White Hart Lane as the only team ready to play. Tottenham looked competitive in the first few minutes, but then Luis Suarez scored and Spurs reverted to hopelessness.
Without further ado, here are five things we learned from Week 16 in the Premier League…
5. Chelsea Need An Identity
Chelsea took the lead twice at home against a team that is currently 18th in the league. The Blues have been hot and cold all season despite maintaining a spot in the top three.
The lacklustre win against Palace proved that something needs to give if the Blues are going to be legitimate title contenders.
4. Southampton Are Slipping
Southampton had a great start to this season. They were playing great defense and looked fluid in attack; so much so that Adam Lallana got a call up to England's national team.
Recently, the Saints have been in poor form. Their last five games read 1-2-3 and they are currently ninth in the league after being as high as third at one point. The squad needs to regain their feet if they are to challenge for a Champions League spot.
3. Everton is the Real Deal
Everton has been even better under Roberto Martinez than it was under David Moyes.
The fifth ranked side are undefeated against top sides and are scoring goals for fun. It doesn't look like the fun will stop for the Toffee's anytime soon.
2. Arsenal Might Not Be A Title Side
The Gunners got absolutely stomped by Manchester City. After playing in a seemingly unstoppable fashion since the arrival of Mesut Ozil, a loss to Napoli in the Champions League and now another to title rivals, Manchester CIty, has made the north London side look very shaky.
Now that Arsenal is getting into the meat of their schedule, other title favorites will be hoping for them to drop plenty of points.
1. Luis Suarez is Currently the Best Forward in England
Luis Suarez just raised his goal tally to a stunning 17 in 11 games, when his Liverpool side completely dismantled Tottenham on the road.
That is four more than runner-up Sergio Aguero, who has 13 in 15 games.
Suarez looks to be unstoppable right now and look for him to add to his goal haul when Liverpool hosts Cardiff City need weekend.
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