Burnley 1 Vs Manchester City 2: City yet to be unconvincing
5 things we learned from match-day 13
These are five things we learned from Premier League match-day 13 fixtures.
Manchester City pulled off another win but were far from convincing at Burnley. Sergio Aguero grabbed a brace but the goals were the clumsiest the striker have scored all his career. City are not playing like a Pep Guardiola team yet and he doesn’t seem to even know his first team yet. The transition from midfield to attack is still poor, Raheem Sterling’s early season form has dropped while the defence remains a worry. City at the moment are just relying on just individual brilliance at the moment. They play Chelsea next and that might not be enough.
Liverpool 2 Vs Sunderland 0: Reds’ title challenge on Henderson’s new role
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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was very impressive in their home 2-0 win over Sunderland. In his new role as the holding midfielder, Henderson was everywhere around the middle. Chasing down balls, making vital tackles and spreading the ball well. Liverpool have a weakness in the defensive midfield position. With so many creative players up front, Liverpool need a shield to protect what seems like a very fragile back-four. Their title challenge this season will depend on how Henderson fare in that role.
Chelsea 2 Vs Tottenham 1: Conte’ men pass first real test
After losing to Liverpool and Arsenal this season, Chelsea need a win against Tottenham to make a statement. Much has been said about their seven-match winning streak but those wins were not against top oppositions including Manchester United. Against an unbeaten Tottenham, Chelsea were to be tested by a very difficult team and they passed albeit not with flying colours.
Chelsea 2 Vs Tottenham 1: Spurs lack of depth a worry
Tottenham came into the clash against Chelsea with major absentees. Eric Lamela, Toby Alderweireld and Ben Davies all missed through injury while Danny Rose was suspended. Chelsea called up Branislav Ivanovic, Oscar and Willian from the bench while Vincent Janssen, Harry Winks and Georges-Kévin N'Koudou came up for Tottenham. The core of the team from their impressive 2015/2016 season remains but their summer signings have not improved them in any way. While their rivals made notable signings in the summer, Spurs failed to do and that might be their undoing.
Arsenal 3 Vs Bournemouth 1: Gunners pull through dreaded November
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November came for Arsenal fans with a sharp fear and reasons for those fears were not unfounded. Traditionally, November is the month Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal endure a slump in form and result but despite some difficult fixtures this month, Arsenal remain unbeaten. In the month of November, they scored 10 goals from just 11 shots on target. This stat clearly shows the Gunners have not been the dominant force there in October. Despite the slump in form, the Gunners struck when necessary and never lost a game. Against Bournemouth, they weren’t at their best. Three shots on target, three goals, simple; out of form but not out of goals. Now the dreaded November is gone, we need the old Arsenal back.