Here’s what happened in the Premier League this weekend, in case you missed it…
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WATCH MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Cardiff City 2, Wolves 1 || Huddersfield 1, Brighton 2 || Southampton 2, Manchester United 2 || Leicester City 2, Watford 0 || Manchester City 3, Bournemouth 1 || Newcastle United 0, West Ham United 3 || Crystal Palace 2, Burnley 0 || Arsenal 4, Tottenham 2 || Liverpool 1, Everton 0 || Liverpool 1, Everton 0
WHAT STOOD OUT
Arsenal and Tottenham put on a show
James Sharman and Craig Forrest breakdown Arsenal’s emphatic 4-2 win against Tottenham in the North London derby.
Sterling the MVP
Has there been a better player in the Premier League this season than Raheem Sterling? Solid cases can be made on behalf of others, but for this writer, the Manchester City man has been the standout star of the campaign thus far.
He’s tied for the lead league in goals with eight, tied for first in assists with six, and no player has had more touches in the penalty area in the Premier League this season than Sterling, as per the BBC’s Daniel Storey.
More important, he’s shown a lot of maturity and established himself as a vital player on a talent-laden Manchester City side this term. Saturday’s home game against Bournenouth was just the latest example of his leadership and importance. Pep Gaurdiola made five lineup changes from the midweek Champions League match – Sergio Aguero was out inured, starters David Silva and Riyad Mahrez were on the bench and defenders John Stones and Kyle Walker didn’t play at all. Kevin De Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy remained out injured.
Man City struggled after taking an early 1-0 lead, allowing the Cherries to get back into the game and equalize just before halftime. But it was Sterling who revitalized the Blues’ hopes after the break, tapping in the winner in the 57th minute after nearly scoring on a great individual effort just minutes earlier.
Liverpool wins Merseyside derby on Origi’s late goal
Liverpool’s Divock Origi heads home the game winner deep into injury time of the Merseyside debut after it bounces off the crossbar.
Canadian Junior Hoilett launched this great strike from just outside the box to lift Cardiff City to a win over Wolves.
Leicester City’s James Maddison drew criticism for his red card for diving last weekend. But he quickly put that behind him with a volley that finished off a flowing move and gave the Foxes a 2-0 lead over Watford.
Honourable mention to Southampton’s Cedric Soares, who curled in this gorgeous free kick into the top corner to give the Saints a 2-0 advantage over Manchester United.
“It doesn’t matter about the system. It has to do with the characteristics of the players and we don’t have many, with all the respect, mad dogs – the ones who bite the ball all the time and press all the time. We don’t have many with that spirit.” – Jose Mourinho after Man United’s draw with Southampton.
Lots to choose from here, but it’s difficult to look past Arsenal’s win over Tottenham in the North London derby, which had plenty of drama, some highlight-reel goals, plenty of bad tempers amongst the players, and a fair bit of controversy. An instant classic!
THE GAME WITHIN THE GAME
A big reason why Tottenham couldn’t contain the surge from Arsenal in the second half was because Dele Alli was barely involved.
CRISIS CLUB OF THE WEEK: BURNLEY
The panel break down Burnley’s horrible campaign so far that has seen them win just twice in their last 19 Premier League games.
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SIX PACK OF STATS
• Mathias Jorgensen’s strike (after 55 seconds) for Huddersfield vs. Brighton is the fastest goal scored in the Premier League this season.
• Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has won more penalties (14) in the Premier League than any other player.
• Raheem Sterling is the first player in Premier League history to score in his first six appearances against a single opponent; he has found the back of the net in all six of his games for Manchester City versus Bournemouth.
• Romelu Lukaku’s strike vs. Southampton ended a run of 12 games and 981 minutes without a goal for Manchester United in all competitions since scoring against Watford in September.
• N’Golo Kante has provided as many assists (two) in 14 league games for Chelsea this season as he had in his first two seasons with the club combined in 69 appearances.
• Lucas Torreira is the fourth Arsenal player to score his first ever Premier League goal for the club in a match against Tottenham, joining Nicklas Bendtner, Mikael Silvestre and Per Mertesacker.
Stats courtesy of Opta
1) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal: The key men in the Gunners’ come-from behind win over Spurs – Aubameyang had two goals and an assist, and Ramsey tipped the game in Arsenal’s favour after coming on at the start of the second half, setting up two goals.
2) Chicharito, West Ham United: Bagged a brace in the Hammers’ big road win over Newcastle United.
3) Raheem Sterling, Manchester City: Scored the go-ahead goal in a man-of-the-match effort for the Blues.