Premier League Review Week 12

Premier League Review Week 12.

Liverpool looking lost.

Liverpool continued their slump by losing away to Crystal Palace on Sunday. Liverpool took the lead through Ricky Lambert only four minutes into the match. Unlike the Liverpool of last year though, they failed to press on and put the game beyond doubt. Palace found their way back into the game through Dwight Gayle who pounced on the rebound after Yannick Bolasie’s shot came off the post.

It would be a long time until the next goal came when Joe Ledley slotted in on the 78th minute. The tie was put beyond doubt when Australian centre-back Mile Jedanik smashed in a free-kick from 25 yards. Liverpool’s problem is simple; they concede too many goals and don’t score enough. Perhaps Liverpool’s attack was so potent last year, that the opposition spent most of the time chasing to get the ball back or picking it up out of their own goal. Rodgers will have to work some transfer magic in January, but the return of Daniel Sturridge will be like a new signing in itself.

 

Arsene and Arsenal left astounded

Arsenal had Manchester United at sixes and sevens in the first half, and if not for an in-form David De Gea, they could have easily taken a 2-0 lead at the break. Early on, the pace of Welbeck and Sanchez was moving the makeshift Man United back four all over the place. Jack Wilshere was pulling the strings and it looked like United would have their work cut out for them. However, as the first half dragged on Arsenal’s chances were missed, United started to assert themselves and got their ever shaky defence into order. United’s game plan started to look a bit more plausible as they soon began having luck on the counter attack.

The goal came after Young was found on the left hand side and his cross sent the Arsenal defence into a state of panic. Kieran Gibbs and Szczesny collided trying to attack the ball and Valencia fired the resulting rebound back across the goal. The ball struck Gibbs whilst he was still disorientated on the floor and the ball found its way into the goal. Szczesny had to go off with an injury, just like Wilshere had only minutes earlier after he rolled his ankle. Arsenal continued to press in search of an equaliser but it seemed that a second United goal was closer to coming than Arsenal’s first despite their efforts. Wayne Rooney carried through his England form from midweek and scored United’s second with an exquisite chip after being put through by Di Maria on the counter attack. Giroud grabbed a consolation goal for Arsenal but it was not enough to take away Van Gaal’s first Premier League away win.

Chelsea and Costa – Catch me if you can….

Chelsea are the team to beat this year, and Costa is the man to stop, but nobody looks like they have the quality to do either. Costa is storming the Premier League with eleven goals in ten games. In pursuit of that tally was W.B.A’s Saido Berahino, but he failed to hit the back of the net after being frustrated by Chelsea’s resolute defence all afternoon. Chelsea went into the second half with a 2-0 lead after Hazard converted on the 25th minute from a Fabregras short corner.

The second half didn’t return anymore goals, even though W.B.A went down to ten men after Yacob was sent off for a reckless tackle on Costa. Man City finally showed some character by coming back to win from a goal down against Swansea to keep Chelsea on their toes. Stamford Bridge will be watching how Southampton perform away to Aston Villa on Monday. It’s always tough over the Christmas period, so will Chelsea be top of the tree come boxing day?

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