Premier League Week 11 Review

Premier League Week 11 Review.

Man City Languished at Loftus Road

Manchester City haven’t looked very convincing for a number of games and they carried their poor midweek Champions League performance against CSKA Moscow into Saturdays game at Loftus Road. It took two Sergio Aguero goals to save a point for the travelling side and Charlie Austin put the ball in the net three times for QPR, only for two of the goals to be disallowed. One of these goals involved a calamity from Joe Hart who was saved by the letter of the law due to the fact he kicked the ball twice on a free-kick inside his area. What was supposed to be a two horse race is fast becoming a one horse race with only Chelsea showing the defensive resilience and attacking prowess necessary to win a Premier League title.

 Liverpool Couldn’t Contain Chelsea

In arguably the biggest encounter of the weekend, Chelsea visited a Liverpool team that have been struggling to find consistency in the Premier League this year. Liverpool were winless in two games and it looked like things may have turned around when they took the lead through Emre Can’s deflected shot in the 9th minute, but it soon became clear that Liverpool were going to struggle to keep a clean sheet against a Chelsea side that had 26 league goals in 10 games. It only took Chelsea six minutes to grab the equaliser and they again showed how dangerous they can be from set-pieces. Chelsea have a number of players with aerial ability in their ranks and three of them were involved in the first goal. Cesc Fabregas’s corner was flicked on by Diego Costa and John Terry won the 2nd ball to force Mignolet into producing a great save. Cahill pounced on the rebound and despite Mignolet’s efforts to keep it out, goal line technology adjudicated that the ball had in fact gone over the line. By mid-way through the second half, Chelsea’s presence in midfield was beginning to take it’s toll on Liverpool and in the 67th minute, Diego Costa notched his 10th goal in 9 Premier League games. Liverpool had a fair shout for a penalty at the end when Steven Gerrard’s shot appeared to strike the upper arm of Gary Cahill, but it wasn’t awarded and Chelsea claimed another victory to keep them at the top of the Premier League.

Turf Moor is Winless No More

Burnley have endured a tough start to the season. They, alike Aston Villa, have suffered from a severe goal drought during this first half of the season. They have been resolute in defence and made it hard work for all the teams that have travelled to Turf Moor, but to ensure safety from relegation, you need to get points on the board and 0-0 draws won’t keep your head above water. Along with all the other 3PM saturday kick-offs, both teams went in scoreless at half time, something the Turf Moore faithful aren’t unfamiliar with this year. Ashley Barnes powered a header in on the 50th minute to put Burnley in a great position of grabbing their first Premier League win. There were a couple of nervy moments towards the end as Burnley parked the bus, but it did it’s job, and the Turf Moor faithful got to witness their first league victory this year.

Sanchez Spoke too Soon

Swansea hosted Arsenal on Sunday and they must have smelt the blood still pouring from Arsenal’s wounds. In Arsenal’s mid-week Champions League they were 3-0 up against Anderlecht at home and ended up drawing 3-3. Just like Anderlecht, Swansea showed no mercy on Sunday. Alexis Sanchez broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute and claimed his sixth goal in four league games. The provider for his goal was another summer signing, Danny Welbeck, whose fantastic run and well placed pass left Sanchez with a simple finish. Arsenal would throw a lead away for the second time in a week when Gylfi Sigurdsson curled a sublime free-kick into the top corner and past the outstretched hand of Szczesny in the Arsenal goal. Montero had been giving Chambers a torrid time at full back all afternoon and he beat the Arsenal full back once more to float up an inviting cross into the Arsenal box. Summer signing Gomis rose like a salmon and placed an accurate header into the bottom corner to put Swansea 2-1 up. Alexis Sanchez had took to social media the night before to claim that the 3 points would be heading to Arsenal. In the aftermath of the game, Wayne Routledge took to Twitter to troll Sanchez’s post, much to the delight of his followers and football lovers.

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