Premier League football resumed after 2 long weeks of the November International Break. The break was filled with multiple injuries and positive Covid-19 tests. However, league football resumes with its natural course and remains as exciting as it was before.
This week saw no major disappointments as the results were routine with the exception of two major matches namely Liverpool vs Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City.
Liverpool suffered the worst in this International break as they lost Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, and skipper Jordan Henderson. They had already lost Virgil Van Dijk, Thiago Alcantara and Oxlade-Chamberlain to injuries. This might have tipped the scale in their opponent Leicester City’s favour but Liverpool did well.
The Reds continued their impeccable home form by winning 3-0 against Leicester City. They are now unbeaten at home in 64 games breaking the previously set record by the Legendary Manager Bob Paisley.
Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur managed to win their home game against Guardiola’s City despite lacking in possession. The 2-0 victory saw the ever-present Son Heung-Min score in the 5th minute of the game. The post-match interview was interesting as always where Pep and Mourinho butted heads.
The Premier League table saw some changes this week. Tottenham are now joint-top of the table with Liverpool after both won their respective bouts. Chelsea and Leicester both sit third and fourth with 18 points each. A win against Liverpool would’ve put Leicester at the top.
The bottom of the table saw some changes as well. Burnley gets out of the relegation zone with their first win of the season. Fulham drops down after a 3-2 loss against Everton. West Brom and Sheffield United both still in the relegation zone after they failed to get a point in their respective fixtures.
Football Express brings you English Premier League Team of the Week and best performer.
PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEK:
NICK POPE (BURNLEY)
Burnley’s first-choice goalkeeper Nick Pope has made it to FootballExpress Premier League Team of the Week. Pope kept a clean sheet in their fixture against Crystal Palace. The Englishman made 5 crucial saves while doing so, landing him a spot in the Team of the Week.
HECTOR BELLERIN (ARSENAL)
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal ended their week with a 0-0 draw against Leeds United. The Spaniard Hector Bellerin did well to keep a clean sheet after Arsenal went down to 10 men after Pepe picked up a red card in the 51st minute.
ERIC DIER (TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR)
Eric Dier has transformed his game, the midfielder turned defender was sensational against Manchester City. The Spurs won the game BY 2-0 but City dominated the whole game. City took 22 shots but only managed to get 5 on target due to Dier’s well-timed blocks and interceptions.
ANGELO OGBONNA (WEST HAM UNITED)
West Ham won by 1-0 against Sheffield United. Angelo Ogbonna started the game well and kept a clean sheet and was spectacular in the air as always, routine win for West Ham.
ANDY ROBERTSON (LIVERPOOL)
Liverpool Left-Back Andy Robertson might be one of the best left-backs in modern football. The Scot assisted a goal and kept a clean sheet against Leicester City for a weak Liverpool side.
DECLAN RICE (WEST HAM)
Declan Rice might be on his way out of West Ham next summer. This Hype towards him is very justified due to his top performances week-in week-out. Rice makes the Team of the Week after a solid shift against Sheffield United.
BRUNO FERNANDES (MANCHESTER UNITED)
Bruno Fernandes has hit the Premier League like a storm. The Ex-Sporting midfielder scored Manchester United‘s only goal in their 1-0 win against West Brom. He also made the most key passes in the game, and is at the top of the list for most key passes in the league as well.
SON HEUNG-MIN (TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR)
Spurs have found a gem in South Korean winger. Son has now scored 9 goals in 9 games and is in contention for the Golden Boot. He scored in the 5th minute against Manchester City in their 2-0 win.
SOLLY MARCH (BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION)
March scored Brighton’s second goal in a 2-0 win over inconsistent Aston Villa. March had a penalty scare in the final moments when he tripped Trezeguet in the penalty box but VAR overruled the penalty.
HARRY KANE (TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR)
Kane has been one of the best players this season. England and Spurs number 9 assisted Lo Celso’s goal against Manchester City. A very solid performance from the striker.
DOMINIC CALVERT-LEWIN (EVERTON)
Dominic Calvert-Lewin continues his spectacular form by scoring a brace for Everton in their 3-2 win against Fulham. The England International is now leading in the golden boot race with 10 goals in 9 games.
Premier League Player of the Week:
In a week full of great performances the one player that stands out as the best is Spurs number 9 Harry Kane.
Kane has adjusted his game well to suit Mourinho’s style of play. His perfectly timed runs dragged players out of position making pockets of space for his teammates to exploit. He continually dropped deep to disturb City’s midfield as well.
“He’s a fantastic player. Maybe he will be responsible for everyone that loves football to change the way people look at a striker.”– Mourinho on Harry Kane as a complete player
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