The dramatic Premier League Gameweek 12 concluded with some unexpected results and some really disappointing ones.
We never get to see this often, but none of the top-six clubs of the Premier League was able to register a win. Liverpool failed to take advantage of going to the top after Tottenham Hotspur slithered. Arsenal’s misery continues as they lost their 4th straight home match creating an unwanted record.
THE PREMIER LEAGUE CONTENDERS:
Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur:
Despite dropping points against Crystal Palace, Tottenham managed to stay on top, thanks to Liverpool’s draw against Fulham.
The main reason Tottenham failed to win was because of one man, Vicente Guaita. The Glaziers’ Goalkeeper’s performance was so magnificent, we wonder what he was fed before the match. The Spaniard produced a string of incredible saves to earn his team a deserving point.
Fulham 1-1 Liverpool:
The nightmare continues for the Champions as they drop points and their injury lists keep on increasing. The Reds were completely deranged in the first half, leading Fulham to take the lead.
The second half, they regrouped and earned a hard-fought point from a penalty. Joel Matip was their latest addition to the injury list who was subbed off at half-time due to back a back problem.
Fulham was impressive and the way they fought against the Champions showed that they were more than a relegation bound team.
Everton 1-0 Chelsea:
The Blues were handed their 2nd defeat of the season as Everton scored the solitary goal from the penalty spot.
We can finally admit Edouard Mendy is human after all. His clumsy attempt for the ball saw him bring down Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
With the win, The Toffees move up the table to 7th and The Blues drop out of the top-4 as they sit 5th in the table.
Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City:
The most awaited match of this week turned out to be the most boring of them all. Both the teams settled for a point and are now 8th and 9th respectively with a game in hand.
It was like they were playing for a draw. United may be satisfied with a point after the tough week they had. But a performance like this from Pep’s side was never expected. They hardly created a proper chance.
THE UNEXPECTED ONES:
Southampton 3-0 Sheffield United :
Who would have thought? They might just be a worthy contender if they maintain this form. They storm into the top-4 with only 2 points behind the leader.
Southampton maintained their incredible form as they cruised past their sorry rivals, Sheffield United winning 3-0. The win was no surprise as they dominated the game from the beginning and made The Blades pay for their slip-ups.
Wolves 0-1 Aston Villa:
Last season they had narrowly escaped from relegation thanks to some VAR mix-ups. But this year, they are the worthy Underdogs.
They won the card-studded game in the added time from the penalty spot when Nelson Semedo brought down John McGinn from behind.
If Aston Villa wins their remaining 2 games in hand, they will climb up to 3rd position. Not bad for a team who were lucky enough to stay in the Premier League.
Arsenal 0-1 Burnley:
No other fans in the world will be going through, what Arsenal fans are experiencing right now. The Gunners lost their 4th straight home match for the first time in 60 years.
That is not the only unwanted record created. Burnley’s win against Arsenal was also their first at The Emirates.
Arsenal was pretty much in the game until Granit Xhaka decided to go aggressive. In the 58th minute, he was shown red for grabbing Ashley Westwood around the neck.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang broke his long-awaited goalless run. But on the wrong side of the pitch. His own goal was what decided the game.
Arsenal are now 15th with 5 points away from relegation.
RELEGATION ZONE BOUND:
The draw against Liverpool will have definitely boosted their hope of surviving. They are a point below the safe-zone but that can change for sure.
Newcastle United vs West Brom:
The loss against Newcastle means they currently remain 2nd from the bottom. Their next against Manchester City will be a big task.
A really disappointing start for Chris Wilder’s side this season. They were contending for the Europa spot last season. Now, they are struggling for their first win.
They have now become the first side since QPR in 2012 to go 12 matches without a win at the start of a Premier League campaign.
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