So, oddly, two lunchtime games this week, which we have never had before.
Let me start with this week’s awards ceremony, which is both difficult and interesting.
Worst Team – Man Utd, with that squad of players and their ability, they should have beaten Villa at home. Furthermore, what planet is their manager on?
Best team – Brentford, they played so well against a Liverpool team that are in great form right now. They deserved a point, if not more from this game.
Villain of the Week – There are three options for this, its difficult. Joel Matip was utterly dreadful, Bruno Fernandes lost his bottle, and Harry Kane, the Model Pro, didn’t appear again. I am going for the Model Pro, yet again. I said on Twitter over the weekend, if Harry Kane was a Chippy, being paid day rate on site, you would be asking him why you couldn’t hear any banging or sawing!
Hero of the Week – Raul Jimenez for his first goal since his return from injury – simply marvellous.
So, without further delay, that’s move it on…
As I said above, there were two lunch time games this week – lord knows why, but I’ll start at the Theatre of Nightmares.
Dean Smith deserves huge credit and he was close to being named Hero of the Week actually. His counterpart, started the weekend by gobbing off and moaning, and what happened? They get a Pen in the 93rd Minute! Is he serious that he thinks Klopp’s comments meant that Man Utd don’t get penalties and Referee’s are influenced by that? Idiot and clearly a man under severe pressure.
Villa got their tactics bang on and they deserved those points.
Over at Shed, this was the first time, I reckon Thomas Tuchal got his tactics wrong. I feel he tried to be too cute and Pep saw him coming. Man City were under pressure to get a result in this game and they delivered. They harried and pressed like there was no tomorrow – Chelsea had no answer and I can’t remember Ederson ever being tested. Doesn’t help when your Hundred Million Quid Centre Forward never shows up in big games.
Still no greedy one for Man City, but bet he gets an England call.
Rafa reckons Everton will keep improving, I tend to agree, but they wont make top four or even Europe. Andros Townsend notched a pen and added to his tally for the season.
Norwich on the other hand are in deep trouble – Daniel Farke has lost roughly 75% of his Premier League games. Will Norwich stick or twist? Norwich are a great club with a great ethos, but how much longer can this go on?
Leeds are another, but I think they will stick most definitely. They were coasting at 1-0 and the better chances of 35 attempts on goal, then Junior Firpo notched in the wrong end and their heads went.
Meslier made a brilliant save or number of saves actually, to keep WHU out, prior to that goal. Then Leeds got caught out trying to find a winner, and Antonio scored in the 90th minute to give the Hammers all the spoils.
Does Brendan Rodgers have a problem? Burnley are still looking for their first win, but either way, there were some boos from Leicester fans at half-time and full-time which Rodgers handed well at the end of the game in his interview.
Burnley were unlucky not to take all three points and they deserved the three points actually. They just lack focal point and someone to score goals.
And who does Vardy think he is?
Steve Bruce, definitely has problem because they are still winless and they were lucky to get a point after VAR ruled out Joshua Kings winner and then Jacob Murphy blew a golden chance for Newcastle at the end.
The game was untidy with a real lack of quality throughout – I felt sorry for the fans frankly!
One game, that didn’t lack quality, was Brentford and Liverpool. Wow, what an advert for the Premier League.
Thomas Frank’s Team are absolutely solid and they will be one of the best teams that come up from the Championship. The paring up front are an absolute nuisance and they will bully any team that comes up, however Brentford need them to stay fit, because you wonder whether they have the depth needed, particularly at the rough end of the season!
Liverpool were all over the place at the back, and Van Dijk played more like Harry Maguire on Saturday. Matip and TAA can’t play together and TAA looks more solid defensively with Joe Gomez next to him.
What I can say, is that they are frightening going forward, but Salah should have made it 4-2, but tried to be too clever with his finish.
Special mention for Curtis Jones, who stepped in and played incredibly well to be fair.
Anyway on a personal note, does anyone need a pair of size 11 boots, collection from North London only, not used, or certainly don’t look used.