Premier League game week 12 round-up

Bertrand Traore

Another Premier League game week has concluded and it was a great weekend for the spectators, given it produced plenty of goals and a few upsets. 

Manchester United endured an agonizing defeat against the newly-promoted side Watford which forced the Red Devils hierarchy to sack the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

In terms of the teams who are fighting for the Premier League titles, all three have won their tricky fixtures quite comfortably. Meanwhile, the new boss’ bounce was apparent this week as Steven Gerard and Dean Smith won their first game in charge for Aston Villa and Norwich City respectively. But, Eddie Howe had to settle for a draw. 

The surprise of this Premier League game week: Watford 4-1 Manchester United

Coming into this game it was not going well at all for the Red Devils, but they were completely outplayed by Watford and in the end, had to endure a 4-1 defeat. The scoreline could have been more embarrassing for the Old Trafford outfit if the Hornets were a bit more clinical in front of the goal. 

The host started the game excellently and were already 2-0 up at the interval. It could have been more if Ismaila Sarr converted the penalty. United started the second half brightly and scored one back as well. But following the red card to Harry Maguire, it went downhill for the Red Devils as they conceded two late goals. 

Leicester City 0-3 Chelsea:

The Blues were dominant throughout the game and Leicester could not make any positive impact throughout the game. Thomas Tuchel’s side were already 2-0 ahead in the first half thanks to the contributions from Antonio Rudiger and N’Golo Kante. In the second half, Christian Pulisic extended the margin even more. 

Manchester City 3-0 Everton:

Pep Guardiola’s side displayed an extremely dominant performance against a timid Rafael Benítez’s Everton side. The Citizens struggled to break down the Toffees defence. But after breaking the deadlock in the 44th minute of the game through Raheem Sterling’s great finish. It became extremely easy for the home side. 

Rodrigo Hernández doubled the margin in the second half with a bullet long-range strike before Bernardo Silva sealed the game late in the game. 

The game of the week in the Premier League: Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal

This was the game of this game week but it turned out to be a quite one-sided affair. Mikel Arteta’s side travelled to Merseyside full of confidence. After earning 20 points in eight games after a disappointing start to the season. But, it was a reality check for the away side as to how far they are at the moment from becoming the title contender. 

The North London club started the game quite deep and looked tentative. They failed to play out from the back due to the high pressure of Liverpool. The Gunners could not challenge the opposition defenders. 

Following a spat between the two managers in the first half. The home side looked charged up even more and it was the turning point of the game. Soon after, the Red broke the deadlock late in the first half thanks to Sadio Mane. 

In the second half, Klopp’s side looked even more energetic. Arsenal struggled to play out from the back and made a few mistakes which led to the goals. In the end, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah and Takumi Minamino scored three more goals to come away with a comfortable victory against the Emirates club. 

Tottenham 2-1 Leeds: 

Antonio Conte led his side for the first home game in the Premier League. It wasn’t the start he was hoping for as his side were down during the interval. But, his side turned the game around in the second half and came away with all three points. Thanks to the goals from Pierre Emile Hojbjerg and Sergio Reguilon. 

Battle for survival:

Norwich won their first game under Dean Smith and after the back to back victories. They might feel confident about the survival of this campaign. Meanwhile, Newcastle United have only managed to register a draw. The only team in this season yet to win a game. 

The other candidates who are at the relegation spot at the moment Burnley only managed a draw against Crystal Palace. On the other end of the table, West Ham United failed to continue their winning run after beating Liverpool in the previous game. As Wolverhampton Wanderers beat the Hammers by 1-0. 

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