The Premier League matches are coming fast and furious as league and cup matches litter the fixture list. Gameweek 10 was another stellar weekend of matches in the 2019-20 season and here are 5 things we learned from it.
Liverpool find a way again
Anfield continues to be a fortress for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp’s side came back from a goal down to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1. In truth, Spurs’ opening goal was fortunate as Heung-Min Son’s shot hit the post and fell directly to Harry Kane. Tottenham offered very little over the next of the 74 minutes of the match and didn’t start attacking with force until going down 2-1.
Liverpool are finding ways to get points with either a win or draw. Their 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in gameweek 9 looks less an issue after Sunday’s win at home. Liverpool are now on a collision course with Tottenham Hotspur on November 10th at Anfield. A league game away to Aston Villa comes first, however.
Leicester City – Flat-track bullies
Say what you want about Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City and how great they are. I’m not convinced as the Foxes’ memorable wins have come against the Premier League’s worst teams. They put 14 goals past Newcastle United and Southampton combined and those teams are 17th and 18th in the Premier League.
What about against the top seven? They have taken a mere one point from nine in those games. A draw against Chelsea and losses versus Manchester United and Liverpool were their results versus teams in the top seven. More difficult games are upcoming against Arsenal and Manchester City.
Manchester United get their most important attacker back
Manchester United are suddenly three matches unbeaten in all competitions. Their football may not be great to watch but they are grinding out results. Sunday’s 3-1 win over Norwich City wasn’t without issues as Manchester United missed two penalties.
Sunday saw Anthony Martial score his third goal of the season. Martial is the player Manchester United need most in attack. Forget Marcus Rashford, Martial makes the Red Devils better in the final third playing through the middle. The Frenchman has three goals and one assist in five Premier League matches. If Martial can remain injury-free, the Red Devils will be far better with him than without.
Christian Pulisic stars for Blues
Christian Pulisic had tiptoed the tightrope of being one of the worst summer transfer additions. Despite Chelsea manager Frank Lampard seemingly not favouring Pulisic, the forward played against Burnley and scored a hat-trick over the weekend.
The 21-year-old winger is now being compared to former Chelsea star Eden Hazard. Pulisic showed signs of being a top player at Chelsea. Yet, every time he began to show his quality, Pulisic found himself on the bench. Now, he may be ready to crack on and become the best American import to the Premier League.
Crystal Palace continue overachieving
Most Premier League onlookers would have expected Crystal Palace to be fighting for survival rather than fighting for a top four place after 10 matches. Crystal Palace have gained 15 points from 30 and sit sixth in the league. The Eagles have taken points off of both Manchester United and Arsenal this season.
The gap between them and the top four is growing, but Crystal Palace can still make Europe with consistent results. The Eagles are just five points back of fourth-placed Chelsea. Crystal Palace have lost three times this season and took the scalp of Manchester United at Old Trafford. Gameweek 9 will see the Eagles host Leicester City in a massive game that could see them reel in a top four team.