Midweek mayhem in the Premier League saw an aimless Arsenal and and a lethargic Liverpool lacked the killer instinct to register draws against West Ham and West Brom respectively.
Manchester City is materializing a miraculous move towards immortality, whereas the other side of Manchester resumed their cold pursuit with an unconvincing win over bullish Bournemouth. The Blues regained buoyancy away from the Bridge against the honest Huddersfield and Palace have started to find their purpose under Roy Hodgson with much needed 3 points in their quest to prevail.
Biggest Winners: Burnley
Burnley can dare to believe after another hard-fought victory against the inconsistent Stoke side. They have climbed up to the 6th spot, ahead of Arsenal and level on points with Liverpool. They have been methodically designed by Sean Dyche to attain key results and deliver emphatically when it matters. Another display of organizational supremacy brought the substance to deny Stoke City.
Biggest Losers: Newcastle United
The toons of Tyneside are now getting stuck with the reality of the Premier League, yet another home defeat ends the feel-good Benitez effect, with the early season skeptics reappearing to haunt the Magpies. To be honest, Newcastle has been unlucky to get on the other side of the result in some close matches but then again, the survival of the fittest is foremost in this fearsome League.
Best Team: Manchester City
Talk about the cliché ‘competing with oneself’, one team is doing it week in week out with desired effect outperforming itself in the process. We have seen something special in the post-Christmas phase of the Premier League this season from Manchester City that will be hard to match or manufacture in seasons to come.
|Total Shots (on target)||Accurate Passes||Accurate Passes%||Shots Conceded (on target)|
|23 (10)||759||91%||7 (3)|
Best Player: David Silva
The serene Spaniard David Silva has found a mean streak this season that has helped him perform in a more ruthless manner. He has been often criticized for scoring few goals than he should but he showed his precise striking against the struggling Swans to dismiss the skeptics. An passes% of 92.8 accompanied by 2 goals and 7 duels won deserves to be saluted.
Honorable Mention: Shinji Okazaki
Okazaki comes to life inside the box and his awareness to be at the right place, and time is pure telepathy stating touch, can overpower testosterone inside the box. His two goals provided another fantastic win for the Foxes.
Worst Player: Jonjo Shelvey
The jubilant Jonjo Shelvey once again retorted to Juvenile antics demonstrating his frustrations with a malicious tackle late on to earn a second yellow, thus compounding Newcastle’s misery. He had a good game providing stability without much going forward but his sudden outrages derail the momentum of the side, which affects the morale in the dressing room.
Best Manager: Claude Puel
It was a toss between Hodgson and Puel, I went for the latter considering the fashion and ferocity of the win that has seen the manager reignite the flame in the usual suspects at Leicester, plus has instilled confidence to the likes of Wilfred Ndidi and Demarai Gray to bring the fiery Foxes together.
Best Match: Crystal Palace vs Watford (2-1)
Another thrilling as well as an entertaining encounter involving the earnest Eagles who are eager to climb out of the relegation zone. It was more or less a game of two halves. Watford started brightly scoring an early goal and missing easy chances that proved to be fatal in the second half when Palace surged up a receptive response late in the game by scoring two goals in the dying stages.
The Atmosphere was electric at Selhurst Park when James McArthur scored in the stoppage time to send the crowd into a frenzy. Watford is going through a mini-slump but this game was more vital for Crystal Palace who is starting to peak at a crucial juncture to revive their survival hopes.