The Premier League is fiercer than ever. There are no easy games unless you play QPR at home (0-0-10 away). Hull also look really poor at the moment with a couple of devastating injuries up front being all they took from their away game at The Hawthornes. Red-hot January transfer-target Berahino slotted home the winner after a hopeless back pass by El Mohammady resulting in an indirect free kick and eventually the crucial goal.
Another piping hot striker on form is Charlie Austin. His penalty was not enough for QPR at Turf Moor though. Scott Arfield’s 1-0 goal following a double nutmeg was the play of the day indeed. In the bottom half of the table, 9 teams are technically struggling against relegation, from bottom placed Leicester to Everton in 12th. The gap is only 5 points, with Leicester upsetting Aston Villa on Saturday. Villa had most of the ball, but Leicester created the chances. David Nugent missed two sitters before rocking the crossbar with a crackling volley. Paul Konchesky hammered home the winner eventually, unlikely as that may sound, in a cracking match that also saw Matthew James sent off after a shocking tackle and Clark joining him receiving his second yellow for his reaction.
The Toffees on their side gave reigning champions Manchester City a run for their money in another great Premier League game. Chances galore, controversial decisions and a draw in the end. Speaking of the top sides, it’s basically come down to a race between City and Chelsea, the latter snagging a 2 point cushin with their win over Newcastle. Costas 2-0 goal was magnificent, much thanks to brilliant moves by Eden Hazard and Oscar. Toon played really well though, and perhaps deserved to get something from the game, but Mourinho’s disciples are relentless this season.
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Hot like a pistol? Try Alexis Sanchez. He is to Arsenal what Luis Suarez was to Liverpool last season and sort of similar in style as well. The Chilean was too much to handle for Stoke yesterday, and almost singlehandedly won the game with 2 goals and an assist. Another praised player this season has been Southampton’s assist-king Dusan Tadic. Manager Ronald Koeman benched him against Manchester United though, only to see the talented Serbian smash home the winner as a sub. Luis van Gaal was delighted to see his squad in full force having struggled with injuries most of the season, however, United’s performance against the Saints was not what the doctor ordered.
21 games played and nothing is settled. Will the teams behind catch up to Chelsea and City? Who will contest the Champions League spots? And who will face relegation battle? Tune in next week for another episode of The Greatest Show on Earth!