Premier League MANual - 5th December

Another week in the Premier League and what a weekend it was; thrills, spills and red cards galore! Palace finally got a win and Swansea look down and out after a 5-0 thumping by Tottenham. Every year we talk about title deciders come December and this year it looks as if the title is well on it’s way to London – but to whom?

Drop it like it’s hot feat. Loris Karius

Oh Liverpool. When things finally start falling into place why do you also implode? A win this weekend would have took the Red’s within a point of top. What really happened was Loris Karius suddenly became unable to catch a ball and Bournemouth completed a comeback reminiscent of Dwight Gale’s Crystal Palace circa 2014.

Burnley blow over

Same old story for Burnley; another season in the top flight brings with it another winless away game. The Potters' fifth win in seven thanks to a rampant first half just goes to prove that like many before them, Burnley can’t do it on a cold, windy afternoon in Stoke.

Fellaini’s still a blue

A player who has split opinion with just about everybody since his move to Manchester United with Moyes, Marouane Fellaini proved this weekend that he is indeed still a blue. Within four minutes of being sent on the pitch to provide a bit of steel in midfield, he’d given away a last minute penalty with a suspicious looking touch in the box. Well, it looked deliberate to us anyway.

Goals, goals, goals

With Arsenal and Spurs both bagging five and pretty much everybody else at least getting one, it was goals galore this weekend. Plenty of the games were pretty routine until late in the second half with Bournemouth, Everton, Sunderland and West Brom all getting in on the action late on. That’s why we love it. 

The First Rule of Fight Club

If there’s one thing more exciting than a bagful of goals, it’s a bit of a scrap on the pitch. Once again, Chelsea seemed to get in on the action as they do every year; it all going south with a red card for Aguero after a nasty challenge on David Luiz. Fabregas got his fourth assist of the day with him sending Fernandinho for an early bath, too.