Premier League MANual - 6th February
A London derby, a couple of marauding centre forwards and a relegation scrap that’s beginning to heat up; the Premier League got a double bill this week. Four seemed to be the magic number this weekend with four goals for Sunderland away from home and Romelu Lukaku running riot at Bournemouth. City’s new recruit continued his fine form and Leicester, on the receiving end of a battering from Manchester United, tallied up their fourth straight loss.
Sunderland Finally Win
Sunderland travelled to London this weekend without a win since mid-December and things were beginning to look bleak for the Black Cats. Things changed for the better this weekend with a ninth minute opener and three goals in five minutes just before the half. Palace were down and out before half time and Sunderland went on to win. Really, Sunderland won.
Sergio Aguero, Eat Your Heart Out
So far so good for Gabriel Jesus and it seems like Aguero finally has some competition on his hands. Started ahead of the Argentine for the second game running, Manchester City’s new Brazilian recruit bagged both goals for the blues with weekend, including that last minute winner when it seemed that Swansea had clawed back a point. With three goals in three appearances, it seems that the 19 year old has got a very bright future.
Eden Hazard Lights Up The London Derby
After struggling for the duration last season, Eden Hazard is undoubtedly back to his dazzling best after a dominant display against Arsenal. During the routine 3-1 win for the league leaders, Hazard was almost impossible to play against, cutting through the Arsenal defence to score his brilliant solo-goal. It wasn’t just that though, putting Mustafi, Coquelin and Koschelny on the floor on three separate occasions he showed just how good he can be.
Everton Were Anything But Boring Against Bournemouth
Ronald Koeman called the game ‘not normal’ in his post-match press conference and we’re inclined to agree with him. Playing one touch football to pierce the Bournemouth defence within the first minute, the tone was set as Lukaku smashed his first goal into the back of the net. Whilst Bournemouth managed to pull things back to 3-2, four goals from Romelu Lukaka and a 94th minute tap-in from Ross Barkley ensured a 6-3 victory at Goodison.
Liverpool and Leicester Just Can’t Win
Last season’s champions Leicester think that things are bad with four losses on the run, but Liverpool are in an even worse position at the moment with only one win in ten games in all competitions. The Foxes lost 3-0 against United and seem to have found themselves in a relegation scrap with only one point between them and the relegation. For Liverpool going down 2-0 against Hull was never going to end well and the Red’s seem to have lost touch on the top four with United now hot on their heels.