It was another great weekend of drama in the Premier League and as ever there are plenty of talking points to discuss.
1 – City streak further clear
Manchester City may have ridden their luck at times in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Arsenal but there was no doubt they were good value for the victory.
On current form, their eight-point lead is probably warranted but there is still a chance that if you bumped into a City fan in the pub they’d still tell you relegation is a possibility.
This is why their current price of 2/11 for the title is perhaps a bit short but on current form there is no stopping them.
2 – Mourinho’s bus needs moving
Another weekend goes by and it is a case of Jose Mourinho once again parking the bus.
This time it resulted in a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea and questions are starting to be asked as to why he persists with this once great formula, especially with so much pace in his squad.
Sunday’s result leaves United eight points adrift of City (14/1 for the title) and there is a feeling the time may now be right for United to start actually trying to win games.
3 – No striker, no party for Newcastle
Rafael Benitez moaned about a lack of firepower in the summer and for all his tactical nous, his side’s most obvious shortcoming has been a lack of goals.
Two straight 1-0 defeats sees them head into the international break 11th but there is a feeling that failing to buy a striker in January could see the Magpies slowly slip into the relegation contention.
4 – Pulis’ pragmatism hurting WBA
There is no doubt that Tony Pulis is a man with a plan but what happens when that plan stops getting results?
Saturday’s defeat to Huddersfield means the Baggies are now 11 without a win and down to 11/4 in the relegation betting. With his team clearly stagnating, Pulis must have spent Sunday scratching his head, but only if he had taken his baseball cap off first.
5 – Excellent Ox can provide Reds with options
It had to happen and it did on Saturday at the London Stadium. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his full Premier League debut for Liverpool in the 4-1 win over West Ham, netting the crucial third goal.
Despite wanting to play centrally, the Ox shone wide on the right and although there are some big names to come back, his versatility indicates he could be a big player in his new club’s push for a top four place (11/10).
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