Matchday twenty-five of the English Premier League has come and gone, with plenty of results shocking the fans and sending teams tumbling down the table to uncertainty. We had goals scored faster than some people can run down a football pitch, battlers thrashing contenders, and Manchester City just doing Manchester City-like things once again. With that in mind, it’s time to go over our takeaways from matchday twenty-five from the top flight of English football.
Swansea Sweeps Arsenal
If someone could let me know where this Swansea team has been for the last twenty-three weeks, it would be appreciated. On the back of a 1-0 win at home against Liverpool last time out, the Swans sent Arsenal back to London in tears after notching a 3-1 win at home.
Sam Clucas and Jordan Ayew were fantastic for the Swans, as they handed Arsene Wenger his second loss to a side that lied last on the table. With ten out of a possible fifteen points for Swansea and manager Carlos Carvahal, you have to say that they might just make it out of the relegation zone this weekend. That was not the only upset this weekend though…
Bournemouth Belts Chelsea
Bournemouth must be laughing at the moment, with a 3-0 away win at Chelsea to send the Cherries flying up the ladder into tenth place. Callum Wilson, must to the dismay of some fantasy owner, played his best game of the season, as he scored the first and set up the second goal in the win.
Chelsea were buoyed by the new signings of Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri, but they were sitting in the stands as the Blues capitulated on the pitch. Chelsea dropped to fourth after the game, which still leaves them in a European spot. The crucial thing to look at here though is that Tottenham has closed to within two points of the Blues. Chelsea can afford a loss here or there with Arsenal a further six points back, however, if they have another slip up like this, they could be in some strife.
Eriksen only needs eleven seconds
Eleven seconds is all it took for Christian Eriksen to score for Tottenham, as they took the biscuits at home against Manchester United. It was the first Premier League game for Alexis Sanchez in the Red Devils uniform, but it was not meant to be, as that goal )as well as an own goal from Phil Jones) left United stunned.
To describe the goal, it was a long ball from the kickoff that was headed down by Harry Kane. Dele Alli tried to cut back, gave the small inside pass away, and Eriksen sunk the ball past a helpless David De Gea to score the third-fastest goal in Premier League history. You can just see the look of despair on the face of De Gea as the ball flew into the left side of his net. Phil Jones made it 2-0 with his own goal, and Tottenham closed up on a Champions League spot with Chelsea falling at home.
Burnley’s European Hopes Are Burnt Out
I kept rambling on during the early parts of the season that Burnley could be in with a great chance to sneak away with a European spot. I also would like to rescind those thoughts now, with Burnley now thirteen points outside of those European spots. They are still in a very good seventh position on the table, but the latest run of results has them out of the running.
Burnley has not won a game in their last eight appearances, with their last win coming against Stoke City. It has not been an easy run by any stretch of the imagination, and it doesn’t get any easier this weekend with Manchester City. The Clarets just need to start finding results and knocking in a few wins to keep their top half spot nice and snug. If they can do that, we can say that it will be a good season for them.
Huddersfield is Hurting
It is rather painful to watch how Huddersfield is just falling from the graces of the top half of the table. David Wagner’s side hasn’t won in the Premier League in 2018, and the Terriers are now just one point away from the relegation zone. Add on the fact that they now have the worst goal differential in the league, and you can see why some fans are calling for Wagner’s head.
The Huddersfield FC owner, Dean Hoyle, has come out and said that he believes in Wagner and his ability to keep the Terriers up. For the sake of Huddersfield and just the underdog story, we can hope that it happens, but Hoyle might have to start looking around if Huddersfield goes down.
The fans are hurting as well, with some of them jumping off the wagon so to speak after last week’s performance against Liverpool (a 3-0 loss). In the end, these fans need to stay and support their team. Huddersfield is financially one of the worst teams in the league, but they still put up a fight every game. With Pritchard coming in, it may give the likes of Mounie and Deportie some help up front. If Mooy can find his earlier form, he could be the saving grace for this team.
Huddersfield has Manchester United away this week. They beat them last time, and there is no reason as to why they can not beat them again this week.