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1) Man City’s next two games could shape title push
After two goalless draws in their last three Premier League games, City needed a win to get their title push back on track, and in beating Palace they went top of the table , albeit potentially for only a few hours, with Leicester facing Aston Villa in the late kick-off.You can get fifa coins for sale here to improve your skill.
But City’s next two home games in the Premier League, against title rivals Leicester and Tottenham early next month, could have a significant bearing on their title hopes. City must maintain this level of performance and lose their inconsistency if they are to come out on top in the title race.
2) Palace’s blip is starting to look like a malaise
After such a fine start to the season, which saw them beat Chelsea and Liverpool away, and look like genuine contenders for a top-four place, Alan Pardew’s side have struggled in recent weeks.
They have failed to score in their last four Premier League games and not won in five, slipping to ninth in the process. Keeper Wayne Hennessey, whose clanger saw Palace lose 1-0 at Aston Villa in midweek, had another game to forget.
He should have done better with Fabian Delph’s opener, although a deflection left him powerless to keep out Aguero’s strike.
3) Spurs are Title contenders?
Never really understood this Tottenham-for-the-title bandwagon.
Champions don’t lose at home to Newcastle or Leicester – they blow teams away, or at least they have the mental fortitude to grind out results in adversity, which which they did in their 4-1 win over Sunderland.
Mauricio Pochettino has assembled an enviable cast of talents at White Hart Lane, and Spurs are genuine top-four material. But champions don’t rely on one striker, even if he’s as good as Harry Kane.
They had a better chance of winning the title under Harry Redknapp when Bale, Modric and Van der Vaart patrolled north London.
4) Man United’s tactics continue to baffle
Liverpool vs Manchester United rarely thawed, never mind reached the boiling point contests between these two sides normally sustain.
United’s tactics didn’t help, as they seemed pathologically reluctant to commit forward in numbers, and were content instead to pass the ball slowly across the pitch, even when they seemed to have the chance to break swiftly.
Liverpool though, appeared to anticipate as much, and set out with a 4-3-3 formation that morphed quickly into 4-4-2 and too easily slipped into 4-5-1, which created a dour midfield struggle for a good hour of the game.
5) Oxlade-Chamberlain can play in the middle
The Ox can play in the middle.
This was a big test for Oxlade-Chamberlain playing in the heart of Arsenal’s midfield because the Gunners were missing the injured Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez and he performed well against his dad’s old team.
He was denied a goal by a great save by Jack Butland in Arsenal’s 0-0 draw at Stoke .
6) Nemanja Matic’s decline goes on
The Serbian’s decline has been as surprising and alarming as pretty much any other Chelsea player since they won the title. Last year he was being hailed as the best holding midfielder in the league.
Today his season hit a new low. He was outfought and out-thought in midfield against Everton and was unsurprisingly hooked early.
7) Ward-Prowse can bend it like Beckham
Roy Hodgson revealed plans to promote Ward-Prowse to the senior England squad back in April.
While the youngster is still waiting for a first call-up, he did his cause no harm with a dazzling display.
He opened the scoring in the Saints’ 3-0 win over West Brom with a stunning free-kick before calmly slotting home from the penalty spot.
8) Bournemouth are smashing the transfer market
Bournemouth’s activity in the January transfer window – and there could yet be more – has been swift, positive and decisive.
And that was evident in their 3-0 win over Norwich this weekend.
This win was achieved with a goal from record signing Benik Afobe, but Lewis Grabban and Juan Iturbe will play a part in the survival bid.
9) Newcastle still need a striker
Aleksandar Mitrovic is leading the line well enough, but is ponderous in front of goal. He even produced an air-shot, when attempting to volley a cross in the first half.
In the second half against West Ham the Serb ran in on goal, cut inside and slotted a tame shot at Adrian. As summer target Charlie Austin signed for Southampton for just £4million, you have to feel Newcastle have someone lined up; Saidho Berahino, their other summer target, perhaps?
With a goal poacher Newcastle would have been out of sight and four up in the first half.
10) Mahrez should stop taking penalties for Leicester
Riyad Mahrez missed a costly penalty in the recent draw with Bournemouth and he had another saved today by Mark Bunn.
And he did it again after missing another penalty during the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa. It would have put Leicester 2-0 up.Buy fifa coins and experience new charater you want.
Surely Jamie Vardy now needs to be taking them. Leicester City have won nine penalties in the league so far this season, five more than anyone else.