Not surprisingly, JM announced himself in the pre-match vibes of being The Unrespected One. Matters worse, Giroud’s 89th minute equalizer meant that ManU haven’t won in any of the big matches this season. On the other hand, the gunners are on their November hoodoo. But considering the manner in which they equalized and truth be told, they should have lost but managed a point. So should Poppay be “The Luckiest One” ?
Liverpool went into the weekend as table toppers but ended in second spot after Chelsea sneaked in a one nil win at Boro. For Liverpool, that’s two successive 0-0 draws after the international break. Not ideal but at the same time not the worst possible result. They had chances to score especially from the two in-form Brazilians, but they struggled against a resolute and determined Saints. One thing that came out of that match was the clean sheet Liverpool kept but goodness me, I'd take a 3 points any day rather than worrying about a leaky defense.
City kept the pressure on the top with a win at Palace. All eyes were on Pep and Toure when the team sheet was announced and the Ivorian showed Pep what he has been missing with 2 goals. With broken bridges repaired between the two, he’s added firepower to their ranks which should further cement the bookies claim that they are well equipped to claim the title. But they will have to fend off Chelsea also, who are up for it since their new-found formation with the same team. It was not the sleekest performance like they one which swept Everton aside like the monsoon rain bashing houses in Freetown. But they did the job – the hallmark of a champion team. The next two set of fixtures will shape he xmas run-ins.
Chelsea have the toughest with Spurs, who by the way found their mojo of scoring and winning against West Ham in the tea time kick-off on Saturday. They’ve got their talisman back in Kane with 3 goals in 2 games and all is set for the showdown at the Bridge though they have a small matter of the champion’s league in mid-week against Monaco. Liverpool at Anfield by the way will welcome Sunderland who’s got back-to-back wins for the first time.
ManU will want to improve on their home form by entertaining a West Ham side who’s whose topsy turvy season continues. The last victory at home came against the Champions Leicester. Anyone for Payet in January? Arsenal on the other hand will want to set their November record straight when they face the man whose being largely tipped to replace Wenger. So by and large a quiet weekend but the London clubs will have the upper hand in the bragging rights. Dare anyone to challenge the Blues.