Five lessons learned from Premier League Matchweek 25
Tottenham Hotspur outclassed Manchester United at Wembley Stadium 2-0, whilst Chelsea shocked in West London
It was a manic midweek in the Premier League as not only did we have Matchweek 25 action, we also had a frantic end to the January transfer window, so there was plenty to takeaway from the midweek football.
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Three second half goals from Bournemouth allowed the Cherries to record another big upset as they beat Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Goals from Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas and former Chelsea defender Nathan Ake earned the win for Bournemouth who inflicted Chelsea’s joint-biggest defeat of the season at Stamford Bridge.
It was a deserved win for Eddie Howe’s side who took advantage of some unusual slack defending from the hosts. The Blues had kept five clean sheets in their last six games prior to this defeat, but they looked like a shadow of that side in midweek.
This is the second top-six victory for the Dorset side in January after they defeated Arsenal 2-1 earlier on in the month. The win propels the Cherries into the top ten as they aim to move clear of the relegation battle.
Swansea moved off the bottom of the Premier League table after an impressive 3-1 win at home to Arsenal on Tuesday.
The victory is even more remarkable when you consider the Swans went behind 33 minutes in after Nacho Monreal’s opener. The hosts responded right away though through Sam Clucas’ finish just a minute later.
An error from Petr Cech allowed Jordan Ayew to score a tap-in which put the hosts ahead just after the hour mark, before Sam Clucas’ second goal put the game out of Arsenal’s sight.
It is the first time the Swans have won back to back league games, and after their shock win against Liverpool, it was six points they did not expect to get. Carlos Carvalhal has made a great start to life as Swansea manager, and he has made them a difficult side to beat. Swansea only sit one point off safety after this run. Can they save themselves?
It was the perfect start for Spurs who scored one of the quickest goals in Premier League history through Christian Eriken. The Dane netted after just 11 seconds after latching on to flicks from Harry Kane and Dele Alli.
Tings got worse for Jose Mourinho when Phil Jones turned Kieran Trippier’s cross into his own net to double Spurs’ lead. Spurs were the better team throughout and held on well to record a third straight home victory against Manchester United.
With Chelsea slipping up against Bournemouth, Spurs are now two points off their London rivals and only five behind Manchester United in second. The Red Devils’ chance of an unlikely turnaround at the top has taken a massive hit as they are now 15 points behind Manchester City.
Theo Walcott made an impressive home debut at Everton by scoring twice in the Toffees’ 2-1 win against Leicester at Goodison Park.
The English winger opened the scoring by tapping in Gylfi Sigurdsson’s pass from close range. Later in the first half, Walcott added a second by volleying in from close range at the back post. Jamie Vardy scored a penalty to make for a nervy last 20 minutes, but Everton held on to record their first win in eight games in all competitions.
The move to Everton is a good chance for the 28 year old to get his career back on track after a frustrating time at Arsenal. If he can keep up the good form for the rest of the season, Walcott could be in line to make England’s World Cup squad.
And breathe. It was quite the January transfer window this year with many moves and a lot of money being spent as teams aim to strengthen their squads for the end of the season.
After Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United, Arsenal needed a replacement for their Chilean sensation, and they had to pay big money to get him. The Gunners signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on deadline day for a fee of £56 million, a club record fee. The Gabonese has lots of pace and plenty of goals in him, so he could end up being a great asset for the Gunners.
Making way for Aubameyang is Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman moved to Chelsea for £18 million whilst Michy Batshuayi went to Borussia Dortmund on loan.
One of the bargains of the window came with Tottenham’s £23 million deal for Lucas Moura. The talented Brazilian moved from Paris Saint-Germain in hope of more regular first team action. He is quick, skilful and is a handful for any defence.
Andre Ayew returned to Swansea for a club record of £18 million too to take the overall tally for deadline day over £150 million, which is a record for the league.
It was not a high scoring week for either of our writers, but Neil took the week 8-6 and extended his lead at the top of the prediction league to 28 points. Will Neil pull further ahead? Or will Niall hit back at the weekend?
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