Hello and welcome to the winners and losers column where we go over this week’s round of games and discuss the teams, players and coaches that should either pat themselves on the back for a job well done or take a hard long look at their recent actions and should perhaps start making drastic life changes.
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Winners and Losers for Game Week 13
Manchester City Home Form
Only one half of Aquerdo scored this weekend, but that did not prove to be a problem as Samir Nasri helped himself to some goals. City never looked like conceding throughout the match and whiles their away form could hamper their chances of winning the league, this imperious home form could very well push them into the top 4 for that vital Champions League position. Many doubted Nasri could deputize as City’s creator-in-chief in Silva’s absence. His has stepped his game and as this column pointed out after City’s demolition of AVB team’s last week, he is showing the kind of form that made the Manchester clubs battle for his signature. Negrado’s free-kick showed that the man they call the Mechanic has another dead-ball expert in his team, many options is a good thing.
On the goalkeeping front, Pantilimon continues to turn in solid displays. Pellegrini has no reason to reinstate Joe Hart. Should Joe Hart be worried? Well, Casillas is still trying to get back into the 1st team after his injury, not even a loss of form. Yes, Joe Hart should be worried if he is not already.
A well taken brace score on both sides of a Flamini goal. Should Ramsey magically get as bad as he was last season, he would still have an amazing season by any player’s standard. A wonderful player who is laying stake to the claim as the most entertaining player in the EPL.
The Happy one left him out of the line-up to rest him. Well, Essien put a kibosh on that plan. His introduction after Oscar’s ankle injury helped stabilized the troops at the Bridge and extend Mourinho’s unbeaten home record to a ridiculous 65 games. Surely I can’t be the only one anticipating Ramsey and Co. Visiting Stamford Bridge right?
Roberto Martinez during the pre-game interview mentioned that he was looking forward to the challenge of finding a replacement for Baines. There are few managers that will view the loss of their best player as an exciting challenge but after Everton’s goal fest this weekend, his faith in his team was entirely justified. Ryan Oviedo and Seamus Coleman both grabbed a goal a piece with the former providing an assist for Lukaku’s goal.
It was a gamble to start the Barcelona loanee. A gamble that paid off handsomely. With Lee Osman and Gareth Barry doing all the heavy lifting in the midfield, Martinez’s young ward was free to express himself and express himself he did. A wonderful team performance.
A well-taken goal gives the canaries a vital win over Crystal Palace. As the relegation battle continues to heat up, these are vital 3points that could keep them in the league come next season.
Easily United’s player of the season so far and his brace takes him up to 5thin the premier league all-time goal scorers’ chart. Rooney has still not commented on committing to United and he could very well leave the club this season but so far, he has been a consummate professional. For United, should he decide to leave, they can surely demand more for his transfer fee as he was mostly sub-par last season.
United’s transfer activity will not only give fans and casual observers an idea of what the new look United but give an indication to whether or not Old Trafford will continue to be Wayne Rooney’s home.
Despite Shane’s long 1sthalf heroics, Paul Lambert was able to mastermind a 2ndhalf performance that almost saw his team win the game. The kicker? Their star forward, Benteke did not find the back of the net. For West Brom, it is another 3pts dropped and after that penalty decision going against them versus Chelsea, they needed this win before the headed into next week’s all important December games.
Looking at the performances of the teams involved in the Tyne-Wear derby, the loss seemed to have galvanized Alan Pardew’s team. Remy and Ameobi are proving to be an effective duo and the rest of the team ‘ain’t looking that bad’. Not bad at all.
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