How good was that? Costa and ADM owners might feel otherwise, but for footy fans it was a great round of games. Thanks to all that helped fill the hole last week, some great points were made. Don’t forget we have midweek games!!!
* Well in lad *
6-pointers. 13 games in now and the table has well and truly taken shape. It’s also made a few clubs hit the urgency button, particularly those towards the bottom. If anyone chose the unlikely Burnley Villa game to watch, they would’ve been treated to an absolute corker. Sure the skill level wasn’t ever going to be up to the top teams, but for passion and fiesty-ness it was top shelf. End to end action, chances galore and Joe Cole turning back the clock meant it was a great spectacle. Then there was the QPR Leicester extravaganza which had a record 51 shots on goal for 5 goals. There was a distinct lack of play acting and showboating, just good old fashion men playing a man sport. Perhaps the trend for tight relegation scraps is a thing of the past? Or maybe I’ve been watching too much A League…
Swansea. If they’d have been 5 nil up after 15 minutes, not many would’ve complained… They fact they didn’t win is astonishing. Bony is playing his role to near perfection, Siggy just needs some consistency through the 90 minutes and Montero has more than found his feet in this league and looks dangerous every time he’s near the ball. With their run up to Christmas and goals potential, you could do worse than to have all three in your team. Stay away from their defence though, no composure whatsoever and look scared when they’re pegged back for any period of time… They miss the sureness that the likes of Leon Britton and Joe Allen (the pre-Liverpool version) brought to the centre of the park in years past, Jonjo Shelvey just isn’t in the same universe when it comes to that and their defence suffers because of it.
Man Utd. Look like they’ve started to settle under LVG? They dominated a below average Hull this weekend at home running away with a 3 goal win including a couple of cracking goals, they did similar against an average Palace a few back at Old Trafford. In between that they were seriously lucky with a smash and grab away to Arsenal. It’s obvious that they want to go back to dominating teams at home and run up some cricket scores, but I’m interested to see how they attack the “lower” teams away. Their recent games away have been that Arsenal game and City before that where they were happy to sit back and play on the counter attack, we don’t have a great gauge on how they’ll deal with travelling to Southampton (no disrespect) and Villa who are on the horizon. Their home games are Stoke which feels like a 2 or 3 nil win, then a lovely clash against Liverpool which could be anything. I guess I’m trying to say, just be careful with this form they are showing right now. They haven’t been tested at home in a while, and their away form has been impossible to track… Still, Roondog eh?!?!
Honourable mentions. Bolasie’s black boots. Rodgers’ “feeling bad”. Bojan doing everything but score. Sunderland’s perfect game plan.
* Lucky? *
Dudding. Bit of a dud week for our high priced recruits! Costa, Fabregas, Sanchez, Di Maria, Hazard, Stirling (34% ownership still!?!) all high priced and didn’t help any of us out. Short term. Costa is definitely not playing midweek, and ADM will probably miss too. Testing times…
Slap. Hull… After a credible couple of draws away to Arsenal and Liverpool they’ve really fallen in a hole in recent weeks and don’t look like being able to dig themselves out of it. It seems to have all become a little too much after those two games, and have lost 4 on the bounce. They have had a tough run to be fair, but then again they did get beat by Burnley. The others were Southampton, Spurs and United none of whom you’d expect a win against. But, in the next 4 they have Everton, Chelsea and Swansea. It’s not going to be a merry Christmas for Hull fans if they keep putting out performances like they have been.
Costa. Petulant. Dirty. Cheat… Doesn’t deserve being labelled just yet. But he can’t expect to keep doing that garbage and be free of extreme criticism. Dislike his “acts”, but willing to give a chance. It’s not going to get any easier Diego, winter hasn’t even kicked in yet and you haven’t played Stoke yet…
Southampton. Here we go…
Honourable mentions. Stevie G’s Liverpool career nearing the end? ADM injury… Sissoko ruining Newcastle’s run.
Ryan Bennett Award – Glen Johnson. Remember him?!? Injury has wrecked big chunks of his recent career, and he’s only just got back to fitness and getting regular game time. With Rodgers saying his team need to tighten up and temper their attacking style to grind out results, coupled with Johnson being in his final year of his contract… It does feel like a perfect storm and am at least half considering. I need some sleep…
Jonjo Shelvey Award – Joe Cole. When Cole was at his best, he was absolutely amazing to watch… That was a long time ago however. A very long time ago. Will probably get some short term minutes on the back of this performance but don’t expect him to be relevant medium term, or when he’s having to back up too many times in a row.
Jamie Vardy Award – Roberto Soldado. Ha!
Don’t forget we’ve got more games in a few days so get that trade finger poised. If I can’t get another Stups Up after the midweek games, I’ll have a monster version out next week!