Gameweek 13 of this year’s Premier League season threw up more than its share of drama and talking points.
Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur won convincingly, while Maurizio Sarri tasted defeat as Chelsea manager for the first time.
Here’s your round-up of the big talking points…
Tottenham sublime in derby success
Tottenham’s 3-1 win over Chelsea in Saturday night’s London derby was thoroughly deserved.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men were 2-0 up inside 16 minutes through Dele Alli and Harry Kane. Alli’s pressing of Mateo Kovavic did much to stall Sarri’s Chelsea plan.
It was Pochettino’s 22nd London derby win since taking charge of Spurs in 2014. It was arguably their best performance of the season, and despite having so many players at the latter stages of the World Cup, they appear to be showing no sign of fatigue.
More misery for Mourinho
But while Spurs are flying, Manchester United’s season – and top four hopes – took another sour turn with a 0-0 draw at home to Crystal Palace.
Jose Mourinho had called out some of the younger United players in the press last week, and his words seemed to have little impact as the Red Devils struggled to create good chances.
City and Liverpool keep on winning
It was business as usual for Man City and Liverpool, with each winning comfortably at West Ham United and Watford respectively.
Pep Guardiola’s Citizens were 3-0 up by half-time, and added a fourth in stoppage time to complete a 4-0 rout at the London Stadium.
Liverpool had to wait a little longer, but three goals in the final 33 minutes were more than enough for victory at Vicarage Road.
Disciplined Huddersfield outfox Wolves
After failing to win their opening 10 games of the season, Huddersfield Town are up to 14th (ahead of Burnley v Newcastle) thanks to a fine 2-0 win at Wolves.
An Aaron Mooy double handed the Yorkshire side three points, and they’ve now collected seven points from their last nine games.
They’re 8/11 to go down, leaving Cardiff as unwanted 1/3 favourites for the drop. David Wagner’s men are 29/20 to make it three wins from four at home to Brighton on Saturday.
No Ozil, no problem for Emery
Unai Emery raised eyebrows with his team selection for Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday.
The Spaniard went 3-4-3, meaning there was no room for Mesut Ozil. The club’s highest-earner didn’t even come off the bench, as the Gunners maintained their chase on the top-four with a hard-fought win.
It remains to be seen if Emery will stick with the formation, or if it was a move specifically to counter the Cherries pace and energy.
Will Ozil return for Sunday’s North London derby? Arsenal, now unbeaten in 17 games, are 29/20 to defeat Spurs at the Emirates.
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