Premier League GW14 Review
A late Sterling stunner maintained Manchester City’s eight point lead, while Tottenham slipped up once again. A Rooney inspired Everton put four past West Ham, and Swansea lose again. Another entertaining week of Premier League action came to an end, and our Analyst reviews the action, assessing performances and not just results.
Tottenham’s poor run of results continued with a 2-1 defeat away at Leicester. This was their third defeat in five matches, a run that has seen them fall to seventh in the table. They once again performed well on Tuesday, and created enough chances to get at least a point and even three. If this process continues, results will turn around for Pochettino’s team.
Hours after Sam Allardyce was announced as the new Everton manager, his new team registered a much needed win against fellow strugglers West Ham. It wasn’t a happy return for David Moyes, as his side were thumped 4-0, mainly thanks to a Wayne Rooney hat-trick. A Manuel Lanzini penalty miss may have made a difference, and Everton were fortunate to hit the net four times from the chances they created (1.7 xG), but the home side deservedly took the three points.
Manchester City beat Southampton to make it 12 wins in a row in the league, though this was the tightest contest they have had this season. In fact, according to the quality of the chances created by both teams, Manchester City were fortunate to come away with all three points (1.6 – 1.8 xG). Southampton created high-quality chances mainly from set-pieces, something that may be a vulnerability for City going forward.
Manchester United also registered a win, and were also on the fortunate side having scored four goals from low-quality chances. They were on the right side of the result in what was a hugely entertaining match. Burnley made it four wins from seven away games thanks to a 2-1 win over Bournemouth, though they were once again fortunate to come away with the three points in an even game (1.1 – 1.1 xG).
Chelsea continued their good league form with a comfortable 1-0 win over Swansea, a game in which they conceded only two long distance shots. Mohamed Salah came off the bench to score two as Liverpool ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at Stoke, generating plenty of chances in the process. West Brom and Newcastle played out a fair 2-2 draw as both teams were evenly matches.
Arsenal hammered Huddersfield 5-0 as they maintained their strong recent form, generating 3.9 xG against a beleaguered Huddersfield side who were just outplayed on the night. The M23 derby ended in a goalless draw, with both Brighton and Crystal Palace creating very few chances in a rather dull encounter.
Team to Back GW15 – Southampton
Southampton have impressed in their last two outings, and even though they were beaten by Manchester City in midweek, they created good chances and deserved something from the game. They travel to face rivals Bournemouth this weekend, and look a good price at 17/10 to get the win.