That Liverpool would win over Watford at Anfield was a given and so was the same expected of Top Four sides Leicester City and Chelsea against opposition like a lowly Norwich City and a struggling Bournemouth. While Liverpool overcame Watford 2-0 on the back of a double strike from Mohammed Salah taking their points tally to an insurmountable 49, the Foxes had to battle it out to earn a 1-1 draw against relegation candidates Norwich and Chelsea succumbed to bottom-half side Bournemouth 0-1 at Stamford Bridge. The results were especially disappointing for both Leicester and Chelsea for the simple fact that both their weekend fixtures were at home and there were easy three points for the taking. But thanks to the unexpected score lines, Leicester are 10 points behind league leaders Liverpool and Chelsea a distant 20. Bournemouth have miraculously pulled themselves away from near-relegation territory after their stunning Stamford Bridge win and now sit in a much vaunted 14th place with 19 points. Norwich City still languish in the 19th spot despite the unexpected result at the King Power stadium, Leicester.
Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester will have to seriously watch their backs as they have ties as Manchester City and Liverpool before the year-end and the 4-point gap they enjoy currently over the reigning champions (Man City) may not be just enough. Meanwhile City sounded warning bells for future opposition with an emphatic display of scintillating football at the Emirates where they blanked out Arsenal 0-3 and moved to 32 points. Arsenal after the Emirates defeat are tottering on the edge of the top half in the 10th place behind Crystal Palace who have moved up a notch to the 9th spot after having played out a draw against Brighton & Hove at home.
Chelsea’s string of recent Premier League defeats have left it precariously perched inside the Top Four. Frank Lampard’s Blues are just 3 points ahead of a very resurgent Tottenham Hotspur whom they will play next Sunday.
Spurs under new boss Jose Mourinho continued their wonderful run in away games with a 1-2 win over a very doughty Wolves at the Molineux stadium. Superb goals from Lucas Moura and Jan Vertonghen marked the win for the Lilywhites in a game that the Wolves dominated for large stretches. Nuno Espirito Santes side slipped three places to the 8th after the home defeat to Spurs, while Sheffield United leapt a place above them to the 7th after their 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
Manchester United are lucky to find themselves in the 6th spot after a 1-1 draw to Everton home at Old Trafford. Down to Victor Lindelof’s own-goal in the 36th minute, Ole Solskjaer’s Red Devils were rescued by the late introduction of 18-year old Mason Greenwood whose 77th minute left-footed pile-driver into the bottom corner of the Everton net saved the blushes for his team. Everton despite their 3-1 win over Chelsea prior to this drawn fixture have slipped a couple of places to the 16th and now are a spot behind West Ham who registered one of their rare wins in recent times with a 0-1 away victory over Southampton at the St. Mary’s stadium. The Saints are still in relegation territory in the 18th spot and equal points with 17th placed Aston Villa, joining Norwich City and Watford in the unwanted zone.
Positions of teams on the points table after 17 games