Leicester City Juggernaut Shows No Sign Of Slowing
Here we are again with our weekly look at the latest football news. Besides the on-field action there has been welcome news of Messrs Blatter and Platini being brought to book. They have been asked to attend personal hearings with FIFA`s ethics judge Hans Joachim Eckert on December 16th at an undisclosed location, let`s hope they throw the book at them!!
Onto the Premiership and there was no shortage of shocks again at the weekend but first let us marvel at the Leicester City juggernaut going top again after a resounding 3-0 win against a very poor Swansea team. Leicester`s away form is superb, they break at pace with Mahrez and Vardy reaping the rewards their outstanding play deserves. Arsenal went 2nd after an indecisive 3-1 home win against Sunderland who have once again slid into the bottom three.
There were 3 shock results, although after a season of crazy results perhaps we shouldn`t see them as such, the Premiership is certainly leveling out which is due to a combination of the bottom to mid table teams getting stronger and the top teams all having weaknesses of one sort or another.
Manchester City were well beaten at Stoke and in fact the 2-0 scoreline flattered them with Arnautovic and Shaqiri outstanding. Without Kompany playing their defence seems all at sea. The biggest shock was at Chelsea where Bournemouth scored a late winner to clamber out of the relegation zone, and although by all accounts they were well on top and had the bulk of the play that is now 8 defeats for the season and we are not yet into the New Year. Chelsea are only 2 points from the relegation zone and although I believe it would be the height of folly to sack Mourinho there does seem to be serious issues which need to be addressed.
The other shock was at Newcastle, with Steve McClaren under incredible pressure to turn their shocking run of form around and with Liverpool looking in unstoppable form, an away win seemed nailed on. Newcastle won 2-0!!
In other games Watford continued their excellent first season in the Premiership by beating Norwich City 2-0, and Aston Villa gained a welcome point at a faltering Southampton but still remain 7 points from safety. Manchester United, the dullest team in the Premiership, drew 0-0 at home to West Ham and were met with a cascade of booing from their fed up supporters at full time. West Brom fought back to gain a good point at home to Spurs and lastly on Monday Everton rescued a point at the death against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park.
Here is the latest Premiership table: