It’s the busiest period in the Premier League. Asides the snow that has now become a regular feature in the PL games, the games have been coming in thick and fast – this will continue well into the new year with teams playing at least 5 to six times during this period.
The Premier League is now 16 game-weeks old. With three games to go before the end of the first half of the season, what new things did you learn about the league after Game week 16? Here are some of the new lessons we learnt:
There Are Two Clubs in the Premier League: Manchester City and the Others
This edition of the Manchester derby had too much at stake: bragging rights, Manchester United’s unbeaten home run and Manchester City’s unbeaten league run.
In the end, Manchester City put on a world-class performance that saw them completely boss the middle of the park and ensure that Man. Utd players spent most of the game inside their own half.
Add this to the fact that City, with that win, is now 11 points ahead of their closest rivals and you’ll understand in the Premier League, there’s Pep Gaurdiola’s Manchester City and then there are the other clubs.
Arsenal Needs to Stop Conceding First
You’d be forgiven if you thought Arsenal would take all their frustrations from the United game and vent it on the Saints. But by the third minute of the game, they were already trailing, something that is gradually becoming a feature of Arsenal’s PL season.
The Gunners have now gotten used to conceding the first goal of the game and then spending the remaining time and energy chasing the game; energy that should have been used to finish off opponents in the first place.
If they continue this way, they can as well look forward to playing Europa League football next season.
Liverpool Keeps Shooting Itself in the Foot
When you have the league’s highest goal scorer and a nominee for the BBC African Footballer of the Year in your ranks, you’re expected to be competing for the top spot on the league table. But Liverpool currently remains in fourth position.
And the reason is not far-fetched: a terrible defense and selfish play – especially in the Merseyside derby – have played a part in ensuring that they’re a couple of points off the top of the table. With the January transfer window coming, they need to fix themselves up or they will be sliding further down the table.
After seeing all the action from Game week 16, what else did you learn about the Premier League? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.