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EPL Week 5 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly

  • EPL Week 5 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 5 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 5 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 5 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 5 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly

The Barclays Premier League returned this weekend after a short hiatus. West Ham's 2-0 victory over Newcastle United concluded what has been an action-packed round. To review some of the big stories of the weekend we take a look at the Good, Bad and Ugly. 


Steven Naismith.

It can be frustrating for any footballer to regularly sit on the bench, sometimes never getting involved in the action. Therefore it is crucial that when you do get the chance to make an impact that you go on to do it. What better way to make an impression by coming on as a substitute and scoring a hat-trick against the defending champions? That is exactly what Everton's Steven Naismith did this weekend.

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Naismith almost exited Goodison Park this summer when he was the subject of an £8million bid from Norwich City. While that would have been a decent fee for what is essentially a squad player, in hindsight Roberto Martinez's refusal to sell the Scot has already paid off. Naismith scored the 'perfect' hat-trick against Chelsea, finding the back of the net with his head, left-foot, before rounding it off with a right-footed goal.

No doubt Naismith has become a thorn in the side of Chelsea. His hat-trick means he has scored five goals against the Blues in his EPL career. 

Everton fans, sit-back and watch the goals all over again!


The first-half of Manchester United vs Liverpool.

Turgid, insipid, dull, appalling. You can choose whatever negative description you want to describe the first half of this match and you would probably be on the money. While eventually the game got better the first 45 contained some of the worst football ever played between these two teams. 

The match starred a Liverpool team who had no intention of getting the ball over half-way (only 17 touches in United's half for the first 45) and a Manchester United team who passed the ball around purely for the sake of keeping possession. People at the stadium were bored, people watching at home were bored, and it wouldn't surprise me if even the players were bored. 

The lack of passion between the two teams was striking. With no Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Gary Neville, or Patrice Evra both sides lack that strong personality to grab the game by the scruff of the neck. It was far, far too polite. Hopefully the next time these two meet there is more passion from both teams.


Chelsea's Defence.

Just five games played and Chelsea Football Club have already conceded 12 goals in the 2015/16 season. They currently sit in 17th position on the English Premier League table with the worst defensive record in the league. It is not a familiar feeling for Chelsea or Jose Mourinho who managed to only give-up 32 goals the whole of last season.

A lack of continuity at the back has certainly not helped Chelsea. Thibaut Courtois was sent-off in the first fixture of the season against Swansea and then missed the trip to Manchester City. He has now suffered a knee-injury and will be out for two months. In addition to this John Terry has been dropped and suspended, Gary Cahill has been injured, and Kourt Zouma is still developing as a central defender. All of this has been compounded by the fact that Branislav Ivanovic still thinks he is on holiday.

There are a few issues that Jose Mourinho needs to urgently amend. While we are only five games into the season it is not an overreaction to suggest that a title challenge may not be possible. However if Chelsea are not careful then their Champions League campaign and top four pursuit may also be damaged.

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