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EPL Week 6 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly

  • EPL Week 6 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 6 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 6 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 6 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly

Another weekend gone, another round of the Barclays Premier League completed. This week's fixtures came to a close with Liverpool and Norwich City drawing 1-1 at Anfield and Manchester United defeating Southampton 3-2 away from home.

So what were the big stories from the weekend? Take a look below at my Good, Bad and Ugly from match-day six of the Premier League. 

Good

Matt Ritchie's stunner.

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There was no shortage of nominations for the 'Good' from this round. While Slaven Bilic and his West Ham United team were incredibly close to getting the nod, after an impressive 2-1 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, you just cannot look past some individual brilliance.

Christian Benteke took an early lead in the goal of the season race after his impressive overhead kick against Manchester United. However, just a week later and he already finds himself facing some seriously stiff competition thanks to Ritchie's bullet. 

It's not just the superb technique displayed from Ritchie, though his chest control and strike were textbook, but also the fact that he scores the goal in a match that was dubbed a "six-pointer." Bournemouth and Sunderland will most likely both be towards the bottom section of the table once the season comes to a close, so for the Cherries to claim three points and take a potential three from their rival means it was a good day at the office.

If you missed the goal then go to the link below to check it out!

https://vine.co/v/ePBvTYB2M90

Bad

Newcastle United.

This was supposed to be a season of improvement for Newcastle United. After enduring an erratic few years under the tenure of Alan Pardew, and a horrific few months under John Carver, the appointment of Steve McClaren for the 2015/16 season was supposed to be a new dawn for the Magpies. Yet after six matches they sit in 19th place, anchored at the bottom with their fierce rivals Sunderland.

After the poor 1-2 defeat at home to Watford, McClaren denied there was any crisis at the Club. "I said from the beginning of the season, judge us after 10 games, and I'd still say the same now," was McClaren's message. 

The team produced a decent start to the campaign, including a 0-0 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford. However since then it has been a sharp decline in form, experiencing three losses in a row. Taking into account last season, the Magpies have only won once in their last 17 league matches, a stat that has many questioning the quality of the squad.

However after spending a net total of £47.7million - the fifth highest in Europe - this should not be the case. Newcastle has to find results quickly or they will find themselves with a large gap to make-up to get out of the relegation zone. Fixtures against Chelsea and Manchester City in the next two weeks is not what the Magpies need.

Ugly

Diego Costa.

Whenever there is trouble about you can be sure that Diego Costa is at the centre of it. The Chelsea striker added to his list of indiscretions with a controversial match against Arsenal. Costa should have been sent off in the first-half after putting his arms and hands on the face and neck of Arsenal defender, Laurent Koscielny.

Somehow Costa escaped sanctioned for that incident. However he made sure that Gabriel's slight flick-up of his studs was brought to the attention of referee, Mike Dean. Gabriel had originally intervened on the behalf of Koscielny in the original incident with Costa. After trading insults and some push and shove, Dean gave both Costa and Gabriel a yellow card. 

Costa then stood behind Gabriel, waiting for the Brazilian to back into him. It was when Gabriel brushed ever so slightly against Costa that he raised his studs and was sent off. However without the vehement protest of Costa it is unlikely that Dean would have made the decision.

Costa's antics, including whingeing, spitting, elbowing, stamping, and headbutting has gone on for far too long. He, surprisingly, has not been dismissed in a match since 2012. Although it is time for English referees to watch him more closely and make sure that he, as instigator, does receive some punish and not simply send off those who retaliate to him.

Arsene Wenger, the latest manager to get frustrated at Costa, expressed his views after the Chelsea game.

"He will do the same next week and the week after and he will get away with it," said Wenger. "He can do what he wants and everyone else gets sent off. He always gets away with it. Why does Diego Costa stay on the pitch?"

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