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EPL Week 17 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly

  • EPL Week 17 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 17 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 17 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly

Arsenal's 2-1 win over Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium concluded week 17 of the Barclays Premier League. The win means the Gunners will be in second place on Christmas Day, while Leicester City remain in first. With their 3-2 win over Everton the Foxes become the first team in EPL history to go from last place on Christmas Day in one season, to first place during the next.

Elsewhere, things went from bad to worse for Manchester United. The Red Devils went down to Norwich City 2-1 at Old Trafford, with the stadium unleashing a chorus of boos as Louis van Gaal exited the pitch at full-time. Liverpool fans enjoyed the failings of their rivals but their joy was short lived as they were on the end of a 3-0 hiding by the impressive Watford.

Finally, Tottenham beat Southampton 2-0 to climb into the top four and Chelsea recorded their first win post-Mourinho as they beat Sunderland 3-1.

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So here is the 'Good, Bad and Ugly' for the round:

Good.

Jordan Ayew.

It has been tough to give Aston Villa any love this season. The Villans currently sit anchored to the bottom of the EPL table, five points below 19th placed Sunderland. While they are the favourites to get relegated a 1-1 draw away to Newcastle could be the start of a positive run of results.

It was a dull match that will be best remembered for a Jordan Ayew strike. Ayew has been one of the few shining lights for Villa this season, having scored four goals in 13 appearances to be the club's leading scorer. He has the quality to be a key player in Aston Villa's fight against relegation. If he can continue to produce special goals then Villa may just survive the 2015/16 campaign.

Check out the goal in the video:

Bad.

James McClean.

A contender for the 'Ugly' nomination but will settle for the 'Bad' instead. A shocking challenge from the West Bromich Albion midfielder saw him red-carded in the 34th minute in his teams match against Bournemouth.

The Cherries Adam Smith was the victim of the tackle. Smith, who does not think McClean tried to intentionally hurt him , said: "He could have broken my leg. It was right in my shin and it was hard as well but luckily I jumped out of the way."

Shockingly, when he was leaving the pitch McClean can be seen mouthing at referee Mike Dead "it's not a red card." He has since been fined 50,000 pounds by West Brom for the tackle.

Ugly.

Liverpool.

Just an utter embarrassment of a performance for the Reds against Watford. Jurgen Klopp has since described it as his worst moment so far in his brief Liverpool tenure.

Adam Bogdan, filling in for the injured Simon Mignolet, kicked off the chain of errors by dropping a cross and allowing Watford's Nathan Ake to score early in the first-half. Bogdan showed more nerves after that point, looking painfully out of his depth in his first league start for Liverpool.

However the rest of the team were no better. Martin Skrtel's poor positioning saw Watford score a second, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino were anonymous all game, while Mamadou Sakho looked like he was playing on an ice rink as he constantly lost his footing.

It will be this ugly performance which highlights to Jurgen Klopp just how poor this Liverpool squad is. They lack quality and leaders and Klopp has a big job on his hands.


 


 

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