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EPL Week 18 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly

  • EPL Week 18 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 18 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 18 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 18 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly

The English Premier League has fully entered the festive season. While other leagues around Europe go into their winter break the Premier League has a full schedule.

In matchday 18 Leicester City suffered their first away loss of the season to Liverpool thanks to a Christian Benteke strike. Meanwhile Arsenal did what Arsenal do best and failed to capitalise on a big win over Manchester City last round by being humiliated 4-0 by Southampton.

Elsewhere, Louis van Gaal's job security got even weaker after losing to Stoke City 2-0. The lack of fight and desire by the Red Devils is surely a sign that the Dutchman's position at the helm needs to be considered. 

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Finally, Chelsea drew 2-2 with the impressive Watford in Guus Hiddink's first game in charge. And Tottenham solidified their top-four place with a routine 3-0 defeat of Norwich.

With a hectic fixture list over the next few weeks let's keep it short and sharp with the Good, Bad and Ugly:

Good.

Kevin de Bruyne.

One of Manchester City's marquee signings in the summer who has been labelled a 'flop' by some. However a dominant display against Sunderland showed why City spent 55 million pounds on getting his signature.

The Belgian created numerous chances from the right-hand side of the pitch, linking up well with David Silva. He assisted Raheem Sterling's opening goal with a beautifully whipped in cross, and also provided another good ball for Wilfried Bony's 22nd minute strike.

The man of the match performance was concluded with a goal of his own in the 54th minute. Of course performing against Sunderland is unlikely to get De Bruyne complete validation, but so far only Mesut Ozil has more Premier League assists this season than de Bruyne.

Check out the video below of de Bruyne's impressive individual performance:

Bad.

Arsenal.

After beating Manchester City 2-1 last round it was imperative that Arsenal did not have a let down against a struggling Southampton. However it is fair to say that a 4-0 defeat to the Saints does indeed quality as a let down.

It's a frustrating loss for Arsenal fans who would have seen their team go top of the league after Leicester City's defeat earlier in the day. It was a bad day at the office for many of the Gunners, with Mesut Ozil among the list who will be wishing they could play the game again.

Ozil was kept quiet by the Saints midfield, with Victory Wanyama putting in a dominant performance. The six tackles and ten interceptions made by Wanyama demonstrated the lack of physical presence in the Arsenal midfield.

It was a bad loss for Arsenal but it could have been worse had Leicester also won. They need to get things back on track quickly when they play Bournemouth midweek.

Ugly.

Memphis Depay.

Massively hyped after dominating the Eredivisie last season with PSV, Memphis Depay arrived at Old Trafford with hopes of becoming the next big superstar. He was handed the #7 shirt and spoke of his admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo - it seemed like the perfect match.

However Depay has been very disappointing. A string of poor performances was capped off against Stoke City, where his poor headed back-pass allowed Stoke to open the scoring. It was exactly what the fragile Manchester United team did not need.

Rather than fight back from his error Memphis disappeared into his shell. The Dutchman's lack of fight and desire is one thing that has really bothered United fans this season, and his half-time withdrawal suggests it was bothering the United coaching staff too.

He will be given time to improve and showcase his talent, but it has been an ugly start for his United career.






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