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EPL Week 20 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly

  • EPL Week 20 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 20 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 20 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • EPL Week 20 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly

Matchday 20 of the English Premier League came to an end with Tottenham and Everton playing out a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.  Aaron Lennon's strike gave the Toffees the lead but a well taken finish from Dele Alli ensured Spurs left with a point.

Earlier in the day Chelsea got their first win under manager, Guus Hiddink. A depleted Crystal Palace side was unable to keep out the Blues, with Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa getting on the score sheet. While it was a dream weekend for Chelsea it was a nightmare for Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side.

The Reds got thoroughly outplayed against West Ham at Upton Park, with Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll both scoring headers. Jurgen Klopp expressed his anger and frustration with the team, and himself, in the post-match.

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Elsewhere, Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez had a penalty saved to leave the Foxes with a second consecutive 0-0 draw. Arsenal were far from their best but managed to get past a stubborn Newcastle United, thanks to a goal from Laurent Koscielny. Finally, Manchester United won their first match since November with a 2-1 home win over the struggling Swansea.

So what were the high and low points of the round? Take a look at the Good, Bad and Ugly:

Good

Dele Alli.

The young Spurs midfielder scored a brilliant goal to earn his team a point in their match with Everton. Alli, signed by Tottenham for just five million pounds from MK Dons, has been turning heads this season with some impressive performances.

While only 19 years of age the midfielder has already been suggested by some as a potential starter in England's 2016 European Championship team. The strike against Everton means Alli has registered five goals in the league this season, the same number as Raheem Sterling and only one fewer than Everton's Ross Barkley.

Alli's emergence has been great for Spurs, who currently sit in the top four of the EPL. He has added more energy to their midfield and his eye for goal is crucial to easing the scoring burden on Harry Kane.

A GIF of Alli's goal against Everton:


Bad.

Aston Villa.

There are probably worse words to use to describe Aston Villa, but 'bad' is one that is definitely applicable. Their match against Sunderland on the weekend was one that the Villans simply had to win. Their Premier League status beyond the 2015/16 season was already looking shaky and a loss would essentially condemn them to relegation.

Despite playing some decent football at times, including a lovely goal from Carles Gil, Villa was unable to get anything from the crucial fixture. The loss means the team has gone a club record 18 league matches without a win. They are currently 11 points from safety and with the lowest goal tally in the top flight you would think the chances of them turning it around are virtually nil.

 Ugly.

Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Christian Benteke.

When Jurgen Klopp was appointed Liverpool manager many pointed to the defence as the thing that needed immediate attention. However, while the Reds do still have some defensive issues it is their attack that has become the biggest concern.

Christian Benteke's lack of movement and willingness to press and fight for every ball means he has had a rather indifferent start to life at Anfield. The Belgian has also had difficulty converting simple chances, despite scoring some more difficult ones.

Benteke's problems are impacting upon Liverpool's other attacking players. With Benteke not making runs in behind the opposition defence Philippe Coutinho's ability to play a pass is made redundant. Instead, the Brazilian is often attempting shots from a ridiculous distance to try and inspire his team.

Meanwhile, Coutinho's countryman, Roberto Firmino, is also struggling to adapt. A big name signing from Hoffenheim, Firmino is, on paper, the perfect type of player for Jurgen Klopp's system. However aside from one decent match against Manchester City the Brazilian does not really appear to do anything. While there has been one or two glimpses of quality the 29million pound price-tag means he must be doing more.

The current Liverpool attack is a mess and needs to be fixed while a top four position is still attainable.



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