Five Things The Premier League Taught Us This Weekend


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This Premier League season is epic.

It’s as unpredictable as Simon Mignolet trying to claim a cross that has come floating into his box, and more entertaining than Roberto Martinez busting some moves to his favourite Jason Derulo tune.

As talk of Leicester City winning the Premier League title becomes less ridiculous by the day and Claudio Ranieri closes in on becoming the most likeable Italian ever, this weekend’s action sparked plenty of talking points.

Speaking of talking points, here’s five from the weekend.


Chelsea And Manchester United Are As Bad As Each Other

Both Manchester United and Chelsea are having seasons to forget.

Louis van Gaal’s side make watching paint dry look exciting, while Guus Hiddink has the unenviable task of sorting out the steaming pile of shit that Jose Mourinho left behind before his sacking.

With that in mind, this weekend’s game was probably the least looked-forward-to meeting of the last five years between two teams who would usually be competing for the title, but the game itself wasn’t as bad as feared.

Jesse Lingard scored a stunner and as is now customary, followed it up with the “Dab” celebration – something so God awful that it should have warranted discontinuation.

Kurt Zouma’s horrific injury then threatened to overshadow the whole match, before Diego Costa took a break from being a bastard to round David De Gea and equalise.

The result leaves both sides basically nowhere in the Premier League and most people would’ve preferred to witness Costa vs Fellaini in a 12-round scrap with Tyson Fury as the special guest referee.


Leicester  City Are Going To Win The League

We might as well accept it now.

Claudio Ranieri is a footballing genius, and masterminding a 3-1 win at the Etihad only made him more loveable for all neutrals.

This was the weekend Leicester were meant to fold and lose comfortably to Manchester City, leading us all to mutter the sentence ‘well it was never going to last’. Robert Huth had other ideas.

The giant German was playing a now infamous game of ‘cock or no cock’ on Twitter last season, but a year later he’s decided to be slightly more productive and score two goals against City, sending his side five clear at the summit of the Premier League.

Jamie Vardy and co now have to contend with being title favourites rather than plucky underdogs and every neutral in the country is rooting for them.

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Dele Alli Is Spurs’ New Gareth Bale

Who doesn’t love Dele Alli?

The 19-year-old’s wave is almost as impressive as his footballing ability and had it not been for him, Spurs would have struggled to move into second place in the Premier League table this weekend.

Alli came off the bench and took under five minutes to win the game for his side, setting up Kieran Trippier with a stunning outside-of-the-boot cross.

His form could well carry Spurs to the Premier League title (should Leicester slip up) and will almost certainly see him linked with a mega-move to Real Madrid this summer.

Given Daniel Levy’s ability to make the Spanish giants pay ridiculous amounts for their players, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Alli performing his trademark wave from the plane in a few months time.


Simon Mignolet Is Determined To Make Jurgen Klopp Look Shit

Since Klopp arrived on Merseyside, everyone expected Liverpool to fly up the league and end up in Europe at the end of the season.

It was all looking good at first, but Simon Mignolet seems intent on making Klopp’s job virtually impossible with a series of clangers in recent weeks.

Sunderland managed to have just 28.7% possession at Anfield on Saturday, and mustered just two shots on target but thanks to Mignolet’s skills, ended up with two goals and one point.

The Belgian goalkeeper has just signed a five-year extension at Liverpool and if Klopp had been on the touchline to see the howlers, we’d have probably seen the German tear up his extension and throw it into the Kop.

Maybe it’s all part of the Klopp masterplan, because if Liverpool can make a title challenge next season with a goalkeeper as hilariously bad as Mignolet between the sticks, it would be the biggest acheivement in Premier League history.

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Roberto Martinez’s Dancing Makes Everton Win

Unless you’ve been living in a rock, you’ll have seen the video of Everton manager Martinez busting some moves at a Jason Derulo concert.

Martinez took some stick for it in his Friday press conference but come Saturday afternoon, it was Stoke who were dancing to Everton’s tune as they were hammered 3-0 at the Britannia.

The Toffees have now recorded back-to-back wins to move into the top half of the Premier League, and Tom Cleverley is playing like Andres Iniesta in midfield.

Aaron Lennon has reminded people that he’s still a footballer with two goals in two games and a late push for a European place isn’t as wayward as it seems.

Keep dancing Roberto, it’s working.