Eight weeks into the Premier League season and Chelsea have certainly now stamped their authority on the league. With both Manchester clubs looking fairly unconvincing in their respective victories over the weekend, Chelsea played Tottenham off the park at White Hart Lane and the midfield trio of Juan Mata, Oscar and Edin Hazard are gelling superbly, striking fear into defenses all over Europe. A word must be said about Norwich’s impressive first victory of the season, too. A few weeks ago Arsenal were being touted as title contenders but thanks to Norwich’s maiden league victory under Chris Hughton, the Gunners now find themselves 10 points off the pace.
Here is a look at the five top performers of this weekend-
Chelsea’s number 10 put in a scintillating display during Saturday’s lunchtime kick off at White Hart Lane in response to being dropped from the Spain squad, as he orchestrated a second half comeback which saw the blues come from 2-1 down to come out eventual 4-2 winners. Mata scored the 2nd, and 3rd Chelsea goals in quick succession, which helped change the game after Spurs went 2-1 up shortly after half time.
Norwich’s new Norwegian midfielder played a key role in Norwich’s win over Arsenal on Saturday. The man signed from Rennes in the summer was making only his third appearance for the Canaries but already looked settled in the big occasion. Furthermore, it was his shot that Vito Mannone spilled to allow Grant Holt to score the winner mid way through the first half.
Man City’s Bosniam striker is making a name for himself as a bit of a super sub. For the second time this season he came on late in the second half to score with almost his first touch. He finished his job emphatically in stoppage time by netting the winner on the break, meaning Man City became the first team this season to take so much as a point from The Hawthorns. An impressive victory considering they had 10 men for most of the game. Dzeko will be wanting to turn his goals from the bench into a regular starting birth now.
Although he scored two goals for West Ham in their 4-1 win over Southampton this weekend, Mark Noble makes the list for his hard work off the ball in the middle of the park. Another gritty 3 points for the Hammers and Noble’s consistency could be key to their survival, especially if he puts in performances like this week in week out.
It is no coincidence that Newcastle led for the entire time their talisman and skipper was on the pitch, and conceded as soon as he left the pitch due to injury. The ten men of Newcastle, away from home, fought tooth and nail and in fairness did not allow many Sunderland chances, before they dropped 2 points in the last minute due to an unfortunate own goal. It’s been an inconsistent season injury wise for Newcastle but if they can get Coloccini back and fit again as soon as possible they’ll push towards another top 6 finish.
Next week, we look forward to a mouth watering super Sunday, beginning at Goodison Park where in form Everton host local rivals Liverpool. That is followed by Chelsea hosting Manchester United in the early evening kickoff.
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