Gameweek 27 would be without both Chelsea and Manchester City as they competed to win the Capital One Cup on Sunday afternoon. Prior to that, we would see Premier League sides in action as we head towards the run in. Watford travelled to face Cardiff on Friday night as West Ham hosted Fulham in a London derby. Burnley faced Spurs on Saturday as Wolves travelled South to face AFC Bournemouth. The gameweek concluded with a massive clash as Manchester United aimed to stop Liverpool returning to the summit at Old Trafford. Anyway, here’s the FPL Updates gameweek review.
Alisson – One of the obvious problem positions for Liverpool over the summer was the position of goalkeeper. With Jurgen Klopp looking to push for a first Premier League title for the Reds, Loris Karius was shipped out and they broke the then-transfer record for a goalkeeper to prise Brazilian stopper Alisson away from AS Roma. Liverpool knocked the Italian club out on the way to the Champions League final, but liked what they saw from the keeper, and his form so far this season has shown they were right to splash the cash.
Issa Diop – West Ham looked to record a home win against a Fulham side running out of time to save themselves from an immediate return to the Championship. However, the Hammers were stunned when Ryan Babel broke the deadlock early on, having already missed an opportunity. West Ham weren’t fazed though and drew level controversially when Javier Hernandez used his hand to poke home at the back post. They then completed the turnaround with Issa Diop heading in from close range before Michail Antonio sealed the win in second half injury time.
Sead Kolasinac – Having signed for Arsenal last season, Sead Kolasinac has been in and out of the side under both Arsene Wenger and now Unai Emery. His attacking qualities are very clear, with his overlapping runs causing major problems for even the best of full-backs. The problem comes defensively, although this criticism could be levelled at Arsenal in general in recent years, as a combination of ageing players and injury troubles culminating in a struggle to make the top four yet again this season.
Andrew Robertson – A consistent performer for Liverpool, Andy Robertson enjoyed a good game as Liverpool held Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Reds secured a point that saw them return to the top of the Premier League, with Manchester City out of action due to cup commitments. In a game of few chances, Chris Smalling though he had won it in injury time for the Red Devils, but he couldn’t get on the end of a brilliant ball from Romelu Lukaku to the back post. In the end both sides will settle for a point from a tight contest.
Gerard Deulofeu – An extremely talented player, former Barcelona man Gerard Deulofeu has always been accused of being too inconsistent to play for the very top sides. He seems to have found a home at Watford though, and became the first Watford player to score a Premier League hat-trick away at Cardiff City on Friday night. He opened the scoring from the edge of the box, before racing away in the second half and rounding Neil Etheridge. His third was similar as he raced away from within his own half, but this time dinked over Etheridge to complete the treble. Watford weren’t done, though…
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Arsenal faced a Southampton side find themselves in the bottom three on Sunday afternoon. Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring for the Gunners early on to settle the game down, converting after being found by Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian was involved in the second, this time finding the net himself after being teed up by Alex Iwobi. Arsenal face a real battle to take a top four place under Unai Emery with the form being shown by rivals Manchester United towards the end of the season.
Luka Milivojevic – Crystal Palace started as underdogs as they faced Leicester City at the King Power on Saturday evening, however they turned in a stunning away performance to record a 4-1 win against the Foxes. The victory made manager Roy Hodgson the oldest person to manage in the Premier League and was a great way to mark the occasion for a man who has managed across Europe and seen it all. Palace opened the scoring as Michy Batshuayi deflected in his first Eagles goal from James McArthur’s long-range effort.
Isaac Hayden – After a terrible start to the season Newcastle United look to be steering themselves away from the bottom three as they recorded another win against Huddersfield Town on Saturday. The star of the show was undoubtedly new signing Miguel Almiron, who was unlucky not to score when he raced away to scoop the ball over Jonas Lossl. He could only find the foot of the post but continued to run the game as the Magpies played some excellent football at St. James’ Park. They would find a breakthrough in due course…
Troy Deeney – As teammate Gerard Deulofeu stole the show, it went somewhat under the radar that Troy Deeney managed to net himself a brace against Neil Warnock’s side. Having already netted a brilliant treble, Deulofeu raced through again but this time opted to tee up skipper Deeney for a simple finish. Cardiff City pulled a consolation back through Sol Bamba, before Deeney netted from Will Hughes’s pull back to complete a brilliant night for Watford and the travelling Hornets faithful. They look to be aiming for seventh position come May.
Wilfried Zaha – At 1-0 up, Crystal Palace were deflated when Jonny Evans swept home an equaliser from close range to peg the Eagles back. However, they were in front again when James McArthur clipped to the back post for Wilfried Zaha to slam home on the volley. Luka Milivojevic then made no mistake when they were awarded a penalty soon after. They weren’t done there and sealed a stunning when Wilfried Zaha raced away towards the Foxes goal, powering low past Kasper Schmeichel. It’s a real highlight for Palace, who look set to secure safety yet again.
Salomon Rondon – Newcastle finally broke the deadlock against Huddersfield Town when Salomon Rondon controlled in the area before drilling low past Jonas Lossl. This came after Tommy Smith was sent off for Huddersfield for a high challenge on new man Miguel Almiron. They doubled the lead soon after when the ball broke to Rondon yet again, whose touch fell kindly for Ayoze Perez to run onto it and volley into the corner to seal a relatively comfortable win. The Terriers, however, look all but relegated.
Written by Ryan Nevin (@RNevin7)