Gameweek 16 would come midweek as we approach Christmas, with games coming more frequently and frantically at this time of year. Arsenal would travel to face a struggling Everton side that were looking to bounce back from defeat at Watford. The pick of Wednesdays matches would include Liverpool’s trip to Middlesbrough, as Spurs hosted struggling Hull and Manchester United travelled to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace. So, here’s the FPL Gameweek 16 Review.
Tom Heaton – Burnley travelled to West Ham having picked up just a single away point so far this campaign. However, they wouldn’t pick up anymore this time, as West Ham ran out 1-0 winners. Mark Noble would score the match-winner in first half injury time as Ben Mee brought down Winston Reid in the area. Noble would step up to take the penalty, only to see his initial effort well-saved by Heaton, only for Noble to tap home the winner. Burnley put some late pressure on the Hammers, but it wasn’t to be for the Clarets.
Pablo Zabaleta – Manchester City secured their first home Premier League win in three months as they defeated Watford 2-0 at Eastlands on Wednesday night. Pablo Zabaleta would net his first City goal in two years as he volleyed in superbly from a great De Bruyne cross. Watford didn’t go without chances, as Odion Ighalo missed a guilt-edged chance from 8 yards, only to see City kill the game off late on as David Silva capitalised on a four on two break to slot past Heurelho Gomes.
Ashley Williams – Everton showed character to stun in-form Arsenal at Goodison Park as they scored late to beat the Gunners 2-1. Alexis Sanchez had put Arsenal ahead when he saw his freekick deflect in off of Williams. Seamus Coleman then equalised with a header from a Leighton Baines cross. The match became very end-to-end late on, with both sides having chances to win the match, but when Ross Barkley swung in a brilliant corner, for Welshman Williams to head home and spark wild celebrations.
Kyle Walker – Kyle Walker put in a superb attacking performance as Spurs eased past a Hull side at White Hart Lane 3-0 on Wednesday night. Danny rose also starred as both laid on goals as Spurs made light work of the Tigers, who seem very much still embroiled in a relegation dog-fight as we enter the festive period. Spurs continue a good run of home form, as Victor Wanyama was able to add to his tally for this campaign.
Adam Lallana – Adam Lallana was the star of the show as Liverpool swept Middlesbrough aside 3-0 at the Riverside. Liverpool made several notable changes, the most notable being the inclusion of Simon Mignolet over Loris Karius following poor form from the German stopper. Lallana’s first would come when the England international headed home from a Clyne cross. He would double his tally, neatly side-footing home with just twenty minutes remaining in the match. Middlesbrough’s poor form continues while Liverpool go home happy.
Christian Eriksen – The Danish international starred as Tottenham ran out 3-0 winners against Hull City. His first would come when he tapped home from a Danny Rose low cross, and his second would be exactly the same, only this time with Kyle Walker supplying the Dane from the opposite flank. Eriksen wasn’t finished there, as he found time to set up Victor Wanyama late on as the Kenyan tapped in as Eriksen came so close to completing a hat-trick.
Paul Pogba – Manchester United picked up a much-needed three points as they try to keep pace with the top five. Paul Pogba opened the scoring for United away at Crystal Palace as he buried into the bottom left hand corner of Steve Mandanda’s goal. James McArthur would equalise for Palace, and seemed to be headed for a point, when Zlatan Ibrahimovic finished off a Pogba cross with just a minute remaining in normal time. It was tough to take for Palace, who put in a solid display against Jose Mourinho’s side.
Marc Pugh – Marc Pugh started his first Premier League match of the season as Bournemouth hosted champions Leicester City at Dean Court on Tuesday evening. Pugh repaid the faith shown in him by Eddie Howe, scoring the only goal of the game as Leicester failed to build on a superb display against Manchester City on Saturday evening. The goal came when the ball fell for Pugh 18 yards from goal, when he would drill home through a see of bodies after 35 minutes. Bournemouth’s home form has been superb of late, and has seen a rise up to 8th in the table.
Cesc Fabregas – Chelsea overcame Sunderland at the Stadium of Light 1-0, with Cesc Fabregas curling home after 40 minutes to seal the three points for League-leaders Chelsea. This is Chelsea’s tenth consecutive league victory, which has seen many back them to go all the way under Antonio Conte this season. Chelsea weren’t really troubled on Wearside, and on another day may have had more, with several chances going begging between the odd Sunderland foray forward.
Salomon Rondon – Venezuelan forward Salomon Rondon had a night to remember as he hit a thirteen-minute hat-trick to sink Swansea 3-1 at the Hawthorns on Wednesday night. Rondon hit a rapid treble, all of which were headers as West Brom turned the game in a brilliant 20 minute spell. Wayne Routledge pulled a goal back for the travelling Swans side, finishing after some superb work from Borja Baston and Modou Barrow. Swansea continue to struggle as West Brom continue to look strong in the league this season.
Divock Origi – Belgian forward Origi has had to wait for his chances in the Liverpool side this season, but has taken them with both hands as he netted yet again against Middlesbrough at the Riverside on Wednesday. His goal came on the hour mark, as some one touch play with Wijnaldum, Mane and Adam Lallana saw Origi finish well. Liverpool find themselves in second place, six points behind leaders Chelsea, who look simply unbeatable at the moment. Liverpool always seemed on top and ran out deserved winners on the night.
Written by Ryan Nevin (@RNevin7)