Gameweek 8 was a crucial week in the Premier League title race. The two favourites Man City and Liverpool went head-to-head at Anfield. The match ended in a goalless draw despite all the hype. For the first time this year Man City looked to be happy with a point, even though they missed a penalty right at the end. So here are the 3 things we learned from PL Gameweek 8:
1) Brilliant Bournemouth
Bournemouth continued their fine start to the season by smashing four goals past Watford. Watford themselves have had a great start to the season and in the top half of the table. But Bournemouth breezed past them 4-0 to reach the top 6 in the table. They are just four points off the top of the table with nearly a quarter of the season gone. Who would have predicted this before the season started? Hats off!
2) Sluggish Spurs
Spurs have received a lot of credit over the last few years. They have developed their younger players, their style of play looks great on the eye and they have great team spirit. However, the major problem is that they have not won any trophies in recent times. And this looks likely to continue based on their performance this weekend. They managed to scrape past Cardiff 1-0, even though Cardiff were down to 10 men! This was a really disappointing performance and now Spurs are out of the top 4.
3) City Cracks
Man City have been widely tipped to retain the PL title. But yesterday against Liverpool they were not looking like potential champions. They played alright, but did not create the usual number of chances. Still they had a chance to win the game right at the end, but Mahrez missed the penalty and Liverpool sneaked a point. Liverpool themselves are not without a win in 4 matches and struggling to match their early season form.
To sum up, this weekend proved that a lot of things that we take for granted don’t always hold true in the PL. City, Liverpool and Spurs flattered to deceive this weekend, whilst Arsenal continued their amazing run. Now we have a two-week international break but the unpredictability of the PL will return on 20th October with Chelsea facing Manchester United.