La Liga Gameweek 8: Winners/Losers – Moyes Under Pressure

t was another feisty week of full weekend after a two week international break, and here we are once again discussing the winners and losers from the game day 8 in the La Liga BBVA.

Winners

 Celta Vigo

First in the list of winners for the game day 09 in the La Liga BBVA features Eduardo Berizzo’s Celta Vigo, who managed to win a tough away fixture against Marcelino Garcia Toral’s Villareal.

In a tough fixture away from home, the winning team was on the ball straight away, and took away the lead in the 40th minute. However, a red card right after the 1st half, went in the favor of the visitors.

But even then, visitors had to grind it hard and got the winner in the last minute of the regular time. Eduardo Berizzo would be glad to take away all 3 points back home from a match where he would have been pleased to even get a point from this fixture.

Atletico Madrid

Next in the list of winners for the game day 09 in the La Liga BBVA features Diego Simeone’s Athletico Madrid, who managed to win a crucial match away from home to stay in the title’s race.

In a match where the defense of the visitors was put to test, Simeone’s men came out with flying color and manage to register a comprehensive win on the road. Star of the show for the visitors was Frenchman Antonio Griezmann, who is proving to be a real star for the Spanish giants this season.

Barcelona

Last in the list of winners for the game day 09 in the La Liga BBVA features Luis Enrique’s Barcelona, who thrashed Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou.

The most impressive thing about Barcelona’s victory was the fact that Luis Enrique’s side is currently under pressure due to different injuries, but they didn’t let that affect their squad at the weekend.

Star of the show for the home side was Brazilian star Neymar, who stood up in the absence of Lionel Messi and get past 4 times against a crumbling Vallecano’s defense. A win would have given a much needed belief to the defending champions, who were facing tough times after being put under pressure after injuries to different players.

Losers

Villareal

First in the list of losers for the game day 09 in the La Liga BBVA features Marcelino Garcia’s Villareal, who lost to Celta Vigo at home, which saw them sliding down to 5thin the league.

Garcia’s men were top of the table just a few weeks back, but after consecutive defeats there is a lot to think for the manager as to what he should do to turn it around.

However, there is some positive sign for the home team, as their resilience after going a goal down and getting down to 10 men, Garcia’s men were able to come on equal terms and nearly got a point in what was a tough fixture at home. Garcia will hope that the kind of character that was shown by his team even after going a goal down will help them turn around their form in the weeks to come.

Real Sociedad

Next in the list of losers for the game day 09 in the La Liga BBVA features David Moyes’s Real Sociedad, who suffered another defeat and the pressure is mounting on the Welshman after his side’s poor start to the season.

Moyes will be bitterly disappointed in a match where his team had most of the possession, had more shots on goals and had more corners, but couldn’t able to capitalize on the chances. Moyes knows that the time is running out for him and he needs to turn it around quickly if he has to stay in charge of the club for a long time.

Eibar

Last in the list of losers for the game day 09 in the La Liga BBVA features Luis Mendilibar’s Eibar, who will be bitterly disappointed after controlling most of the match after taking an early lead, but lost 2 crucial points because of an error from Spanish Goal Keeper Asier Riesgo, which lead to the equalizer. Mendilibar’s side remained pretty much in the control throughout, and the manager will hope that his players will learn a lesson or two from the draw, and will be able to put up a more disciplined performance in a tough fixture when they will visit Camp Nou next weekend.

The article originally appeared on Playingfor90.com.

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Premier League Winners/Losers – Newcastle Run Riot

The Premier League was finally back this weekend after an international break; the weekend had some amazing clashes and teams were thriving to get the result which they were looking for. Here we are once again discussing the winners and losers from the game day 9 in the Barclays Premier League.

Winners:

West Ham

First in the list of winners for the game day 09 in the Barclay’s Premier League features Slaven Bilic’s West Ham, who came away with all three points in a crucial away win against Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Slaven Bilic side’s job was made a little bit easier after Pardew’s men were down to 10 men in the 43rd minute when striker Gayle received 2nd yellow card.

Since then, it was Slaven Bilic’s side control the game, but couldn’t able to score until the 87th minute, when the player of the match Manuel Lanzini finally gets one passed through the stubborn Palace defense, which laid the foundation for a hard fought 3 points away from home.

Manchester United

Next in the list of winners for the game day 09 in the Barclay’s Premier League features LVG’s Manchester United, who earned an impressive 3 points away from home at Goddison Park against Everton. It was a near perfect day for the red devils, as they eased past Roberto Martinez men with 2 early strikes from Schneiderlin and Herrera inside the first 25 minutes of the match.

From that point, the match remained relatively one sided, with United defended with complete authority mostly. Man of the match for the winners was Spaniard Andre Herrera, who scored a goal and provided an important assist in the 61stminute to complete a comprehensive victory away from home.

Newcastle United

Last in the list of winners for the game day 09 in the Barclay’s Premier League features Steve McClaren’s New Castle, who managed to finally grab their first win of the season, and that too in a more than just impressive manner.

Winner’s, who just had 6-1 thrashing last game day when they played against the blue side of Manchester, scored 6 themselves this time, mainly thanks to Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum and French Mousa Sissoko, who managed to score 4 goals and provide 4 assists to complete a thrashing of the newly promoted visitors. With this win, Steve McClaren’s men are off the bottom of the table, and are now just 2 points away from the safety zone once again.

Losers:

Everton

First in the list of losers for the game day 09 in the Barclay’s Premier League feature Roberto Martinez men, who was comprehensively beaten at home playing against Manchester United. Roberto Martinez would be extremely disappointed after his side couldn’t able to recover after conceding two early goals, and were never managed to come back into the game.

Lukaku was extremely disappointed in the loss against a defense, many believe, is not up there amongst the best in the league. Martinez will hope that his men will bounce back from the defeat in another tough fixture, as they will travel to the Emirates Stadium to face red hot Gunners next Saturday.

Spurs

Next in the list of losers for the game day 09 in the Barclay’s Premier League features Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs, who give away the chance to finally end their horrid run against Liverpool. Many believed that it was Spurs best chance to end the hoodoo, as it was Jurgen Klopp’s first game as the manager, and the only fit Striker that was available to Liverpool was Belgian Origi.

However, Pochettino’s men could not able to dominate the game, and made very few chances, and could not able to convert anyone of them, and only managed to earn a point at home.

Southampton

Last in the list of losers for the game day 09 in the Barclay’s Premier League feature Ronald Koeman’s Southampton, who gave away a two goal advantage at home against Leicester this weekend.

Southampton was totally dominating the game in the first half, and went two goals up in the first half, after a goal from Jose Fonte and Virgil Van Dijk, but couldn’t hold onto their lead in the 2nd half against a spirited Leicester side, who refused to give up the fight and managed to get an equalizer late in the extra time in the 2nd half.

RonaldKoeman will feel that it was 2 precious points dropped at home, and he will hope to bounce back next week from a late shock at the weekend.

The article originally appeared on Playingfor90.com.

La Liga Gameweek 7: Winners/Losers – Barcelona Suffering

Match Day 07 in the La Liga BBVA featured some close games, some upsets and some predictable results, which was worth watching for, especially before a two week International Break. Here we are summing up the action from match day 07 in  La Liga BBVA in our winners and losers reviews of the week.

Winners:

Sevilla

First in the list of winners for the match day 07 in the La Liga BBVA features impressive Sevilla, who managed to pull off a great win against defending champions Barcelona at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. The home side took full advantage of the injury prone Catalan’s side, who looked out of sort for most of the part. It was Sevilla’s 2ndconsecutive league win, which now sees them sitting in the 12th spot, 2 points clear of the relegation zone. The star of the night for Unai Emry’s men was Danish left winger Krohn – Dehli, who provided an assist and scored a goal in a 2-1 victory over the Spanish giants.

Getafe

Next in the list of winners for the match day 07 in the La Liga BBVA features resilient Getafe, who managed to get a draw against a Celta Vigo side, who thrashed Barcelona few weeks ago at the same venue. Getafe went into the match knowing very well that they would have to show the attitude of real resilience to get anything out of it, and their defensive line did just that. The star of the show for the away side was Goalkeeper Guaita, who managed to pull off some great saves to keep a clean sheet, which proved to be enough for the Fran Escriba side to take a hard fought point back home.

Levante

Last in the list of winners for the match day 07 in the La Liga BBVA feature impressive Levante, who managed to pull off their first win of the season, and that too came against the league leaders, Villareal. The home side was given a big favor in the 36thminute, when the Villareal left back Jokic was sent off, that proved the turning point in the match for Lucas Alcaraz’s men. Hero of the match for the home side was the young Brazilian striker Deyverson, who scored a late winner for Levante who climb two positions up to the 18th, after clinching their first win of the season.

Losers:

Barcelona:

First in the list of losers for the match day 07 in the La Liga BBVA features defending Champions Barcelona, who is now clearly suffering from the lack of depth in their squad on the back of a lot of injuries in the recent past. Luis Enrique’s side was below par in a battle where they did not look like a team that won the treble last season. Injuries to Iniesta and Rafinha exposed their depth in the squad, and the departure of Pedro to Premier League giants Chelsea already seemed a bad deal, as there are no replacements available in case of an injury to any one out of MSN. Neymar was the standout for the Catalans, as he had very little support from Luis Suarez, who had an occasional night off.

Celta Vigo

Next in the list of the losers for the match day 07 in the La Liga BBVA features Celta Vigo, who couldn’t break through the defense of Getafe in what was an expected victory for the home side, especially considering their performance against the defending champions at the same venue. Eduardo Berizzo’s men remained in total control of the match throughout, but even after having 18 shots on goal, out of which 7 were on target, Celta couldn’t able to break the resilient defense of the visitors, which dented their hope to reclaim the top spot in the league this week.

Villareal

Last in the list of losers for the match day 07 in the La Liga BBVA features league leaders Villareal, who even after their first defeat of the season, finished the week at the top of the league, mainly thanks to a draw in the Madrid Derby. Marcelino Garcia will be bitterly disappointed after losing a match against a side, who were at the bottom in the league, and was still on a hunt for their first victory. The visitors had to face a setback in the 36th minute, when Slovenian left back Bojan Jokic received a red card, and the visitors were down to 10 men with nearly an hour left to play. Garcia’s men tried all they could to get a point to take back home, but it was a late goal from young Brazilian striker Deyvorson, which proved enough to end a near perfect run for the visitors.

The article originally appeared on Playingfor90.com.

Premier League Winners/Losers – Chelsea on the Slump

Premier League Winners and Losers

Match day 08 in the Barclay’s Premier League featured some upsets, some competitive battles and some unfinished businesses. Here were are again with the winners and losers for this week’s action in the Barclay’s English Premier League.

Winners:

Southampton

First in the list of winners is impressive Saints, who managed to win from a goal down against a struggling defending champions at Stamford Bridge. Southampton went a goal down in the 10th minute after a stunning free kick from Willian, which left the visitor in a state of shock.

However, Ronald Koeman’s men were up to the task and a goal before half time from Steven Davis started a revival, which saw the visitor scored two more in the 2nd half, and could have easily had a few more, if they would have been more clinical.

Striker Pelle and winger Mane had was the star of the match, and stretched Chelsea’s defense on more than one occasion. Koeman would be proud of his team’s performance and he would hope to continue the good work after the international break.

Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring the 1st Arsenal goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on October 4, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Next in the list of winners for match day 08 in the Barclays English Premier League features Arsenal, who thrashed Manchester United 3-0 in what proved to be one sided derby at the Emirates. Arsenal entered the match under pressure on the back of the defeat against Olympiacos midweek in the Champions League.

However, it was Alexis Sanchez show, who scored twice in the first 20 minutes, along with a goal from Mesut Ozil to shatter whatever hopes there were for the red – devils. Overall, it was a one brilliant day for the gunners, where they dominated pretty much the whole match, and were never looked in trouble throughout the match.

Apart from Alexis and Ozil, Coquelin and Cazorla also had a good day for the gunners, as they remained calm in the middle, and hold the ball effectively for the winners.

Leicester

NORWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Jamie Vardy (3rd L) of Leicester City celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Leicester City at Carrow Road on October 3, 2015 in Norwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

Last in the list of winners for match day 08 in the Barclays English Premier League features Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester, who are now sitting pretty at 5th with 15 points, just behind Crystal Palace on the goal difference. The match itself was in balance till the 27th minute, before the visitors were awarded a penalty, which was converted by Jamie Vardy, which started the domination for the visitors in the match.

Twenty minutes later, the lead was doubled after a goal from winger Schlupp, which proved enough for the visitors to take all three points back home. Ranieri will hope that his team will keep performing at the same level, which will prove to be enough to compete for the spot in Europe next season.

Losers:

Chelsea

First in the list of losers is no surprise, as once again in the losers list features defending champions Chelsea, who, after earning just 8 points from the first 8 matches, are in a serious danger of losing out on top four spot this season.

Before the match, it was assumed the defending champions would have a hard time against a team, who looks a lot more settled than the defending Champions, and so was the case. Even after taking the lead, Mourinho’s men were never looked in control and were always short of creativity, attacking mindset and defensive capability on the night.

Fabregas and Hazard once again were below par for the blues, as Mourinho’s future at the club seems to be in doubt, especially after his post-match interview, in which he said at least four times that he will not run away from the club, and that the board will have to “Sack Him”, if they want to see him out of the club.

Sunderland

Next in the losers for the match day 08 in the Barclays Premier League features struggling Sunderland, who gave away 2 goal advantage at home against West Ham. The result saw the first managerial casualty in the league as Sunderland Dick Advocaat leaving the club after the match.

The home side went 2-0 up inside the first 22 minutes after goals from Steven Fletcher and Jeremain Lens. However, the host could not able to keep their defense tight, as the visitors strike back right after half time with a goal from Carl Jenkinson, and later was able to equalize with a strike from Dimitri Payet.

Home side can actually find themselves lucky as they managed to salvage a point after going down to 10 men in the 57th minute. However, it was the lack of attacking intent that cost the home side a chance to get a first win in this campaign.

Aston Villa

Last in the list of losers for the match day 08 in the Barclays Premier League features another relegation contenders in Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa, who once again lost at home, this time against Stoke City. This was Aston Villas 3rd home defeat in 4 matches at home this season, as they find themselves in the bottom half, 6 points adrift from safety.

Sherwood would be bitterly disappointed with the results, as his team was completely on par with the opposition till the 1st goal, which changed the flow of the game completely. Statistically, Sherwood’s men were a better unit on the day, but failed to capitalize on considerable chances, and he would hope to turn it around, if he is to stay in the job for long.

The article originally appeared on Playingfor90.com.

Tops and Flops on Champions League Day 02

Second Match Day in the Champions League has come to an end, and it was nothing less than two nights of a spectacular set of matches that viewers had the opportunity to see. Here we are back with the Tops and Flops from the UEFA Champions League from the Match Day 02.

Tops:

Olympiacos:

First in the list of Tops for the Match Day 02 in the UEFA Champions League is a real Surprise! And that surprise is Olympiacos, who defeated Arsenal at Emirates in a surprise result. Olympiacos were heavily under-dogs going into a match, as Arsenal were desperate for a win after a loss in a first match. In a match that was highly dominated by the home side, Olympiacos defended well throughout with sheer resilience, and a bit of luck that helped them talking the lead thrice, out of which they were successfully defended the lead third time, which was enough for them to take all three points back home, which can prove a pivotal role in advancing to the round of 16.

Benfica

Next in the list of Tops for the Match Day 02 in the UEFA Champions League is another surprise in the form of Benfica, who managed to beat 2013/14 finalist Athletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon.

Going into the match, Benfica was tipped as under-dogs since Athletico was in more than a decent form in the buildup to this match. However, in the match where Benfica was dominated throughout the match by the home side, it was the winning team’s defensive line that deserved all the praise, especially former Brazilian Goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who had more than a decent performance between the sticks. Gaitan was the star man upfront for Rui Vitoria’s side, as the Portugese teams are now in a commanding position to qualify for the next round, after earning maximum points from the first two matches.

Manchester City

Last in the list of Tops for the Match Day 02 in the UEFA Champions League is English giants Manchester City, who managed to win a crucial away match in Germany against Borussia Moenchengladbach. In a match where City were desperate to win, Manuel Pallegrini’s men were looking for a leader to step up and take the team across the line, and it was none other than Goalkeeper Joe Hart, who stood up for the blue side of Manchester and made a crucial save in the 20th minute. Even after countless attacks, City went behind in the 54th minute, and all looked a little too bleak for the Pallegrini’s men, as they again looked set to go out from the early stage of this competition. However, an own goal from Andreas Christensen and a penalty in the 90th minute from Segio Aguero sealed a crucial victory for the Pallegrini’s men on the road, which can go a long way in taking them through the group stage this season.

Flops:

Arsenal

First in the list of for the Match Day 02 in the UEFA Champions League is English giants Arsenal, who is now facing a group stage exit, after losing 2 out of 2 matches, and that too against oppositions many thought Arsenal would be hands down favorite to win again. Arsene Wenger opted to play David Ospana in place of Peter Cech, which raised many eyebrows, and seeing the performance of Ospana, brought more misery for the Frenchman, who refused to give answers as to why he did not pick Cech in such a crucial match if he was fit. Arsenal would be gutted to not being able to convert 18 shots on goals, out of which 9 were on target. Home side dominated the visitors throughout the game, but it was the Gunners defense, which was the real cause of concern for Wenger, who now have to face Bayern in back to matches, in a situation where his team needs to win at least 3 out of the last 4 remaining matches.

Chelsea

Second in the list of for the Match Day 02 in the UEFA Champions League is another English giants Chelsea, who lost to Porto in what was a below par performance from the defending English Champions, who were the deserving loser’s on the night against an energetic Porto. Mourinho’s men were beaten on the night when he dropped Hazzard and Matic on the bench. The visitors by pace, in the physical department and were slow to react defensively, as Julen Lopetigui’s men were deservingly winners on the night when Mourinho came back to face the team with which he managed to win the Champions League back in 2004.

Chelsea’s problem in defense and in the central defensive midfield was evident once again, as Mourinho looks short on defensive options and the need of John Stones seems ever more evident for the blues if they are to make any significant progress this season.

Athletico Madrid

Last in the list of for the Match Day 02 in the UEFA Champions League is Spanish giants Athletico Madrid, as they suffered a shocking defeat against Benfica at home. Diego Simeone’s men were outright dominant throughout the match, but they failed to convert the chances. Athletico took the lead in the 23rd minute but failed to capitalize on it, and were poor on the defending front. Griezmann had another star performance for Simeone’s side, as he looked a part for the men in red & white. Martinez had another disappointing night for his new club, as he still did not look the kind of player he was once at Porto. For Simeone, it’s another setback which he will like to get over, and will try to get his team back on track in La Liga after back to back defeats in the week.

The article originally appeared on Playingfor90.com.

La Liga Gameweek 6: Winners/Losers – Madrid Flop

With 3 matches in a week, the action La Liga BBVA is heating up and teams are looking to cement their place in the top half of the league. With the action heating up, so is our winners and losers from match day 06 in La Liga BBVA.

Winners:

 Malaga

First in the list of winners for the Match Day 06 in La Liga BBVA features Malaga, who managed to get an impressive nil – nil draw at the Santiago Bernabue against a star studded Real Madrid. This result becomes even more impressive looking at the fact that the visitors had to play last 10 + minutes with 10 men. Star of the show for visitors was their man between the sticks, Carlos Kameni, who managed some crucial saves, along with the Captain Weligton, who proved to be the real leader in crunch times, which proved vital as Javier Garcia men took a point back home, which would have felt nothing less than a victory.

Villareal

Second in the list of winners for the Match Day 06 in La Liga BBVA features the new league leader Villareal, who continued their impressive start to their new campaign with a 1-0 victory over Athletico Madrid. Before the match, there was a sense that Villareal might be able to upset the former League Champions, and the doubts were turned into a reality when an early goal from Leo Baptistao proved enough for the yellow submarine to earn all three points. The real star of the show for the home side was their Goalkeeper Areola, who managed some crucial saves for the winning side. A win also meant that Villareal is now top of the league, a point above Barcelona, which is an achievement itself for Garcia Toral side, and he would hope that this will make way for a return to European competition next season.

Sevilla

Last in the list of winners for the Match Day 06 in La Liga BBVA features Unai Emery’s Sevilla, who finally managed to get their first win of this new campaign. Before the match, Unai Emery was under pressure as his side was in the relegation zone, but a crucial win at the weekend means that his job is safe for now. The match was pretty much evenly balanced, as both teams had plenty of shots on goal. However, it was the winner from the substitute Konoplyanka in the 86th minute, which proved the deciding goal of the match. Unai Emery will hope that this win will kick start their new campaign, and he will look to get back into the top half once again with more impressive shows in the matches to come.

Losers

Real Madrid

First in the list of losers for the Match Day 06 in La Liga BBVA features Real Madrid, who once again looked toothless in their attacking game, for which they were renowned for. After having more than 25 shots on goals, and with more than 10 shots on target, Benitez has some serious work to do before El Classico and Madrid Derby. Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t get his 500th professional goal, whereas a lot of chances went missing for the Los Blancos. With a draw, Madrid has also lost the top spot to Villareal, and is now placed at 3rd, behind Barcelona.

Athletico Madrid

Second in the list of losers for the Match Day 06 in La Liga BBVA features another Madrid giants in Athletico Madrid, who lost a crucial away game against Villareal away from home. Coming into this match, Diego Simeone’s man was in a pretty good form of late, and were hoping to at least take a point back home from a difficult fixture. However, their attacking performance was once again questioned by the Villareal defense, as a goal in the 14th minute proved enough for the home side to grab all three points. New signing Martinez had a disappointing night, as Simeone will hope for a better show from his new singing in the matches to come.

Real Sociedad

Last in the list of losers for the Match Day 06 in La Liga BBVA features David Moyes’s Real Sociedad, who were held at home for a nil – nil draw by a struggling Athletic Bilbao. Sociedad manager David Moyes was under serious pressure couple of weeks back, and he would have been hoping to get a better result in a home fixture, that too against a team that looked short on confidence on the back of some poor results. However, the home side were unable to break the deadlock and couldn’t convert to any significant chance throughout the match. Moyes will hope that his strikers will come to the party in the matches to come, as he will look to steer the ship towards safety once again this season.

The article originally appeared on Playingfor90.com.

Premier League Gameweek Seven Winners/Losers – Lamela The Real Star

Match Day 07 in the Barclays Premier League brought some amazing action throughout the weekend, and there were some upsets and some amazing performances. Here we are again, discussing Winners and Losers from the Match Day 07 in the Barclays Premier League.

Winners:

Tottenham Hotspurs:

First in the list of winners for the first time in 7 Match days feature Pochettino’s red hot Spurs, who came back from a goal down to win 4-1 against the league leaders Manchester City at White Hart Lane. The game was divided into 2 parts, first before Spurs controversial equalizer just before a half time and the 2nd after that equalizer. City were sitting pretty comfortable at 1-0 approaching half time with a brilliant goal from new signing Kevin De Bruyne, but it was the couple of mistakes from the officials plus some poor defending cost them the match. Star of the match for the winning side was undoubtedly Erik Lamela, who provided an assist and had a goal to his name in what was his best performance for the Club. His work rate was admirable and his creativity was never in doubt. It is fair to say that if Lamela can keep his good form, Spurs will have more reason to believe that this season can be better than last season.

New Castle United: 

Surprise, Surprise! For the first time in 4 weeks, we have New Castle United featuring in the winners list instead of featuring in the losers’ list for the Match Day 07 in the Barclays Premier League. Steve McClaren had a horrid time since joining Magpies, and things gone from bad to worse in the midweek, when they went crashing out of the League Cup against the 2nd string side of the team feature in Championship. This week, McClaren changed the formation and played with 4-4-2, instead of 4-2-3-1, which paid dividend on the field when the home side took a 2-0 lead in the 60thminute. However, the host would be bitterly disappointed as again their defense came into the spot light for giving away that two goal lead in the last 10 minutes. Steve McClaren would hope that his sides’ impressive show against the defending Champion would prove to be a sign of better things to come in the future.

Arsenal:

Last in the list of winners list features Arsenal, who managed to show impressive run against an emerging Leicester. Arsenal had a mixture of a week last week, where they lost to rivals Chelsea in a controversial Premier League fixture, and won against city rivals Spurs in a League Cup tie in the midweek. Arsenal went behind in the 13thminute after a goal from Jamie Vardy, but came back strongly and finish the half with a goal lead. Alexis Sanchez was on fire for the Gunners, as he struck a stunning hat-trick for the Wenger’s men, as the hit pass 5 goals against a tough and emerging Leicester side. This win has taken Arsenal back into the top four, with just 3 points behind the League leader Manchester United.

Losers:

City

First in the list of losers for the Match Day 07 in the Barclays Premier League, features for the 2nd week running, Manchester City, who had their 2nd consecutive lost in as many games in the League. City were overwhelming favorites to win at White Hart Lane, and can consider them a bit unlucky with 2 goals that should not have been allowed due to offside calls. However, in the complete mix of things, City would have lesser to complain about, as they were thoroughly dominated by the home side, who looked fresh and hungrier than the Manchester giants. Joe Hart was on the bench due to unknown reason, and Caballero had a day to forget between the sticks. City has had a pretty decent first half, but the lack of form of Sergio Aguero is really creating a headache for Pallegrini, as he seems short of options in out and out strikers list.

Chelsea

2nd in the list of losers for the Match Day 07 in the Barclays Premier League features defending Champions Chelsea, who once again failed to beat New Castle United at St. James’s Park under Jose Mourinho. Everyone believed that if there was one time when the Blue’s had a golden chance to end their horrid run against the home side, it was this time around, especially after McClaren’s side recent crushed out of the League Cup in the midweek, against a 2nd string Championship side. However, it was the other way around. Jose Mourinho was once again looked certain to have another defeat at St. James’s park after his team went 2-0 down with about 10 minutes to go, but 2 inspired substitutions in the form of Willian and Ramires came to the rescue, and managed to salvage a point from a match that looked like a certain defeat. Jose Mourinho will be gutted to let the chance go of breaking the hoodoo at St. James’s Park, but will be a little please to take at least a point back home.

West Ham

Barclays Premier League 2015/16 West Ham United v Norwich City Upton Park, Green St, Upton Park, London, United Kingdom - 26 Sep 2015

Last in the list of losers for the Match Day07 in the Barclays Premier League features West Ham, who ended a disappointing home fixture against a newly promoted Norwich side. After beating Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City away from home, Slaven Bilic would have hoped to win a fixture like this at home, but failed to do so. West Ham’s looked certain for a defeat, but a goal in the last minute of the regular time from the midfielder Kouyate salvaged a point for the home side. If Bilic and West Ham will have to push for Europe this season, they would have to start winning home games against lower ranked teams, as it might cost them in the end.

The article originally appeared on Playingfor90.com.