With another international break, November was another month with a shortage of Premier League fixtures. But boy did the quality of football make up for it! I take a look back at some of the highlights.
What we can see from the table
- Arsenal increased their lead at the top from two points to seven, with nine points from four games.
- Newcastle won all four games in November to move up to fifth.
- In contrast, Fulham lost all four of their games to slip into the relegation zone. It ultimately cost Martin Jol his job.
- The bottom two remain the same, but both Sunderland and Crystal Palace both got four points, their best monthly tally.
- Southampton’s early season form grounded to a halt as they only managed one win from three games.
Player of the Month
Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
Although Manchester City suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Sunderland, two emphatic home victories followed, 7-0 over Norwich City and 6-0 over Tottenham Hotspur,
Sergio Aguero was the main spark behind these sensational wins, scoring three goals, but being involved in nearly every single one that his side have scored. The former Atletico striker is simply impossible to contain, as Spurs defenders found out, and if he carries on his rich vain of form, then he will be a favourite for the Golden Boot and could be vital in his side’s push for the title.
2nd – Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
3rd – Shane Long (West Brom)
Manager of the Month
Alan Pardew – Newcastle United
At the start of the month, Newcastle were sitting in 11th just three points off the drop zone but by the end, they were fifth and just a point off Liverpool in second (but they had played one more game). This was down to four wins from four last month, and boss Alan Pardew played no small part in that. It was a crucial month for the Magpies, as they transformed from relegation candidates to European contenders.
2nd – Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)
3rd – David Moyes (Manchester United)
Goal of the Month
Yaya Toure vs Norwich City
Yaya Toure is having a great season so far, and has already beaten his goal tally from 2012-13, and this strike was his fifth of the season. Edin Dzeko was fouled 20 yards from goal and the Ivorian stepped up to expertly curl the free kick over the Norwich wall and into the top-left corner of the goal, to get City’s fifth in their 7-0 win over the Canaries.
2nd – Luis Suarez vs Everton
3rd – Asmir Begovic vs Southampton
Others worth mentioning
- Shane Long (1st) vs Aston Villa
- Shane Long (2nd) vs Aston Villa
- Aaron Ramsey vs Liverpool
- Ashley Westwood vs West Brom
Game of the Month
Everton 3-3 Liverpool
The Merseyside Derby didn’t disappoint as Daniel Sturridge’s late equaliser rescued a point for Liverpool at Goodison Park. Philippe Coutinho gave the Reds an early lead, but Kevin Mirallas equalised just minutes later. A superb Luis Suarez free-kick made it 2-1 on 19 minutes, and it stayed that way until the 72nd minute, when Romelu Lukaku side footed home before turning the game around ten minutes with a power header into the back of the net. But it was not won for the Toffees as Sturridge’s 89th minute header made the final score 3-3. Combine this drama with a few dodgy tackles, and you have yourselves a great encounter. Read the full match report here.
2nd – Manchester City 6-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Read the full match report here.
3rd – Manchester City 7-0 Norwich City
Read the full match report here.
Games to look out for in December
We’ve already had our first full set of midweek fixtures this month, but here are some other games to look forward to in the festive period.
- Manchester City vs Arsenal (14/12)
- Tottenham vs Liverpool (15/12)
- Arsenal vs Chelsea (23/12)
- Manchester City vs Liverpool (26/12)
- Chelsea vs Liverpool (29/12)
If you think I have made any dodgy decisions in any of the awards, please feel free to comment below!