Barclays Premier League Review – October 2015

CREDIT: REUTERS/JOHN SIBLEY
CREDIT: REUTERS/JOHN SIBLEY

The international break at the start of the month didn’t affect an incredibly entertaining month of action in the Premier League. We saw three managers depart, the surprise packages keep on surprising, the champions keep on losing and goals flying in all over the place. Relive it all below…

The table on October 1st
The table on October 1st
The table on November 1st (before the day's games - ignore the arrows)
The table on November 1st (before the day’s games – ignore the arrows)

What We Can See From The Table

  • Manchester City regained their place at the top of the league, with rivals United dropping down to fourth.
  • Leicester City have risen to third, with second place Arsenal completing the top four after being the only side to win four games out of four in October.
  • Reigning champions Chelsea continued their poor start to the campaign, losing three games in October, meaning that they drop to 15th, only four points above the drop zone.
  • Newcastle United and Sunderland both got their first league wins of the season but remain in the relegation zone.
  • Aston Villa didn’t pick up a single point in October meaning they sit rock bottom after six successive defeats.

Player of the Month

Jamie Vardy – Leicester City

2D80A26100000578-3277156-Jamie_Vardy_celebrates_his_90th_minute_equaliser_as_he_inspired_-a-30_1445102822981

Leicester City have been one of the surprises of this season, ending October in third place, and striker Jamie Vardy has been the star player in Claudio Ranieri’s side. After being the runner-up in my September award, the England international continued his superb form into October, scoring five goals in four games. He scored one goal in the wins against Norwich City, Crystal Palace and West Brom, being the decisive goalscorer on two occasions. Meanwhile his best performance of the month came in the 2-2 draw at Southampton, when Vardy scored both Leicester goals to earn his side a point at St. Mary’s despite being 2-0 down. He has now hit the back of the net in eight successive league games, becoming only the third player to achieve that feat after Ruud van Nistelrooy and Daniel Sturridge. Vardy is also the division’s top scorer with 11 goals in 11 games – four more than anyone else. His incredible form is made even more outstanding when you think about the fact that the 26 year old was playing in non-league just over three years ago.

2nd – Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

3rd – Odion Ighalo (Watford)

Manager of the Month

Arsene Wenger – Arsenal

CREDIT: ARSENAL FC/DAVID PRICE
CREDIT: ARSENAL FC/DAVID PRICE

Arsenal fans will be hoping that this season isn’t another false dawn, as the Gunners have once again made an excellent start to the campaign, with Arsene Wenger’s side finishing October joint top of the league. The Frenchman masterminded four wins out of four last month, beginning with an impressive 3-0 win over Manchester United. They went on to beat both Watford and Swansea City by the same scoreline with a 2-1 victory against Everton sandwiched in between. In total that’s 11 goals scored and just one conceded across four games, as all of their superb attacking powers hit top form. They’ve got the North London derby up next, and Wenger will want to keep the feelgood factor around the Emirates Stadium for as long as possible.

2nd – Claudio Ranieri (Leicester City)

3rd – Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City)

Goal of the Month

Jeremain Lens vs West Ham United

 

2nd – Willian vs Southampton

3rd – Kevin De Bruyne vs Newcastle United

Game of the Month

Newcastle United 6-2 Norwich City

CREDIT: PA WIRE/ OWEN HUMPHREYS
CREDIT: PA WIRE/ OWEN HUMPHREYS

Georginio Wijnaldum scored four goals as Newcastle trounced Norwich for their first Premier League win of the season to move off the bottom of the table. Wijnaldum struck a composed first, two headers and a superb long-range fourth. Spaniard Ayoze Perez stroked in the third for Newcastle and Aleksandar Mitrovic lashed in the fourth. For Norwich, striker Dieumerci Mbokani had poked in an equaliser to make it 1-1, and Nathan Redmond volleyed for 3-2 before the home side pulled away. An electrifying contest saw five goals scored in the space of 20 first-half minutes, although neither defence covered itself in glory. Read the full BBC report here.

2nd – Manchester City 6-1 Newcastle United

Read the full report here.

3rd – Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool

Read the full report here.

Managerial Departures

CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES
CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES
  • Dick Advocaat resigned from Sunderland (04/10) – replaced by Sam Allardyce on 9th October
  • Brendan Rodgers sacked by Liverpool (04/10) – replaced by Jurgen Klopp on 8th October
  • Tim Sherwood sacked by Aston Villa (25/10) – replaced by Rémi Garde on 2nd November

Games to Look Forward to in November

CREDIT: REUTERS/TOBY MELVILLE
CREDIT: REUTERS/TOBY MELVILLE
  • Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur (08/11)
  • Manchester City vs Liverpool (21/11)
  • Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea (29/11)
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s