It’s shaping up to be one of the closest top flight seasons in recent history, with November seeing the battles at the top and bottom get even tighter. At the end of the month, we witnessed Premier League history as Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy scored for the 11th game in succession, beating the previous record held by Ruud van Nistelrooy. Congratulations Jamie, what an achievement!
What We Can See From The Table
- Manchester City retain their place at the top of the table, but are level on points with Leicester City in second.
- Manchester United are up to third, with Arsenal slipping to fourth. Their North London rivals Tottenham remain unbeaten since the opening day in fifth with a re-energised Kloppanated Liverpool in sixth.
- Reigning champions Chelsea still haven’t stopped the rot, winning just once in November to move up to 14th.
- Sunderland have moved out of the relegation zone at the expense of Bournemouth, but Newcastle and Aston Villa remain in the bottom three.
- The latter picked up just one point in November, as did Swansea City who are now in 15th despite a strong start to the campaign.
Player of the Month
Romelu Lukaku – Everton
Although Jamie Vardy hogged the headlines in November, I’ve plumped for another striker who wears Blue – Romelu Lukaku. With five goals and two assists from four games last month, the Belgian was arguably better and even had a superb achievement of his own. He is now only the fifth player to score 50 Premier League goals before the age of 23 years old, joining an exclusive club of Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. During November, he scored in each of the games against Sunderland, West Ham, Aston Villa (twice) and Bournemouth, as well as setting up two against the Black Cats. In the process, he helped Everton go through the month unbeaten.
2nd – Troy Deeney (Watford)
3rd – Gerard Deulofeu (Everton)
Manager of the Month
Claudio Ranieri – Leicester City
Is Claudio Ranieri the man behind Jamie Vardy’s superb form? Maybe so, but he is definitely behind the incredible rise of Leicester City, who he has guided to joint top of the league with fourteen games gone in a quite superb season so far. The Foxes have still only lost one game throughout the entire campaign, and during November they beat Watford 2-1 and Newcastle United 3-0 before drawing with fellow title fighters Manchester United 1-1. Considering that Leicester were bottom of the league at this stage last season, the impact that Ranieri has had at the King Power Stadium is remarkable. How long can he and his team keep it going? They’ve got a tough run of games in December, but for neutrals like myself, the longer they keep upsetting the big boys, the better!
2nd – Louis van Gaal (Manchester United)
3rd – Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur)
Goal of the Month
Adam Smith vs Everton
2nd – Sergio Aguero vs Liverpool
3rd – Patrick van Anholt vs Stoke City
Game of the Month
Bournemouth 3-3 Everton
Junior Stanislas scored a 98th-minute equaliser as Bournemouth twice came from behind to earn a point in an astonishing game at Vitality Stadium. Everton looked set for victory when goals from Ramiro Funes Mori and Romelu Lukaku put them 2-0 up at half-time. Adam Smith rifled in a sizzling strike from 25 yards and Stanislas converted Joshua King’s cut-back to make it 2-2. Ross Barkley swept a shot in on the turn in the 95th minute but Bournemouth responded through Stanislas’s header. Only five minutes of added time had been signalled, but in truth few could begrudge Bournemouth their last-gasp equaliser after a hugely spirited second-half display. Read the full report here.
2nd – Manchester City 1-4 Liverpool
3rd – Everton 6-2 Sunderland
After three departures in October, no managers left their posts in November, although Remi Garde was appointed at Aston Villa at the start of the month, replacing Tim Sherwood. The bosses who look most in danger of the sack at the moment are Steve McClaren at Newcastle United and Garry Monk at Swansea City.
Games to Look Forward to in December
- Leicester City vs Chelsea (14/12)
- Newcastle United vs Aston Villa (19/12)
- Arsenal vs Manchester City (21/12)
- Manchester United vs Chelsea (28/12)
- Leicester City vs Manchester City (29/12)