Following November’s three games, we are now over a third of the way through the 2016-17 Premier League season and the title race and fight to survive relegation couldn’t be closer. It looks like it will go down to the wire at both ends of the table, so remind yourself of the superb games and goals that November had to offer in this exciting campaign so far.
What We Can See From The Table
- Chelsea’s 100% record during November saw them go top of the table by a single point at the end of the month.
- The Blues were one of six teams to through the month unbeaten – Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal (who all remained in the top four), Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion.
- However despite this, the Red Devils are now eight points adrift of the top four, whilst reigning champions Leicester City are 15 points off the top four (and only two points above the relegation zone).
- The Foxes were one of five times to not win a game in November, with Crystal Palace losing all three of their fixtures to drop to 17th.
- Hull City, Swansea and Sunderland all won in November, but are still make up the bottom three.
Player of the Month
Matt Phillips – West Bromwich Albion
West Brom began November in 16th and just three points above the relegation zone, but two wins from three games has seen them climb to ninth, with an in form Matt Phillips largely to thank for the upturn in results. The winger, who was signed from QPR in the summer, netted his first Baggies goal in the 2-1 win over champions Leicester City at the start of the month as he pounced on Danny Drinkwater’s error and dinked the ball over Ron-Robert Zieler. He had earlier set up James Morrison’s headed opening goal at the King Power Stadium with a superb pinpoint cross. Following the international break, Phillips opened the scoring himself against Burnley at the Hawthorns after just four minutes. West Brom would go to win 4-0, with the Scottish international once again getting an assist as he provided the cross for Darren Fletcher to tap in. In his side’s final game of the month, he got a third assist, with again his cross, this time from a corner, finding the head of Gareth McAuley in the 1-1 draw with Hull City. In his two previous Premier League campaigns with Blackpool and QPR, Phillips has never scored more than three goals – he is on course to better that tally less than half way through this season.
2nd – Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City)
3rd – Victor Anichebe (Sunderland)
Manager of the Month
Antonio Conte – Chelsea
For the second month in a row, Antonio Conte picks up my managerial award after once again leading Chelsea through the month with an 100% record. The Blues began November with the league’s joint highest win of the campaign so far, as they thrashed Everton 5-0 with Eden Hazard bagging a brace. Diego Costa’s 10th goal of the season then secured a 1-0 victory away at Middlesbrough and a sixth successive clean sheet in the league. Thibaut Courtois was finally beaten by a superb Christian Eriksen goal when Tottenham Hotspur visited Stamford Bridge, but goals from Pedro and Victor Moses meant that Conte’s side came from behind to claim a seventh win a row. The 2-1 victory also saw Chelsea end November top of the table by one point. Conte appears to really have got the West London club back to their best since his arrival, with the team adapting brilliantly to his 3-5-2 system and players such as the aforementioned Pedro and Moses looking rejuvenated under the Italian. They face Manchester City in their first fixture of December, but it’s very hard to see Chelsea not right up there come May.
2nd – Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
3rd – Tony Pulis (West Bromwich Albion)
Goal of the Month
Paul Pogba vs Swansea City
2nd – Dean Marney vs Burnley
3rd – Pedro vs Tottenham Hotspur
Game of the Month
Swansea City 5-4 Crystal Palace
Substitute Fernando Llorente scored twice in stoppage time as Swansea recorded their first win since the opening day of the season in a remarkable encounter with Crystal Palace. The Liberty Stadium witnessed an astonishing seven goals scored after the break and four in 11 second-half minutes. Swansea were 3-1 ahead before Palace produced an extraordinary fightback to take a 4-3 lead. It seemed as if the visitors would end their five-match losing run in the league, but then up popped substitute Llorente with two late goals as the ground erupted on the full-time whistle. Read the full BBC report here.
2nd – Tottenham 3-2 West Ham United
3rd – Liverpool 6-1 Watford
Did You Know?
Crystal Palace conceded 10 goals in three games in November, and only Hull have let in more over the course of the season than Palace (26). The Eagles are also the only Premier League side to not have kept a single clean sheet so far this season.
Games To Look Out For In December
- Manchester City vs Chelsea (03/12)
- West Ham United vs Arsenal (03/12)
- Swansea City vs Sunderland (10/12)
- Manchester City vs Arsenal (18/12)
- Everton vs Liverpool (19/12)
- Liverpool vs Manchester City (31/12)