Marco Silva, who finally makes a statement
Silva was appointed to bridge the gap between Everton and the Big Six. He was not expected to do so for an entire season – Everton needs time and more money to finish in the top six – but over individual 90-minute games. The best winnings this season (unless they win the FA Cup) compete with the best clubs in the country. That's not to say that Nuno's team has not slipped badly on occasion, but it has proven worthy of a place among the top seven under these circumstances.
Before Sunday Silva had not fulfilled this task. Everton was decent during his long home game against Liverpool, but that was the exception to the rule. Before and during Silva's reign, Everton had won five of his last 68 games against Big Six teams. This is unacceptable for a team with his ambition, and he has not improved the record enough.
Victory on Sunday against Chelsea may be a blitz in the pan. Everton had the good fortune of not being behind at half-time when Goodison growled and voiced her concerns over the lack of cohesion between each member of the team. They also flattered themselves to fool more than once during Silva's reign ̵
But Everton's response after the break and how Goodison's mood has changed during those last 45 minutes made sense. These are not poor players, just a collection of people who lack confidence and therefore can not effectively click. Do a good thing (and buy a new center forward in summer), and it is hardly unthinkable that Silva can regain the positivity that has eluded him since the fall. He's still fighting back Goodison's goodwill, but it's a start.
James Maddison and the Perfect Answer
A disappointing week for Maddison. The player who has created more chances in the Premier League than any other player this season may prove to be unhappy not to be included in the youngest English national team, especially given the abundance of full-backs.
But then that should be taken as evidence of England's newly discovered strength in depth rather than a major mistake by Maddison. Gareth Southgate is clearly a fan and will be delighted that Maddison makes itself unbeatable.
So, how you react to disappointment is enlightening. In difficult situations with Leicester City reduced to ten men, Maddison insisted and scored a nice free kick. Good for you child.
Liverpool, still done
Was it pretty? Goodness no. Was it effective? Only over. Is just good enough? Damn right it is. In the fall and winter you can win friends and admirers, but in the spring it only counts if you earn points when you play the first championship title after 29 years.
This is the part of any title challenge, if any misstep occurs causes increased control, and Liverpool certainly made a lot of those in Craven Cottage. It can become a vicious circle: bring error control bring pressure brings more mistakes. And suddenly it comes to collapse, and all call you as a bottler and cheater.
Win the last seven games of the Premier League, and Liverpool can do nothing. Win the last seven games and Liverpool will have an amazing goal yet to beat Manchester City. The results, performance and journey make no difference. Only the victories do.
Our early winner . He has scored eleven goals in the last eleven matches, beating Mohamed Salah's coat when Liverpool needed a hero, and is still twice as expensive as Paul Pogba to win the PFA Player of the Year. Go figure.
Leicester City and Resilience
Brendan Rodgers would never want a player dismissed, let alone less than four minutes, but Harry Maguire's red card has the resilience of Leicester City tested. This resilience was so absent during Claude Puel's last weeks of government. Rodgers is a manager who consistently penetrates his call for struggle and mind through adversity. Leicester showed both on Turf Moor.
Leicester's other match-trick of the season had scored early and late goals, and beating both against Burnley would have been no surprise given the circumstances. Instead, Rodgers saw that his shield was won away from home for the first time since New Year's Day.
Rodgers will now be confident that Leicester will be able to walk – part of the attraction to accept the job in February is her soft-coming games. Defeat Bournemouth at home, Huddersfield and Newcastle at home, barely out of the possibilities, and Leicester will be back in seventh place. For the first time since 2017, they have the chance to win league wins three times in a row.
Newcastle has a long list to do from May to August, with nothing more important than Rafael Benitez to stay. However, it is also a must to keep West Brom's London loan agreement on a permanent footing. If there were doubts about the striker's stomach last season for a relegation battle, they disappeared at St. James's Park.
Since the beginning of December, Rondon has started 16 league games and scored or scored 11 goals. In a defensively confident team, these goals were particularly important and this record is impressive.
But Rondon is much more. There are few strikers in the league who are better at holding the ball, protecting possession and waiting for the midfielders to attack. The arrival of Miguel Almiron in support of Ayoze Perez has created a Front Three, in which Rondon plays the key role. Given the other options of Newcastle (unfortunately, Joselu) he is the difference between the Premier League and the championship.
Now owner of an extraordinary statistic. Grant is Charlton Athletic's top scorer in the Premier League and Huddersfield Town's top scorer in the Premier League.
Grant's second goal against West Ham was an absolute beauty. This brief Premier League spell will make the world of good before a championship campaign next season easier.
Bournemouth vs. The Rest
Eddie Howe is annoyed by Matt Ritchie's late equalizer, but Bournemouth's draws continue their formidable home run. Since November 2017 Howes has played 20 home games against non Big Big Six teams. They won eleven, drew nine and lost none of these 20 games.
West Ham, despite himself
A season in the microcosm. West Ham supporters will have left the contents of the London stadium, but with enough nagging doubts to pull the mood down, causing them a headache. As Peter G. wrote this week they support a Nonseklub.
When was the last time a substitute scored 86 or more minutes after playing in a Premier League game? Never, that's when.
Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri
One step forward, at least one more back. Chelsea might have beaten Tottenham and Fulham to give Sarri some breathing space, but he was stifled by their underperformance again. A point against wolves at home and against Everton is no way out of serious trouble.
After the defeat at Goodison, Sarri admitted that he could not explain what had happened to his team after the break. Chelsea's coach could reasonably have expected a goal advantage in the break due to his chances, but in part performances the strength is not proven. Chelsea collapsed at the first sign of adversity. In Everton, they barely faced a team known for their resilience this season.
Chelsea's lack of resilience is a big problem for Sarri. Go back to the beginning of October and see your record scored: Tottenham (a) 1-3, Leicester (h) 0-1, Tottenham (a) 0-1, Arsenal (a) 0-2, Bournemouth (a) 0-4, Manchester City (a) 0-6, Manchester United (h) 0-2, Wolves (h) 1-1, Everton (a) 0-2. In nine games, when Chelsea cashed first, they have scored a total goal. This suggests, perhaps even proves, that the mental fragility is fragile.
In the attack Chelsea relentlessly relies on Eden Hazard to do all this. If he plays well, you can. If he produces a piece of magic, they can score. But they will also be very happy not to lose Hazard in the summer, and there is enough around him that he deserves some help.
Chelsea's Premier League form may not play a big role in their season. With Sparta Prague and one from Benfica or Eintracht Frankfurt on the way to the Europa League final, this now presents itself as the easiest way into the Champions League.
For Sarri this is really important. If Hazard actually leaves, Chelsea will need a summer overhaul, and that requires finding a way to buy players who are threatened with a transfer ban. The club's hierarchy requires a leap of faith to believe in Sarri's ability to transform players who are already a bit stuck when engaging in learning his philosophy. Gonzalo Higuain
It just does not work. This does not have to be a damnation for anything Higuain has ever done, but the lack of exercise does not make it worth the persistence week after week if he will not even be in Chelsea next season. He has scored three goals in seven league games, but two of them were in a 5-0 home win against a rotted Huddersfield and the other against the worst team in the league.
I rode as good as I did Everything that got boring a long time ago, but it certainly has to be worth trying Sarri to try Giroud, especially since he did a hattrick a few days ago. On the other hand, if it is argued that Giroud does not score enough in the Premier League, Eden Hazard likes to play with him.
Sean Dyche has a big problem with his hands. The weekend's schedule gave Burnley a chance to leap forward and Harry Maguire's early red card provided another leg. On Saturday night, Burnley had gone backwards.
Dyche claimed after Leicester's defeat that Maguire's dismissal gave Burnley a "psychological problem" because it shifted the burden on her, but he would not expect sympathy. The key to survival of the drop is to adapt to changing circumstances and make the most of the opportunities that arise. Burnley failed on both fronts.
If it was not bad enough that Burnley could not use their numerical advantage, they would score a late goal for the tenth time this season. No Premier League team has scored more goals in the last ten minutes, a testament to Burnley's loss of confidence or tiredness.
Burnley has played more games than the three teams directly above them and the underlying team. The last four games have gone to Chelsea and Everton and home to Arsenal and Manchester City. They have seen wolves, Bournemouth and Cardiff before. The game of Cardiff in Turf Moor could decide the fate.
However, fans will be most worried that their team has kicked off and is now in trouble again.
In June 2016, Rico played the last 14 minutes of the Spanish friendly against South Korea. I will go to peace and say that they will be the only minutes of his international career.
Finding new ways to lose and new ways to quickly give up accumulated goodwill. Jan Siewert admitted that he had difficulty discussing how Huddersfield scored three late goals. The German clear-hearted the misfortune that had forced him to make three substitutions before the last 20 minutes, which meant he was unable to shake things up after West Ham's entry. They missed many chances to win, were guilty of defending Javier Hernandez's two goals, and ended a game they dominated with nothing. They could be expelled before the end of March.
On January 2, Arnautovic scored twice against Arsenal and was voted man of the match. A few days later it became clear that he wanted to move to China. Since then, Arnautovic has played seven Premier League games and contributed a single assist and no goals. The rumors that he might be leaving for his lucrative move in the summer are likely to make sense to everyone involved if West Ham receives a decent transfer fee. Read this .