As another month of Premier League football comes to an end, it's time to reflect on the good, the bad and the Sunderland. It was a pretty great month as we had extra drama with the EFL Cup, FA Cup and of course the transfer window. This was a crucial month in the season as we are starting to see the table take shape as we have only had 15 or 16 games to go. We have some awards for you to sum up this month perfectly!
Manager Of The Month
This category of late has been dominated by Antonio Conte, but this month he was nice enough to let another manager get it. We had three managers who truly stepped up this month as we have Ronald Koeman of Everton, Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham and José Mourinho of Manchester United. They all had great months but due to the amount of Premier League matches and taking in account their difficulty the winner is Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham!
It wasn't a perfect month of Pochettino and Tottenham, but they will be happy with their position going into the month of February. Tottenham scored 12 goals in five matches in the Premier League and only conceded three. With how good they were on both sides of the field they had three wins and two draws. They went into the month outside the Top Four and went up three places to 2nd. Even with injuries to Jan Vertonghen (and maybe Danny Rose), I still feel Tottenham supporters will be extremely happy with this month.
The Alan Pardew Memorial Award
As you guys know, this is an award we give out every month as we celebrate the worst manager of the month. We named it after one of the WORST managers to ever grace the Premier League, Alan Pardew. This month, there is only one man who can get it this month, It's David Moyes!
For years now Sunderland has been the Harry Houdini of relegation as they have finally seemed to have met their match and will finally meet their fate with a relegation to the Championship. Sunderland only scored three goals this month and have now lost one of their best players in Patrick van Aanholt. I love to hate, and I love Derby's so I do hope they somehow to stay up, so we have their rivalry with Newcastle next season, but I wouldn't count on it.
Side Note: Watch out Ranieri... You are next.
As someone who has a Man Crush on Harry Kane, it was interesting going into the season to see if Jamie Vardy was going to get the same treatment as Harry Kane as in being called a "One Season Wonder' and "Lucky". As always, the media picked a biased side and praised the English Striker instead of showing speculation for him for being one dimensional. This season Vardy and Leicester have both been awful as they are in a relegation fight and Jamie Vardy has only five goals all season. Now in January things didn't get better at all. He played three Premier League matches and had zero goals, zero assists and an average match rating of 6.06, which is to put it lightly, terrible.
Player of the Month
Most months, there is always a competition for the best player for the month, but this month there is only one player if you know the Premier League you already know who it is, Dele Alli from Tottenham Hotspur!
Dele Alli was on fire for Tottenham this month as he had five goals and one assist. He didn't just score against bottom clubs, but three of his goals were against Manchester City and Chelsea. This season he has been arguably the best-attacking midfielder and just keeps getting better. With an average match rating of 7.4, he was the only man who could get this award. Due to this insane month, he has the most goals out of any midfielder in the Premier League this season with 11.
Side Note: If you play FIFA Ultimate Team start stacking up Tottenham and MK Dons players for the Player of the Month Squad Building Challenge! (I know I am a nerd).
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Los Angeles Kings @ Arizona Coyotes - (-159)
The Kings go into their away game at the Coyotes with loads of confidence as even without their starting goalie for most of the season; they are ranked fifth in the NHL in Goals Against. This is pretty much the opposite of the Coyotes as they have conceded 152 goals this season which is the sixth worst in the entire league. Even though the Kings offense has been off this season, I still think Jeff Carter can get at this poor Coyotes defense. Also, Anze Kopitar is going to be a huge factor as in 59 games played against the Coyotes, Kopitar has 59 points, and 29 have been on the power play. The Kings are just too good for the Coyotes which is why the Kings will win 3-1.
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Dallas Stars - (+104)
The Toronto Maple Leafs go to Dallas and face the Stars tonight as it's time for Auston Matthews to keep his amazing away form going. Mathews this season has 15 goals and 12 assists away from Air Canada Centre as he is tied for the most goals in away games. William Nylander also has been amazing away from home as he has eight goals and 13 assists. With Dallas having the second worst defense with 157 goals conceded, I just can't see the Stars stopping the young and fast Maple Leafs. Leafs will win 3-1.
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After the craziness of the fourth round of the FA Cup, we have some week day Premier League football to get excited about! This is going to be an excellent round of fixtures, good enough to tell skip work, or tell your professor you are sick, and you won't be in class on Tuesday (which I am doing). Whatever path you are taking in life, make sure you have your ass on the couch watching these matches! We will go through EVERY game and what teams to bet on and which ones to stay away from.
Leicester City F.C. @ Burnley F.C.
Leicester - [+153]
Burnley - [+199]
Draw - [+222]
This match is a tale of two sides of the coin. Leicester City is having a terrible year, and besides the obvious as in, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez not delivering it is also due to their poor away form. Leicester City are 19th in the Premier League in away form as they have three points away from the King Power Stadium all season. Now they go to Turf Moor and face Burnley who are being saved by their incredible home record. Burnley is fourth in home form this season with 25 points, a goal differential of +9 and only one loss. To think at the start of the season, they would be better at home than Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City is mind blowing. With Mahrez unlikely to start due to the Africa Cup of Nations, I think Burnley are just too good at home to lose against a Leicester side who are just too poor away from home. This will be a close game, but Burnley will edge it 1-0.
Leicester Predicted XI:
Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Gray, Okazaki, Vardy.
Burnley Predicted XI:
Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Boyd, Marney, Hendrick, Defour, Barnes, Gray
Crystal Palace F.C. @ A.F.C. Bournemouth
Crystal Palace - [+270]
Burnley - [+110]
Draw - [+240]
Crystal Palace go to Dean Court and face Bournemouth as Big Sam's side desperately need three points if they want to spur their climb up the table to safety. With how poor their defense is, and now going up against Bournemouth and the tactics of Eddie Howe this will be a very hard task for the away team. I think Big Sam will set up to get at least a draw, so I see this being a dull and quiet game. I think this will be a draw, due to how badly Palace needs points. This could be boring folks. 1-1 Draw.
Crystal Palace Predicted XI:
Hennessey, Tomkins, Dann, Delaney, Ward, Mcarthur, Cabaye, Schlupp, Puncheon, Remy, Benteke
Bournemouth Predicted XI:
Boruc, Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels, Surman, Arter, Stanislas, Wilshere, Fraser, Wilson
Watford F.C. @ Arsenal F.C.
Watford - [+1102]
Arsenal - [-401]
Draw - [+551]
Watford is a team I never trust, Ighalo and Deeney have been poor this season, their defense is bad, and Heurelho Gomes is well, Heurelho Gomes. They now go to Arsenal as the Gunners try to keep their momentum going for their massive derby against Chelsea on Saturday. With how well Welbeck and Walcott looked in the FA Cup I just see the forwards of Arsenal being too much for Watford, and I see this getting VERY ugly. Arsenal to win 4-0.
Watford Predicted XI:
Gomes, Kaboul, Prodl, Britos, Kabasele, Behrami, Capoue, Holebas, Cleverly, Okaka, Deeney
Arsenal Predicted XI:
Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Coquelin, Iwobi, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud
West Bromwich Albion F.C. @ Middlesbrough F.C.
West Brom - [+208]
Boro - [+159]
Draw - [+203]
West Bromwich Albion go to Middlesbrough in what will be another chance for Tony Pulis to show the world he is José Mourinho in a track suit. West Brom have the perfect players to defeat Boro as like last week; Boro showed they don't have the defense to stop a strong and tall striker like Salomón Rondón. West Brom are just amazing; they have an incredible defense and a great attacking presence with Salomón Rondón, Nacer Chadli, and Matt Phillips. I might be crazy here but can West Brom get a chance at the Europa League? Anyway, West Brom will win 2-0.
West Brom Predicted XI:
Foster, Nyom, Mcauley, Dawson, Brunt, Fletcher, Yacob, Phillips, Morrison, Chadli, Rondon
Boro Predicted XI:
Valdes, Chambers, Bernardo, Gibson, Fabio, Clayton, De Roon, Forshaw, Traore, Negredo, Stuani
Southampton F.C. @ Swansea City A.F.C.
Southampton - [+130]
Swansea - [+225]
Draw - [+235]
Southampton is coming off a 5-0 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup as they now go to Wales and face relegation contender Swansea City. Southampton aren't a great team away from home as they only have nine points all season. Swansea is also not great at home as they are 19th in home form with eight points with a goal differential of -13. I think Southampton have tendencies to be inconsistent. I think this will be a shock result as I think this will be a boring draw. 1-1 will be the final score.
Southampton Predicted XI:
Forster, Cedric, Yoshida, Stephens, Bertrand, Hojbjerg, Romeu, Ward-Prownse, Redmond, Rodriguez, Tadic.
Swansea Predicted XI:
Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Sung-Yueng, Cork, Carroll, Routledge, Llorente, Sigurdsson.
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. @ Sunderland A.F.C.
Tottenham - [-265]
Sunderland - [+760]
Draw - [+405]
You might ask yourself, why is there a gif of Dele Alli dancing? And the reason why is that Tottenham and most notably Dele Alli is on fire! He has eight goals in his last six Premier League matches, and with Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen looking great as well they are going to march into the Stadium of Light and get a big win. With how bad Sunderland are at the back, with Danny Rose and Kyle Walker throwing balls into the box I just can't see any way Sunderland will get anything. Also, let's not forget Son Heung-min, he has 11 goals in all competitions for Tottenham this season. This will be a murdering, Tottenham to win 4-0.
Tottenham Predicted XI:
Lloris, Dier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Walker, Wanyama, Dembele, Rose, Eriksen, Alli, Kane.
Sunderland Predicted XI:
Mannone, Denayer, Djilobodji, O'Shea, Jones, Larsson, Rodwell, Van Aanholt, Januzaj, Honeyman, Defoe
Chelsea F.C. @ Liverpool F.C.
Chelsea - [+195]
Liverpool - [+149]
Draw - [+233]
This is DST's Game of the Week! Chelsea and Liverpool are going to battle it out to see if Liverpool can save a week where they lost a chance to get to Wembley and lost to Wolves in the FA Cup 2-1. Now Liverpool hosts the Blues who look to keep their big lead at the top of the table. I think Chelsea's defense is too good for Liverpool and also, Chelsea's attack is also too good for Liverpool's defense, I think Chelsea are superior in every aspect which is why I am going with an away win for Chelsea. This will end 2-1 to Chelsea.
Chelsea's Predicted XI:
Courtios, Azpilcueta, Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard
Liverpool Predicted XI:
Mignolet. Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Can, Lallana, Firmino, Countinho
Manchester City F.C. @ West Ham United F.C.
Manchester City - [-182]
West Ham - [+500]
Draw - [+335]
Manchester City travel to London and face West Ham United as they try to get their season back on track. Manchester City is in fifth place as they are pretty much out of the tittle race. West Ham, on the other hand, have been playing great football but now it's make or break time, Dimitri Payet has officially left the club. This will hurt West Ham. I do have to say, West Ham did well to sign Robert Snodgrass who I feel can go down as one of the better signings of the season. I think Manchester City are just too good for West Ham. I think it will be close, but Manchester City will win. 2-1 Victory to Manchester City.
Manchester City Predicted XI:
Bravo, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Kolarov, Clichy, Toure, Fernandinho, Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne, Aguero
West Ham Predicted XI:
Randolph, Byram, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Obiang, Feghouli, Lanzini, Antonio, Carroll
Everton F.C. @ Stoke City F.C.
Everton - [+162]
Stoke - [+180]
Draw - [+232]
Everton is in amazing form as they haven't lost in the Premier League since December 19th. Now they go to Stoke City who is on unbeaten in their last three matches. Now they look as both teams look like they will finish in the top 10. I think Everton have the upper hand in this match due to their great form, but I think Stoke at home can be a tough game for anyone. I think Stoke is too inconsistent to win this match, but I can see this being a draw or a close win for Everton. Since I don't like sitting on the fence; I will go with a 2-1 win for Everton.
Hull City A.F.C. @ Manchester United F.C.
Hull - [+1500]
Manchester United - [-486]
Draw - [+576]
Hull City who are having a tough week go to Manchester United and try to shock the world. Hull City are coming off a 4-1 loss in the FA Cup to lower league team Fulham. I am going to keep this brief; Manchester United are playing too well for Hull City to get anything from this game. I am sorry Hull, I hope you prove me wrong. Manchester United to win 3-0.
Hull City Predicted XI:
Jakupovic, Maguire, Davies, Dawson, Robertson, Diomande, Livermore, Huddlestone, Clucas, Mbokani, Hernandez
Manchester United Predicted XI:
De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Darmian, Carrick, Mata, Herrera, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic
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After a day off of blogging, we are back as we get ready to make some money from the weekday matches. These players are from the seven games on Tuesday. We have the three players that if you want to make any money on your daily fantasy site, you will need these players.
Kyle Walker (D): Tottenham Hotspur F.C. - $5,200
Kyle Walker and Tottenham Hotspur travel up north to the Stadium of Light to face the last place, Sunderland. Tottenham and Kyle Walker are having great seasons as they are scoring for fun and most of their attacks come from their width from the full backs. With how poor Sunderland look and now on the verge of losing Patrick van Aanholt, I just don't think Sunderland can stop Rose and Walker from firing balls in for Harry Kane and Dele Alli. Kyle Walker is the ideal defender to get.
Dele Alli (M): Tottenham Hotspur F.C. - $8,200
Dele Alli has been the hottest player in the Premier League as he has eight goals in six Premier League games. Dele also scored a 90-minute equalizer in Tottenham's FA Cup win on Saturday. Now he goes to Sunderland who hasn't won since December 17th. Tottenham is just too good, and Sunderland's defense is just too poor. I think Tottenham will win and of course, Dele Alli will have a lot to do with that.
Salomón Rondón (FW): West Bromwich Albion F.C. - $6,800
Salomón Rondón and 8th place West Brom go to Middlesbrough F.C. in a game that is perfectly suited for the Venezuelan to have a big game. With how well Andy Carroll did against Boro it seems that Rondon can have that exact effect on Tuesday. With Boro having issues at the back with big and strong strikers this will be a tall task for the newly promoted team. Also, Middleborough is 17th in the league in home form which is a massive issue for a team trying to stay up. I think this game will be close, but no matter who wins, Rondon will have a great game.
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It's a weekend off the Premier League as it's time for some Cup drama! I love the FA Cup; we have small clubs going to massive stadiums, upsets, and the one fairy tale team! This is what dreams are made of. We have three games from the FA Cup fourth round to make sure you make some money this weekend!
Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. @ Lincoln City F.C. - (-138)
Brighton & Hove Albion are having an amazing season as they are top of the EFL Championship. They have been getting scoring from ex-Premier League striker Glenn Murray as he has the third most goals in league with 15. Their other top goal scorer is Anthony Knockaert who has a solid ten goals. With how well Brighton are playing and now going up against a team in the National League this means if they play their best Brighton should easily win this game. There is too much of a skill gap for this match. 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion.
Burnley F.C. vs Bristol City F.C. - (-156)
Burnley is coming off an awful defeat to Arsenal as they were cheated by the officials as they lost from a 98th-minute penalty by Alexis Sánchez. Now they host a relegation favorite in the EFL Championship Bristol City. Even though Burnley is looking like a relegation contender, they are still a good team at home this season. Burnley is fourth in the Premier League in home form with 25 points at Turf Moor. Bristol is also one of the worst teams in the Championship away from home which means everything is primed for a big win for Burnley. Burnley to win 1-0.
Manchester City F.C. vs Crystal Palace F.C. - (-200)
Manchester City goes to Selhurst Park and faces the shit show that is Crystal Palace. Palace was in bad shape at the start of the season with Alan Pardew, and now with Sam Allardyce, I believed it would all change and they would improve but I was wrong. With Crystal Palace lack of skill and depth, I don't think they have enough skill even with their first team to beat City let alone with some players rested. Lastly, I see Big Sam throwing this game to focus on the Premier League. Manchester City will win 3-0.
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Washington Capitals @ New Jersey Devils - (-175)
The Washington Capitals go to "lovely" New Jersey tonight in what is a battle of the top and the bottom of the Metropolitan Division! Even though the Capitals lost their last game 3-0 to the Senators, they are still the hottest team in the NHL with a record of 8-1-1 in their last 10. The Capitals are also one of the best away teams in the NHL with a record of 13-5-5. The Devils, on the other hand, are the second worst home team in the entire NHL. Braden Holtby is rumored to be getting the start for the Capitals as even though many elite goalies are having tough Januarys, Mr. Holtby isn't as he is 8-0 with a GAA 1.80. With the Devils going to Cory Schneider who is coming off a tough game as he was pulled after 12 shots against the Kings. I think with the offensive skill of the Capitals and their number one goalie in net; I see the Capitals getting the win. Capitals to win 3-1.
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Philadelphia Flyers - (+104)
The Maple Leafs are coming off a dominant 4-0 win over the Redwings last night as now they go to Philly and face the Flyers. Both of these teams are coming off shutouts against division rivals, and this is going to be the game of the night. Both of these teams are great going forward even though they do have tendencies to have mistakes at the back. The Flyers do have a worse goaltending/defensive situation as they have let up the third most goals this season and have ZERO players with a positive plus/minus. I think this game will be open and fast but with Maple Leafs 2nd best power play and their sixth best offense in the NHL going up against the Flyers and their 18th ranked penalty kill and their 26th ranked defense. I just can't trust the Flyers defense even if they did shutout the Rangers last night. 4-2 win for the Maple Leafs.
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Dele Alli is off to an amazing start this season with Tottenham as once again he has proved even at a young age he can still be one of the most important players on one of England's best teams. Dele joined Tottenham Hotspur on February 2, 2015, for just five million (as goes the song). Dele has gone from "wonder boy" to one of the best players in the Premier League in a little less than two years, but how good is the Spurs Midfielder? And is he the best Under 21 player in the world?
By The Numbers
Firstly, last match's goal against Manchester City was Dele Alli's 21st goal in the Premier League in just 54 appearances. Dele has a season total of 11 goals so far this season which is more than Sergio Agüero and Eden Hazard. He has the most goals for any midfielder in the league and with every game seems more likely to climb in the Golden Boot race. His 11 goals are the most of any under 21 player in Europe's top five leagues. In Tottenham's team, Dele Alli has created 29 chances this season which is third on the team and also has the top shot accuracy for Tottenham players who have played more than ten matches this season. Dele is also just heating up as he has eight Premier League goals in just six games. With how well he and his teammates are doing, I see Dele getting 20 goals this season and if possible, get a back to back Young Player of the Year Award.
With Dele Alli outperforming not just players in his age group (in all positions) but Premier League midfielders who were bought for three to six times his transfer fee to Tottenham, it is not just fair to say, but it is correct to say that Dele Alli is the best Under 21 player in the world.
Fun Fact: Dele Alli has now scored more Premier League goals than Mesut Özil in 48 less games .
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We are back today with two more NHL Picks after last nights two winning bets! Now we are focusing on a Central Division clash and an Eastern Conference match up to make us some more money!
Minnesota Wild @ Dallas Stars - (-114)
The Minnesota Wild travel to Dallas to face the Stars tonight in what will be a win for the away team. First off, comparing these two teams you will always need to start on the defensive side of the ice. Minnesota is tied for second in the NHL in goals against (106 goals) with a goal differential of +46. The Stars, have conceded 151 goals this season as they are 26th in the NHL and due to their stars not scoring as much as many believed they would, they have an awful differential in -22. A big question mark for the Stars is will Tyler Seguin play tonight which would be awful to cope with since they are already without Radek Faksa. The Stars also are just terrible in net this season as their rumored starting goalie for tonight is Antti Niemi who has a GAA of 3.16 and a save percentage of .902. This is pretty much the opposite of Devan Dubnyk as the Wild goalie has a GAA of 1.91, .935 save percentage and five shutouts. I don’t think defensively the Stars are good enough to win this game even at home which is why I am going with a 3-1 Wild win.
Washington Capitals @ Ottawa Senators - (-143)
The Washington Capitals are coming off a huge 6-1 win last night against the Carolina Hurricanes as we saw a lot more secondary scoring from the Caps. Now they go up to Canada and face the Senators. I usually have a rule where I would stay away from teams who play their backup goalie, but the Caps are one of the only exceptions to this rule. Their goalie was confirmed as Philipp Grubauer in this game who is quietly having a great season as he is 9-1-2, with a 2.05 GAA and two shutouts. The Senators are rumored to put Mike Condon in goal tonight who has been inconsistent at times this season. Condon has a record of 12-7-4 with a GAA of 2.48 with three shutouts. Condon though, doesn’t have good career stats against the Caps as in five starts he is 1-4 with a GAA of 2.45 with zero shutouts. With how good the Capitals defense has looked this season (1st in GA this season and third on the penalty kill) they will win this game as they are better in every aspect on the ice. 4-1 Capitals.
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We are back after a day with more NHL Picks! Tonight we have two picks from both sides of the United States to celebrate another amazing week (We Hope). Since most people read Intros and not the bottom of my blogs I feel, I would like to thank everyone who reads the site as we keep reaching more and more milestones. Thank you all.
Los Angeles Kings @ New York Rangers - (-130)
Yesterday was a great day for the Rangers, besides the obvious two points, they now look to have more chemistry now that all of their key forwards are back and of course, after a rough January for Lundqvist to get a shutout in a 1-0 win on NBC will be huge for his confidence. Even though it was a successful day for the Blueshirts, Kevin Hayes did leave the game which could be a huge issue if he is out for a long time. Now they host the LA Kings as it is rumored to be a goalie matchup of Henrik Lundqvist versus Peter Budaj. To start, I think it is fair to say the Rangers do have the advantage in net for this game, but they also have the advantage in home/away record. The Rangers have a home record of 13-9-1 (14th in the NHL) and the Kings' away record is 8-12-3 (22nd in the NHL). If I were Alain Vigneault, I would tell the Rangers to get shots on net early and often as Budaj has a 2.54 GAA in January which means he isn't having a great month. Especially when you are the 2nd best offense and when you have the eighth best power play. I think this game will be close, but with Lundqvist getting back his confidence he will be the factor, and that's why I am going with a Rangers 3-1 win.
San Jose Sharks [-1.5] @ Colorado Avalanche - (+135)
The Sharks and the Avalanche played on January 21st as the game ended in a 3-2 win for the San Jose Sharks. Now they go to the Pepsi Center and have a rematch in Colorado. Every time you are dealing with the last-place Avalanche this season you need to look at their home record before making any decision and oh boy is it bad. The Avs are 5-16-1 at home this season which is the worst in the NHL. To make it worse for the Avalanche they are also 1-8-1 in their last ten which is also the worst in the NHL. The Sharks are an excellent away team as they are 12-10-1 which are the 9th best in the NHL. Even though the Sharks have had trouble this year scoring (125 goals scored this season), they make up for one of the best defenses in the NHL, as they have only let in 107 goals, which is the fourth-best in the NHL. The Avs, on the other hand, have scored 89 goals all season (leagues worst) and have conceded 148 goals which is the fifth worse. The game on Saturday may have been close, but this one will be a bit more slanted to the Sharks, which is why I am going with a 4-1 Sharks win.
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Third Star: Fernando Llorente -Swansea City A.F.C.
Fernando Llorente and Swansea City did the unthinkable this weekend and went to Anfield and got a massive win that takes them from 20th to out of the relegation zone. Llorente had the ideal strikers game, even though he only had a 69% passing percentage, and have zero chances created all game; he was clinical as he scored both of his two shots on target. With how important every win are for a relegation favorite, for Llorente to be the man to help them beat a title contender was incredible. He ended the match with an 8.55 Match Rating which doesn't show exactly how good he was.
Second Star: Roberto Firmino - Liverpool F.C.
Usually, when a big team loses to a relegation favorite it's due to their big players showing complacency, but this wasn't the case in Liverpool’s shock loss to Swansea City on Saturday. Roberto Firmino was utterly superb against Swansea as he scored both of Liverpool's goals as the game ended 3-2 to Swansea. He didn't just score, his in games stats were world class as he had 86% passing completion, seven takes on (six successful), three successful tackles, two defensive blocks and one chance created. Even though, the big story will be the shock win for Swansea (which is completely understandable) people still need to talk about Roberto Firmino's 9.83 Match Rating Performance that got him Man of the Match.
First Star: Andy Carroll - West Ham United F.C.
It's been a weird week (or two) for West Ham United, a few weeks ago Dimitri Payet opened about his desire to leave the club as he has been refusing to have any connection with the team. Now after being in the bottom five, they are back riding high with a couple of great weekends back to back, and they have Andy Carroll to thank for a lot of it. After his amazing goal against Crystal Palace, Carroll went into this game leading the line to help West Ham get to 10th place in the table with a win. Carroll had an amazing game as he scored two goals on two shots, a 70% passing percentage, he won 88% of his aerial duels, and even six clearances. Due to his two goals, West Ham won 3-1, and Andy Carroll thoroughly deserved his Man of the Match.
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