A couple of Premier League matches took place on Sunday 12th January 2020.
I’ve embedded the official UK highlights from the licensed distributor, Sky Sports, below, in one fast-loading, mobile-friendly, ad-free page, to help fans like me engage with the sport of champions (EPL football 🙂 ).
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Man City v Aston Villa (6-1)
If City were disappointed with how far ahead Liverpool are in terms of points, Villa were certainly the victims of that, as City were ruthless in smashing them 6-1 in Manchester.
The good: Aguero scored a record equalling hat-trick. De Bruyne was again outstanding. Mahrez brought his shooting boots.
The bad: yet another failure to secure a clean sheet – having been 6-0 with the clock ticking past 90, they’ll be a bit annoyed not to have the perfect day. Villa gave the ball away in their own half… not a wise move against these fellas.
Villa, on the other hand, are in big trouble now – they are in the bottom three, and not playing at all well.
Bournemouth v Watford (0-3)
I said a few weeks ago, Watford looked to be playing too well to stay bottom – and in this match they left the relegation zone, leaving today’s opponents in their place, after a decent 3-0 win.
Nigel Pearson has got the Hornets playing sensibly, and, with Troy Deeney fit and playing, they look a cohesive unit capable of scoring. In Ben Foster, they have a very strong goalkeeper, too, which proved to be important in the early skirmishes in this match.
Bournemouth, on the other hand, have turned a wobble into a major problem – they aren’t picking up nearly enough points. They’ll need to be better if they are to get out of this sticky position.
The Table at the Time
The table after these two matches finished looked as below:
City moved up to second, and signalled their intent, with this big performance. But it looks like 14 points and a game in hand will be way too much for Liverpool. All City can do is win every match from here on in, and that will likely not be enough.
The bottom three features three sides who lost heavily this weekend: Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Norwich. They’ll be hoping that Brighton, Burnley and West Ham – all three who are also having a blip in form – continue to drop points. Those six look like the most likely to go down: at present, Watford are better than their 17th place.
A lot can change in this exciting division, though.