Finally! Club football returned after the international break, and the thirteenth round of Premier League fixtures was typically exciting.
Arsenal’s victory over Bournemouth keeps them in fifth and gives them some breathing space with Everton five points behind the Gunners.
Newcastle’s third successive victory sees them leap into 13th place, whilst Fulham’s win keeps them at the bottom of the table only on goal difference.
Who returned from the international break with a point to prove and who crumbled under pressure? Here are our winners and losers.
1) Leroy Sane – Manchester City
The German international endured a rocky start to the season, with manager Pep Guardiola often keeping him on the bench.
However, the winger has worked hard to force himself back into the starting team and repaid Guardiola’s faith by netting twice in the convincing win over West Ham.
Sane gave former City defender Pablo Zabaleta a torrid time, proving to be too quick and skilfull for the veteran.
Leroy Sane is heating up, folks. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/lirHD1jwrn— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 24, 2018
2) Aleksandar Mitrovic – Fulham
Mitrovic had gone six Premier League matches without a goal but got his name on the scoresheet twice as Fulham defeated Southampton in Claudio Ranieri’s first match in charge at Craven Cottage.
The first was a deft header, whilst the second was a perfectly executed volley into the corner of the net just after the hour mark.
If Fulham are to escape relegation, they need Mitrovic in this sort of goal scoring form consistently. When playing with this much confidence, he is rarely stopped.
Only Sergio Aguero (8) has scored more Premier League goals than Aleksandar Mitrovic (7) so far this season.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 24, 2018
Up there with the best. pic.twitter.com/4j9ndhilsE
3) Aaron Mooy – Huddersfield Town
The Australian had not scored all season and then managed to net two to inspire Huddersfield to victory against Wolves.
Mooy has always had an eye for a long-range strike and both of his goals were expertly placed beyond Rui Patricio.
The Terriers dominated the match and Mooy was at the centre of everything good that they did in a crucial away victory which has lifted them up into 14th place.
Not once, but twice!— FOX Sports Football (@FOXFOOTBALL) November 25, 2018
Two stunning goals from Aaron Mooy! 👏🔥🇭🇲 pic.twitter.com/35qVQnG9bv
1) James Maddison – Leicester City
The Englishman had an afternoon to forget as he was sent off after 28 minutes against Brighton.
He picked up a second yellow card for simulation after going down easily inside the box, barely a minute after his first caution.
Maddison apologised for going to the ground easily and will now miss the Foxes’ Carabao Cup clash with Southampton.
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Apologies to everyone for what happened today. Nobody wants to see diving in our beautiful game. I was anticipating contact that never came, but that’s no excuse. It’s a mistake and I will learn from it. Lads showed fantastic fight and determination to get us back in the game and go home with a more than deserved point.
2) Jordan Henderson – Liverpool
Another Englishman who saw red this weekend. The defensive midfielder was sent off with just under ten minutes remaining for a second bookable offence.
Henderson will be frustrated as he knows he is vying for a starting spot with former Monaco star Fabinho.
Liverpool will now be without Henderson for the upcoming Merseyside derby, an occasion that no player would like to miss.
You’ve just had your final warning from the referee, you’re on a yellow card, you’re the captain and you do that? Shocking from Jordan Henderson.— - (@AnfieldRd96) November 24, 2018
3) David Luiz – Chelsea
The Blues were simply outplayed by their London rivals Tottenham and centre-back Luiz simply could not cope with the fluidity of Spurs’ attackers.
Luiz was criticised for not doing more to block Harry Kane’s long-range effort, which sailed into the back of the net in the first half.
He was arguably at fault for Spurs’ third, as well, as Heung-Min Son waltzed past the Brazilian far too easily before tucking the ball beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Not the best of defensive performances from Luiz.
David Luiz has now been directly at fault for 7 of the 11 league goals Chelsea conceded this season. 😬 pic.twitter.com/h8tJSZ81vL— Get Worldwide Football News (@GWWFN) November 26, 2018
Ex-England and Arsenal defender Sol Campbell has made his first steps into management after taking over at Macclesfield.
The 44-year-old has signed an 18-month deal with the League Two strugglers, who are seven points adrift of safety.
Campbell is not the first former Three Lion to make the step up to management and, here, Press Association Sport looks at a few others.
Southgate was handed his first managerial role at Middlesbrough in June 2006 and kept Boro in the top flight before he was sacked following their relegation three years later. He went on to manage England Under-21s from August 2013, with the team qualifying impressively for the European Under-21 Championship, but they were knocked out in the group stages. Southgate then impressed as caretaker manager for the senior England side following Sam Allardyce’s brief reign and landed the job on a permanent basis. He won the hearts of the nation earlier this summer, leading England to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia, before guiding the Three Lions to the Nations League Finals.
The 41-year-old’s appointment as England women’s head coach in January drew criticism due to his lack of managerial experience. Despite coaching at Manchester United and Valencia, prior to getting the job, Neville had only ever been in charge of a team once – for Salford City, the club he co-owns – and he had no experience in the women’s game. He also had to apologise after sexist tweets he sent several years earlier came to light.
The former Manchester United right-back was added to the England senior team coaching staff by manager Roy Hodgson in May 2012. He was part of the backroom team for Euro 2012 and worked as Hodgson’s assistant at the 2014 World Cup and subsequent qualifying campaign for the 2016 European Championships. Eyebrows were raised in December 2015 when he got the head coach’s job at Valencia, despite not being fluent in Spanish. His disastrous spell in charge of the LaLiga club lasted just four months and included a 7-0 thrashing by Barcelona in the Copa del Rey.
Welcome to Macclesfield Town, Sol! https://t.co/AQxcKqXOQa— Macclesfield Town (@thesilkmen) November 27, 2018
The Premier League’s top goal-scorer turned down a coaching role with England in 2006 and similar jobs at former club Newcastle in the following years. It was a surprise when the Magpies offered him the manager’s job in April 2009 for the remaining eight matches of the season. Shearer was unable to keep Newcastle in the Premier League and they were relegated on the final day of the season after a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa.
The ex-Liverpool midfielder took on his first management role at Rangers in May. The 38-year-old had spent a brief spell coaching the Liverpool Under-18s and was thought to have had offers in England, but opted to move north of the border. He has transformed Rangers into a more resilient side and, like he did as a player, had success in Europe.
The former Chelsea midfielder was appointed at Derby in May, replacing Gary Rowett who left for Championship rivals Stoke. Enlisting the help of Jody Morris and Shay Given, Lampard put his faith in youth and brought in the likes of Mason Mount and Harry Wilson on loan. Despite suffering a few bumps along the way, Lampard soon got Derby playing free-flowing football, leading them up the Championship table and pulling off a stunning Carabao Cup win at Manchester United.
After the international break, the Premier League returns and slides into Gameweek 13.
We’re hurtling towards festive madness and this week’s fixture was the last break of the year.
Keeping tabs on all 20 Premier League teams is the Sport360 Stock Exchange (360SE), our season-long measurement for top-flight sides as we track each club throughout the campaign and take into account their results to assign positions.
We initially used reputation and squad worth to determine the starting price but from Gameweek 2 onward, we’ve examined their output to create a new value.
The total points gained for the season are used as a tiebreaker, but sides which have produced big wins against strong opposition get a big boost and vice versa.
Without further ado, here’s the rankings after GW13.
1. Manchester City: 568 / 572 / +4
Total for 2018/19: +76
City are running riot, but not in the chaotic and frenzied manner that portrayal suggests. Death for their opponents is being inflicted with the most calm and cold approach, like being strangled by a silk scarf. West Ham were the latest to be smothered as Leroy Sane (twice), Raheem Sterling and David Silva plundered at London Stadium. An exhibition but one of class.
2. Liverpool: 541 / 548 / +7
Total for 2018/19: +73
Liverpool are keeping pace with City, ironically doing so by decelerating their play. Jurgen Klopp has refined his philosophy to ensure Liverpool efficiently and effectively accrue points, relaxing his anarchic pressing machine in favour of a more rigid and consistent style. Watford were largely good on Saturday and they are an excellent side. But they were ultimately worn down by the visitors and a 3-0 victory through goals from Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino in a demanding fixture warrants a legitimate stock boost for Liverpool.
3. Chelsea: 484 / 476 / -8
Total for 2018/19: +46
Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the domestic season is over and it had been coming. Maurizio Sarri’s side are vastly improved in comparison to last term, but their fine start has disguised defensive deficiencies which Spurs ruthlessly unmasked in a 3-1 victory at Wembley. David Luiz’s career as a premier centre-back option is over as well after he mimicked his alter-ego Sideshow Bob with a series of self-inflicted errors.
4. Arsenal: 458 / 464 / +6
Total for 2018/19: +34
Unai Emery is not afraid to make decisions. He opted for a back three, the first time Arsenal have done so this season, at Bournemouth and dropped his mercurial playmaker Mesut Ozil. The plan worked. The wing-backs created overloads in the wide spaces and both goals were created through those areas. Arsenal were, once again, caught out on the counter but the winner from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – his 10th in all comps this season – will have delighted Emery.
5. Tottenham Hotspur: 446 / 460 / +14
Total for 2018/19: +40
Spurs are one of the finest teams to watch when they are in full throttle. With Harry Kane their chief weapon, Dele Alli, Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen providing the ammunition in behind, they’re difficult to stop. Mauricio Pochettino has welded a fine team, bursting with energy and ability. A 3-1 shredding of London rivals Chelsea – it really should have been four or five – fortified their title bid.
6. Manchester United: 446 / 442 / -4
Total for 2018/19: -18
United are absolutely cruising right now… to disaster that is. Crystal Palace wandered into attacking phases with relative ease as the lethargy which has diseased Jose Mourinho’s men this season struck again. There was so little threat going forward, no urgency in midfield and only Palace’s profligacy meant the clash finished 0-0. The lack of alternatives is keeping Mourinho in a job, but not in the top six and perhaps that grim reality will soon be the case in our rankings, too.
7. Everton: 378 / 382 / +4
Total for 2018/19: +11
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s simple finish after Theo Walcott’s strike was parried into his path, negated any frustration for Everton after Cardiff proved tricky to break down. Marco Silva is building an impressive team, one which has now broken into the top six, and Goodison Park is becoming a fortress. Continue in this vein, and they’ll bridge the gap to the top six in our rankings.
8. Leicester City: 360 / 362 / +2
Total for 2018/19: +12
A moment of Maddison – sorry – curtailed Leicester’s chance of victory at Brighton after their star midfielder was dismissed, given a second yellow for an egregious dive following on from a silly foul. Oddly, Brighton actually dropped off despite the numerical advantage and lost their slender goal lead as Jamie Vardy rose from the bench to equalise from the penalty spot. A small stock boost follows.
9. West Ham: 358 / 354 / -4
Total for 2018/19: -9
Being emphatically beaten by Manchester City is no surprise, but West Ham paid for their own imprecision. Defensively asleep in the first 35 minutes, they fell 3-0 down and the clash was effectively over before it began. Chances arrived and were not taken in the second half. West Ham continue to blow hot and cold this season and were ultimately frozen by City.
10. Bournemouth: 330 / 332 / +2
Total for 2018/19: +52
Everything about Bournemouth screams style. From a slick counter-attacking approach, to their cool and collected young manager Eddie Howe. Even own goals are done so in a sophisticated fashion. Yes, Jefferson Lerma scored an outstanding own goal as his effort to divert an Arsenal cross saw him slide and volley past his own goalkeeper. The more positive side of Bournemouth was exhibited through a fine Josh King equaliser, but then Aubameyang notched a winner to deny the high-flying Cherries a chance of closing in on the top-five. Regardless, their performance warrants a small stock rise.
11. Watford: 300 / 300 / 0
Total for 2018/19: +50
Watford could and probably should have had a penalty at 0-0 against Liverpool. There was contact from Andy Robertson on Will Hughes’ shin and a goal would have given them the impetus required to really trouble a Liverpool side lacking the intensity of last season. As it was, they were dragged to a 3-0 defeat and that scoreline will deeply disappoint Javi Gracia.
12. Wolves: 339 / 330 / -9
Total for 2018/19: +33
“Look inside and find the why” was how Nuno Espirito Santo planned on recovering from a devastating 2-0 loss against Huddersfield. His side were bad, really bad, and while you can’t picture a better performance for the visitors, the same can be said in reverse for Wolves. They’ve had a great start, play the game in the right way but the fundamentals were lacking against Huddersfield and they paid heavily for that.
13. Crystal Palace: 296 / 302 / +6
Total for 2018/19: +12
A 0-0 draw at Old Trafford would usually be viewed as an excellent return for Roy Hodgson. However, they missed opportunities to turn one point into three as their counter-attacking strategy was a trick without the treat. Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend’s pace caused United’s defences problems, but not the goal. A disappointing draw in the end, but a healthy stock increase all the same.
14. Brighton: 287 / 290 / +3
Total for 2018/19: +40
When thinking of prolific Premier League scorers, Glenn Murray is not exactly the type you’d immediately draw up. The Brighton striker is 35-years old and is unremarkable in the extreme. Yet, he continues to plunder and a seventh league goal of the season was enough to earn his side a point against Leicester. His glancing header from a corner was Brighton’s 14th of the season and 10th from a set-piece, a fine way to mark his 100th Premier League appearance.
15. Newcastle United: 285 / 289 / +4
Total for 2018/19: -1
A third-consecutive league win and a first away from home has given Rafa Benitez a little breathing space. Burnley perhaps didn’t deserve to find themselves 2-0 down so early, but Newcastle overall fully warranted the victory. The effort and attitude was everything Benitez could hope for and it means his side are up until 13th in the league, mirrored slightly in our rankings.
16. Burnley: 275 / 273 / -2
Total for 2018/19: -16
Plenty of huff and puff from Burnley against Newcastle, but no confidence to turn the winds of defeat away from them. Sean Dyche’s side look really short of confidence and are struggling to patch up their defensive issues with attacking spirit. This season they have been conceding goals at a rate of slightly more than two per game. Their strength is now a weakness.
17. Fulham: 260 / 268 / +8
Total for 2018/19: -22
The Claudio Ranieri era is up and running, although his new charges did everything possible to try and trip themselves up against Southampton. Fulham possess players capable of hurting their opponents from an attacking sense, but then simultaneously damage themselves defensively. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored two fine strikes either side of the break having gone 10 hours without a goal, with Andre Schurrle’s tap-in sandwiched in between after going one down. Welcome back to the Premier League, Claudio.
18. Southampton: 260 / 254 / -6
Total for 2018/19: -16
Mark Hughes will scratch his head as to how his side have been beaten again, then he’ll likely proceed to tear his hair out at sight of the league table. Southampton are in the bottom three but with the talent at Hughes’ disposal, they really do not warrant being there. After a dreadful defensive performance away from home at Fulham, the question now, is how long can Hughes last? Not long when Manchester United, Spurs and Arsenal inhabit their next four fixtures.
19. Huddersfield Town: 225 / 235 / +10
Total for 2018/19: +12
David Wagner is composing quite the revival with Huddersfield. A win at Wolves would mean they could jump as high as six spots, defeat would keep them rooted to the bottom. Victory then was worth more than just three points and thanks to two sweet finishes from Aaron Mooy, Huddersfield delivered. February was the last time they scored twice in a league game and naturally that means a huge stock boost for win of such magnitude.
20. Cardiff City: 216 / 216 / 0
Total for 2018/19: +16
Cardiff remain in the bottom three after a gritty defeat at Everton. The away side were unambitious, a perfectly fair tactic considering their woeful defensive record, but to their credit displayed resilience. Defeats against sides in the upper echelons are not ones which will see Cardiff relegated.