Liverpool’s away loss to Manchester City has literally been wiped off the slate thanks to an incredible performance from Stoke City leaving the league title race wide open.
No one expected Manchester City to finish the weekend as losers considering their latest showing that should have meant shovelling another three points towards their Premier League campaign, but Stoke City clearly had other plans.
Mame Biram Diouf put the away side in front in the second half on the 58 minute markracing 70 yards to slide the ball under England international keeper Joe Hart. It looked to be the fuel City needed to ignite their attack and start pumping in the goals, but Stoke held off what became a relentless Manchester City assault.
Despite Manchester City’s Agüero, Dzeko, Silva, Navas and Touré making up for a threatening line of attack, Stoke remained unfazed in front of their ever loyal away support and in return for their encouragement they were rewarded with an unexpected and remarkable away victory as well as a valuable 3 points to stare at next time they look at the Premier League table.
After referee Lee Mason blew the final whistle, the home stands that held a furious set of Manchester City fans had already emptied; while the rest of the stadium resembled FA cup winners! Stoke’s 27% possession and defense of 16 shots from Manchester City in which only 2 hit the target was enough to give Stoke the lift they needed to believe the team has what it takes to remain in the Premier League and improve.
As for Liverpool, the Manchester City win means Brendan Rodgers will be looking for all three points at White Hart Lane in North London tonight to cancel out last week’s loss to Manchester City and to ensure that the Reds stay on Chelsea’s tails as the Blues have started with a 100% point’s total.
Burnley 0-0 Man Utd
(Man City 0-1 Stoke)
Newcastle 3-3 Crystal Palace
QPR 1-0 Sunderland
Swansea 3-0 West Brom
West Ham 1-3 Southampton
Everton 3-6 Chelsea
How they stand
Currently Liverpool have dropped 3 points, but they are not alone as Arsenal managed to grab a point versus Everton last season, but despite coming back from a two goal deficit, the Gunners will put this down to 2 points lost as they fully expected to beat what looks to be a formidably strong Everton side this year.
Tottenham are in a great position with the game versus Liverpool looming. Last season did the double over Tottenham with one of the Reds wins coming from a 0-5 victory at White Heart Lane where tonight’s game will be taking place.
A win for Liverpool will put the Reds above Tottenham, who currently have 6 points already racked up towards their cause and are 2 points above Liverpool. A loss for Brendan Rogers to wouldn’t be the end of the world, but it certainly would make things difficult as the season progresses through the early stages.
1st Chelsea 3 7 9 points
2nd Swansea 3 5 9 points
3rd Tottenham 2 5 6 points
4th Man City 3 3 6 points
5th Arsenal 2 1 4 points
11th Liverpool 2 -1 3 points