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It has been delayed due to the busy schedule the New Year brings to Premier League teams but Matchdays 20 and 21 grades begin and here were the results:
Brighton vs Bournemouth 2-0
Southampton vs Crystal Palace 1-1
Newcastle vs Everton 1-2
Watford vs Aston Villa 3-0
Norwich vs Tottenham 2-2
West Ham vs Leicester 1-2
Burnley vs Manchester United 0-2
Arsenal vs Chelsea 1-2
Liverpool vs Wolves 1-0
Manchester City vs Sheffield United 2-0
Brighton vs Chelsea 1-1
Burnley vs Aston Villa 1-2
Newcastle vs Leicester 0-3
Watford vs Wolves 2-1
Southampton vs Tottenham 1-0
West Ham vs Bournemouth 4-0
Manchester City vs Everton 2-1
Norwich vs Crystal Palace 1-1
Arsenal vs Manchester United 2-0
Liverpool vs Sheffield United 2-0
Here are the grades:
LIVERPOOL: 7.5/10 and 8.5/10 = 16/20
Two hard earned wins for Liverpool but were a tad lucky against Wolves. They are cruising right now, it will take a lot for them to squander this title.
LEICESTER CITY 8/10 and 9/10
Two massive wins for Leicester after some awful performances against City and Liverpool and they remain second.
MANCHESTER CITY 8.5/10 and 8/10 = 16.5/20
Two momentum building wins and they will aim to keep this up for the rest of the season in an attempt to keep up with Leicester and Liverpool.
CHELSEA 7.5/10 and 5/10 = 12.5/20
Just as inconsistent as United are right now and are hanging on to the top four by a thread. A bug bonus that they can sign players and will need to if they are to remain in the top four.
MANCHESTER UNITED 8.5/10 and 2/10 = 10.5/20
They play well and keep a clean sheet then fail to beat a weakened Arsenal side. Poor. Likewise, they need signings and fast.
TOTTENHAM 4/10 and 2/10 = 6/20
Utterly woeful. Defensive errors costing them points and Mourinho will want to fix them fast before they fall further behind.
WOLVES 5/10 and 4/10 = 9/20
Two poor performances but are still in the picture for top six and could pose problems at the top of the table.
SHEFFIELD UNITED 5/10 and 5/10 = 10/20
Unlucky to play City and Liverpool back to back but did well in both games but not enough.
CRYSTAL PALACE 6/10 and 6/10 = 12/20
Two draws is ok but not good enough. Zaha will probably stay until the summer but if he is not playing his best then what is the point in keeping him?
ARSENAL 5.5/10 and 9/10 = 14.5/20
Bounced back against United well and Arteta will hope this form continues for the rest of the season and the years to come. He needs time and players but will certainly be given them.
EVERTON 8/10 and 5/10 = 13/20
Did well to win away and then narrowly missed out on the win at City. Played well enough and won’t be flattened by the loss.
SOUTHAMPTON 6/10 and 9/10 = 15/20
Unbeaten in five games and playing good football. They have forced their way out of the relegation zone and don’t look like going back.
NEWCASTLE 5/10 and 3/10 = 8/20
Defensive errors costing them points and they need help. Some difficult games ahead and they will want to earn some points fast.
BRIGHTON 8/10 and 8/10 = 16/20
Two good performances after a shaky spell and they look a lot better now. A solid team and they should avoid the drop at the end of the season.
BURNLEY 4/10 and 5/10 = 9/20
Two poor performances. They are not playing as consistently as they have in recent seasons and that is the problem with an ageing side. They will need replacements in the summer should they stay up, which is now no longer a guarantee.
WEST HAM 4/10 and 10/10 = 14/20
Pellegrini gone and Moyes in and West Ham win 4-0! Never would have guessed it. If they can keep it up they should be fine as they have some quality players that have yet to perform to their best this season.
ASTON VILLA 3/10 and 8/10 = 11/20
Inconsistencies are their bane. It is why they are close to relegation and they will want to keep Grealish at all costs.
BOURNEMOUTH 4/10 and 1/10 = 5/20
Two bad performances continue an awful run of form and they are clueless as to how to solve it. They have great players that can’t perform. Baffling.
WATFORD 9/10 and 7/10 = 16/20
They aren’t out of the woods but Watford are doing very well. They can escape but they will need to keep it up all season long.
NORWICH 8/10 and 7/10 = 15/20
They may be at the bottom but they are still not done just yet. They will need their best players back fit and keep the ones linked with moves away but it is not inconceivable for them to stay up.