Five things we learned midweek in the Barclays Premier League


This week we had the rare treat of midweek games in the Barclays Premier League as we prepare for the busy Christmas period, here’s what we learned in the midweek games.

Who needs Daniel Sturridge?

As much as Liverpool looked like they missed the injured England striker at the weekend against Hull, Wednesday night’s game against Norwich was all about Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan showed his extraordinary talent, scoring four stunning goals.

The first was an outstanding dipping volley from 40 yards, the second a well worked finish from close range, the third was a Paul Gascoigne-esque flick over the defender before driving the volley past the keeper. With his hat trick completed in 34 minutes, he added a fourth in the second half from a free kick.

Suarez continues his stunning form against Norwich, those goals mean that the 26-year-old has an unbelievable 12 goals from four games against the Canaries and 29 goals in the last 28 games for Liverpool.

Everton haunt David Moyes

Moyes spent 11 years as manager at Everton before leaving for Manchester United this summer and since then United have struggled to find form under their new boss while Everton have gone from strength to strength helped by the loan signing in form of Romelu Lukaku.

The Toffees went into the game 5th in the league, two points ahead of United and by the end of the night they were five points clear, Bryan Ovideo’s late strike was the only goal and gave Everton their first win at Old Trafford in 21 years.

The result gives Everton their 8th clean sheet this season and puts another serious blow to Manchester United’s stuttering title defence.

Nicklas Bendtner shows Barcelona what they are missing

The Danish forward has been the butt of many fans’ jokes in recent months. After a series of poor performances combined with a less than modest approach to his own abilities in the press, including suggesting his future might lie with Real Madrid or Barcelona, has kept him in the spotlight.

It was Bendtner who was laughing on Wednesday night, they were many raised eyebrows when his name was amongst the starting 11, but he put his name on the scoresheet after just 90 seconds against Hull.

City wobble but win on the road

Manchester City’s poor away form this season is well documented. With only one win on the road before Wednesday’s trip to West Brom Manuel Pellegrini’s side needed to show they could pick up points away from the Etihad if they are to considered title contenders this season.

After 24 minutes City were two up with goals from Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure. The three points seemed to be in the bag on the 74th minute when Yaya Toure tucked away a penalty to make it 3-0.

However, in the last five minute City switched off, West Brom scored twice and threatened to steal a point. City survived the scare this time to claim only their second away win this season.

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Holtby eases pressure on AVB

Speculation had been mounting about the future on Andre Villas Boas after Tottenham’s thrashing at the Etihad two weeks ago and the teams inability to score goals this season.

But Spurs’ last two results will have eased pressure on the Portuguese as his side scored four in the last two games. They built on this weekends draw against Man United by scoring two late goals to beat Fulham 1-2 in Rene Meulensteen’s first game as boss at Craven Cottage.

Ashkan Dejagah put the home side into the lead early in the second half but Vlad Chiriches’ half volley leveled the score and Lewis Holtby’s 82 minute goal gave Spurs a much needed three points.

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