14 games in, we’re starting to get a real idea for how the Premier League is going to look come the end of the season.
Liverpool‘s advantage at the top is strengthening, while the rest of the top four chip away at each other, and the chasing pack of European hopefuls continue to jostle for the scraps.
At the other end, Watford look in trouble but Norwich and Southampton have come back to life, while the likes of Everton could find themselves in real trouble.
Have a gander below for the rest of our main talking points from another telling weekend.
You’ll probably see more spectacular assists this season. Depending on your perspective, you might even have seen a couple this weekend. But there was something magical about the intelligence and subtlety behind Heung-min Son’s layoff for Dele Alli’s opener against Bournemouth.
On the end of a 70-yard hoof from Toby Alderweireld, the South Korean took out three Bournemouth defenders and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale with a single touch that left Alli with a simple finish.
Your average player sends the ball skewing wide of the far post in this situation; Son nonchalantly creates a goal as if it’s the easiest thing in the world.
Best Substitute Appearance
Spurs would go on to win their game 3-2 for the second week running, but having once again been 3-0 up, it was another needlessly nervy finish.
And that’s all thanks to one man; Harry Wilson, who has been a standout for Bournemouth since joining on loan from Liverpool in the summer.
The Wales international emerged from the bench with half an hour remaining, and within ten minutes had pulled one back for his side with a signature set-piece stunner, before stroking home another on 96 minutes to give his side a very brief glimmer of hope.
The 22-year-old might not quite have it in him to make it at Anfield where Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane reign supreme, but six goals in 13 Premier League games suggests a player with a bright future wherever he ends up.
Best Pointless Red Card
Back at Anfield, Liverpool came out with a win against Brighton to momentarily move 11 points clear at the top of the league, but once again they made it that bit harder on themselves than they had do.
Two Virgil van Dijk headers had them in cruise control, but a moment of absolute lunacy from the normally stellar Alisson – who is prone to the occasional heads-gone moment – gifted the visitors a route back into the game.
The Brazilian came steaming out of his box to close down Leandro Trossard, and such was the distance between himself and the 18-yard line, he must have known he was outside the area when he stopped the ball with his hand, earning himself a red card.
Substitute keeper Adrian had a howler from the resulting free-kick, allowing Lewis Dunk to stroke a simple effort into the far corner, but the Reds dug deep and saw it out from there.
While one keeper at Anfield will remember his day for a howling mistake, though, the other will reflect on a solid performance. Brighton stopper Mat Ryan made a number of key saves in the first half to keep the score down, but the pick of the bunch came at 0-0 from a Roberto Firmino effort.
A sweeping move started out on the left by the Reds found the Brazilian striker in the area, and he sent a low effort towards goal that looked to have wrong-footed the Australian, whose momentum took him away from the trajectory ball.
Not only did he manage to change direction at the last second and get down to his right to prevent a goal, but the hand he got behind it was strong enough to push it away from goal and allow his defenders to get it away without conceding another corner.
Best Fan Shithousing
Norwich’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal, in Freddie Ljungberg’s first game in interim charge, was an eventful one. But amidst all the happenings, there was an unsung hero: the fan in the home end who threw a second ball onto the pitch as an Arsenal corner came in in an attempt to cause chaos.
The ball had gone out of play with the hosts 2-1 up in the second half, and when it wasn’t returned by the home fans behind the goal, a new ball was ordered by the referee to allow Mesut Ozil to take the inswinging corner. As the corner came in, though, the rogue ball re-emerged, in what appears to have been an attempt to knock the live ball out of its flight and prevent an Arsenal goal.
Karma was served, in truth; none of the players even took note and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang immediately arrived at the back post to equalise. You’ve got to respect the hustle, though.
It wasn’t the best day for Manchester City, whose relatively poor run (by their own standards, not anyone else’s) continued with a 2-2 draw at Newcastle.
And although Jonjo Shelvey’s razor-sharp strike to earn a share of the points is worthy of taking this category any other week, the goal of the weekend goes to City’s Kevin de Bruyne, who brought the ball down on his chest before launching a missile off the underside of the crossbar from 20 yards to put City, briefly, into the lead.
The meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs arrived on earth with less conviction than this one had when it hit the back of the net.
One of the major criticisms of VAR has been that it takes the drama out of football, and by and large it is capable of that crime. Leicester City 2-1 Everton, though, proved that it is just as capable of giving life as it is of taking it.
The tension in the air could have been cut with a knife as Kelehechi Iheanacho waited to see if his stoppage-time winner would stand. And when it was announced it would, the scenes of jubilation that followed were of the kind that we unequivocally love to see.
The Leicester players crowded manager Brendan Rodgers, who was practically on the pitch celebrating with his players, who had put some space between themselves and Manchester City at the very death of the game. Whisper it softly, but it felt like the sort of moment that could just define a title challenge…