A Weekend Full Of Premier League Surprises


Another weekend in the Premier League and yet another set of exciting results. We have become so use to surprises and shock results but this round of fixtures threw up some quite amazing scorelines. Question is…which one was the most surprising?

Stoke City 2 – 0 Manchester City 

Few would have predicted the way in which Stoke City have performed so far this season. They have been transformed from a long-ball team to a fast-paced exciting attacking one. Mark Hughes has done amazingly well in the transfer windows and has now produced a team worthy of praise.

Xherdan Shaqiri-Switzerland vs Argentina; 29th February 2012 Credits: Fanny Schertzer; WikiMedia Commons
Xherdan Shaqiri-Switzerland vs Argentina; 29th February 2012Credits: Fanny Schertzer; WikiMedia Commons /

However, Manchester City have a squad which far surpasses Stoke’s. Players like Aguero, Kompany and Toure are on a different level. Not only do they have more experience but they have the natural talent which should have seen them win this game.

Ultimately, despite Leicester sitting two points clear at the top, Manchester City are probably still favorites to win the Premier League this season.

S0, when Stoke went 2-0 up at home on Saturday, it certainly sent shock waves. Marco Arnautovic struck his double to sink City who now lose ground at the top of the league. It would be a bigger surprise if it wasn’t for the inconsistency at the Etihad and the incredible rise of Stoke City.

Chelsea 0 -1 Bournemouth 

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Chelsea really have been struggling this season. Just as it looked as though they were getting back on track, Bournemouth turn up and snatch a win at the Bridge. The Cherries have gained a lot of support this season for their exciting style of play but results haven’t always gone their way.

The south-coast side have been a little goal shy and haven’t always put away their chances. This may ultimately be there downfall but this win at Chelsea would be a huge boost to their season.

AFC Bournemouth
AFC Bournemouth (Credit: Wikimedia Commons) /

On the other hand, Jose Mourinho has not many fans this season. His side haven’t been at the races and have looked sluggish in every game they’ve played so far.

However, being at home and playing slightly better in recent matches, you would have bet on a home win.

This was not to be the case as Glenn Murray headed his side to three points.  Bournemouth now sit one place above the drop, two points behind Chelsea who amazingly sit 14th after 15 games. Jose has now doubted his team’s ability to finish in the top 4 whilst Eddie Howe will just be hoping his side avoid the drop.

Swansea 0 – 3 Leicester City

If you looked purely at form and the league table this result would not be considered surprising and yet it still is. Leicester City, yes that’s right Leicester, are now two points clear at the top of the Premier League. Even more amazingly, after 15 games, they honestly deserve to be there.

Jamie Vardy. Credit Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jamie_Vardy_08_sierpnia_2015.jpg).
Jamie Vardy. Credit Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jamie_Vardy_08_sierpnia_2015.jpg). /

Swansea, who have been fantastic since their promotion to the top flight, are now really struggling. Gary Monk faces a lot of pressure in a situation which is fast becoming unassailable.

Despite this, with Swansea at home, you would have thought they would have put up more of a fight. And as for Leicester, aren’t we all just waiting for the momentum to stop and the wheels to fall off? Yet this doesn’t seem like happening anytime soon.

They stormed home with a well-deserved 3-0 win courtesy of a Riyad Mahrez hat-trick. The Algerian’s performances have been slightly over-shadowed by Vardy’s goal scoring streak but his influence on his side is immense.

The pair have been incredible this season and the league really is there for the taking if they keep performing. What a surprise that would be, undoubtedly the greatest of all.