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Premier League - January Round Up

There’s not much to reflect in January as last month’s fixture list was hampered by two FA

Cup weekends and a winter break. Teams faced losing players whilst they represented their

countries at the African Cup of Nations and Asian Cup; with the likes of Mohammed Salah,

Andre Onana and Nicholas Jackson all absent. Would this have an effect on team’s forms?

Premier League football kicked off 2024 with a bang as Liverpool beat Newcastle United 4-2

at Anfield on New Years’ Day. A brace from Salah and goals from Curtis Jones and Cody

Gakpo were enough to cancel out strikes from Alexander Isak and Sven Botman. Of course,

what’s a game without VAR controversy! Two penalties were awarded to Liverpool, both of

which were soft (and that’s coming from a Liverpool fan!) so it was only fitting that Salah

missed one of them.

The subsequent game was the complete opposite. A stalemate. 0-0 between West Ham and

Brighton. The match was actually Brighton’s first clean sheet of the season; remarkable

considering it was their 21 st match. How Brighton didn’t come away with three points

though is astonishing as they managed 22 shots at goal during the 90 minutes, compared to

The Hammers’ 6.

Chelsea started their new year off with a win as they look to turn their backs on a dismal

2023, after rising star Cole Palmer converted his penalty to secure a 1-0 win over Fulham.

Newcastle United looked set to claim a point at home to Manchester City but teenager

Oscar Bobb scored an injury time winner to give City the win. It marked the first game back

for talisman Kevin De Bruyne who was making his first appearance since the first game of

the season back in August due to a hamstring injury. He capped off a fine performance off

the bench with a goal and assist.

Everton and Aston Villa shared the points in a 0-0 draw, Claret and Blue left-back Moreno

looked set to score the decisive goal but VAR rightfully ruled out his effort for offside. Points

were also shared between Manchester United and Tottenham too, but at least there was

goals in this one. Hojilund looks to have finally found some form for United as he got himself

on the scoresheet alongside team mate Rashford; Richarlison and Bentancur netting for


There was controversy down the bottom of the table as relegation contenders Burnley and

Luton drew 1-1. Burnley took the lead through Amdouni’s strike but Luton levelled late on

through Carlton Morris. Goalkeeper James Trafford appeared to have been aggressively

pushed away from the ball by Luton’s Adebayo allowing Morris to head into a relatively

open net.

Arsenal heaped pressure onto Crystal Palace’s Roy Hodgson as they thrashed them 5-0;

including a late brace from Gabriel Martinelli. Brentford overcame Nottingham Forest as

they edge a 5 goal thriller 3-2. There’s no need for a goal of the month as the goals in this

game was spectacular enough. Forests’ Danilo opened the scoring with a thunderous volley

from just outside the box whilst Maupay netted the winner on the half volley. Ivan Toney

made his first appearance for Brentford in 8 months as he returns from a betting ban. He’ll

be pleased with his return as he scored the first equaliser. Forest had their arguments that

the goal should have been ruled out as Toney moved the ball from the free-kick’s position

slightly. FA Laws say otherwise; and upon reflection Forest should have defended the free-

kick better anyway.

Sheffield United’s hopes of Premier League survival are already slim but a 2-2 draw with

West Ham could start a welcome turnaround. New loan signing Brereton Diaz netted for

them; fans will be hoping he is the catalyst in their search for survival.

Liverpool backed up their 4-2 New Year’s Day win with a further 4 goals away at

Bournemouth, but also managed a clean sheet. Nunez and Jota both claimed braces for the

Reds; erasing any fear that the Reds would suffer with Salah away on international duty.

Brighton drew another 0-0, this time with Wolves. It marked the 633 rd league appearance

for James Milner; he’s now only 30 behind record appearance maker Gareth Barry.

Arsenal survived a late scare at Nottingham Forest as they won 2-1 to keep their title hopes

alive. Jesus and Saka putting the Gunners’ ahead before Awoniyi netted a consolation at the

end. Fulham and Everton shared the points in another 0-0 in January; an entertaining

stalemate with the woodwork left shaking on several occasions with efforts also cleared off

the line from both sides.

Luton pulled off the spectacular against European hopefuls Brighton to keep their survival

hopes alive as they won 4-0. Adebayo secured a hat-trick; two of those goals were scored in

the opening three minutes.

Crystal Palace playmakers Olise and Eze shone in their game against Sheffield United as they

won 3-2. Newcastle United secured a 3-1 victory at Villa Park, one of a few teams to take

away any points in recent months, with a brace from Fabian Schar and own goal from


Manchester City look to have ended their somewhat poor form as they won 3-1 against

Burnley. Julian Alvarez scored twice whilst Rodri also netted. Spurs won 3-2 against

Brentford with Udogie, Johnson and Richarlison helping to secure the three points. Maupay

continued this purple patch in front of goal whilst Toney made it two in two for him.

Liverpool thrashed Chelsea 4-1 at Anfield in an emotional evening at Anfield, marking the

first home fixture since Jurgen Klopp announced his forthcoming departure at the end of the

season (more on this news to come in another post soon!). Jota, Diaz and Szoboszlai netted

for the Reds. Liverpool look to have found another emerging academy star as 20 year-old

right back Conor Bradley scored his first senior Reds goals whilst also assisting another two

goals. That result leaves Liverpool top of the table as January comes to an end; four points

off Manchester City whom have a game in hand.

It's certainly looking close at both ends of the table. I’ve never seen a Premier League

season like it. With Chelsea and Manchester United still struggling to sustain any consistent

form, will we see the any new additions to the ‘top 6’? Whilst Sheffield look to remain at the

foot of the table, a change in form for Burnley and Luton has kept their survival hopes alive.

Everton and Forest look to have points deductions in bound due to Financial Fair Play

breaches. Will that have an impact on their form and the bottom of the table?

February is short but full of fixtures. How will the table fare after that?


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