The Premier League table is looking like drawing some early conclusions in the top half of the table. Manchester City’s win over Manchester United saw total football prevail over anti-football in a match where the Old Trafford crowd is unlikely to ever see such respect shown towards the opposition.
The scoreline flattered Jose Mourinho’s men in a one-sided encounter that only saw the red half of Manchester trouble Pep Guardiola’s team after the game in the dressing room; looks like we’ve got Pizza-gate 2.0 all over again.
Jose Mourinho was involved in a furious dressing-room bust-up with Man City keeper Ederson after the Manchester Derby.
Mourinho had milk and water thrown at him after the spat. ?? pic.twitter.com/qcBtQwpgbg
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Between 10th and 18th, just six points separate West Ham and Everton as the scrap in the bottom half of the table looks to be as tight as ever.
In the midst of it all is Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle, who have not managed to win in seven games and sit just two points above the relegation zone.
The wheels have come off at St James’ Park, despite a good start on Tyneside. Mike Ashley’s announcement to sell the club late in October seems to have started off Newcastle’s bad fortunes, but it does not seem all too miserable reading for the Magpies after they lost again at home to Leicester on the weekend.
Newcastle’s results versus their predicted results suggest they are still outperforming expectation, and with games coming up against Everton and West Ham, there could be time to turn things around before Christmas.
Benitez’s frustrations at summer recruits and with a squad he does not feel can adequately compete in the Premier League from fan expectation, the Spaniard’s side are still staying above what many people projected them to achieve this season.
Leicester’s win over the Magpies continues their renaissance under Claude Puel, who has taken the Foxes up to eighth in the table and just seven points off a Champions League spot.
The 2015/16 Champions continue to deliver for the French boss as they look set to push for a European spot rather than fighting down in a relegation scrap as they were under Craig Shakespeare.
No doubt before Christmas, there will be more chopping and changing – particularly in the bottom half of the table – as the league prepares for the busy Christmas period ahead.