Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Gameweek 20 Review: The Ghost of 2015/16 Returns...

Chelsea, Dele Alli and Olivier Giroud are back to their former selves this gameweek.

The ghost of Olivier Giroud has risen from the dead of late and led Arsenal's comeback at the Vitality. Maybe the incredible Scorpion Kick was no fluke. Having made two assists and scored the equaliser in the dying stages, Giroud is now becoming a viable fantasy option in a forward department short of real value.

It is difficult to look at Giroud objectively as he is so renowned for his pleasing appearance, but Giroud's Premier League goals record is not to be ignored. Sanchez and Giroud could be a winning combination as a striking duo, similar to the end of last season. Arsenal's defensive and midfield troubles were magnified in the first half in a tale of two Arsenals. If history is to repeat itself the first half Arsenal will prevail until April, then Sanchez and Giroud will rescue their top 4 spot.

Chelsea Fall At The Last Hurdle

The demons seemingly defeated by Antonio Conte returned at White Hart Lane to stop them breaking a record of most straight wins (12, held by Arsenal in 2002). It was Chelsea's first loss since September, but the old ways of life under Mourinho in 2015/16 were there for all to see. They dominated possession, but were sloppy on the ball and let Spurs counter attack with ease. Hazard and Costa looked worn-out from a busy schedule and their run has finally come to an end, so take note if you own them. Nobody said the Premier League was easy, Antonio.

Of course, this is only half the story.

All You Need Is Alli, Alli's All You Need

The Spurs of are back to their all-conquering, rampaging, high-pressing best of yester-year. They have the second strongest defence in the league (just 3 conceded in 6), Dele Alli is scoring (a brace in each of the last 3) and providing goals too, Harry Kane is back scoring and Christian Eriksen is a creative force of late who can chip in with a goal or two himself. They are now not far off mounting a title challenge. Sound familiar? The Premier League is just a sudden Leicester resurgence away from recreating last season.

Written by Kyle Norbury

Stoke fan, football fan, fantasy football fan

Twitter: @SCFCNerd