Who were the top performers and who let themselves down in the Premier League this weekend?
We asked Sky Sports News guest Danny Mills to offer his verdict on the weekend’s top-flight action, with the former Manchester City defender grading each club on their display.
So, how did YOUR club fare – are they the star of the week with an A+++, was their paper ungraded or are they somewhere in between? Read on to find out…
Weekend Premier League results
- West Brom 2-2 Liverpool
- Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace
- Stoke 1-1 Burnley
- Arsenal 4-1 West Ham
- Man City 5-0 Swansea
Man City – A+++
They were outstanding, absolutely outstanding. They put together more than 1,000 passes, were clinical, dominated possession – they’ve won the title already but never stopped pressing. They just ran the show.
Man City 5-0 Swansea
Arsenal – A
What Arsenal did for football in this country, and the Premier League, was revolutionary, at the time. He’s lost a little bit of that, but on their day they can beat anyone and 4-1 shows that.
Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus (left) celebrates scoring his side's fifth goal against Swansea
West Brom – B+
Darren Moore is 8ft 6ins, pure muscle, you’re not going to argue with him. It’s a great result for him and he’s a jovial character, and he’s just gone ‘look, let’s do this right and let’s have a bit of fun before the end of the season’. The players are playing for him, and I hope these results give him a chance of getting the job. Earlier in the season, you couldn’t even see them scoring twice!
Burnley – B
Although it was a 1-1, coming back and on the verge of Europe at the moment, they’re great and doing something very, very special. It’s unbelievable Burnley are in seventh. How much further can Sean Dyche take this side? It looks almost impossible. He’s reached the apex.
Arsenal 4-1 West Ham
Crystal Palace – B
They’re still in it, but it’s a good point and keeping up their decent run. That said, there’s always one team who comes out of nowhere to get two or three results so they need to be aware of it.
Watford – B
Watford are safe, so there wasn’t too much to play for – will they change the manager, will they not, it seems to happen on a yearly basis at that club. A point’s decent for them at this stage of the season, especially after back-to-back defeats.
Stoke 1-1 Burnley
Stoke – C
You’d give them a B until the chance at the end. That could hurt. If it happens earlier in the season, you move on, but at this stage of the season opportunities like that start to hurt even more. The opportunity for them to get that win and get close to the rest of the pack and throw it away, even with another chance to win it, is very disappointing.
Liverpool – C-
Roma will be looking at this and going: ‘Let’s stick some balls in the box.’ Obviously, bringing in Van Dijk was supposed to fix those sorts of issues but from balls into the box, they looked very vulnerable.
Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace
West Ham – D
You can’t just chuck it in at 2-1 down. Another point sees them safe. You’ve got to make sure you get it sooner rather than later so it’s very disappointing for them.
Swansea – U
They never started. They didn’t even write their name on the exam paper. It’s difficult when you’re playing the best, do you keep it tight or open up and get battered? And they did neither. They were scared. It was a disaster. It was a freebie, but goal difference wise it could be damaging.