August 18, 2022

Soccer followers in all places have been handled to yet one more thrilling weekend of Premier League motion, with Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool enjoying out an enthralling, high-octane title showdown on the Etihad and incomes a share of the spoils.

Jurgen Klopp’s aspect have executed fantastically to shut the hole on the high of the desk, having capitalised within the temporary drips from an in any other case relentless Metropolis juggernaut, and earned a hard-fought level on Sunday because of Sadio Mane’s equaliser.

Chelsea, in the meantime, have been in a position to bounce again in fashion from their shock defeat by Brentford and residential setback by the hands of Actual Madrid, as they beat Southampton 6-0 on the south coast – with Timo Werner even getting on the rating sheet twice. 

There have been extra twists within the race for fourth, too. Manchester United misplaced at struggling Everton, delivering a very woeful efficiency within the course of, whereas Arsenal have been surprised at house by Brighton. That left the door open for Tottenham.

Brentford, Leicester, Norwich, Leeds and Newcastle additionally earned victories within the latest spherical of video games, with top-flight fixtures now quickly working out.

So, with all this in thoughts, meet your newest High 10 of our Energy Rankings…

Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool performed out an exciting 2-2 draw on the high of the Premier League


10) James Maddison (Leicester)

9) Raheem Sterling (Manchester Metropolis)

8) Dejan Kulusevski (Tottenham)

7) Ivan Toney (Brentford)

6) Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) 

5) Kevin De Bruyne (Man Metropolis)

4) Joel Matip (Liverpool)

3) Christian Eriksen (Brentford)

2) Harry Kane (Tottenham)

1) Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

10. Mason Mount (new entry)

A brand new haircut works wonders, simply ask Mason Mount. Along with his cleaner trim and renewed confidence, the Chelsea midfielder helped his aspect put Southampton to the sword, having scored twice and posed a relentless menace at St Mary’s.

The Blues had been crying out for a response after their two latest setbacks and left their supporters to journey again as much as London with a smile on their face after hitting their opponents for six – with their medical nature easing them to victory.

Mount was integral to lots of their assaults and he was even readily available to place away two of them. His first noticed him select the nook with a chic effort from distance, earlier than his second arose from him being within the excellent place to tuck in.

To cap off his sauntering show, he even notched an help with a neat flick for Marcos Alonso’s opener, the objective which opened the floodgates. 

Mason Mount scored twice for Chelsea in their emphatic 6-0 victory against Southampton

Mason Mount scored twice for Chelsea of their emphatic 6-0 victory towards Southampton

9. Sadio Mane (new entry)

He might have hauled Liverpool degree at Manchester Metropolis with no flicker of emotion, however beneath the floor it’s clear Sadio Mane is gunning for the league title.

His excellent efficiency even got here on his thirtieth birthday, however his ideas have been far-off from celebrating the night time away as he raced and harried throughout the Etihad turf.

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The excessive traces on present from each groups, particularly the guests, enabled the forwards to take management of the sport, and Mane was a relentless presence when Liverpool seemed to interrupt ahead and stun the present desk toppers.

The sensible end past Ederson lower than a minute into the second half was a reward for his exhausting work, and his quiet interventions this season are protecting his crew firmly within the scrap for that glistening, coveted trophy.

Sadio Mane hit the leveller for Jurgen Klopp's side, keeping them firmly in the title dogfight

Sadio Mane hit the leveller for Jurgen Klopp’s aspect, protecting them firmly within the title dogfight

8) Christian Eriksen (down 5) 

Thomas Frank discovered the right abstract for Christian Eriksen’s influence at Brentford following their memorable 4-1 victory at Chelsea, saying: ‘You may at all times give it to Christian and he’ll discover a resolution.’

That end result possible secured the membership a spot within the Premier League for subsequent season, and so they have their wily playmaker to thank for his efforts in bringing an finish to their alarming hunch and reinvigorating them sufficient to recover from the mark.

It got here as little shock, then, that Eriksen was pivotal once more within the Bees’ victory over West Ham. Objectives from Bryan Mbeumo and Ivan Toney dispatched the Hammers, albeit a crew visibly drained from their Europa League exploits.

Boss Frank has additionally mentioned that Eriksen ‘appears to be like like a participant who’s clearly having fun with his soccer’, and that was additionally evident within the capital. True to kind, their new talisman was inch-perfect along with his passing and stood out as soon as once more.  

Christian Eriksen continued his superb comeback with Brentford in their win over West Ham

Christian Eriksen continued his excellent comeback with Brentford of their win over West Ham

7. Dejan Kulusevski (up one)

Tottenham, to their immense credit score, have been in a position to remodel a switch window defeat right into a standout victory within the winter. 

They missed out on signing Luis Diaz from Porto, with the ahead then becoming a member of Liverpool, and the stress shortly ratcheted up on Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici to herald the reinforcements that Antonio Conte had demanded.

Paratici, the grasp of contacts on the continent, turned to Dejan Kulusevski – and the remainder, as they are saying, is historical past. He initially took his time to seek out his footing in England, however has now, alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, fashioned a deadly entrance three. 

Within the victory over Aston Villa, Spurs’ fourth win in a row, Kulusevski was beautiful. His fleet-footed nature helped his aspect carve by the hosts, and he added to his objective tally initially of the second half earlier than teeing up Son for his hat-trick. 

Dejan Kulusevski was on target again at Aston Villa and also turned to provider from scorer

Dejan Kulusevski was heading in the right direction once more at Aston Villa and in addition turned to supplier from scorer

6. Ivan Toney (up one)

It might be a rocky season for Ivan Toney off the pitch, in gentle of some questionable feedback about his membership, however there isn’t a denying he’s doing the enterprise on it. 

This season, he has scored 12 objectives within the Premier League, and has 14 to his title from all competitions. Maybe essentially the most spectacular aspect to that is the way by which the frontman has been capable of finding the again of the online.

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A rock within the air, Toney is a nuisance for any defender, and he’s additionally adept at holding up the ball and breaking in behind. That enables Brentford to construct up assaults by him in any manner they select, and this can be a key cause behind their survival. 

His objective towards West Ham was medical. After teeing up Bryan Mbeumo for the opener, he picked up a move from the identical team-mate to fireside house. 

Brentford look to have sealed safety, and Ivan Toney continued a feel-good feeling with a goal

Brentford look to have sealed security, and Ivan Toney continued a feel-good feeling with a objective

 5. Virgil van Dijk (down 4)

It’s tough for a defender to face out in a sport they’ve conceded two objectives however, amid the flurry of drama, Virgil van Dijk impressed but once more for Liverpool. 

Manchester Metropolis and the Reds placed on a present in entrance of the watching tens of millions at a relentless tempo, and the man-made wall that’s Van Dijk referred to as upon all his years of expertise to take management of the backline and their ludicrously excessive press.

His excellent efficiency was encapsulated by one second within the second half. Raheem Sterling was launched one-on-one with the Holland stalwart however, regardless of all his trickery, was unable to seek out his manner round him and into the field.

Ultimately, Van Dijk merely dispossessed Sterling nonchalantly, permitting the guests to breathe once more of their bid to stay within the hunt for the top-flight trophy. 

Virgil van Dijk stood out in the frantic Etihad draw despite his backline shipping two goals

Virgil van Dijk stood out within the frantic Etihad draw regardless of his backline transport two objectives

4. Bernardo Silva (new entry)

Regardless of seemingly slipping below the radar, Bernardo Silva was one other participant to ship a sensational exhibiting on the Etihad within the hectic midfield scuffle.

Each time Metropolis have to lean on him, the playmaker has stepped as much as the plate, and his fast pondering from a free-kick helped them rating their opener towards Liverpool.

The hosts would additionally hand him off the ball when below stress, and Silva would reply by bursting ahead past a number of opponents to realize yards. There, he would unfold play out or win a foul, permitting Metropolis to pause.

With the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling maybe taking centre stage extra typically that not, Silva has been pressured to make do working away within the shadows. Nevertheless, he was a delight to observe on the weekend and stays a stellar asset. 

Bernardo Silva danced his way through Liverpool's side and was integral for City once again

Bernardo Silva danced his manner by Liverpool’s aspect and was integral for Metropolis as soon as once more

3. Kevin De Bruyne (up two) 

What a magical efficiency it was from Kevin De Bruyne. Caught up within the coronary heart of the combat, his cheeks flushed purple, the famous person took management of the sport and even opened the scoring, his highly effective drive on 5 minutes flashing past Alisson.

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That set the tone for his torment of Liverpool. Certainly, because the minutes flew by and the ultimate whistle approached, the guests adopted the artful tactic of hauling down De Bruyne each time they may, breaking apart the conflict into matches and begins. 

Metropolis repeatedly shifted play out large to use the open areas vacated by the guests’ superior full backs and, as soon as the ball was moved again inside, De Bruyne was typically readily available to likelihood his arm at objective or shift on to a team-mate.

It was this metronomic nature that noticed Jurgen Klopp’s aspect endure, and the fashionable midfielder even got here near serving to his crew place one hand on the trophy. Sadly for him, nevertheless, Riyad Mahrez chipped over when performed by. 

Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring in the top-flight classic and was as creative as ever

Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring within the top-flight basic and was as artistic as ever

2. Harry Kane (non-mover) 

Regardless of failing to attain for a 3rd sport working within the Premier League, Harry Kane stood out as soon as once more for Tottenham of their emphatic victory at Aston Villa.

The frontman, an ideal No 9 in an more and more fluid system below Antonio Conte, was content material to take a backseat within the Midlands, permitting Son Heung-min to attain a hat-trick and fireplace the guests into fourth place within the Premier League.

Kane picked up his eight and ninth assists of the season, with 5 of them coming inside his three-game run with no objective. One in every of his assists noticed him meet an extended ball within the air, look behind him to identify Son’s run, after which feed him by completely.

Throughout the pitch, the centre ahead registered three profitable dribbles and gained 14 duels, that means Villa’s backline will probably be seeing Kane of their nightmares this week. 

Harry Kane, despite not scoring once again, was on hand to tee up several goals in Spurs' win

Harry Kane, regardless of not scoring as soon as once more, was readily available to tee up a number of objectives in Spurs’ win

1) Son Heung-min (new entry)

A medical hat-trick from Son Heung-min helped Tottenham transfer into the ultimate Champions League spot and, with every of his strikes arrowing into the nook and underlining his place as one of the medical positions within the top-flight.

In truth, his trio noticed him transfer into the membership’s all-time high 10 goalscoring record, above fellow greats Robbie Keane and Teddy Sheringham.

His third objective, his one hundred and twenty fifth for Spurs, bolstered his significance to boss Antonio Conte, who will probably be properly conscious that he can name on his ahead to step up with Harry Kane surprisingly not amongst the objectives in latest weeks.

Keen to do the soiled work and at all times with a smile on his face, Son has supplied the standard – and the positivity – that has helped Spurs piece collectively the superb run of kind which can see them pip Arsenal, West Ham and Manchester United to fourth.

Son Heung-min stepped up instead of Harry Kane to net a hat-trick for an in-form Spurs outfit

Son Heung-min stepped up as an alternative of Harry Kane to internet a hat-trick for an in-form Spurs outfit