Monday 23 October 2017 / 07:42 AM

EPL WEEKEND: FIVE TALKING POINTS

Another weekend, another scintillating two days of footballing action. This round of fixtures saw Manchester City regain their mojo, Jose Mourinho sent off and another under the radar win from Chelsea. Here are five of the biggest talking points:

Goalless draw for United as Jose’s frustrations continue

37 shots. No goals. Nil-nil after ninety minutes. That summary says it all really. When Manchester United really needed a win, their finishing boots failed them and despite completely dominating the game, it was another sterile result from Jose Mourinho’s men.

Clearly the poor performances are starting to get to Mourinho, who was sent to the stands for a rant at the officials. But this was not a result that the Portuguese can be blamed for. United should have scored multiple times, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic among the most profligate, and Jose can rightly feel aggrieved at his side’s inability to take their chances.

Trouble is, the winless run goes on – extending to five matches – which does pile the pressure on Mourinho and his men.

Are Tottenham more reliant on Kane than we thought?

Spurs had a fantastic season last year, with standout performances all over the pitch. But could it be the case that they relied on star striker Harry Kane more than we thought?

Without the injured striker, they’ve failed to win their last five matches – including a disappointing 1-1 draw with Leicester City on the weekend – and with Heung-Min Son not having the same impact he had in September, Spurs look bereft in the final third.

Summer signing Vincent Janssen has not hit the ground running, and whilst he is willing, the Dutchman needs to start finding the net on a semi-regular basis to justify his fee. For Spurs, Kane’s return can’t come soon enough.

Are we forgetting about Chelsea?

This season, as far as tips for the title go, all the talk’s been about Pep Guardiola’s Man City side. In recent weeks, Arsenal have been mentioned in the same breath. But are we forgetting about Chelsea? The Blues dismantled Manchester United last week, and were similarly impressive in a good 2-0 away win at Southampton on Sunday.

On paper, Antonio Conte’s side are as good as any in the league, and the fact that no one’s really talking them up will definitely suit the Blues. Expect them to be there or thereabouts at the season’s conclusion.

Sumptuous Liverpool in with a shout too…

Liverpool were everything we’ve come to expect of Jurgen Klopp’s side during their 4-2 defeat of Crystal Palace – sumptuous going forward and calamitous at the back.

Thankfully for Klopp, their attacking play is generally good enough to outweigh their deficiencies in defence, and it’ll take a good side to beat them. Could this year be their year?

Moyes for the chop?

I really can’t see how David Moyes can keep his job at Sunderland unless something changes very quickly. The Black Cats sit winless bottom of the table after 10 games, with only two points and a goal difference of minus 13.

Arsenal compounded their woes 4-1 on the weekend, and it seems inconceivable that the former United and Everton boss can stay in his post much longer.

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