Premier League grades: Manchester City and Liverpool get top marks
By Tony Gale
Last Updated: 18/12/17 1:40pm
Which teams made their mark and which failed to live up to expectations in this weekend's Premier League games?
We asked Sky Sports News pundit Tony Gale to rank who was top of the class and who needs to be sent to the back following another entertaining set of fixtures, as Manchester City cruised past Spurs and Liverpool netted four at Bournemouth.
How did your team fare - and do you agree with Gale's assessment? Read on for the verdict...
Premier League results
|Leicester 0-3 C Palace||Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle||Brighton 0-0 Burnley|
|Chelsea 1-0 S'ton||Stoke 0-3 West Ham||Watford 1-4 Huddersfield|
|Man City 4-1 Spurs||West Brom 1-2 Man Utd||B'mouth 0-4 Liverpool|
Crystal Palace - A
I thought this result was coming for Roy. They had the win in the week but this was a real commanding performance. The way Roy has turned them around, the system he's got them to play, the way Zaha is playing, meant it was a great away performance.
Huddersfield - A
A result away from home like that is fantastic, but Watford kind of handed it to them on a plate. Their fans also deserve an A, they were absolutely brilliant.
Liverpool - A
They were exhilarating with the Fab Four or maybe it should be the Fab Eleven, as they were all great - great to watch. They didn't have many problems defensively either and they were on top form.
Manchester City - A
Any former player watching that would love to be part of the City team, to have a manager like that giving you licence to play football, so all I am doing is purring at the moment.
West Ham - A
Three goals away from home is great against whoever you're playing in the Premier League and off the back of two great results against big teams, they needed that win, so the only way is up.
Arsenal - B
They didn't win it convincingly. Their standout player was Jack Wilshere, I don't understand how he hasn't been playing more. Hopefully Wenger will become aware that he's not just good on the pitch, but he's good off it and the fans can relate to him and it gives Arsenal more identity.
Brighton - B
I thought they were the better side, they created more chances than Burnley. Chris Hughton has a tough job, I saw them against Spurs and was alarmed by the intensity of their play and it's catching up with Brighton a bit. It was a better performance against Burnley but they needed to take their chances.
Burnley - B
We're starting to think Burnley should be winning these games when most would have thought they'd be around Brighton's position. They've had a couple of consolidation years now and they're doing OK.
Chelsea - B
They were playing in patches, in 15-minute bursts. They were without a central striker, until Morata came on later, rotating the front three instead. There was no Batshuayi, so he could be on his way in January. They're not going as badly as some people think, it's just because City are going so well.
Manchester United - B
They were good but still not at their best, still not exciting. I don't know what they're going for, whether it's excitement or just results. I thought it was a game we expected them to win and they did win quite comfortably until the last 10 minutes.
Newcastle - B
They lost away from home to a good side but I would want to see more from them. I am getting a little bit worried with all this takeover talk going on in the background, this is kind of taking away from what they're doing on the pitch, and at the moment, they're on the slide.
Southampton - B
They're one of those teams who need to be very careful they don't slip into a relegation battle.
West Brom - C
Alan Pardew said he wanted to play on the front foot but they didn't really play on the front foot so they were too far behind at 2-0. They may have expected to get defeated but I'd like to have seen the front-foot football that Alan was promising when he got the job.
Bournemouth - C
It was such a shame as they want to be performing against the top sides but you have to consider the opposition they were up against and how they played.
Stoke - C
I feel sorry for Mark [Hughes], as they're trying to play front-foot football but when you're in trouble like they are in, that is the most dangerous way to play. It was a bad performance for them.
Tottenham - C
I was disappointed, I thought they might have risen to the occasion but they didn't. Individual errors cost them but they were never really in the game.
Watford - C
They were poor, you could just sense the lack of intensity before kick-off. They suffered from some poor refereeing decisions but they were still poor in general.
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