Loser: West Ham
This is harsh against West Ham, but the title of “whoever has the unfortunate task of playing Manchester City” was obnoxiously long.
The final match of the weekend was destined to be a blowout. Manchester City had won 12 straight, one away from tying the all-time consecutive wins record. Pep Guardiola’s team, aside from a few scares against Huddersfield and Southampton, were decimating clubs with ease and looked unbeatable.
West Ham have been the biggest disappointment in the Premier League this season full stop. They’ve already had to sack Slaven Bilic and replaced him with the least exciting name in soccer, David Moyes. The move drew ire from supporters and analysts alike for good reason.
The Hammers took the lead against City in the 44th minute through Angelo Obgonna’s first goal of the year. City equalized in the 57th from defender Nicolas Otamendi and took the lead for good in the 83rd thanks to a brilliant pass from Kevin De Bruyne and finish by David Silva. Ctiy’s last three games have all ended 2-1, a far cry from their earlier dismantlings, but still worth the same amount of points in the end.
West Ham haven’t looked much better since Moyes’ appointment, which is only shocking to the four people still on his bandwagon. It was an uninspired hire at the time, and beginning to look how most thought it would. To be fair, his side did take the lead against City and defended well, thanks to keeper Adrian standing on his head for most of the match. They were close, but according to Andy Dwyer, close only counts in horse grenades.