🏆 PL awards: Derby delight, Bruno beckons and Mourinho meltdown

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Another weekend, another round of Premier League fixtures full of talking points.

It’s time to dish out some awards …


The Broken Home Award

Liverpool went 68 matches unbeaten at Anfield before losing to Burnley this season.

They have now lost four consecutive home games in the top flight – for the first time since 1923. Something is officially broken.


The Brick Wall Award

Manchester City boast an array of talented midfielders and forwards, but their defensive record deserves attention.

Ederson, John Stones and Rúben Dias have started 13 league games together, keeping 12 clean sheets. Pray for Aymeric Laporte.


The Got Your Number Award

Arsenal’s record against the tradition top six is well versed, but nobody troubles them quite like Manchester City.

After their 1-0 defeat on Sunday, it was the first time Arsenal have failed to score in four consecutive home matches against a single opponent in their entire league history.


The Early Collapse Award

It wasn’t long ago that Tottenham were considered title challengers after their storming start to the season.

But the North London side have now lost five of their last six Premier League fixtures – with José Mourinho picking fights again. We’ve been here before.


The Head And Shoulders Award

As Thanos stated in Avengers: Endgame – “I am inevitable”. Which is exactly what Bruno Fernandes feels like for Manchester United.

The 25-year-old has been directly involved in more goals this season (25) than any other player in the Premier League.


The In Southgate’s Thinking? Award

Leicester are good and so is Harvey Barnes. The 23-year-old scored again this weekend – against Aston Villa – taking his tally to nine for the season.

That’s more than Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish, and level with Raheem Sterling. Is he playing himself into England contention?


The Uncharted Territory Award

West Ham will finish a Premier League matchday in the top four. For the first time since March 2016.

David Moyes has done an incredible job this season – could the Hammers really seal European football?


The Finally! Award

It’s happened, Everton fans! For the first time in 22 years, the Toffees have finally won away at Anfield.

That record is old enough to legally drink in the United States – no wonder they enjoyed the day.


The Missing Link Award

Most teams would miss the impact on their star player, and it’s fair to say that Aston Villa missed Jack Grealish.

They lost 2-1 at home to Leicester on Sunday, meaning they have now lost all three matches without their captain since the start of last season.


The Catch Him If You Can Award

Fulham are enjoying an impressive run of form under Scott Parker and one player has been central to that.

Zambo Anguissa completed 12 take-ons against Sheffield Utd, the most any player has completed in a single Premier League game this season.


The Help Me Out Award

Leeds made one of the signings of the season in Raphinha, having secured his signature from Rennes for just £18m.

During Friday’s 1-0 defeat to Wolves, the Brazilian created six chances for his teammates – none of which were converted.