Premier League good weekend, bad weekend

FourFourTwo's winners and losers as Manchester United stumble at home, Liverpool fire at Anfield, and Spurs close on Chelsea

Good weekend

Swansea City

Opta Fact

  • Fernando Llorente has scored in consecutive league games for the first time since November 2015 with Sevilla.

What a change Paul Clement has overseen. From feeble, flimsy and circling the drain under Francesco Guidolin and Bob Bradley, Swansea are now fighting the swirl. 

Their football may remain relatively formulaic and their gameplan focused on exploitating wide areas and manufacturing crossing angles, but not at the cost of the club's footballing ideals; Swansea remain attractive to watch, but now with an emphasis on efficiency.  

Clement is an engaging and authoritative presence, both with his players and the media, and his team's resurgence portrays the depths of his influence. The victory over Burnley may, superficially, have appeared to have been a win over an opponent notoriously fragile away from home, but it was really an illustration of Swansea's emotional growth. They no longer fear adversity in games and single punches no longer knock them cold. 

They're not going anywhere. 

Adam Lallana

A wonderful performance.

Lallana may not have drawn the most attention during Liverpool's 3-1 win over Arsenal, but he was the connecting piece between everything his side did well.

The role of any player not in possession of a single, outstanding attribute is to contribute to as many phases of a game as possible, and his influence was suitably broad at Anfield. Though naturally an invaluable part of Jurgen Klopp's press, Lallana gave a measured technical showing, too, caring for the ball and using it decisively where appropriate. 

He is very much a Jurgen Klopp player, if such a thing exists, but he has scaled the post-Brendan Rodgers learning curve quicker than any of the other holdovers from that era. Lallana appears to have a clearer understanding of his role than any of his teammates and has quickly acquired a telling tactical comprehension which, given his visibility in every phase of the game, was never more apparent than on Saturday night. 

Crystal Palace

Opta Fact

  • Sam Allardyce has only won one of his seven PL visits to The Hawthorns (D3 L3), winning 2-1 as West Ham boss in December 2014. 

There it is, the moment Sam Allardyce was waiting for. 

Saturday's game at The Hawthorns was an oddly fitting test of Palace's new resolve, pitting Allardyce and his players against the kind of team they aspire to be.

Tony Pulis encourages a docile brand of football, typically deferring to the opposition in the hope of minimising mistakes, but this was still a litmus test of sorts. Palace were resolute aerially and played with just enough of a flourish at the top of the pitch to unpick a defence which hadn't conceded twice at home in a league game in all of 2017.

More pleasing still, was the restriction of West Brom to half chances and tame long-range shots; Allardyce likely derived more satisfaction from that than he did the goals.

So the ideas have taken seed. Whatever the associations with Allardyce Ball, its implementation has been in Palace's best interests. They're finally playing mistake-free football and, though a low bar, that marks a significant improvement.