The English Premier League produced 29 goals in week 17. Though Luis Suarez continued to shine in his adidas F50 adizero, Nike stole the sohw with 19 goals. Nike’s latest colorways were on fire in their debuts, notching a stunning 14 tallies.

The Atomic Orange/Total Orange/Black Nike CTR360 Maestri III was most rampant and accounted for a world-class, game-winning free kick for Everton, a winner for Newcastle and the cherry atop Manchester City’s glittering performance.

Of the 10 games played this week, only two ended in scoreless stalemates, Sunderland and Norwich’s encounter at the Stadium of Light on Saturday and Chelsea and Arsenal’s often-listless affair Monday at Emirates stadium.

The others brought goals a plenty. See how it all went down:

  • Saturday, Dec. 21

Liverpool 3 Cardiff City 0, Anfield

Luis Suarez, Liverpool, 25th and 45th minutes, adidas F50 adizero TRX, Samba Pack, Solar Blue/Running White/Solar Zest

Raheem Sterling, Liverpool, 42nd minute, Nike Mercurial Vapor IX, Neo Lime/Metallic Silver/Polarized Blue 

Suarez’s second continues magnificent month of glorious goals

 Liverpool v Cardiff City - Premier League

Another week, another set of simply stunning goals from Luis Suarez. Forced to choose between his well-taken volley set up by Jordan Henderson’s expert chip and his long-distance curler, we’ll sing the praises of the second of the lot, though both were spectacular.

Effectively killing off the game in the first half, Suarez initially lost possession on the edge of the area, but the ball fell to Henderson again. This time he backheeled the ball to his talismanic Uruguayan teammate, who needed only one sweet swing of his foot from 20 yards out to find his record 10th goal this month and 19th strike in 12 EPL contests. The ball hovered just a foot off of the ground and curled inside the far post. It was the perfect strike from the most on-form player in England these days. Breathtaking.

Newcastle United 3 Crystal Palace 0, Selhurt Park

Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle United, 25th minute, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, Atomic Orange/Total Orange/Black

Daniel Gabbidon, Newcastle United, 39th minute own goal, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, Atomic Orange/Total Orange/Black

Hatem Ben Arfa, Newcastle United, 86th minute penalty, adidas F50 adizero TRX, Samba Pack, Solar Blue/Running White/Solar Zest

Cabaye scores on return thanks to Sissoko’s set up, dangerous deflection

Crystal Palace v Newcastle United - Premier League

After missing last week’s contest due to an accumulation of yellow cards, Yohan Cabaye got back on the scoresheet with a winner at Selhurst Park. Cabaye got a bit of good fortune, his strike taking a deflection off of Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak en route to goal. Fellow Frenchman Moussa Sissoko did the hard work, driving inside and slipping the ball back to Cabaye to boom it goal bound with his right foot, sneaking inside the near post.

The result, Tony Pulis’ first home loss in charge of the Eagles, sent Newcastle to sixth place and leaves Crystal Palace fighting for survival in 18th, a mere point from safety and behind West Ham United.

Manchester City 4 Fulham 2, Craven Cottage

Yaya Toure, Manchester City, 23rd minute, PUMA King SL, Peacoat/White/Blue Atoll custom

Vincent Kompany, Manchester City, 43rd minute and 69th minute own goal, Warrior Skreamer S-Lite, Mirage Grey/Black Green

Kieran Richardson, Fulham, 50th minute, Nike Tiempo Legend V, Desert Sand/Atomic Orange/Black

Jesus Navas, Manchester City, 78th minute, Nike Mercurial Vapor IX, Electro Purple/Volt Black

James Milner, Manchester City, 83rd minute, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, Atomic Orange/Total Orange/Black

Toure’s free kick a master class in ball striking 

Fulham v Manchester City - Premier League

Two substitutions from Manuel Pellegrini proved shrewd as Jesus Navas and James Milner got goals to deny Fulham’s fine fight back, but it was Yaya Toure’s free kick that was the gem of this match. The Ivory Coast midfielder got his league leading fourth dead-ball goal of the season when he hit an unstoppable strike from just outside the penalty area. Toure approached the ball from the side and hit it swerving into the Upper 90, grazing the crossbar en route. No keeper would have stood a chance.

Manchester United 3 West Ham United 1, Old Trafford

Danny Welbeck, Manchester United, 26th minute, Nike Hypervenom Phantom, Neo Lime/Black

Adnan Januzaj, Manchester United, 36th minute, Nike Hypervenom Phantom, Neo Lime/Black 

Ashley Young, Manchester United, 72nd minute, adidas F50 adizero TRX, Samba Pack, Solar Zest/Black/Blast Purple

Carlton Cole, West Ham United, 81st minute, Nike Tiempo Legend V, Desert Sand/Atomic Orange/Black

Januzaj opens his Old Trafford account with fine, flowing move

Manchester United v West Ham United - Premier League

Showing skills and confidence that belies his young age, just 18, Adnan Januzaj played a slick one, two with fellow Hypervenom player and goalscorer Danny Welbeck along the left flank, then dragged the ball back with his left to dust James Collins near the byline. The young Belgian’s cheeky moved freed up enough space for him to hammer the ball home with his right and put the game beyond West Ham’s reach.

The goal was Januzaj’s first at Old Trafford and helped David Moyes build a streak of three wins on the trot.

Stoke City 2 Aston Villa 1, Britannia Stadium

Charlie Adam, Stoke City, 50th minute, adidas Nitrocharge 1.0 TRX, Vivid Red/Running White/Electricity

Libor Kozak, Aston Villa, 66th minute, Nike Hypervenom Phantom, Neo Lime/Black

Peter Crouch, Stoke City, 70th minute, PUMA PowerCat 1.12 SL, Black/Fluo Yellow/Blue

Crouch blasts home the simplest of goals to collect three huge points

Stoke City v Aston Villa - Premier League

He’s lanky. He’s awkward. His goals aren’t always the prettiest (though he had a Goal of the Season contender against Manchester City in 2012), but Peter Crouch has a knack for popping up and chipping in at the right time.

The former England international and experienced Premier League campaigner found himself in the perfect place to grab three points for the Potters. Four minutes after conceding a soft equalizer amid defensive confusion, Stoke’s U.S. right back Geoff Cameron played in a hopeful cross that was bungled between defender Chris Herd and goalkeeper Brad Guzan. The ever-alert Crouch saw the ball fall to his feet and rocketed it into the open net from point-blank range.

It was a classic Crouch performance as his knockdown header set up Charlie Adam for Stoke’s first strike. All in all, a solid shift for Crouch.

West Bromwich Albion 1 Hull City 1, The Hawthorns

Jake Livermore, Hull City, 28th minute, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, Atomic Orange/Total Orange/Black

Metej Vydra, West Bromwich Albion, 86th minute, Nike Mercurial Vapor IX, Electro Purple/Volt Black

Vydra’s debut goal gives the Baggies a much needed draw

West Bromwich Albion v Hull City - Premier LeagueTalk about picking a good time to score your first goal for your new club. Metej Vydra was on hand to steal a point for the Baggies. The Czech player, who spent last season on loan at Watford from Udinese, gave interim manager Keith Downing a solid start.

Fellow substitute Zoltan Gera played in Vydra to guide the ball home and help West Brom end their four game losing streak.

  • Sunday, Dec. 22

Tottenham Hotspur 3 Southampton 2, St Mary’s Stadium

Adam Lallana, Southampton, 13th minute, PUMA evoSPEED 1.2, Blackberry Cordial/Fluo Orange/Fluo Pink

Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham Hotspur, 25th and 64th minutes, Nike Mercurial Vapor IX, Neo Lime/Metallic Silver/Polarized Blue 

Jos Hooiveld, Southampton, 54th minute own goal, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, Volt/Black/Green Glow

Rickie Lambert, Southampton, 59th minute, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, Volt/Black/Green Glow

Abedayor rewards Sherwood’s trust with a game-winning double

Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League                                   

Left in the cold by Andre Villas-Boas, Emmanuel Adebayor is a man reborn under the guidance of Tim Sherwood. The former Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid man who hails from Togo notched a precious double on Sunday.

His second, a fine left-footed striker’s finish after wayward Saints defending from a simple throw in, gave Spurs the win and on Monday brought Sherwood an 18-month appointment in charge, removing his “caretaker” label.

Adebayor now has three goals in two games under Sherwood and the boss’ permanent appointment could pave the way for a rapid resurgence.

Everton 2 Swansea City 1, Liberty Stadium

Seamus Coleman, Everton, 66th minute, Nike Tiempo Legend V, Desert Sand/Atomic Orange/Black

Bryan Oviedo, Everton, 70th minute own goal, Nike Mercurial Vapor IX, Volt/Black/Bright Citrus

Ross Barkley, Everton, 84th minute, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, Atomic Orange/Total Orange/Black

Everton wins with a free kick that was all Barkley and plenty of bite

Swansea City v Everton - Premier League

Sporting a freshly shaven head and the newest Nike CTR360 Maestri III colorway, Ross Barkley continued to show Sunday why many in England believe the 20-year-old will represent the Three Lions in Brazil.

After Bryan Oviedo was unlucky to concede an own goal that cancelled out Seamus Coleman’s long-distance drive, Barkley stepped up to rifle in a free kick from 25 yards that moved from right to left before grazing the crossbar and flying into the goal. It was well worthy of winning the match, and, indeed, it did.

Which goal was your favorite of Week 17? Let’s have a chat about it in the comments section below. 

December 23rd, 2013 EPL, 0 Comments