Oh You Beauty!: Top 5 Goals of the Midweek! 12/4/2014

5. Jordan Henderson vs Leicester City

The quality of this goal comes from the ability Raheem Sterling shows to stay onside against the offside trap and the awareness he demonstrates to know Jordan Henderson had followed up the initial pass. Henderson does a great job keeping his cool and blasts the ball past the depleted Leicester defense.


4. James Rodriguez vs Cornella

Another backheel assist. This one was beautifully taken straight out of the air by Chicharito and slid right into the path of the on-rushing James Rodriquez. Another Rodriguez goal makes it on the list. Unlike the Henderson goal, he still had to beat the keeper and several defenders for a well placed long distance shot.


3. Eden Hazard vs Tottenham

Eden Hazard’s spin to beat Aaron Lennon was a thing of beauty, but it was the expertly executed one-two pass with Didier Drogba that put him in on goal that really makes this goal for me. Chelsea have thrown down the gauntlet this season and it’s difficult to see them failing to win the league at this point.


2. Kevin Nolan vs West Brom (Andy Carroll Bicycle)

It is very rare you see a bicycle kick attempted. Even rarer is it actually on target. Andy Carroll’s attempt would have been #1 this week had Ben Foster not been there to stop it. Unfortunately for the Geordie striker, and this list, Foster was equal to the shot and parried it away. Luckily for West Ham, Kevin Nolan was in the perfect spot to sneak it into the net. Good goalkeeping from Foester, great poaching from Nolan, even better ambition from Carroll.


1. Pablo Zabaleta vs Sunderland

The only team that could make a challenge on Chelsea this season (Manchester City) shows just why they are in the running. This is a beautiful goal created between Pablo Zabaleta and Samir Nasri. Nasri has a few nice touches on the ball before sliding the ball along the tightest of angles to find Zabaleta. My favorite aspect of this goal is the arrogance of the deftest of chips over his former teammate, goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.


About Jeff Snyder

Jeff Snyder is a professional writer and has been in sports broadcast for almost half a decade. You can follow him on Twitter at @TheJackAnty.