Finally, after a week and a half of International Football, the Premier League is back! The International break is always a dreaded time for football fans, who have to hope their favorite players don’t get injured while playing some low ranked team from either UEFA, CONMEBOL, or if you are a USA fan, watch your team get battered by Mexico….Again. […]
Finally, after a week and a half of International Football, the Premier League is back!
The International break is always a dreaded time for football fans, who have to hope their favorite players don’t get injured while playing some low ranked team from either UEFA, CONMEBOL, or if you are a USA fan, watch your team get battered by Mexico….Again.
But, I digress; we should just dive right into the Premier League action from this past weekend.
The first match to kick off this weekend was league leaders Liverpool against strugglers Newcastle. The match started off slowly for the Reds, as Jetro Willems smashed in a weak footed effort to send the visitors into the lead early. Liverpool became more aggressive as the match went on, with in-form Sadio Mane netting twice before the break. The match ended with Liverpool 3-1 winners, controlling the game with 75.3% of the ball. The also had nine shots on target compared to Newcastle’s one. Trent Alexander-Arnold had a massive seven key passes, which was more than the entire Newcastle side. Liverpool will look to continue their league success against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this Sunday, while Newcastle will be looking to bounce back against Brighton.
Our next match takes us to the Amex Stadium, as Brighton hosted Burnley in a cagey affair. The home side opened the scoring after the break, with Neal Maupay continuing to impress in his debut season at the club. Brighton had more possession and shots, with 62.5% of the ball and five shots on target. The visitors were able to equalize in the dying embers of the game, with Jeff Hendrick converting the only effort on target for the visitors. Both defenses were busy, with Brighton’s back three having four tackles and seven interceptions between them. Burnley’s fullbacks were busy against the wingbacks, having 13 tackles and interceptions between Erik Pieters and Matt Lowton. Both sides will be looking for all three points next weekend, as they both face teams with leaky defenses.
Manchester United hosted Leicester City at the 10am kickoff, winning the match 1-0 thanks to a Marcus Rashford penalty. Leicester couldn’t equalize, even though they looked to control most of the game. Manchester United was able to out-shoot the visitors, but neither team was clinical in front of the net. Harry Maguire did well to marshal former teammate Jaime Vardy, with the forward not able to register a single effort. This marked United’s 3rd win in their last 17 matches, a dismal record that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to improve on next week against West Ham. Brendan Rodgers will be hoping his team can get back to scoring against a Spurs side coming off a massive victory.
New boys Sheffield United hosted Southampton in an evenly contested match at Bramall Lane. The visitors were able to take all three points as Moussa Djenepo scored a wonderful solo goal in the 66th minute. The hosts had their chances, with McBurnie’s goal ruled out due to an offsides call. Overall, Sheffield was unable to convert against a stout Southampton defense and a solid performance from keeper Angus Gunn. Southampton edged the possession, but the game was very open for both sides to attack. Sheffield will be looking to get at least a point next week against an inconsistent Everton side, while Southampton faces Bournemouth at St. Mary’s Stadium on Friday.
Spurs hosted Crystal Palace at the 10am kickoff, looking to bounce back from some poor performances before the international break. They got off to a hot start, scoring four goals in the first half. Heung Min Son scored a brace as Spurs dominated the game with 64.1% of the ball. Palace had more shots on target but was unable to convert anything into a goal. Serge Aurier put in a stellar performance from the right flank, having two key passes, two tackles, and five interceptions. He even got himself an assist on the day, showing that he can be a good option for a key part of Pochettino’s system. Spurs go against Leicester at the KP, while Palace faces off against a struggling Wolves side.
Speaking of Wolves, they hosted a youthful Chelsea side on Saturday. A seven goal thriller, Frank Lampard’s men walked away 5-2 winners against Wolves. This was the first time that three English under-21 players scored in the Premier League for the Blues, with Tammy Abraham scoring a hat-trick for his side. He is in excellent form, scoring seven goals in the first five matches. Fikayo Tomori netted a screamer from outside the box in his first start of the season and Mason Mount was able to convert deep into stoppage time. Wolves were able to score twice, with new signing Patrick Cutrone opening his account for the season. Wolves have yet to win this season, which is worrying given their form last season. They will look to get a win next week against Palace.
Champions Manchester City went to Carrow Road to face off against Norwich, which ended 3-2 in favor of the Canaries. A disappointing performance from the Cityzens, who were caught out at the back multiple times. A Nicolas Otamendi mistake gifted a goal to Temu Pukki, who was never going to miss from six yards out. Norwich played incredibly well, starting a makeshift lineup due to multiple injuries. City had more than double the passes than the Canaries with 671 to 318 but was unable to get the equalizer. City is now five points off league leaders Liverpool, which isn’t insurmountable, but it is not a great start to the season. They will surely look to emulate the scoreline from their last meeting with Watford, which was a 6-0 win against the Hornets.
The first match on Sunday was an away day for Evertonians, as they went south to Bournemouth. The match ended 3-1 in favor of the hosts, who played brilliantly. Everton made a few mistakes on the day, allowing Callum Wilson to net twice. Everton looked incredibly vulnerable, with their lack of defensive players evident. The Toffees had more of the ball, but the home side had more shots on target in this match. Josh King had four key passes on the day, the most of the match for both sides. Everton has struggled this season, with new signing Moise Kean still searching for his first goal for the club. He will be hoping he gets that goal against a newly-promoted Sheffield next weekend, while Bournemouth hopes to snatch all three points against Southampton on Friday.
The later match on Sunday was Arsenal away to Watford. The Gunners dominated the first half, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring a brace. Watford came out firing in the second half, scoring after a dreadful attempt to pass out of the back from Sokratis. David Luiz gave away a clumsy penalty in the last 10 minutes, which Roberto Pereyra converted. Watford’s Ettienne Capoue and Abdoulaye Doucoure had 13 tackles and interceptions between them, running themselves into the ground in a high press setup. Arsenal continued to make mistakes, facing a record 31 shots from a team that just sacked its manager within the past 10 days. Unai Emery’s side continues to be erratic at best and need to sort themselves out coming up against Aston Villa this weekend.
The final game of the match week was a Monday night game featuring Aston Villa and West Ham. The game ended 0-0, with both teams creating chances. Arthur Masuaku got sent off in the second half after his second yellow, leaving the visitors down to 10 men. The match stats favored West Ham, but they were unable to break the deadlock. Villa will be disappointed not to score against 10 men but will have to look at the positives as they continued to create chances. Jack Grealish continued to impress this season, having two key passes and three dribbles. Both sides will be looking to get on the score sheet this upcoming weekend.
This week marks the return of the UEFA Champion’s League, which will showcase the top sides in Europe. The Premier League match week 6 kicks off on Friday, so be sure to watch all the action this weekend. Thank you for taking the time for reading this, I sure am looking forward to seeing how the season unfolds.