Editors Note: Hey everyone, this is Fonz De Falco, creator of the site. If you did not know, I was away in Japan for the past two weeks, so I was unable to edit and post out any articles that were ready to go. This is one of the articles that was made during my time away. Enjoy the Week 6 […]
Editors Note: Hey everyone, this is Fonz De Falco, creator of the site. If you did not know, I was away in Japan for the past two weeks, so I was unable to edit and post out any articles that were ready to go. This is one of the articles that was made during my time away. Enjoy the Week 6 recap of the Premier League and stay tuned for Week 7’s recap later in the week.
The first match of the week started Friday evening down on the South Coast, as Southampton hosted Bournemouth. The Cherries got all three points in a 3-1 victory which showed how poor The Saints communication at the back was. Southampton controlled the tempo of the game, producing more shots (25), shots on target (six), passes (554), and possession (64.8%). Bournemouth was incredibly clinical, scoring three goals from three shots on target. Southampton will feel hard done, as they had four separate players produce three key passes. The home side was unable to score from open play, as their only goal came from a James Ward-Prowse spot-kick. They will have to build off their performance, which was good going forward, to maybe snatch a point of a struggling Spurs side on Saturday.
Speaking of Spurs, they faced off against Leicester on Saturday at the KP Stadium. They took the lead through Harry Kane in the 29th minute, but Leicester came back to win the match 2-1. Ricardo and James Maddison netted, with the latter scoring a beautiful strike from outside the box to claim all three points. James Maddison continues to impress this season, with two shots on target and two key passes in this match. He has been an impressive creative force, really excelling under manager Brendan Rodgers. Spurs really have been underperforming, losing this game and drawing Olympiacos in the Champion’s League last week. They need to create more chances, as their four shots on target were simply not enough to trouble Leicester. With some issues with senior players like Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld, Spurs need to rally to emulate their success from last season. We’ll see how they fare next week against strugglers Southampton.
Our next match was between Burnley and Norwich City. A cagey affair, Burnley were able to win 2-0 thanks to a Chris Wood brace. They were his first two goals for the new season, with the big target man finishing from inside the six-yard box twice in four minutes. Norwich had the majority of possession (58.6%), playing their brand of football that got them promoted to the Premier League. They failed to convert their chances, which were of decent quality. Norwich was able to get more attacking as the game went on, with Moritz Leitner coming on and having three shots and three key passes. Burnley continues to play in their 4-4-2, which has seen them get results and climb up the table to 9th. Their good form was reinforced by Matt Lowton and Ashley Westwood both having 3 key passes for a side that plays incredibly defensive football. Both sides will look to take advantage of their matchups next weekend.
The Toffees continue to struggle in the Premier League, losing 2-0 at home to newly-promoted Sheffield United. Sheffield was able to compact themselves defensively, absorbing the pressure Everton were piling on. The hosts had almost 70% of the ball, but continue to lack that quality in the final third. The fact that they only had three shots on target out of 16 total shots is a testament to the lack of quality going forward. The Blades had a massive 63 clearances, doing well to steal all three points on the road. Lys Mousset was able to bag his first goal for his new club, slotting through the legs of the onrushing Jordan Pickford. Everton’s new boy Moise Kean has yet to net for Everton, with his side struggling to create clinical chances. They have to go up against Manchester City next, who absolutely embarrassed Watford at the Etihad this past weekend. Sheffield United surprisingly has yet to lose on the road, a good sign for the newly-promoted club 6 games into the season.
Moving on to Manchester City and their dominant performance over Watford, which saw the home side smash 8 goals past the Hornets. City was all over the visitors, going 5-0 up within 19 minutes. Bernardo Silva bagged his first hat trick for the club, but the star man was Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian maestro scored the final goal, assisted 2 others, and had a massive eight key passes. Those eight key passes are double the entire Watford side, which conceded 28 shots, 11 on target. City talisman Sergio Aguero netted as well as hitting the woodwork twice. New boss Quique Sanches Flores needs to turn around Watford quickly, as they sit bottom of the Premier League table with a -14 goal difference. City will look to keep pace with Liverpool, who sit top of the table on 18 points after six games, while Watford fans will be praying that they can turn their fortunes around.
The final game from the Saturday block was Newcastle United against visiting Brighton. The Seagulls had a massive 71.3% of the ball but struggled to create clear opportunities against a rigid Newcastle defense. Newcastle had more shots on target (four to three), having to operate primarily on the counter. The home side did well to break up the tempo of Brighton, forcing them to shuffle the ball around without too much danger. The back three for Brighton had 266 passes between them, almost as much as the 280 passes strung together by the entire Newcastle side. A dull affair overall, both sides were largely ineffective going forward. They will be happy that they each got a point, but will hope for better this weekend. Brighton faces a Chelsea side that is vulnerable on the counter, while Newcastle faces a strong Leicester side looking to crack into the top six this season.
The first Sunday match was Crystal Palace against struggling Wolves. A fairly open game, both sides had four shots on target and 13 shots total. Wolves edged possession with 50.1% but went down almost right from kickoff in the second half. A Joel Ward strike took a massive deflection off Leander Dendoncker, which allowed Palace to gain confidence as the game went on. Romain Saiss got sent off in the 73rd minute after his second yellow card. Wolves stole a point deep into stoppage time, as Adama Traore crossed in for Diogo Jota to fire into the top of the net. Wolves have yet to win this season in the Premier League but are doing well in the Europa League. They will be looking to get some of their European success to translate to their league form. Palace continues to have a good start to the season, sitting 12th. They will be looking to get more wins this season, especially when they score first in a match.
West Ham hosted Manchester United on Sunday, coming out 2-0 victors against the Red Devils. A truly abysmal performance from the visitors, they continue to struggle this season. If fact, they have only scored 17 goals in 19 games since they beat PSG at the Parc des Princes last season. West Ham did well to win but was lacking creativity with Manuel Lanzini out injured. United should have done better, but with Martial and Pogba out, they are a dead side. It doesn’t help that Marcus Rashford got subbed off as well with a knock. Sure, they had more shots in this game, but three on target out of nine isn’t good value. Having sold Lukaku to Inter Milan and shipping Alexis Sanchez on loan to the same club leaves them desperately thin in the attack. They will be looking to splash the cash in January, but their last marquee signing in the winter turned out to be a huge disappointment that cost them a ton of money.
Our next game takes us to a rollercoaster of a match in Arsenal vs Aston Villa. Villa bagged first with John McGinn, while Arsenal had a man sent off in the 41st minute. The Gunners did well, clawing their way back not once, but twice, to win 3-2. Nicolas Pepe netted his first for the club, a penalty. Even a man down, Arsenal controlled the possession with 58.1% and had 21 shots. The game was fairly open, with Villa having 14 shots a week after Watford registered 31 against the Gunners. Matteo Guendouzi and Dani Ceballos continue to impress, with three key passes for the Frenchman and 100% pass accuracy for the Spanish International. Villa’s captain Jack Grealish had an assist in this one, but his side continues to struggle defensively.
Last, but certainly not least, we head to Stamford Bridge as the Reds take on Chelsea. Liverpool did well to go 2-0 up off of set plays in the first half. Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a beautiful free-kick, while Bobby Firmino headed in the second in the 30th minute. Chelsea came back in the second half with a great N’golo Kante strike but was denied the equalizer by some solid defending. Joel Matip shined in defense, with five tackles and interceptions, as well as a match-high 10 clearances. Chelsea was good going forward, as Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta combined for seven key passes. Liverpool remains perfect to start the season but has yet to really dominate a full 90 minutes. Chelsea has been erratic, sitting 11th on eight points after six matches. They will look to get more consistent as the season goes on, with a host of young talent looking to make their mark on the Premier League.
Well, that wraps up another entertaining week in the Premier League. We had a lot of goals and drama. The next match week has some good fixtures, so we are looking forward to this weekend. Until next time, cheers!