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 7 […]
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 7 recap of the Premier League and stay tuned for Week 78s recap later in the week.
Hello, hello. Another week has come and gone, but the Premier League hosted another round of matches for us all to enjoy. Let’s go ahead and break down all this past week’s action.
Liverpool took the trip to Bramall Lane to face off against new boys Sheffield United in the early match Saturday. A cagey affair, Liverpool dominated the ball but didn’t really put on a spectacular performance. They scored the only goal of the match through an error by Dean Henderson in the 70th minute, but they take all three points in this one. Sheffield was able to soak up the pressure, creating chances on the counter. Liverpool played in a lot of crosses, but the stout defense of Sheffield was able to cope with it. Both sides should be pleased with the performances, Liverpool stay top five points clear, while the Blades can look at how one mistake cost them a draw. Both teams will look to move forward this upcoming weekend.
Aston Villa hosted Burnley at Villa Park at the 10 am kickoff on Saturday, finishing level 2-2. Villa had more possession with 60.2% but was sloppy in defense. Burnley scored both goals from crosses into the box, with both Jay Rodriguez and Chris Wood being left unmarked each time. John McGinn impressed for the Villians, scoring the second for his side, as well as completing two key passes and four dribbles. He and Jack Grealish continue to look promising, but Villa is having a difficult time seeing out games where they go ahead. As for Burnley, Chris Wood continues his fine scoring form, with three goals in his last two matches. Burnley will look to grab all three points against Everton at Turf Moor next weekend, While Villa faces off against another promoted side in Norwich.
Our next match up takes us down to the Vitality Stadium, where Bournemouth hosted West Ham. Another 2-2 draw, this one was more open than our previous draw. West Ham barely edged the Cherries in possession (50.9%) and passes (478), but the hosts weren’t too far behind. Diego Rico had a massive six key passes for the hosts, more than anyone in the match. Seb Haller continues to impress in his debut season, providing an assist and four key passes. Callum Wilson is another player showing early season form, scoring in four consecutive Premier League matches for the first time. There were a lot of good performances in this match, with a MOTM performance from Declan Rice, who had 12 tackles and interceptions, two dribbles and a 92.9% pass accuracy. Both teams will feel hard done to share a point and will be looking for more next time out.
Next up was a matchup between a youthful Chelsea and new-look Brighton. Chelsea was able to get a first home win as well as a clean sheet, with Frank Lampard’s men keeping Brighton largely ineffective. Brighton was able to register only one shot on target. For the home side, 10 shots on target saw Jorginho net a penalty and Willian score off of a deflection. Chelsea’s youth-based approach sees them climb up the table, while Graham Potter’s men continue to struggle going forward. Mason Mount continues to look in fine form, with the young Englishman creating a few chances. Christian Pulisic continues to be an unused substitute, struggling to get game time at his new club. Chelsea will look to keep the wins coming against a struggling Southampton side, while Brighton will look to beat a Spurs side that got embarrassed 7-2 midweek by Bayern Munich.
Crystal Palace beat Norwich 2-0 at Selhurst Park in our next match up. In a familiar statement, Luka Milivojevic scored a penalty in this one. He scored 10 last season, picking up where he left off as one of the league’s best from 12 yards. Deep into stoppage time, Wilf Zaha was able to assist Andros Townsend for the second to put the game out of reach of the Canaries. They did well in this one, with five key passes and six dribbles completed. Norwich continues to play their brand of football, controlling possession and attacking. they should be concerned, as they haven’t scored since their upset victory over champions Manchester City. Roy Hodgson somehow manages to keep Palace afloat, with many criticizing the tactics and lack of transfer activity. They will look to smash and grab all three points next weekend against London rivals West Ham. As for Norwich, they host Villa at Carrow road.
Spurs Hosted Southampton in London on Saturday, winning 2-1 in a sub-par performance. The hosts went down to 10 men after Serge Aurier had a dismal performance, getting two yellows in four minutes. Tanguy Ndombele did well to open the scoring, but an error from Hugo Lloris gifted Danny Ings the equalizer. Southampton will feel hard done to have lost, as they had 58.6% possession and 14 shots (six on target). Southampton is lacking the quality center forward to move forward and it was apparent as they struggled to unlock the Spurs defense. Spurs made themselves hard to break down, holding on to their one-goal lead that Harry Kane gave them just before the break. Spurs have had an uncharacteristic start to the season, dropping points left and right. With multiple players angling for a move and an unhappy manager, will their woes continue next week against Brighton? Or will they be able to rally around their Champion’s League run of last season?
Wolves hosted bottom of the table Watford Saturday, winning 2-0 on the day. Watford had more of the ball in this one but was unable to break down the Wolves defense. Matt Doherty opened the scoring off of a Pedro Neto cross in the 18th minute. Two shots on target for the hosts, two goals. Talk about clinical. Willy Boly looked good in defense, with eight tackles and interceptions, as well as nine clearances. Watford didn’t create much, mustering only five shots on target. Their season continues to spiral downward, sitting 20th with a goal difference of -16 and have yet to win a match this season. Wolves look to be sorting their rocky start to the season out and will be looking to win next time out. As for the Hornets, they will be desperate for anything to go their way.
The final match for Saturday was Manchester City visiting Goodison Park. Everton gave City a run for their money, with the match ending 3-1. Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring, heading in from a sublime Kevin De Bruyne cross. His assist in this one takes his total to eight on the season, which is the most this season. Seamus Coleman had a lovely assist of his own, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin heading in the on-target effort from the Toffees’ captain. Riyad Mahrez continues to shine this season, scoring an excellent free-kick, as well as providing five key passes, two dribbles, and five shots, all on target. City trail league leaders Liverpool by five points heading into the next matchday, while Everton continues to struggle despite spending a decent amount of money this summer. In a sad headline, Theo Walcott had to be subbed off with a head injury early in the match. Hopefully, he recovers soon and is able to get back into the Everton side.
The only match on Sunday was Leicester City hosting Newcastle at the KP Stadium. This one ended in a 5-0 thrashing for the visitors, whose day went from bad to worse as Isaac Hayden was shown a straight red for a dangerous challenge. Ricardo netted in this one, off of a fantastic solo effort. Jaime Vardy continues to excel under Brendan Rodgers, netting a brace in this one. Leicester as a whole dominated, having 68.9% of the ball, 13 shots (five on target) and three different goalscorers. Wilfred Ndidi had a MOTM performance, scoring once, as well as having 14 tackles and interceptions. Newcastle didn’t have a shot go on target and were ineffective in this one. They continue to struggle this season and will be looking for Steve Bruce to turn it around. However, the manager has been relegated 2 times before, so maybe this is not the man you want managing the side.
The final game of this matchday was the “Marquee” match up between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford. A dull affair that ended 1-1, both sides continue to find a rhythm this season. Scott McTominay opened the scoring from outside the box, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the equalizer in the second half. Being two of the biggest clubs in England, everyone has come to expect a turn around at some point, since the past few seasons have been sub-par by the club’s standards. However, Manchester United haven’t won in their 10 previous away fixtures and Arsenal are incredibly vulnerable at the back. Aubameyang has seven goals for Arsenal in the league this season, being the only success that the club has had in the past two seasons. These clubs definitely will want to get all three points next weekend, instead of sharing a point with their next opponents.
That wraps up this week’s review. As always, there are plenty of fixtures coming up that will be entertaining. Hopefully, you’ll get to watch them. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.