We kick off week nine after an international break halfway through October. We will get straight into the action this week.

Everton was desperate to get back to winning ways in this one, hosting West Ham at Goodison Park. The Toffees were able to score two goals while maintaining a clean sheet against the Hammers. Everton was able to have more of the ball (51.3%), as well as more shots (19), and shots on target (10). Everton had a few chances called back for offsides but was still dangerous going forward. Bernard scored a wonderful solo effort near post in the 17th minute, While Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a peach from outside the box in stoppage time. Everton moves up to 12th after this win, breaking a spell of four defeats in a row. West Ham continues to look for consistency, looking shaky at the back. They will look to bounce back next weekend against a tough Sheffield side who are currently in the top half of the table.

Next up was Brighton taking the trip to Villa Park to face off against Aston Villa. The visitors opened the scoring in this one but were unable to hold the lead as they went down to 10 men. Jack Grealish showed his potential in this one, scoring the first and assisting the second as Villa won 2-1. His first home goal in the Premier League for the club, it was a special moment that had the home fans buzzing. He was also able to manage six key passes, more than anyone else in this match. Despite going a man down, Brighton was able to maintain slightly more of the ball but was out-shot 24 to 20, with eight to five shots on target. This will be a problem for Villa in the future, as many teams are able to pepper the area with shots. Against the more clinical sides, they will get thrashed. Brighton continues to have growing pains under new boss Graham Potter, but show promise. Both sides have tough fixtures ahead and will be scrapping for every point possible to stay up this season.

Our next match was the 10 am kickoff between Norwich City and Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. A cagey 0-0 draw, neither team could seem to really get things going in this one. The match was very defensive, with a combined 30 tackles and 56 clearances. It would come down to set pieces, but neither team could break the deadlock. It should come as a fresh change of pace for both sides, who rarely keep a clean sheet in the top flight as of late. Both sides are in the top eight for goals conceded, with Norwich topping that list at 21 goals against. This match was actually the 1st clean sheet this season for both clubs, which is not good form considering we are nine matches into the season. Bournemouth has a favorable matchup against Watford, while Norwich host Manchester United at Carrow Road.

Chelsea was in control of a tight affair against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, winning 1-0 against the Magpies. Chelsea had 71.1% of the ball in this one while being able to hold the visitors to zero shots on target. The Blues had 16 shots (eight on target) and were able to keep their 2nd clean sheet in the last three league matches. Marcos Alonso, who is filling in at left-back for Emerson, scored the match-winner from a Callum Hudson-Odoi assist. The young Englishman looks good after his long injury layoff, providing five key passes and three dribbles in this one. Newcastle continues to struggle going forward, sitting 18th on the table. Having scored only five times this season, they will be looking to pick things up going forward. They have beaten two of the top six sides, however, which is surprisingly better than I thought they would accomplish so far. Both sides will look to kick on next weekend against stout defensive opposition.

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High-flying Leicester City hosted an impressive Burnley side at the KP at the 10 am kickoff, resulting in a 2-1 win for the foxes. This was an emotional match, with the home side honoring the anniversary of former chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s death. Burnley opened the scoring off of a Chris Wood header, taking the New Zealand international’s tally to four this season. The big man has the most headed goals this season, with three. Leicester’s talisman Jaime Vardy was able to score before the break, with his teammate Youri Tielemans scoring the winner in the 74th minute. Leicester showed their defensive prowess, with Ricardo Pereira and Wilfred Ndidi having eight tackles and interceptions each. This match takes the Foxes 3rd on the table, who continue to look good on the ball. Burnley also looks solid this season, conceding 11 goals in nine matches so far. We will see how both teams fare going into the next match week.

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Our next match takes us to north London, where Spurs controversially drew against Watford 1-1. The visitors were able to score first, with Abdoulaye Doucoure opening in the 6th minute. The Hornets were not given a clear penalty, with Jan Vertonghen taking out Deulofeu in the penalty area. Even more controversy was to follow, with the Spurs’ equalizer being given even as it appeared to be a handball and the stadium monitors even displaying VAR decision of no goal. While Spurs did have 69.4% of the ball, they only managed two shots on target, equal to Watford’s shot numbers. Another big headline from this game was Danny Welbeck going off injured in the 3rd minute. Sad to see as always, we hope that he recovers soon. Spurs continue to struggle this season, sitting 7th on the table behind the likes of Crystal Palace at this stage of the season. Watford desperately needed the three points in this one and was unlucky to get them on the day.

The next match to cover comes from Molineux, with the Wolves hosting Southampton in a 1-1 draw. Danny Ings opened the scoring, taking advantage of a mistake at the back to slot past Rui Patricio. Raul Jimenez was able to equalize via a penalty in the 61st minute. The Wolves were finding it difficult to break down the Saints, mustering only 1 shot on target despite having 57% of the ball. Both sides have struggled this season, with the Wolves having the fewest shots on target thus far. Southampton has made a lot of mistakes this season, conceding 16 goals, 3rd highest in the division. Both sides have tough matchups next week and will try to get at least a point in the next match day.

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The last match of Saturday showcased champions Manchester City away to Crystal Palace. City was dominant in this one, winning 2-0 away from home. Gabi Jesus opened the scoring in the 39th minute, heading in from a Bernardo Silva cross. Speaking of Silvas, David Silva netted the second goal after slotting away a Raheem Sterling dink into the box. The Cityzens had 71.3% of the ball, having 21 shots (10 on target) and kept Palace penned in fairly well. A strange lineup for City in this one, with a center back partnership of Rodri and Fernandinho starting. Palace has started the season well but was unable to beat the blue side of Manchester this time out. Roy Hodgson’s men will look to beat Arsenal next time out, while City will look to close the gap with Liverpool at home against Villa.

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Speaking of league leaders Liverpool, they traveled to the Theatre of Dreams to play Manchester United on Sunday. This was a poor showing from Liverpool, who managed a late equalizer after trailing from a 36th-minute counter-attack netted in by Marcus Rashford. Man United lined up in a 3-4-1-2 formation for this one, managing to frustrate the visitors. Liverpool struggled to break down their opposition, scoring late through substitute Adam Lallana netting in the 85th minute. This match marks the first dropped points of the campaign for Liverpool, who were perfect coming into this one. With Mo Salah missing for this fixture, it was apparent that the Reds were missing some attacking prowess. United are away from home next time out against Norwich and will be looking to correct their dismal away form. Liverpool will be looking to beat a down and out Spurs side, who are struggling in form this season.

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The final match of these highlights was the Monday night match at Bramall Lane, where new boys Sheffield managed a 1-0 win over the Gunners. Arsenal struggled to get going in this one, having to face a stout defense away from home. Lys Mousset scored what would be the match-winner from a corner in the 30th minute. Meanwhile, Arsenal had 68.6% of the ball, with more shots than the hosts. Once on-loan Spaniard Dani Ceballos came on, Arsenal looked more dangerous going forward. Nicolas Pepe continues to adapt to life in the Premier League following his record move to north London, scoring just once in the league so far. He will look to kick on next week against Palace in what will surely be a tight affair. Sheffield on the other hand, look to prove the doubters wrong this season, sitting 9th on the table going into this next match day. They will look to upset West Ham away from home next time out.

That wraps up another week of fixtures, so be sure to stay in tune with whats going on in the Premier League. As the holiday season approaches, the fixtures will begin to heat up in the cold and rainy season. Thank you for following along as always!

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