*This was written at the time Week 10 was completed. Stay tuned for the upcoming recap from Week 11!* Well, we’ve hit the mark. 10 matches into the season. This is when things start to heat up as we transition into not only league matches, but cup competitions, both international and domestic. Let’s crack on. Our first match was an […]
*This was written at the time Week 10 was completed. Stay tuned for the upcoming recap from Week 11!*
Well, we’ve hit the mark. 10 matches into the season. This is when things start to heat up as we transition into not only league matches, but cup competitions, both international and domestic. Let’s crack on.
Our first match was an absolute thrashing for the home side. Southampton hosted high-flying Leicester City on the Friday night match, ending in an embarrassing 9-0 defeat. Ryan Bertrand got sent off in the 12th minute, then everything unraveled. Southampton was pedestrian, shipping nine goals from 15 shots on target. Leicester did well to show no mercy, with both Jaime Vardy and new signing Ayoze Perez netting hat tricks. Ben Chilwell marauded down the left flank, providing a goal and two assists in this one. Southampton looks terrible, showing little organization and drive to even do the basics. Leicester created a lot of chances and was able to equal the largest margin of victory in league history. They will look to lay the smackdown against Palace, while the Saints have to play Manchester City in not only the league but the Carabao Cup midweek. Let’s see if the manager can last until Christmas.
Speaking of champions Man City, they hosted new boys Villa at the Etihad on Saturday, winning 3-0. City was able to control the tempo, forcing Villa to defend deep. With 63.1% of the ball, as well as 10 shots on target, City was keeping the pressure on well. Villa did well to go into the break level, but Raheem Sterling scored within a minute of the restart. David Silva scored the 2nd, getting the faintest of touches to a whipped-in Kevin De Bruyne cross. With this assist, he takes his tally to 9 in the league, the highest by quite a margin. The positives for Villa are the midfield, who continues to impress despite not getting the results. Jack Grealish is having a solid season, with the Villa captain averaging 2.5 key passes per game and 1.9 dribbles per match. City will look to keep the pressure on Liverpool, hoping Villa can get something out of their home match against the Reds.
The next match we have up is Brighton hosting Everton at the Amex. Pascal Gross opened the scoring for the hosts, smashing in a freekick for his first of the campaign. This match was a cagey affair, with a couple of own-goals and late drama. Everton took the lead in the 74th minute, thanks to a cool finish from Dominic Calvert-Lewin. However, Neal Maupay equalized just six minutes later. Brighton kept up the pressure, with Everton eventually succumbing to an own goal in the 94th minute. The final result: 3-2 to the home side. Brighton did well in this one, having more of the ball. Their defensive organization held up fairly well, which resulted in players like Dan Burn, Davy Propper and Dale Stevens having a combined 25 tackles and interceptions. The ability to keep Everton’s fullbacks in check meant the counter-attacks were not as effective as Marco Silva would have hoped. Everton continues to struggle this season, sitting 16th on the table. With an average of one point per match, they will be surely struggling around the bottom of the table unless they can get back to winning ways.
Next up on the Saturday fixture list was Bournemouth away to bottom of the league Watford. This match ended in 0-0, with Bournemouth having more chances. The arrival of new boss Quique Sanchez Flores has tightened things up defensively for the Hornets, although there is still a lot of work to do to save this side from relegation. His arrival has seen four draws and a few clean sheets so far this term. As for the visitors, their season has been kind of up and down, with the Cherries sticking to their philosophy under Eddie Howe. Ryan Fraser hasn’t kicked off this season like last, failing to register an assist so far. Although Bournemouth had 59.8% of the ball, they could not find the back of the net. This was a scrappy one too, with eight players getting booked during the course of the match. Watford has to improve going forward, and with an away match at Stamford Bridge, I don’t see all three points as a possibility, even against a shaky defense.
West Ham’s struggles continue, as they drew 1-1 with new boys Sheffield United. West Ham was able to control the match, but a stubborn Blades defense kept the chances limited. Although Robert Snodgrass was able to put his side ahead, Sheffield kept pushing forward to find the equalizer. In the 69th minute, Lys Mousset was able to bag for his new club. In the end, West Ham had more shots with 12 and more of the ball (60.8% possession). This Hammers side looks like it is lacking serious quality, even with new signing Seb Haller performing well. Manager Pellegrini needs to bring in some serious reinforcements in the January window, primarily in the midfield. Mark Noble and Declan Rice continue to get exposed on the counter. As for Sheffield, they have the joint-best defense with Leicester, allowing just eight goals this season. They will look to keep the positive momentum against Burnley, while West Ham could bounce back against a shaky Newcastle.
Speaking of Burnley, they faced off against a resurgent Chelsea side on Saturday. This one was electric for the Blues, with the American Christian Pulisic bagging a perfect hat trick in a 4-2 win at the Turf Moor. The visitors dominated the show, with four goals from seven shots on target. The man of the match performance from the American included three key passes and a dribble, as the wide man was an absolute force. Burnley was able to get a couple of goals at the end, with some of the Chelsea players making errors late on. Robbie Brady was able to get a couple of assist after coming on in the 83rd minute, but it wasn’t enough to get anything from the match. Chelsea has a nice little winning streak going, with the new look side showing that Frank Lampard could be the next great English manager. Both sides have tricky matches next week, with the Blues facing bottom of the league Watford and Burnley facing a tough Sheffield side.
The next match we have was between strugglers Newcastle United and Wolves. Wolves found themselves on the ball more than usual, finishing the match with 13 shots, five on target and 56.9% of the ball. Newcastle was able to go ahead from a Federico Fernandez cross into the box. Newcastle’s captain, Jamaal Lascelles headed home the effort in the 37th minute. Wolves were able to come back from behind again, with Jonny netting the equalizer. Neither team could really break down their opponent in this one, with both sides producing a lot of defensive output. Both clubs have tougher fixtures ahead, with the sides traveling to London next weekend.
We go to North London for this Sunday fixture, where Arsenal hosted Crystal Palace in a 2-2 draw. Arsenal raced to an early lead, with both center backs netting inside 10 minutes. Defensive mistakes, as usual, led to Palace getting back into the match. Luka Milivojevic slotted home a penalty in the 32 minutes. Jordan Ayew bagged the equalizer in the 52nd minute, as Palace continued to look dangerous on the break. Arsenal should have been able to keep the pressure up, with more of the possession (56.2%), as well as having 12 corners. This continues the trend of poor performances from the Gunners, dropping points from winning positions frequently under Unai Emery. Both teams will look to get all three points next time out.
The biggest match from this weekend was Liverpool at home against Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Kane was able to capitalize on an early mistake, taking Spurs 1-0 within the first minute. Liverpool was able to stick to their plan, eventually winning thanks to goals from Jordan Henderson and Mo Salah. Spurs were being dominated in this match, ceding 68% of the ball to Liverpool, as well as 21 shots. The backup goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga showed his worth, saving 12 shots from the Red’s attacking barrage. Liverpool continues to show their resilience, coming back from behind and keeping their unbeaten streak alive. They will face off against a tricky Villa side next, while Spurs are back in Liverpool to face the Toffees.
Our final match displayed struggling Manchester United against newly promoted Norwich City at Carrow Road. The Red Devils won 3-1 but looked dominant against the injury-stricken Canaries. They had 53.9% of the ball, with 11 shots on target and a couple of penalties misses in this one. Tim Krul did well, saving two penalties and making a host of other brilliant saves. Marcus Rashford continues to be United’s main attacking weapon in the absence of a fully fit Anthony Martial. He had 4 shots on target, a goal and an assist in this match. They were able to make some progress in this match, winning away from home for the first time since that night in Paris last March. Norwich is dealing with a lot of injuries at the moment and continue to struggle scoring goals. One Hernandez did well to ruin a clean sheet, but their attack didn’t offer much against David de Gea. Both teams have good fixtures next time out, playing struggling sides that aren’t too dangerous in attack.
That wraps up this week for our Premier League review. There are plenty of tasty fixtures coming up in the next few weeks, so be sure to check them out. Thank you for tuning in! Enjoy the rest of your day.