Welcome back to another Match Week Review! After some technical difficulties on my end, we are able to get these articles back to you the reader in a (somewhat) timely fashion. As always, we appreciate you, the fans. Let’s crack on. The first match of these highlights was Manchester United away to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. A 1-0 victory […]
Welcome back to another Match Week Review! After some technical difficulties on my end, we are able to get these articles back to you the reader in a (somewhat) timely fashion. As always, we appreciate you, the fans. Let’s crack on.
The first match of these highlights was Manchester United away to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. A 1-0 victory for the hosts, who were able to net just before the interval through Josh King. A coolly taken strike, with his back to goal for the former Manchester United Academy graduate. Man United was able to pile on the pressure earlier in the match, but just couldn’t get anything going. Mason Greenwood was able to hit the post late on, but that was about as troublesome as the visitors got. The Red Devils only had four shots on target despite having 57.4% of the ball, which is troubling considering Bournemouth had six on target. Diego Rico did well for the hosts, having 10 tackles and interceptions on the left flank. Eddie Howe will be happy that they were able to secure the three points, as well as a clean sheet in this one. Both sides will look ahead to some tricky fixtures this weekend and hope they can get at least a point.
Next up was a trip to the Emirates for Wolves away to Arsenal. This one ended 1-1, with the hosts conceding 24 shots to Wolves. Arsenal had more of the ball but struggled to get more than a goal from in-form Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Raul Jimenez was able to rescue a point in the 76th minute, heading home a cross from Joao Moutinho. There are a lot of concerns for Arsenal, with manager Unai Emery constantly changing formations and personnel on a weekly basis. He even said after the match, ” It’s a bad result, but tactically it worked how we wanted”. This is a very bad sign, as they conceded more than double the shots that they were able to produce. Wolves continue to show their resilience, coming from behind to snatch a point late on. Manager Nuno Espirito Santo will surely be pleased that his side’s trend of getting results against the top-six sides is continuing into this season. Let’s see how both sides fare next weekend against some attacking sides in Leicester and Aston Villa respectively.
Speaking of Villa, they hosted league leaders Liverpool on Saturday, dropping all three points as the Reds came back to win 2-1. Villa was able to snatch the lead through new signing Trezeguet in the 21st minute but were being bombarded by the visitors. Liverpool had 73.7% of the ball, with 25 shots (six on target), as well as 10 corners. Sadio Mane was instrumental in the Red’s comeback, assisting Robertson for the first and heading home the winner in the dying embers of the match. He had six shots, (three on target), as well as three key passes with his goal and assist. He is having a great start to this campaign, picking up the goal-scoring when it seems like they will not get a result. Villa did well to hold on but ultimately were unable to cope with the pressure. With this result, Liverpool remains top of the league. They will take this momentum into their clash with champions Manchester City, which will surely be the match of the season so far at Anfield on the 10th.
Now, let’s move on to the Amex Stadium, where Brighton hosted struggling Norwich City. A 2-0 result for the hosts, Brighton did well to control the match, keeping the pressure on the visitors with 21 shots, three times more than the Canaries could muster. However, Brighton was inaccurate with a lot of their efforts, squandering chances up until the second half. The substitute Leandro Trossard provided a spark for the hosts, scoring and assisting Shane Duffy for the 2nd. The defending from Norwich is extremely worrying, who allowed Brighton to come forward and have very clear chances. Tim Krul did well to keep the scoreline 2-0, being called upon to make a handful of key saves. Unfortunately, the Canaries are injury-stricken, which has had a lot to do with their poor run of matches since beating Manchester City 3-2 at Carrow Road. They will look to bounce back against lowly Watford next week, while Brighton goes to Old Trafford to face off against a struggling United side.
While we are talking about Manchester, let’s go to the blue half, to sum up, a 2-1 win for City at the Etihad against Southampton. The Saints were able to get forward and kick a goal in the 13th minute through James Ward-Prowse, leaving City in a shock trailing position. City kept plugging away, keeping Southampton in their own half for a large part of the match. 75.3% possession, as well as 26 shots for the hosts, kept the immense pressure up, who was able to score in the second half thanks to Sergio Aguero and Kyle Walker. Kevin De Bruyne continues to shine, providing four key passes, four dribbles and a massive 17 crosses, as the midfield maestro is looking to bounce back from an injury riddled season. Southampton looked well regimented, showing more structure and backbone following the 9-0 thrashing they suffered against Leicester. They continue to lose matches, with manager Ralph Hassenhurtl surely feeling the pressure early on in the season. They will face Everton next week, while Man City have to go to Anfield to face Liverpool in what will surely be a thriller.
Sheffield United hosted Burnley on Saturday, winning 3-0 in good fashion. All three goals came in the 1st half, with Lys Mousset registering an assist for all three goals. John Lundstram netted a brace, with John Fleck scoring the 3rd. Even with less of the ball, Sheffield did well to keep Burnley at arm’s length, with the visitors failing to register a single effort on target. Burnley looked off the pace, with a usually tight defense being picked apart by a newly promoted side. They did have a few chances, but were unable to convert anything concrete in attack. Sheffield continue their surprising start to season, sitting in 6th going into the next match day. Burnley dropped to 14th, struggling after starting the first few matches on the front foot. Both sides face struggling London clubs next time out, with Sheffield playing Spurs and Burnley hosting West Ham.
Speaking of West Ham, They hosted Newcastle in a surprise 3-2 loss at the London Stadium. Newcastle shot out to a 3-0 lead before the hour mark, scoring from set-pieces and showing real class with some of their routines. Jonjo Shelvey scored the 3rd goal with a long-range free-kick, an effort that Roberto could have saved. West Ham’s defending was poor, with some really poor marking by their defenders for the set pieces. The home side did well to get a couple of goals, but couldn’t find an equalizer. Even with nearly 70% of the ball, the hosts were out-shot by Newcastle 6-9 (on target). Newcastle is starting to turn a corner under new boss Steve Bruce, moving out of the relegation zone on 12 points. West Ham sits at 13th on 13 points. With big money spent in the summer, Manuel Pellegrini is still trying to find a winning formula. They will look to improve against Burnley, who have lost three on the bounce.
Moving on to Chelsea vs Watford at Vicarage Road, the Blues were able to win 2-1 for their 5th straight league victory. Tammy Abraham netted in the 5th minute, chipping over Ben Foster from a wonderful through ball courtesy of Jorginho. Tammy Abraham has scored nine goals this season, continuing his wonderful form from the Championship loan he had at Villa last season. Christian Pulisic bagged another goal, taking his tally to four in his last two matches. Watford was able to score lat on, with Deulofeu netting a penalty. In my opinion, it was a soft penalty, but it still counts for the Spaniard as his 1st of the season. Chelsea did well not to drop points, as Watford had chances in the closing moments of the match. This match was all Chelsea, with the Blues having 67.2% of the ball, as well as 10 shots on target. Ben Foster made some good saves but was unable to keep out the high flying Blues. Watford desperately needs a win next time out against Norwich, who might slip up due to their injury crisis. Chelsea will face Palace, a team that always proves a tough test.
Crystal Palace hosted Leicester on the early kickoff Sunday, losing 2-0. Leicester was able to net through Caglar Soyuncu in the 57th minute, which was 1st for the club, while Jaime Vardy put the match to bed in the 88th minute. Vardy has had a solid start to the campaign, scoring 10 goals so far this term. Another Leicester player in good form is James Maddison, who provided eight key passes in this one. He is an attacking talent, helping the Foxes unlock defenses with his playmaking ability. Maddison helped orchestrate a good team performance, with his side having 55.8% of the ball and five shots on target out of 14 total shots. Palace, on the other hand, struggle for goals, scoring only 10 so far this term. While they are tightly regimented at the back, they create little going forward. This result sees them drop to 9th on 15 points, but wins against Manchester United and West Ham should keep their confidence high. They will look to score against a shaky Chelsea defense at home next week, while Leicester hosts a shambolic Arsenal side.
Our final match of these highlights was at Goodison Park, as Everton hosted a Spurs side that seems out of sorts. A 1-1 result that was relatively boring, is pretty much standard fare for these 2 sides this season. Dele Alli opened the scoring in the 63rd minute, as well as had a handball that was incorrectly called as no penalty later in the match. A big talking point from this match was the horrendous injury to Andre Gomes, who snapped his ankle following a rash challenge from Heung Min Son and Serge Aurier. We wish him a speedy recovery. Everton went on to equalize deep into stoppage time via Cenk Tosun, who headed home a Lucas Digne cross. Neither side has had much success this season, with both sides dropping points left and right. Everton continues to fail to get Moise Kean integrated into the side, who they spent a lot of money on in the summer. The former Juventus forward has been limited in his appearances and even worse, has not gotten any real service. Spurs are shambolic, with multiple players looking to move away as soon as possible. Let’s see if they can get things going this next match day.
Well, that is all for this week. Check back next week for some more analysis of the matches. Be sure to tune in to the Liverpool vs Manchester City match, as it is sure to be a cracking fixture. Thank as always, see you next time!