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We are going do roundup the latest matches before the November International break in this one. Let’s get started then.

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The first match this week was the Friday evening match-up between the bottom of the table Watford and injury-plagued Norwich City. Good news for the visitors, as Watford were able to secure their 1st win of the season at Carrow Road, 2-0. Deulofeu was able to score his 2nd of the season, with Andre Gray getting the insurance goal in the 2nd half. Norwich looked out of ideas, with the Canaries piling on the pressure with little to show for. The hosts had 65.8% of the ball, with more shots and shots on target. However, Ben Foster had a great match in net, making a couple of saves to keep a clean sheet. Emiliano Buendia had a poor evening for Norwich, unusual for a player who so far this season has done very well. One of the storylines from this one was the red card for Christian Kabasele. He had a poor night as well, being worked by Onel Hernandez down the left flank. Once Watford went a man down, it seemed less likely Norwich would score against such a compact unit. Both teams will look to get out of their respective ruts, hopefully reflecting over this international break.

Chelsea hosted London rivals Crystal Palace on Saturday, winning 2-0. A sixth consecutive win for the Blues, they sit 3rd in the table after this round of matches. A comfortable win, Chelsea had 23 shots, but only five on target. The goals wouldn’t come unit the 2nd half, with in form youngsters Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic scoring. The American is in fine form, really heating up after being left out of the side for an extended period. He had three shots on target, a goal, and six dribbles in this one.  As for Palace, they are a tough team to break down but offer little going forward. Managing only 1 shot on target, which didn’t come until after the 81st minute, Palace was dreadful in the attack. They will look to get back to winning ways, while Frank Lampard’s men will look to keep their early season success going after this break.

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More bad news for West Ham, who lost on the road at Burnley 3-0. This is the 2nd game in a row where the Hammers have conceded three goals. They were dreadful, having 60% of the ball and only mustering seven total shots (four on target). Burnley had plenty of chances, firing off 14 shots and getting 12 of them on target. The strike partnership of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood were troublesome as usual, netting two goals and bullying defenders all match. Manuel Pellegrini’s men look awful, sitting 16th on the table with a -6 goal differential. Their midfield is dreadful, with Mark Noble having the inability to cover ground like he used to and Declan Rice being isolated in transition. Roberto Jimenez, West Ham’s keeper, continues to make poor mistakes that lead to goals against. The Chilean will look to regroup in this break, while Burnley will look to knock Watford back down to 20th at Vicarage Road.

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Next up is Newcastle United, who won 2-1 against AFC Bournemouth at St. Jame’s Park. This was Newcastle’s 2nd win on the bounce, with more goals coming from their defenders. They managed to be effective on the counter, registering more shots and shots on target, despite having a third of the ball. Allan Saint-Maximin continues to be a menace going forward, with sheer pace and trickery to help hold up play for others to get forward. The man from OGC Nice had 3 key passes and 4 dribbles against Bournemouth. The visitors actually opened the scoring, with Harry Wilson netting in the 14th minute. They will feel hard done losing, as they had 66.3% of the ball. They were unable to break down the defense, which manager Steve Bruce has his side well drilled in their formation. Both teams will look to keep climbing up the table, facing mid-table sides next time out.

Let’s move on to Everton vs Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium, who were 2-1 winners away from home. Tom Davies was able to score the opener in the 4th minute and from there, Everton kept trying to get more goals to put the game to bed. 24 shots and five on target wasn’t incredibly efficient, but Lucas Digne was able to provide a lot of attacking prowess from the left flank. The former Barcelona man had four key passes and 14 crosses, giving plenty of width going forward. Southampton was able to equalize for about 25 minutes through Danny Ings, who seems to be their only attacking outlet. The striker has five of their 11 league goals so far. Their attacking woes have seen them slide down the table, sitting 19th going into the break. Although they’ve tightened things up at the back, they still are conceding multiple goals per match. As for Everton, move up to 15th, but have had their own struggles this season as well. Hopefully, they can get back to form after Richarlison scored the winner in this one.

Moving on to Spurs, who hosted Sheffield at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. A 1-1 draw, Spurs had trouble asserting themselves against new boys Sheffield. Even with 61.1% possession, Spurs only managed one more shot on target than the visitors. Sheffield’s 1st goal was ruled offsides, as John Lundstram was ruled off by a toe. VAR has definitely made some controversial decisions, with this one being a tough call. Spurs are out of sorts, with a 14th place spot going into the break an unbelievable sight. Son Heung-Min was great in this, providing an attacking spark with seven shots (three on target), two key passes and a goal against a very tough defense. As for Sheffield, the Blades sit 5th on the table, with 17 points. Who would’ve thought that they would have this much success early on? I didn’t, but it is a nice sight to see a side work so hard and get to a great position early on. Both sides still have a long way to go in the season, with Spurs looking to bounce back against strugglers West Ham and Sheffield hosting Manchester United on the 24th.

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Next, we go to the KP Stadium, where Leicester hosted Arsenal in a 2-0 home win. Leicester continues to fly early on, with the second-most goals scored and the fewest conceded. Jaime Vardy continues to score goals, with his tally now a league-high 11 going into the break. Most of the players on Leicester are having a great season so far, with Wilfred Ndidi being a prime example. He had six tackles in this match, taking his total to 59 through 12 matches. As for Arsenal, the Gunners continue to struggle away from home. Although it was almost even for possession, Arsenal failed to create any clear cut chances. With 1 shot on target, they looked lost going forward. Ndidi and Ricardo did well, with 15 tackles and interceptions between the pair. That was the primary reason Arsenal couldn’t create much going forward. Manager Unai Emery still doesn’t know what his best 11 is and that continues to show. They should be able to get a win against lowly Southampton at home next time out, but you never know with a side like this.

Manchester United hosted Brighton on Sunday, winning 3-1 playing largely on the counter. Brighton had 57.3% of the ball away from home, and could not cope with the pace of Man United going forward. Anthony Martial provided a couple of assists, as his four key passes caused Brighton plenty of issues. He assisted Andreas Pereira for the opening goal and Marcus Rashford for the 3rd and final goal. Brighton had 6 shots to United’s 21, failing to do anything meaningful to trouble David De Gea. Lewis Dunk was able to score in the 64th minute, but at 2-1 they still trailed The Red Devils. United move a point ahead of Brighton with this victory and jump to 7th on the table, while the Seagulls drop to 11th with a road loss. Aaron Wan-Bissaka looked great for his new club, Finishing with 9 tackles and interceptions. Both sides face tough defensive opponents next time out and will be hoping to show some more quality in order to get all 3 points.

A bit of a rivalry for our next one, with Wolves hosting Villa at Molineux. A 2-1 win for the hosts, Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez scored for wolves, while Trezeguet was able to score a consolation goal in stoppage time. A tight affair, Wolves edged Villa on possession (50.1% to 49.9%), shots (17 to 13), and shots on target (five to four). Adama Traore was a key attacking threat, with a massive 11 dribbles in this match. Wolves appear to have steadied the ship this season, after having a real shaky start to this campaign. They sit 8th on the table with a league-high seven draws. Villa looked a little lost without captain Jack Grealish, who has had a good start to his first campaign back in the Premier League. John McGinn continues to impress as well, with five dribbles and a key pass for his side. Both teams will look for wins next time out against some mid-table sides in Bournemouth and Newcastle.

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A title decider so early on in the season allows for a sensational fixture. Manchester City traveled to Anfield to face off against top of the table Liverpool. a 3-1 win for the hosts ensured that the gap between them and City is nine points going into the break. Liverpool has been unbeaten in their previous 28 games, with this win taking that streak to 29. City struggled going forward, being outshot by Liverpool five to three on target. Liverpool’s defense did well to allow a single goal, with some early penalty shouts keeping the visitors out of this one. Trent Alexander-Arnold had a clear handball, but VAR did not intervene. Fabinho was able to score from outside the box in the counter-attack that ensued. Even though City was 3-0 down, they kept pressing forward in the second half through Raheem Sterling. Even with the jeers and boos, the former Liverpool man looked dangerous, consistently blazing down the left flank. With this fixture done, the gap is now 9 points between Liverpool and City, who now sit 4th. Will this be Liverpool’s first title in 30 years, or will City close the gap like the last term?

That wraps up this edition of Premier League Review. Tune in next weekend for a cracking round of fixtures. Thank you for reading, enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheers!

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