Premier League Week 8 – Recap

Week 8 saw 26 goals, 47 yellow cards and 3 reds.


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Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United 


Glenn Murray scored his fifth goal of the season and 99th for the club to give the hosts victory over West Ham. He hit Berman Kayal‘s cross home after 25 minutes.

West Ham responded positively with Marko Arnautovic threatening to equalize just before half time. They continued to put pressure on the hosts in the second half. Fabian Balbuena had the best chance for the Hammers with a header from a Felipe Anderson cross, but Brighton managed to hold on to claim the three points.

Up Next:

Newcastle v Brighton – Saturday October 20th (10am)

West Ham v Spurs – Saturday October 20th (10am)



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Burnley v Huddersfield Town


David Wagner believes his side “have everything” they need to survive in the Premier League after coming from behind to draw at a resurgent Burnley. Christopher Schindler‘s first Premier League goal for the Yorkshire club saw the Terries walk away with a point at Turf Moor, lifting them off the bottom of the table.

The hosts led at half time through a Sam Vokes header, the Welshman’s first home goal in the league since May 2017.

Huddersfield had a penalty appeal waved away, referee Chris Kavanagh rightly spotted it was a flagrant dive and produced a yellow card. Burnley Boss Sean Dyche was furious after the incident, referring to it as “embarrassing” and stating he doesn’t “know where football is going.”

The game had a lengthy eight minutes of added time at the end of the game due to an incident shortly after the equalizer. Goalscorer Schindler sustained a cut to his face in a collision with Chris Wood.

The result ends Burnley’s run of back-to-back wins to leave them 12th in the Premier League heading into the international break.

Huddersfield climb to 18th above Cardiff, who lost to Tottenham and Newcastle who lost to a Man Utd comeback.


Up Next:

Man City v Burnley – Saturday October 20th (10am)

Huddersfield v Liverpool – Saturday October 20th (12:30pm)



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Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers 


Raul Jimenez put Matt Doherty through and, despite the tight angle, the full-back saw his shot go past Wayne Hennessey for the only goal of the game.

Rui Patricio produced an excellent double save as Wolves held onto the win, first stopping Max Meyer‘s volley and then blocking Wilfried Zaha‘s follow-up, denying the home team their first home goal of the campaign.

Wolves substitute Ivan Cavaleiro  struck the bar late as his side achieved their best run in the top flight since 1979.

Roy Hodgson’s Palace side have just one win in their past seven league games. Although his team began confidently they were wasteful in the latter stages. He described their performance as a “major disappointment” and openly said “Once again we were not good enough in and around the penalty box to create the clear-cut opportunities we need to score a goal.”

The win extended Wolves’ unbeaten run to six matches to see them sit in 7th, two points ahead of Man Utd.

Palace sit in 14th.


Up Next:

Everton v Palace – Sunday October 21st (11am)

Wolves v Watford – Saturday October 20th (10am)



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Leicester City v Everton


The visitors took the lead after just seven minutes with Richarlison scoring off a close-range volley.

It took the hosts until the 40th minute to equalize through Ricardo Pereira which came from an Everton corner. The Portuguese full-back led the counter attack, exchanging the ball with Kelechi Iheanacho and then leaving Toffees’ Jonjoe Kenny on the ground as he twisted and turned in the box before hitting home. A well deserved equalizer.

The Foxes went a man down after captain Wes Morgan received his second yellow in 20 minutes for a foul on Richarlison. Everton took advantage of the extra man when Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a stunning 77th minute equalizer, turning away from James Maddison and curling an effort from 25 yards in to the top corner, Kasper Schmeichel had no chance.  The Iceland midfielder was the BBC’s Man of the Match.

The Foxes sit 10th and the Toffees 11th, both on 13pts.


Up Next:

Arsenal v Leicester – Monday October 22nd (3pm)

Everton v Palace – Sunday October 21st (11am)



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Tottenham Hotspur v Cardiff City


An out-of-form Eric Dier scored the crucial winner after just eight minutes for the home side at Wembley Stadium.

Cardiff could have equalized midway through the first half but Toby Alderweireld cleared Josh Murphy‘s effort off the line.

The hosts almost extended their lead just before the break with Lucas Moura missing two good chances and Son Heung-min also shooting over.

Cardiff captain Sean Morrison blocked Moura‘s shot on the line after Harry Kane‘s initial header had been saved almost immediately after half time.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said his side “need to improve a lot”, although they won, they failed to extend their lead and take advantage of the extra man after Cardiff midfielder, Joe Ralls, was sent off in the 58th minute. His side have 18 points from eight games – their joint-best total.

Spurs face West Ham on October 20th  after the international break, their first of seven games in 22 days.

Cardiff sit bottom of the table without a single win this season. Spurs are 5th.


Up Next:

West Ham  v Spurs – Saturday October 20th (10am)

Cardiff v Fulham – Saturday October 20th (10am)



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Watford v AFC Bournemouth


David Brooks opened the scoring for the visitors after just 14 minutes.

Watford looked confident in the early stages, with their best chances coming to Will Hughes, who forced a class save from Asmir Begovic with a shot from the edge of the area.

The hosts’ day then took a turn for the worse after 32 minutes when Christian Kabasele brought down Bournemouth’s Joshua King in the box, seeing red for his second bookable offense. King then converted from the spot giving the visitors a 2-0 lead. King scored his second of the game and the Cherries’ third in stoppage time of the first half. Callum Wilson wrapped it up early in the second, handing Bournemouth their biggest away win the in the Premier League.

The hosts were never able to find a foothold in the game after Kabeasele‘s sending off and Bournemouth played through their lines with ease, leaving Vicarage Road with all three points.

Watford find themselves in 9th, with the Cherries 6th.

Up Next:

Wolves v Watford – Saturday October 20th (10am)

Bournemouth v Southampton – Saturday October 20th (10am)



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Manchester United v Newcastle United 


Manchester United, who were looking to turn their abominable start to the season around had an unnerving first half. They went 2-0 down after 10 minutes to a Newcastle side that have failed to win a single game this season.

Going in at the break with a 2 goal deficit United fans were rightfully questioning whether the board had made the right decision in publicly backing Jose Mourinho earlier in the week.

The turning point for the home side came via substitute Juan Mata‘s 70th minute goal, a free kick. Since his Premier League debut in 2011 the Spaniard has scored more goals from direct free kicks than any other player.
Six minutes later Frenchman, Anthony Martial, delivered a second for the hosts, who have won each of the last 13 games in which he has scored.

Alexis Sanchez scored the winner in the last minute of normal time, heading in from an Ashley Young cross. The Chilean has scored three 90th minute winners in his Premier League career.

The home crowd may have been jeering their players and executives at half time, but by the final whistle, it was Mourinho’s name that rang around Old Trafford.

This is the 7th game in which the Red Devils have come from 2+ goals down at half time to win. That’s four more games than any other team.

United now sit 8th, two points behind Wolves and seven off the top.

Up Next:

Chelsea v Man United – Saturday October 20th (7:30am)

Newcastle v Brighton – Saturday October 20th (10am)



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Fulham v Arsenal 


This London derby saw Fulham get thrashed by an energized Arsenal. Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring at Craven Cottage after he spun on Nacho Monreal‘s cutback before drilling the shot past Marcus Bettinelli.

Last month Aaron Ramsey had a contract offer withdrawn but he showed his quality when he created and finished a beautiful team move to help the Gunners to their ninth straight win in all competitions, their best run since April of 2015. Manager Unai Emery said he’s a “very important player” for the club.

Lacazette scored another and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted twice. Ramsey‘s goal is a strong contender for goal of the season.

Arsenal sit in fourth, whilst Fulham remain just above the relegation zone in 17th.


Up Next:

Cardiff v Fulham – Saturday October 20th (10am)

Arsenal v Leicester – Monday October 22nd (3pm)



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Southampton v Chelsea


Chelsea extended their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a comfortable win at St Mary’s.

Eden Hazard opened the scoring for the Blues. Ross Barkley, who had the assist on the first added their second, tapping in Olivier Giroud‘s gymnastic cross. Substitute Alvaro Morata netted their third.

Danny Ings and Ryan Bertrand spurned fine chances for the hosts, but could not put Chelsea under any sustained pressure.

Defeat for the hosts means they remain in 16th, and their run without a win against the Premier League’s ‘big six’ is extended to 26 games.

Chelsea have won nine of their 11 games across all competitions this season, with league draws against West Ham and Liverpool the only blips on their record. They are tied first with Man City and Liverpool on 20pts, but sit second on goal difference.


Up Next:

Bournemouth v Southampton – Saturday October 20th (10am)

Chelsea v Man United – Saturday October 20th (7:30am)



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Liverpool v Manchester City 


On the eve of Jurgen Klopp’s three year Anfield anniversary it took 62 minutes for either side to register a shot on target.

Champions Manchester City have not won a league game at Liverpool in 15 years. Riyad Mahrez had the chance to score an 85th minute winner to end that dismal record after Virgil Van Dijk brought down Leroy Sané in the box, but the Algerian sky-rocketed the penalty. 

Klopp said: “It is a very intense, an unbelievable challenge to face Manchester City always – I’ve said that before – and as the last game of an intense period, it makes the challenge even bigger, so I am really happy with what the boys did.

Both managers were left impressed with their sides after the draw. The result saw City and Liverpool extend their unbeaten league starts to eight games. The Manchester club sit top on goal difference, with Chelsea second and Liverpool drop to third after the Blues’ victory over Southampton earlier on Sunday.


Up Next:

Huddersfield v Liverpool – Saturday October 20th (10am)

Man City v Burnley – Saturday October 20th (10am)




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