Premier League Recap

Week 10 of the Barclays Premier League gave us 26 goals, 29 yellows and left a couple of players seeing red.

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Brighton & Hove Albion v Wolverhampton Wanderers 


Glenn Murray  scored his 100th goal for Brighton as he helped the home team record their third consecutive Premier League victory with a 1-0 win over Wolves, with a close range effort shortly after half time.

It is the first time Brighton have won three consecutive games in the top-flight since 1981. They were however very fortunate to walk away with all three points as the visitors dominated the majority of the game.

Wolves came close with Matt Doherty who saw his shot go just wide of the post early in the game. They could have had a first half penalty when another Doherty effort hit the raise arm of Jose Izquierdo. Wolverhampton pressed hard for an equalizer in a tantalizing finish with Brighton’s goalie making a beautiful save to deny Ryan Bennett in stoppage time. Mat Ryan also dove low to stop Ruben Neves’s strike from distance, the Australian also forced another Doherty shot wide.

Shane Duffy headed off the outside of the post at the end of the first half for Brighton but Murray‘s goal was the hosts’ only shot on target in the game, luckily for the home side their goalkeeper had one of his best games and the one goal was all they needed to secure the 3pts.

Brighton climb to 11th with the win while Wolves drop to tenth.


Up Next:

Everton v Brighton – Saturday November 3rd (11am)

Wolves v Spurs – Saturday November 3rd (3:45pm)



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Fulham v AFC Bournemouth


Callum Wilson scored twice to help Bournemouth continue their impressive start to the Premier League season and inflict another damaging defeat on Fulham.

It was a very open game at Craven Cottage, with the visitors opening the scoring through a penalty after Wilson was fouled by Timothy Fosu-Mensah early in the first half.

The hosts had numerous chances but weren’t as clinical as the visitors, something highlighted by the Cherries when they went on the counterattack before David Brooks netted the visitors second.

Fulham’s afternoon got even worse when Kevin McDonald was sent off for a second bookable offense shortly after Brooks‘ goal. Wilson then scored his second and Bournemouth’s third to seal the victory and hand the Cottagers their fourth straight defeat.

Eddie Howe’s men stay sixth, only a point behind Tottenham. Fulham sit 18th with just 5 points from 10 games.


Up Next:

Huddersfield v Fulham – Monday November 5th (3pm)

Bournemouth v Man United – Saturday November 3rd (8:30am)



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Liverpool v Cardiff City


Liverpool moved three points clear of Manchester City, if only for a couple of days, at the top of the Premier League after two sublime goals by Sadio Mane helped see off Cardiff City at Anfield.

Mo Salah opened the scoring with a sweeping finish before Sadio Mané turned a few Cardiff defenders before hitting home for the Reds’ second of the afternoon.

Virgil Van Dijk headed against the post whilst Adam Lallana was denied by a headed clearance off the line as they dominated for long spells.

Cardiff pulled a goal back with their first shot on target after 77 minutes through Callum Paterson.

Liverpool substitute Xherdan Shaqiri restored their two-goal cushion with his first goal for the club and Mane chipped Etheridge to seal the points.

The hosts side enjoyed their two day stay at the top of the table. They now sit second on goal difference after City beat Spurs on Monday. Cardiff are 17th with 5 points from 10 games and a -14 goal differential.


Up Next:

Arsenal v Liverpool – Saturday November 3rd (1:30pm)

Cardiff v Leicester – Saturday November 3rd (11am)



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Southampton v Newcastle United


The visitors extended their winless start to the league season as they played out a goalless draw on the south coast.

Saints midfielder Mario Lemina went closest midway through the first half but saw his clever flick strike the post as Mark Hughes’ side failed to register a first home win of the campaign.

Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka produced a string of fine saves to deny the hosts, who had the better chances to win, and to keep a clean sheet. One ball did make it’s way past him when Charlie Austin found the net, only after fouling the Slovakian which resulted in the goal being withdrawn.

The result sees Southampton fail to win their last six and fail to score in their five last league games, keeping them 16th in the table. The Magpies sit 19th with 3pts from 10 games.


Up Next:

Man City v Southampton – Sunday November 4th (10am)

Newcastle v Watford – Saturday November 3rd (11am)



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Watford v Huddersfield Town


Roberto Pereyra and Gerard Deulofeu helped Watford secure their best start in the Premier League with sublime goals. Isaac Success added their third in the 80th minute.

The visitors began brightly with Aaron Mooy testing Ben Foster with a strike from the edge of the area before Alex Pritchard saw his curling effort go narrowly over the crossbar.

The Terriers then fell behind when Pereyra slotted home before Deulofeu thumped past Jonas Lossl from a tight angle to double the hosts’ lead.

Foster made a fingertip save on Chris Lowe’s long-range drive on to the crossbar, but Isaac Success added a third for Watford in the second half to secure a comfortable victory for Javi Gracia’s team.

Watford move on to 19 points, surpassing their 17-point haul after 10 games of the 1982-83 season, when they finished runners-up to Liverpool. The defeat sees the visitors slip to bottom of the table, with just 3pts from 10 games and -17 goal differential.


Up Next:

Newcastle v Watford – Saturday November 3rd (11am)

Huddersfield v Fulham – Monday November 5th (3pm)



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Leicester City v West Ham United


The visitors took the lead in the 30th minute after Fabián Balbuena‘s right footed shot found the top corner. Just eight minutes later their afternoon changed completely, captain Mark Noble saw red for a high, lunging tackle on Wilfred Ndidi.

Even with the man-disadvantage the Hammers frustrated the home side with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski made some crucial saves in the second half to keep his side in it. They kept this resolve all the way to the 90th minute when Ndidi scored a late equalizer. The Nigerian’s long-range shot took a torrid deflection off Balbuena to beat Fabianski.

The hosts’ had a moment of concern at the end of the game when their right-back Daniel Amartey left the pitch on a stretcher in stoppage time in a lot of pain with an ankle injury.

The Foxes sit 12th on 13pts with West Ham one place behind on 8pts.

Sadly the Foxes’ joy didn’t last long as shortly after the game, owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter crash landed, killing all on board. Mr Srivaddhanaprabha was confirmed among the deceased.

As a result of the tragic accident Leicester’s League Cup match against Southampton has been postponed.


Up Next:

Cardiff v Leicester – Saturday November 3rd (11am)

West Ham v Burnley – Saturday November 3rd (11am)



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Burnley v Chelsea


Chelsea managed, without Eden Hazard, to remain unbeaten in the Premier League. The Belgian forward and the club’s top goalscorer missed the game with a back injury.

The visitors took the lead after Ross Barkley set up Alvaro Morata in the 22nd minute, sliding a fantastic through ball in to the Spaniard’s path to poke past Burnley goalie Joe Hart. The former Everton and current England midfielder then scored himself, sending a 25 yard effort into the bottom corner just before the hour mark.

Barkley had arguably his best game for the Blues. He registered his second assist of the match just five minutes after scoring, setting up Willian who cut in on to his right foot and curled a shot past Hart in the same corner as the Englishman.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek followed up his midweek Europa League hat-trick with an injury time goal to seal the win.

Burnley stay 14th after barley threatening and being reduced to chasing Chelsea’s shadow for much of the game.

Chelsea are now two points behind leaders Man City and Liverpool.


Up Next:

West Ham v Burnley – Saturday November 3rd (11am)

Chelsea v Crystal Palace – Sunday November 4th (11am)



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Crystal Palace v Arsenal 


Crystal Palace scored their first home goals of the season as captain Luka Milivojevic scored twice from the penalty spot, earning his side a dramatic draw against Arsenal, ending the Gunners’ 11-game winning run.

The Serb scored the opener in the first half after Shkodran Mustafi brought down Cheikhou Kouyate.

It took the visitors until the 51 minutes of play to find the back of the net with Granit Xhaka‘s sublime free-kick from the edge of the box. The Gunners extended the lead through a controversial Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goal. Before the Gabonese player’s goal there was a clear hand ball by Alexandre Lacazette that was missed by the match officials, had it been noticed the goal would not have counted. To add more drama to the whole affair the ball went over the line by just 9mm, it was goal line technology that ruled it over.

The home captain smashed in a late equalizer, another penalty after Xhaka brought down Wilfried Zaha in the box with just seven minutes left to go.

Arsenal remain fourth in the Premier League, two points behind Chelsea. Palace move up to 14th and three points above the relegation zone.


Up Next:

Chelsea v Crystal Palace – Sunday November 4th (11am)

Arsenal v Liverpool – Saturday November 3rd (1:30pm)



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Manchester United v Everton


The victory for the home side sees them move within five points of the Premier League’s top four.

Paul Pogba slotted home a 27th minute rebound after his stuttering 26-step run-up penalty was saved by Jordan Pickford. The 25-year-old then assisted fellow Frenchman Anthony Martial, who curled a beautiful, first-time finish from the edge of the box in the second half.

The win put an end to Everton’s three-game winning run. The Toffees had chances of their own but Bernard missed an open goal, hitting the side netting after going round David De Gea. The Spain goalkeeper then made a sharp save from Richarlison‘s low strike.

The only ball to defeat the 27-year-old was a penalty scored by Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson. After their successful 77th minute penalty the visitors piled on the pressure, but United held on for the 3pts.

Everton sit ninth in the league table, one place and two points behind United.


Up Next:

Bournemouth v Man United – Saturday November 3rd (8:30am)

Everton v Brighton – Saturday November 3rd (11am)



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Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City


Riyad Mahrez‘s goal was the difference on a scrappy post-NFL Monday night at Wembley. Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League with the victory.

The former Leicester City forward swept home Raheem Sterling‘s sixth minute cross. He dedicated his goal to the Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was killed in a helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium after Saturday’s game against West Ham. The  Algerian told the media that Srivaddhanaprabha “was like a dad to me”.

The only goal of the game settled an already tough match made worse by the pitch still bearing the markings and after effects of Sunday’s NFL meeting between the Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars. Luckily for Spurs and the rest of the league that was the final NFL in London game of the season.

The visitors deserved the win, restricting the home side to limited opportunities. They could have avoided an anxious final few minutes had David Silva and Sterling taken second half opportunities. Spurs goalie Hugo Lloris also saved twice from Sergio Aguero.

The host’s wasted a golden opportunity when substitute Dele Alli found Erik Lamela in front of an open goal, but the Argentine couldn’t find the target.

City sit atop the table ahead of Liverpool on goal difference with both teams on 26 points from 10 games. Spurs sit fifth, 1pt behind fourth placed North London rivals, Arsenal.


Up Next:

Wolves v Spurs – Saturday November 3rd (3:45pm)

Man City v Southampton – Sunday November 4th (10am)




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