Premier League Recap

Week 11 of the Barclays Premier League gave us 34 goals and 34 yellows cards.


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AFC Bournemouth v Manchester United


Marcus Rashford scored a dramatic injury-time goal to steal the three points for the Red Devils, netting at the second attempt following Paul Pogba‘s cross.

The Cherries came close three times inside the first 10 minutes before a corner was half-cleared to Lewis Cook. The young England midfielder played a fabulous through pass to Junior Stanislas, whose pinpoint cross was netted by Callum Wilson.

Just before the break Ashley Young burst down the right and played in Alexis Sanchez, who cut it back for Anthony Martial to hit it home. The visitors were fortunate to be level at halftime after a lackluster first half performance. It was so bad that boss, Jose Mourinho, said Bournemouth could have won 6-2. He went on to say, “we were defensively awful. As a team we didn’t press or do any of the work we did in the week. People watching this game will not believe how hard we worked this week.” The Portuguese also described the first half display as “chaotic”.

The Manchester club looked a much better team in the second half. They nearly took the lead not long after the break when Young rattled the goal frame with a free kick. Rashford‘s follow-up was then cleared off the line by Nathan Ake, before David Brooks cleared Pogba‘s effort.

Rashford finally found a way through for United in the 92nd minute. The victory will give them a boost going in to Wednesday’s Champions League game against Juventus in Italy and might even carry them through to the Manchester derby next Sunday.

The two clubs sit 6th and 7th, level on points with 20, the home side however, get table position due to a five goal differential.

Up Next:

Premier League

Newcastle v Bournemouth – Saturday November 10th (10am)

Man City v Man United – Sunday November 11th (11:30am)

Champions League

Juventus v Man United – Wednesday November 7th (3pm)



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Cardiff City v Leicester City 


Leicester had an emotional day, playing for the first time since the death of their owner in a helicopter crash. The Foxes played with great will, nerve and determination to beat Cardiff.

Before kickoff the two clubs united to remember Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the four other people who lost their lives that night. Players laid wreaths before the match and a whole new level of emotion was shown during the unfurling of banners shared between the two sets of fans, who joined forces to create a stirring atmosphere of solidarity. The whole of the Leicester bench stood opposite Cardiff’s starting 11 on the center circle for a minute’s silence, the visiting team were visibly moved by everything.

The game from start to finish was a fiercely contested one, with great chances at both ends throughout. The first half ended goalless but it was quite a performance from both sides.

Cardiff’s Victor Camarasa came closest when he struck the crossbar from a free kick. Leicester’s Jamie Vardy then felt they should have had a penalty when his shot appeared to hit Sol Bamba‘s arm on the line, deflecting the would-be goal away.

The Foxes were not to be denied on such a meaningful day, Demarai Gray scored with a low finish early in the second half, the celebration saw a huge outpouring of emotion as the entire team celebrated together, before running over to their traveling fans. Gray wore an undershirt that read “For Khun Vichai” as a tribute to the late owner, whose name the traveling fans continued to sing for the rest of the highly amped game.

After the final whistle the Leicester players and backroom staff stood and applauded with their fans long after the game had ended. They then took a flight to Thailand for Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s funeral. He is getting the royal treatment, his funeral was organized by Thai royalty, a very rare and high honor.


The Foxes move up to 10th in the table while Cardiff drop into the relegation zone in 18th after Newcastle beat Watford 1-0.



Up Next:

Cardiff v Brighton  – Saturday November 10th (7:30am)

Leicester v Burnley  – Saturday November 10th (10am)



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Everton v Brighton & Hove Albion


Everton were the stronger looking team on Saturday. Everton boss Marco Silva said Richarlison is a “fantastic football player” after the Brazilian put in a match-winning performance against the Seagulls.

The 21-year-old scored in both halves, taking his tally to six for the season as Everton secured their fourth win in five league matches, bringing Brighton’s three-game winning streak to an end.

Lewis Dunk equalized for Brighton in the 33rd minute, but Seamus Coleman‘s first goal in 22 months put the Toffees ahead once again after the break. Richarlison then sealed the win with a 77th minute strike.

The winners sit 9th with 18pts from 11 games. Brighton are 12th with 14pts.


Up Next:

Chelsea v Everton – Sunday November 11th (9:!5am)

Cardiff v Brighton –  – Saturday November 10th (7:30am)



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Newcastle United v Watford


Newcastle claimed their first win of the season against Watford at St James’ Park, with manager Rafa Benitez saying his players “showed what they can do.”
Ayoze Perez headed home Ki Sung-yueng‘s free kick in the second half to end the Magpies’ winless run and lift them out of the relegation zone.

The Hornets were unlucky not to take the lead in the first half, with both Adrian Mariappa and Gerard Deulofeu guilty of spurning excellent opportunities. The first scuffed a shot wide just moments after seeing a close-range header rescued off the line. The latter dragged a tame effort off target following a dream through-ball from Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Roberto Pereyra
rattled the crossbar in the opening minutes of the second half, but Newcastle held on. The home side lost Yoshinori MutoJamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey to injury before the hour mark, but that didn’t stop them from improving in the second half to earn their first home points of the season.
The Magpies climbed out of the relegation zone, jumping ahead of Cardiff and Fulham to sit 17th with 6pts from 11 games. The loss sees Watford in 8th with 19pts from 11.


Up Next:

Newcastle v Bournemouth  – Saturday November 10th (10am)

Southampton v Watford  – Saturday November 10th (10am)



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West Ham United v Burnley


Felipe Anderson‘s double helped secure the three points for the hammers. The Brazilian midfielder, who joined the east London Club from Lazio for £36m in the summer, has struggled for consistency, scoring just one goal before Saturday’s game.
The 25-year-old took more touches (103) and played more passes (75) than any other player on the pitch. He scored the Hammers’ second with a precise finish and then claimed his second goal, a low shot that took a deflection, to restore West Ham’s lead. Anderson was also involved in the host’s fourth, it was his perfect cross-field pass that began the attack which led to the goal.

The Hammers opened the scoring when Marko Arnautovic dispossessed James Tarkowski before sprinting clear and firing home. Burnley’s Johann Berg Gudmundsson slotted home the equalizer just before half time.
The hosts retook the lead when Anderson curled a shot past Burnley goalie Joe Hart, who made a couple of excellent saves on Arnautovic either side of the break. Substitute Chris Wood thumped home with a header to level things once again. Anderson then scored his second of the game with six minutes remaining in regular time, capitalizing on sloppy Burnley defending. Javier Hernandez completed the victory in stoppage time.
It was a deserved victory for the home team, whose last victory game against Manchester United at the end of September. They now sit 13th in the table, two places above the Clarets, who have now lost six of their last nine games against the Hammers.


Up Next:

Huddersfield v West Ham  – Saturday November 10th (10am)

Leicester v Burnley  – Saturday November 10th (10am)



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Arsenal v Liverpool 


Reds manager Jurgen Klopp felt his side made “life a bit too easy” for the Gunners to battle back for a hard fought and well earned draw, with Alexandre Lacazette‘s late equalizer extending Arsenal’s unbeaten run to 13 games.

James Milner opened the scoring with a powerful strike just after the hour mark, smashing home after Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno‘s clearance rebounded off defender Rob Holding. His goal looked to have put the unbeaten Liverpool on course for the victory, however Lacazette had other ideas, equalizing eight minutes from time with a superb finish on the turn after he’d taken the ball away from Liverpool goalie Alisson.
The draw sees Liverpool drop to third after Man City thrashed Southampton and Chelsea beat Crystal Palace on Sunday.  The Reds will feel hard done by after a first-half effort from Sadio Mane was incorrectly ruled offside. Arsenal drop to 5th after their North London rivals Spurs beat Wolves.


Up Next:

Premier League

Arsenal v Wolves – Sunday November 11th (11:30am)

Liverpool v Fulham – Sunday November 11th (7am)

Champions League

Red Star Belgrade v Liverpool – Tuesday November 6th (12:55pm)

Europa League

Arsenal v Sporting Lisbon – Thursday November 8th (3pm)



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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur


Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino believes defender Juan Foyth produced a “very good” performance despite him conceding two penalties, that could have easily come back to haunt him, on his Premier League debut. The visitors were cruising after establishing a 3-0 lead, before Ruben Neves and Rual Jimenez scored from the spot after two fouls by the 20-year-old Foyth, making for an uncomfortable finish.
Several Spurs players didn’t feature at the Molineux with Pochettino opting to rest them ahead of Tuesday’s must-win Champions League game against PSV Eindhoven. Dele Alli was one of the players being rested. As was Davinson Sanchez, though the Colombian defender was sent on in the closing stages.

Saturday’s matchup was Tottenham’s fifth fixture in 15 days, but you wouldn’t have guessed it, for the majority of the game there appeared to be little to  no sign of fatigue as they overcame the very early loss of Mousa Dembele to injury. The Belgian’s 250th Spurs appearance lasted all but two minutes before he suffered what appeared to be an ankle injury after Helder Costa fell into him following a challenge by Ben Davies.
Despite losing one of their best players, there was a real menace about the visitors. Harry Kane forced a decent save from Rui Patricio before the unmarked Erik Lamela opened the scoring after finding himself with plenty of space in the box and fired through the legs of the Wolves goalkeeper. Just two minutes and 54 seconds later the visitors made it 2-0, Lucas Moura was left unmarked to head home Kieran Trippier‘s perfect cross before Kane struck from six yards for his first league goal in five weeks, giving the visitors a 3-0 lead.
Then came Foyth‘s late mistakes. First he fouled Jimenez and then pushed another Wolves player 10 minutes later, becoming the first player to give away two penalties in the same league game since Phil Jagielka in 2016. Hugo Lloris dived the wrong way on both penalties, but, Spurs held on to the secure a sixth top-flight win in seven away from home.

The victory moves Spurs up to fourth, 1pt ahead of north London rivals Arsenal. Wolves sit 11th with 15pts from 11 games, 1pt behind Leicester.


Up Next:

Premier League

Arsenal v Wolves – Sunday November 11th (11:30am)

Palace v Spurs  – Saturday November 10th (12:30pm)

Champions League

Spurs v PSV Eindhoven – Tuesday November 6th (3pm)



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Manchester City v Southampton


The hosts cruised to victory over a feeble Southampton side to remain top of the table.

It took City just six minutes to open the scoring through an own goal from Wesley Hoedt who smashed an attempted clearance into his own net. Sergio Aguero doubled the home side’s lead by tapping in from a Raheem Sterling cross. David Silva shattered home City’s third from Leroy Sane‘s flick after 18 minutes.

Southampton’s Danny Ings pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after being brought down by goalkeeper Ederson.

Sterling netted either side of the break to complete an impressive performance, Sane added a late sixth goal to crown a fantastic afternoon for Pep Guardiola’s side. The sixth goal came deep in injury time, Sane fired past Alex McCarthy following a lightning counter-attack with Southampton looking very tired and deflated.
The Manchester club have now won eight of their past nine matches in all competitions. Ing‘s penalty was the first league goal the team have conceded in six games. The Saints meanwhile have gone seven Premier League games without a victory and lie 16th.


Up Next:

Premier League

Man City v Man United – Sunday November 11th (11:30am)

Southampton v Watford  – Saturday November 10th (10am)

Champions League

Man City v Shakhtar Donetsk – Wednesday November 7th (3pm)



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Chelsea v Crystal Palace


A 3-1 home victory over struggling Crystal Palace sees Chelsea climb to second in the table, pushing Liverpool down to third.

Alvaro Morata 
scored twice at Stamford Bridge, with Pedro adding the host’s third in the 70th minute.

opened the scoring with a clever shot-on-the-turn before Andros Townsend cancelled out the lead with a superb low finish. It gave Palace a glimpse of hope but that chance of securing a crucial point vanished when they conceded two goals in five minutes toward the end of the second half. Substitute Eden Hazard marked his return from a back injury by delivering the free kick for Morata to fire home his second. Pedro then found the back of the net to put the game out of the visitors’ reach.

Unbeaten Chelsea are two points behind leaders Man City, whilst Palace remain just three points above the relegation zone after their seventh defeat in 11 league games.


Up Next:

Premier League

Chelsea v Everton – Sunday November 11th (9:15am)

Palace v Spurs  – Saturday November 10th (12:30am)

Europa League

BATE Borisov v Chelsea – Thursday November 8th (12:55pm)



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Huddersfield Town v Fulham


Fulham’s Timothy Fosu-Mensah helped Huddersfield end their long home scoring drought when he headed in an own goal. The Dutchman got the final touch to send it into his own net as he jumped with Christopher Schindler to try and clear Chris Lowe‘s delivery. It’s the host’s first win of the season and sees Fulham drop to bottom of the Premier League table.
It had been 695 minutes since Huddersfield found the net at home, the last coming from Tom Ince against Watford in mid April. It was a well deserved win as they showcased discipline and commitment in the second half to add to the high energy and endeavor of the first half.
Fulham never really looked in the game, they did improve slightly after the break but they have conceded a record-leveling 29 goals in their opening 11 games of this campaign. Their defeat exacerbates what’s already been their worst ever start to a top-flight season.


The defeat for the Cottagers sees them level on five points with Cardiff and 20th courtesy of the league’s worst goal difference.

Up Next:

Huddersfield v West Ham  – Saturday November 10th (10am)

Liverpool v Fulham – Sunday November 11th (7am)




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