Matchweek 11 EPL Review

Matchweek 11

 

 

 

Another weekend of English Premier League action has flown by us! An unbeaten streak came to a halt and a few of the underdogs came out on top. You should know the drill by now. Today I’ll be running through my 4 standout results from what was an exciting weekend of football from Matchweek 11!

 

WEST HAM 3 – LIVERPOOL 2 

Jurgen Klopp and his men had gone on a 25 game undefeated run in all competitions prior to this match. Enter West Ham United, a club playing some of their best football in recent years by a long shot. David Moyes has been able to get a tune out of these players who previously had let their past managers down. Let’s talk about Liverpool’s goalkeeper Allison. He’s been playing pretty well as of late, not really being tested in most matches. His only issue is he does have a mistake or two in his locker. This match was no exception. Within 5′ we saw this in action. In a failed attempt to punch away the ball from a corner kick, within his own 6-yard box, the ball deflected off his gloves and into the net for an own goal.

Just before halftime, Trent Alexander-Arnold equalized as his curling free-kick effort sailed past Lukasz Fabianski. The guy didn’t even move from his line. He must’ve known how lethal and accurate TAA is from set-pieces in dangerous territory. About midway into the second half, Jarrod Bowen got his 1st assist of the night when he set up Pablo Fornals to make it 2-1. Allison got his hand to it, but it ultimately wasn’t strong enough as he watched the ball trickle in. From there Liverpool lost the plot. They conceded what would prove to be the winner as Kurt Zouma headed home a Jarrod Bowen corner kick.

Again, another example of Liverpool being complacent. Whether it was the defense being caught flat-footed or Allison not being quick to react, West Ham was there to take their chances when they came. Something teams NEED to do vs a club like Liverpool. The Reds answered back through a sublime half-volley from super-sub Divock Origi who usually makes an impact off the bench. In the end, Liverpool deserved to be beaten by a top West Ham side who handed them their first loss of the season. West Ham sits in 3rd on 23 points, followed closely by Liverpool in 4th on 22 points.

 

NORWICH 2 – BRENTFORD 1

A clash of the two newly promoted sides proved to be an exciting watch.  On any other day, I’d say Brentford would walk away victorious. But, Brentford was dealt a loss on their home turf as Norwich secured the 3 points and their first win of the season. Norwegian midfielder Mathias Normann picked up the ball around the 35-yard mark and dribbled his way through the Brentford midfield until he fired off a low-driven shot from the top of the box. it trickled into the keepers near post, who had no chance of stopping it. This was only Norwich’s 4th goal of the season, but what a shot it was.

Canaries talisman Teemu Pukki rifled home his penalty kick from the spot. In the 60′ minutes Brentford got themselves on the board by way of winger Rico Henry. He tapped in a ball that was flung in from the opposite side of the pitch to grab his first goal of the season. That was all she wrote for this match, and that was all she wrote for Norwich manager Daniel Farke who was sacked immediately after. Which I was sort of confused by.

Why not sack this dude earlier in the season, rather than after having him lead you to your first win? Dean Smith, who was sacked by Aston Villa the following week, has been appointed boss of the Canaries. We Shall see what he can salvage from this god-awful but unsurprisingly abysmal season so far. Norwich is dead bottom on 5 points, while Brentford finds themselves all the way down in 14th with a point tally of 12.

 

SOUTHAMPTON 1 – ASTON VILLA 0

Friday night football in the UK, it doesn’t get any grittier than that! And Southampton had to grind out this win at St. Mary’s Park on home soil. Summer signing Adam Armstrong was the difference maker this time out as he scored a belter of a half volley within 2 minutes! A ball from James Ward-Prowse hit the heel of fellow striker Che Adams and Armstrong found himself in the right place at the right time. Villa was served their 5th straight loss in the league, but Dean Smith was given the boot.

He’s been swiftly replaced by Liverpool, England, and EPL legend Steven Gerrard who most recently won the Scottish Premier League as a manager with Rangers. Southampton sits 13th on 14 points while Villa plummets all the way down to 16th on 10 points. I really think Gerrard can get a tune out of these players, most of which were brought in by Dean Smith as he heavily invested in his side in the past 2 transfer windows. They are a better club than what we are currently seeing.

 

MANCHESTER CITY 2 – MANCHESTER UNITED 0

How is Ole still at the wheel? How is Bernardo Silva City’s joint-top scorer this season? Where have Ronaldo, Fernandes, Shaw, and Pogba gone? So many questions after this latest installment in the Manchester Derby. More of the concern lies with United, who have been falling short of expectations this season given their current personnel. Eric Bailly, the man tasked with filling the void at center back while Raphael Varane nurses an injury, scored an own goal within 7 minutes of play. This was a major game-changer, as City dominated every aspect of play for the remainder of the game. Credit to United keeper David de Gea, who made 5 crucial saves on the day. Compare this to the City keeper Ederson who only had to make 1. Bernardo Silva found himself on the scoresheet yet again.

A ball from Joao Cancelo floated past the United backline and Bernardo was the only man to act quick enough, lashing his foot out to the ball at the far post. City just toyed with United really. Crazy to see such a dominant performance and really just 2 sides playing completely different skill levels right now. City sits in 2nd place on 23 points, a win behind Chelsea. Funny enough, United crawls back into 6th place, a win behind my beloved Arsenal in 5th place on 20 points. For the first time in a long time, Arsenal is above United in the league table.

 

OTHER NOTABLE SCORELINES FROM THIS PAST MATCHWEEK…

Arsenal took all 3 points in a 1 nil match vs Watford, a side who came to play for sure. The man of the moment Emile Smith Rowe scored his 4th of the season. The newly capped England Senior International is level on goals with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the season. We sit in 5th place on 20 points while Watford chill in 17th on 10 points.

Crystal Palace beat Wolves 2 nil. Usual suspects Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher got on the scoresheet. All these solid performances have earned Gallagher an England Senior team call-up. This was the Eagles’ 2nd straight win and 6th game unbeaten as they find themselves in the 10th spot on 15 points. Wolves are sitting pretty in that 8th spot on 16 points.

Spurs and Everton drew nil in what proved to be a barn burner in Antonio Conte’s first match in charge of the Spuds. I think they’ll start to get results for sure. But for now, the Spuds sit in 9th place on 16 points while Everton sits 11th on 15 points.

Chelsea vs Burnley finished 1-1, as did the Leeds and Leicester match, as well as the Brighton vs Newcastle fixture. 1st, 18th, 15th, 12th, 7th, and 19th place respectively in the table for these clubs.

 

PREMIER LEAGUE FOOTBALL IS BACK, AND NOT GOING ANYWHERE FOR ANOTHER 4 MONTHS!

The international break that just ended signifies the start of a busy festive period of fixtures for the English top flight. Nonstop matches week in and week out coupled with how close each club is to the next will make these next few Matchweeks all the more entertaining! Just look at the table, the sheer level of competition is what sets this League apart from the rest across Europe. Saturday it all kicks off with the Arsenal vs Liverpool. So tune in for Matchweek 12 and as for me, I’ll be right here with a recap of all the action. Bye for now!

 

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