Another action-packed weekend of English Premier League has drawn to a close and boy was the football entertaining. In matchweek 5 Chelsea prove to be too much for Spurs to handle, Villa decimate the Toffees, and Jesse Lingard’s wonder-strike game-winner vs West Ham were all bright points this weekend. Without further or do, here are my 4 standout results from Matchweek 5.
MANCHESTER UNITED 2 – WEST HAM 1
Two sides who are currently in form, it was United’s turn to head to the London Stadium and face David Moyes’s West Ham United. There’s so much buzz around West Ham right now and for good reason, coming off the back of a 2 nil victory over Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League in midweek. United was handed a tough loss in midweek, losing the match in 90′ plus added time to Swiss League Champs BSC Young Boys in the Champions League.
Long story short Said Benrahma scored in the 30′ minutes and from there United came back. Ronaldo scored yet another tap in and Lingard saw his curling effort nestle top right. That final goal definitely stung the West Ham fans, seeing as Lingard spent the second half of last season with the Irons and well and truly regained his form from a few years back. United find themselves sitting 3rd in the table on 13 points and West Ham is 5 points back in 8th. All in all this match made for great viewing.
ASTON VILLA 3 – EVERTON 0
What. A. Game. It all started in the 66′ minute with a Matty Cash goal that lashed into the top right and it’s not often we see Cash get in those advanced positions in front of goal. And what felt like seconds later, French left-back Luca Digne scored an own goal from an Aston Villa corner taken by new man Leon Bailey and honestly, it didn’t even look like Digne made contact with the ball. It kind of just skimmed off the top of his head at the near post and curved into the goal. I thought Bailey scored that one from the corner flag but a few minutes later he finally got his ACTUAL goal, blasting the ball past the Everton keeper Asmir Begovic who maybe could’ve done better.
Bailey celebrated with a heartfelt message on his undershirt commemorating fellow Jamaican social media star Steffie Gregg, who sadly passed away last month. She was also commemorated by Raheem Sterling when he celebrated the same way after scoring with England the other week. Whatever the case may be, I’m just happy to see Leon Bailey breaking his goal duck and balling out in the Prem.
CHELSEA 3 – SPURS 0
Does this scoreline really surprise you? Because if you watch week in and week out as I do, you’d know that this was probably gonna be the result from the get-go. Chelsea, coming off the back of a Champions League win courtesy of a Lukaku winner, was looking to make a statement vs a Spurs side who had just drew 2 all to Rennes in the Conference League and lost 3 nil to Palace last weekend. So it was always gonna be a Chelsea dub.
The first half was pretty dull from both sides but Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel must’ve said something at halftime because immediately after the whistle blew to start the 2nd half, Chelsea came out the gate STRONG. Within minutes, Thiago Silva put the Blues on the board with his header from a corner kick. From there Chelsea put two more past Hugo Lloris by way of N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger of all people. Chelsea finds themselves sitting top of the table with an identical record to Liverpool, who only sit second because of Chelsea having a better result from the week previous. I’ve never seen that be the case before. And Spurs are just Spurs, so.
ARSENAL 1 – BURNLEY 0
Traveling to Turf Moor, one of the oldest classiest standing stadiums in English Football, is never an easy task. Burnley has a very physical style of play that usually means they’ll sit back and defend and then try and hit you on the counter/set pieces. They’re big and physical, and Arsenal is small and weak. But, this fixture historically means we have a lot of the possession. And this match wasn’t any different. Martin Odegaard’s 30′ minute free-kick finish separated the two sides in the end.
Burnley turned on the jets in the latter stages of the game, when they brought on Maxwell Cornet who recently signed from Olympique Lyon in the French League 1 for $16million. He really made an instant impact on the game, running at our defense and putting balls into the box. Ultimately it wasn’t enough, but it looked scary for us Arsenal fans for a few minutes. Nothing really much more to report on here other than the fact that I just want to rub this dub into the faces of Mancuso and Jack, whose teams both took L’s this weekend. Sorry guys.
OTHER NOTABLE SCORELINES FROM THIS WEEKEND…..
–Liverpool cruise yet again to another 3 nil victory vs Crystal Palace. The goals from Mane, Salah, and Naby Keita were too much for the Eagles to handle.
–The Foxes beat Brighton 2-1 in a back and forth game that saw Danny Welbeck of all people head home the winner. The former Man U and Arsenal striker signed a one-year extension at the end of last season and is showing he can still find the back of the net.
-In a battle of the two lower-tier teams, it was Watford who edged a 3-1 victory over Norwich City. Ismaila Sarr and Bonaventure’s goals cancel out Teemu Pukki’s strike as the Hornets take all 3 points.
–Brentford beat Wolves 2 nil even with a man down, Man City and Southampton draw nil-nil, and Leeds drew a goal apiece with Newcastle United.
MATCHWEEK 6 WILL HAVE IT ALL…
North London Derby anyone? Just know me and bossman Mancuso will be live streaming the NLD this Sunday, and tensions will be high. Other than that, just pray and hope Ronaldo scores another goal… Because God Dammit I need him for my FanDuel. Catch you guys next week and thanks for reading!