Honestly, I feel naked when there’s no Premier League action. 2 weeks of International duty (yes, duty, very funny) done and dusted and now we find ourselves in the thick of the season. Matchweek 9 installments of the EPL showcased what makes this league the best in the world; some teams shocked the country while others did what they did best. Here are my 4 standout results from what was a long weekend of footy in England.
LIVERPOOL 5 – WATFORD 0
And were you expecting anything less? In all honesty, any matchday vs Liverpool may as well be stat day for them because every week just battering the opponent, bar their matches against Chelsea and Man City. Let’s talk about one guy here for just one second, Mohamed Salah. The man in form currently boasts a goal-scoring record of 7 in 8 starts in the league, with 4 assists and 31 shots. He’s playing out of his mind and I love it. I do feel Liverpool have all the makings to do the league yet again this season, especially when Firmino (2 goals) and Mane (1 goal) also found themselves on the scoresheet. You know it’s peak when all of your attackers are comfortably scoring goals, albeit against newly-promoted Watford.
Poor Claudio Ranieri, who took over as the Hornets boss last week. Surely he knew what he was getting himself into. The manager lifted silverware with Leicester City back when they did the impossible in 15/16, and since has been the saving grace for lower positioned clubs across Europe. I mean none of their players could get much going. This game felt like Jurgen Klopp and his men put their flag in the ground, claiming the league theirs. And rightly so, they sit top of the table.
WOLVES 3 – ASTON VILLA 2
Ahhh, nothing like a Midlands derby! Before the international break, Wolves had beaten Newcastle and Villa took the L vs Spurs. Nothing happened in the first half, shocker. They both suck. Danny Ings and his thumping header past Jose Sarr put the Villains up 1 nil. John McGinn, who’s got a screamer in his locker and assisted the Ings goal, blasted a half volley into the bottom left to make it 2 nil. Wolves left it till the last 10 minutes when Romain Saiss, captain Conor Coady, and set-piece specialist Ruben Neves all saw their efforts creep past Emi Martinez to seal an epic 3-2 comeback win away from home.
Martinez is finding it hard to keep clean sheets this season, and whether you want to put that down to fans in the stadium (added pressure) or lack of defensive stability, some things are not right. Villa plummets to 13th, while Wolves see themselves sitting at 10th. Not bad for how they started out the season. Looks like my Villa “dark horse” prediction sits in jeopardy.
LEICESTER CITY 4 – MANCHESTER UNITED 2
Honestly, this was one of the most embarrassing Manchester United defeats I’ve seen in the League in a very long time. With Ronaldo in this team, on top of all their other world-class talent, there should be zero excuses. Young Mason Greenwood always seems to be the difference-maker for this United side. He saw his trademarked left-footed effort curl into the top left. And from there Leicester just stepped on the gas.
Youri Tielemans chipped David de Gea with his gifted right foot before taking the lead through a rebounded tap in from center back Caglar Soyuncu. United would proceed to grab an equalizer by way of the returning Marcus Rashford. Who else but Fantastic Mr.Fox himself Jamie Vardy put the home side up by a goal in the 83′. And striker Patson Daka sealed the 3 points with his tap in at the far post netting his first Premier League goal since arriving this summer.
This result raises serious questions and concerns around Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his tactics/squad. It’s almost as if he’s just told his players “right then, go out and play” with little to no game plan involved. Is it the defense? With Varane injured it’s back to 80 million pound Harry Maguire to be the defensive stalwart in this United team. But it isn’t good enough. Where was Ronaldo? Hard to give him service when you can’t get anything going in possession. I feel bad for him. Credit to Brendan Rodgers and his side for turning up big time at home. Believe it or not, United drops all the way down to the 6th spot while Leicester sees themselves in 11th. Crazy season this is.
SPURS 3 – NEWCASTLE UNITED 2
Delirium struck at St James’ Park when Callum Wilson headed Newcastle in front within 2 minutes. What a start to life for the new Saudi ownership. The stadium was going nuts. “Limbs” as they say across the pond. That was short-lived though because Spurs answered back 15 minutes later through Tanguy Ndombele and his shot. Harry Kane chipped the keeper to grab his first goal of the season. It wouldn’t be a Spurs game without a Son Hueng-Min goal as well. Newcastle was given a late own goal from Eric Dier, but it was too late for them to salvage anything from the game. Steve Bruce couldn’t get a win on his 1,000th game in management. Unlucky mate, just know you’ve served your boyhood club well, given the circumstances over the last few years.
We should likely be hearing of his sacking in the next few days, but for who is what I’m wondering. Whatever, Newcastle sits 19th in the relegation zone while Spurs got bumped up to 5th, one point above Man U. Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo has got a long way to go before fans can get comfortable, but surely 5th position is a good place to be at. Oh and some Newcastle fan had to be administered CPR, so a stoppage in play was issued to resolve the matter. The fan is in hospital and thankfully doing better. Get well soon!
OTHER NOTABLE SCORELINES FROM THIS WEEKEND…
–Arsenal drew Palace 2-2 in a game that saw Aubameyang score early, while big guns Benteke and Edouard scored for the Eagles. Leave it to Mikel Arteta to make a late change, he brought on Lacazette who eventually grabbed the late equalizer for the Gunners who now sit in 12th place. DISGRACEFUL……
–West Ham edged a 1 nil victory over Everton by way of an Angelo Ogbonna header.
–Brighton and Norwich drew nil-nil, shocker.
–Man City put a measly 2 goals past Nick Pope and Burnley, who made them work for the 3 points. Bernardo Silva and Kevin de Bruyne got on the scoresheet with their efforts.
-Southampton and Chelsea both beat Leeds and Brentford respectively by a goal to nil.
MATCHWEEK 10, DO YOUR WORST.
Arsenal has to face Villa on Friday to start off Matchweek 10 and I have a feeling we’ll get our buttcheeks clapped. Other than that, this coming weekend should be a thriller! Till next week…..