Premier League Match-Day Snippets (21/10/’17)

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Another week of Premier League football has arrived and we have some interesting results to report. The general quality of attacking football has been good with defending taking some scrutiny. We will take a look at all the matches taken place so far in short and update you with the league table.

Chelsea 4-2 Watford: –

The champions came into this game with a ‘must-win’ tag attached after their losses to Crystal Palace and Manchester City. They showed grit and fight to rescue a game seemingly going out of sight early second half. Watford took a 2-1 lead and things started to look very bleak for Conte’s men.

Then an inspired substitution by the manager to bring Batshuayi on proved to be the difference maker. Hornets, on the other hand, will rue the fact that they missed two clear opportunities either side of the lead to kill the game off. Richarlison was the culprit on both occasions.

Manchester City 3-0 Burnley: –

The possible champions-elect Manchester City see off Burnley on a wet and windy afternoon at the Etihad. The home side came into this game with confidence supreme but struggled to pierce a stubborn Burnley defence. A dubious penalty decision allowed Aguero to get his goal on the comeback.

Then a quickfire double from Otamendi and Sane midway through the second half killed the game off. For Sean Dyche’s men, injury to Chris Wood was a blow as they struggled to keep hold of the ball when the lines were cleared. Guardiola was happy with his team managing the game well when things didn’t look as smooth as he would have liked.

Huddersfield 2-1 Manchester United: –

In the shock of this weekend, newcomers Huddersfield upset Manchester United in West Yorkshire. Just when we thought David Wagner’s men are starting to struggle, they come with a result of massive importance. Two simple mistakes by Mata and Lindelof (much worse) were punished by the Terriers.

United came up with a goal by Rashford but it was too late to turn the game around by then. Mourinho was very disappointed with the attitude shown by his players and pointed out that his team were out-approached by their hungrier opponents. The whole of Huddersfield, including Wagner will enjoy this victory and they can now feel to be the part of the big league.

Read More: – Major Reasons for Koeman’s Struggles at Everton

Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace: –

In a game which was more of a snooze-fest, Newcastle came up with the points. Mikel Merino justified his decision to sign with the club with a headed goal 6 minutes from time. It was all too easy as the Spaniard wasn’t marked by any Palace player.

Hodgson’s men struggled to create enough chances throughout the game and with no recognised striker, they couldn’t get the ball stick in the final third. This was Eagles’ 7th loss in 8 games with no away goal to scored at the moment. Newcastle jump up to 6th place and are looking comfortable in the league with an experience Benitez in the helm.

Stoke City 1-2 Bournemouth: –

After getting a hiding at Etihad last week, Stoke City slumped to a surprise home defeat against Bournemouth. Two goals from the visitors in 133 first half seconds rocked the whole place up. A beautiful strike from Surman was followed by a well-taken penalty by Stanislas after Shawcross tripped Afobe in the box.

This result means Stoke are now in the bottom three much to the dismay of manager Mark Hughes. A much needed win for Eddie Howe’s men considering the fact that they were struggling to get anything away from home until today.

Swansea 1-2 Leicester City: –

In a game of equals, the 2015/16 champions Leicester City begin their life without Craig Shakespeare with a win in Wales. A first-half own goal by Fernandez and an early second-half goal by Okazaki gave Foxes the cushion to ride and hold the Swansea comeback which consisted of a goal from Mawson.

This result brings Leicester up to 14th place, a point from safety in a tight lower-mid table which also consists of Swansea in 15th place. It is a perfect launchpad for any new manager coming in the King Power Stadium. Not a good game from Paul Clement’s side who were expected to do much better being at home.

Southampton 1-0 West Brom: –

A game full of industry, bad weather and lacking quality, Sofiane Boufal’s dazzling run and finish helped Southampton to a much-needed win. With both teams struggling to get goals and wins, it was ought to be a cagey affair decided on moments. Boufal provided that moment for the home side.

The updated league table is here after the games so far in Match-Day 9 of the Barclays Premier League: –
Premier League table
Courtesy: – Premier League Twitter

 

 

 

 

 

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