Premier League & Championship Review 1st November 2021

Premier League Review

PREMIER LEAGUE

Leicester City 0-2 Arsenal

The early kick off on Saturday took place at The King Power Stadium and Arsenal were the visitors. Arsenal went into the game in a good run of form, unbeaten in the last 6 Premier League matches. Arsenal took the lead within the first 5 minutes through centre back Gabriel and within 18 minutes the Gunners lead was doubled when Emile Smith Rowe drilled the ball home. Leicester had chances to get back into the game but a wonderful performance from Aaron Ramsdale ensured Arsenal kept a clean sheet.

Watford 0-1 Southampton

Southampton travelled to Vicarage Road to play one of the relegation favourites. Despite having chances in the game, Watford were unable to score. However the Saints were, Che Adams scored on his return to the starting 11 to guide Southampton to victory.

Liverpool 2-2 Brighton and Hove Albion

Graeme Potter took his impressive Brighton side to Merseyside on Saturday to play a confident Liverpool. Liverpool had a 2-0 lead within the first 25 minutes of the game after goals from Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane but Brighton were able to get a goal back before the break after Enock Mwepu slotted home. 20 minutes into the second half Brighton found themselves level. The game remained 2-2 meaning the points were shared.

Newcastle 0-3 Chelsea

It was the first game since Steve Bruce’s departure and Chelsea were hoping to get this new chapter for Newcastle underway with a home defeat. A second half brace from Reece James and a Jorginho penalty made sure Chelsea remained top of the league.

Manchester City 0-2 Crystal Palace

The shock result of the weekend without a doubt came at the Etihad. An early Wilfred Zaha goal got Palace off to a dream start. The chances of Palace winning got more likely when Aymeric Laporte saw red just before halftime. The second half saw City press for the equalizer but despite the pressure, they couldn’t find the all-important equaliser. Instead, Palace managed to get a 2nd when Connor Gallagher found the net with 2 minutes remaining.

Burnley 3-1 Brentford

Burnley were hoping to get their first victory of the season when Brentford travelled to the North West. Burnley found themselves in front after 4 minutes when Chris Wood got his first of the season. Burnley continued to look for the second goal and 15 minutes before halftime Matthew Lowton headed the ball home. The 3rd goal for the Clarets came 4 minutes later when summer signing Maxwell Cornet bent the ball into the top corner. However, Brentford was able to get a goal back in the second half when substitute Saman Ghoddos slotted home in the 79th minute but this wasn’t enough to get them back into the game.

Tottenham 0-3 Manchester United

Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needed a win and was hoping that they could beat Tottenham in order to get their season back on track. A strike partnership of Cristiano Ronaldo and Edison Cavani both managed to get onto the score sheet. Ronaldo volleyed home before the break and Cavani lifted the ball over Hugo Lloris. Marcus Rashford also managed to get on the scoresheet 5 minutes before full time to make sure Solskjaer remained United boss. This result meant huge pressure has been placed on Nuno Espírito Santo with many Spurs unhappy with recent performances.

Norwich City 1-2 Leeds United

Leeds faced a Norwich side yet to win a game this season. The first half saw no goals with very little quality in the game. The second half saw 3 goals, the first from the Brazilian Raphinha but 2 minutes later Irish defender Omobamidele headed home to level the score. A few minutes later Leeds found the winner when Rodrigo struck the ball from 25 yards out.

Aston Villa 1-4 West Ham

The Hammers travelled to Birmingham to play a struggling Aston Villa side. The first goal in the game came 7 minutes in when young fullback Ben Johnson cut inside and shot with his left foot resulting in the ball finding the net. Aston Villa equalized 10 minutes before the break through England international Ollie Watkins. The second half saw goals from Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen and also a controversial red card for Ezri Konsa. This result puts West Ham on level points with Manchester City.

Wolves vs Everton

On Monday evening Rafa Benetiz side take on a Wolves side at Molineux. Both sides will be hoping for a victory live on Sky Sports.

CHAMPIONSHIP

QPR 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Friday night was the beginning of the game week in the Championship. Forest travelled to the capital to play QPR. The first half of the game lacked real quality with both sides not having too many chances but just before the break QPR took the lead after a Lyndon Dykes goal. In the second half Forest pushed for the equalizer but it wasn’t until the 91st minute when it finally came, Jack Colback’s 30 yard strike took a deflection and flew into the bottom corner leaving the keeper with no chance.

Fulham 3-0 West Brom

Fulham took all 3 points in what looked like a game between 2 of the sides which will be fighting for automatic promotion at the end of the season. However on Saturday Fulham and Aleksandar Mitrovic were just too good for The Baggies, Mitrovic grabbed a hat trick meaning he remains the top scorer in the league. Despite the 3 points, it wasn’t all positive for Fulham, Tosin Adarabioyo saw red 5 minutes before the end. Fulham now sit in 2nd, 4 points clear of West Brom in 3rd.

Hull City 0-1 Coventry City

Coventry were hoping to continue their good form when they travelled to Hull and The Tigers were hoping to get 3 points to see them move up the league away from the relegation spots. Coventry got the only goal of the game in the 9th minute when Matt Godden found the net. This result means Coventry now sit in 4th and Hull sit down in 22nd place.

Bristol City 2-1 Barnsley

Barnsley took the lead at Ashton Gate on the half-hour mark through Aaron Leya but a 5-minute brace from Andreas Weimann put City 2-1 ahead at the break. The second half produced no goals meaning Bristol City took all 3 points.

Huddersfield Town 1-0 Millwall

Huddersfield welcomed Millwall on Saturday afternoon with the intention of keeping up their good recent form and that’s exactly what they did. A late goal from Johathan Hogg meant Huddersfield won the game and now sit in 5th while Millwall sit in 12th position.

Middlesbrough 0-2 Birmingham City

Birmingham travelled to The Riverside Stadium hoping to build on their previous victory but Middlesbrough was hoping this was not the case. The first half was goalless with either side not offering a lot. The second half however saw 2 quickfire goals from Marc Roberts and Scott Hogan which saw the Blues claim all 3 points.

Preston 2-0 Luton Town

Luton travelled to Deepdale hoping to claim 3 points and climb up the table towards the playoff spots and Preston were hoping for a victory to see them climb away from near the bottom end of the league. A brace from Emil Riis Jacobsen made sure Preston got a much-needed victory which sees them placed in 19th

Sheffield United 0-1 Blackpool

Blackpool travelled to Yorkshire on Saturday afternoon with the intention of finishing the weekend in the play off places and this is exactly what happened. Keshi Anderson made sure of the victory for The Tangerines. Blackpool now sit in 6th while Sheffield United sit in 17th.

Stoke City 3-3 Cardiff City

In their first game since the departure of Mick McCarthy Cardiff, we’re hoping to stop their torrid run of 8 straight defeats. A Jacob Brown goal and Steven Fletcher double saw Stoke in full control of the game at 3-0. But a crazy 5 minutes saw Cardiff draw level Rubin Colwill began the comeback in the 66th minute and then Mark Harris scored in the 70th minute to reduce Stokes lead to just 1. In the 71st minute, Kieffer Moore scored to level the game and complete a quick comeback for Cardiff.

Swansea City 3-0 Peterborough United

A dominant first-half performance from Swansea made sure of the win. Before half time Swansea led by 3 goals to nil with goals from Jake Bidwell (8) Joel Piroe (13) and Oliver Ntcham (45+1) made sure of the victory for Swansea and the defeat for Peterborough.

Derby County 1-2 Blackburn Rovers

Wayne Rooney’s men welcomed Tony Mowbray’s side on Saturday. Rovers took the lead through Ben Brereton after 8 minutes and then Brereton doubled their lead and his goals 12 minutes after. It wasn’t until the 89th minute when Curtis Davies scored that Derby was able to breach the Rovers defence. Derby remain bottom while Blackburn sit in 7th, 1 point of the playoff spots.

Reading 0-2 Bournemouth

Leaders Bournemouth travelled to Reading hoping to extend their lead at the summit of the league in the tea time kick-off. Goals from inform Dominic Solanke and Jamal Lowe made sure that Bournemouth lead the way at the top of the league 5 points clear of 2nd placed Fulham while Reading sit down in 16th place.

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