Premier League Review - September 20th 2021
The Premier League yet again contained a high level of quality this weekend and continued to prove to all viewers in England and also worldwide that the Premier League is number 1 in terms of quality.
Newcastle United 1-1 Leeds United
This game opened game week 5 off on Friday night at St James Park in front of an unhappy home crowd wanting both Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce out of their club. Leeds took the lead 13 minutes in through a Rapinha goal in which was crossed but was on target and somehow ended up in the side netting of the goal. Newcastle leveled the score through a solo effort from Allan Saint-Maximin which saw him sit several Leeds defenders on the floor before finally shooting and putting the ball past Karl Darlow on his return to the side after suffering from covid.
Wolves 0-2 Brentford
Molineux was on the stage of the early kick-off on Saturday afternoon, Ivan Toney put Bretford 1-0 up from the spot after sending the keeper the wrong way. Brentford then shortly after doubled their lead in the 34th minute when Ivan Toney was this time the maker of the goal so Bryan Mbeumo could slot home from close range. Wolves continued to try and find a way to goal but were not successful, they came close when Adama Traore’s shot deflected and crashed against the bar. This result saw Brentford get their first-ever away win in the top flight and placed them 9th in the league while Wolves are yet to win this season sitting in 16th.
Norwich City 1-3 Watford
Carrow Road was the venue for the game between 2 of the new boys to the Premier League. Ismaila Sarr bagged 2 goals to yet again show the league and those watching what a talented player he is and why he could be the reason in which Watford avoid the drop this season. However, despite managing to score a goal Norwich are yet to pick up a point in their first 5 games and the start of the season for Norwich have left many under the impression that they will be 1 of 3 to be relegated this season.
Burnley 0-1 Arsenal
Arsenal were the visitors to Turf Moor off the back of a first victory of the season last time out against Norwich. A Martin Odegaard free-kick was the only goal of the game and saw Arsenal leave the North West with 3 points and record back-to-back wins to relieve a slight bit of pressure on manager Mikel Arteta. However many believe Burnley were very unlucky to not get a penalty when Matej Vydra was taken down after contact with Aaron Ramsdale, a penalty was originally awarded before VAR overruled the decision and gave no penalty. Burnley remain 2nd bottom of the table with 1 point from a possible 15.
Manchester City 0-0 Southampton
A 0-0 draw was one of, if not the most surprising result across the country this weekend. Southampton made the long trip from the south coast to Manchester and had their fair share of chances in the game managing a total of 10 shots to City’s 16 but however despite the number of shots no team could break the deadlock and the points were shared.
Liverpool 3-0 Crystal Palace
Liverpool were ruthless when it came to taking chances on Saturday despite having to make a few changes due to injuries within the squad to players such as Trent Alexander Arnold but this wasn’t a problem for Liverpool as they bagged 3 goals against Palace. Mane, Salah, and a late volley from Naby Keita all got on the scoresheet in Merseyside and reminded all watching that Liverpool are in the title race just as much as any of the other leading contenders.
Aston Villa 3-0 Everton
A crazy 9 minutes saw Villa Park erupt when Villa scored 3 goals. The first one from Matty Cash who cut in from the right side and smashed the ball into the roof of the net with his left foot, the second coming from a Leon Bailey corner which was flicked on by Luca Digne into his own net passed a hopeless Asmir Begovic. Leon Bailey was also involved in the 3rd goal which saw him bear down on goal and rifle the ball home to make it 3-0 but as a result, he felt a twinge in his quad meaning the sub had to be subbed. Aston Villa got their first win in 4 attempts while Everton suffered their first defeat of the season and first defeat of the Benetiz tenure.
Brighton 2-1 Leicester City
The Seagulls kept up their impressive start to the season with a 2-1 victory against the Foxes in front of a home crowd at the Amex. Goals from Neal Maupay and Danny Welbeck put Brighton 2-0 up after 50 minutes before who else but Jamie Vardy scored for Leicester in the 61st minute. Brighton sit in the ChampionsLeague spots as a result of their fantastic start to the season and Leicester sit in 12th after only managing 1 win in their last 3 Premier League games.
West Ham United 1-2 Manchester United
Manchester United visited the London stadium off the back of a disappointing result in Bern in midweek. West ham went into the game full of confidence after beating Dynamo Zagreb and it was the hammers that took the lead through Said Benrama’s deflected effort that hit Varane and found its way past De Gea before Cristiano Ronaldo leveled the score after getting on the end of a Fernandes cross. The game then saw old hammer loanee, Jesse Lingard cut in from the left on his right foot and bend one into the top corner. The drama was not done there, West Ham were awarded a penalty in the last minute as a result of a Luke Shaw handball, Mark Noble fresh off the bench stepped up to take the penalty without even kicking a ball and missed with De Gea going down to his left and making the save. United are 3rd and are on the same points as 1st (Chelsea) and 2nd (Liverpool).
Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Chelsea
In the final game of this round of fixtures, Chelsea visited the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in the world’s first carbon zero football match in order to help the fight against climate change. Tottenham were the better side in the first 45 minutes pressing high and getting into Chelsea, allowing them no time to play, however, in the 2nd 45 Chelsea were dominant and as described by Roy Keane ‘It was men against boys.’ The first goal saw Thiago Silva tower above Dele Alli and head the ball into the bottom right corner. The 2nd goal came from half time substitute Ngolo Kante, he struck the ball from 30 yards out and it hit a Tottenham defender and then hit the upright of the goal and trickled past Lloris. The scoring was then complete when Antonio Rudiger slotted the ball home from around 10 yards out after some clever movement in the box. Chelsea now sit top of the league, while Tottenham sit in 7th after conceding 6 goals in their last 2 premier league games and scoring 0.
LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE OUTRIGHT ODDS:
Man City 15/8
Manchester United 11/2