Weekend Football Review 27th Sep 2021
Here is our weekend football review, this week has again been another action-packed one in English football, the Premier League had a few unexpected results and then the Championship also pulled up a few shock results;
Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City
Gameweek 6 in the Premier League began at Stamford Bridge where Man City were the visitors to the capital to take on Chelsea in a repeat of last season’s UEFA Champions League final. The game saw City dominate the majority of the game having 51% of possession and having 15 shots within 90 minutes. Chelsea struggled to play their style of football which has become well known since Tuchels arrival. The only goal came in the 53rd minute courtesy of Gabriel Jesus to guarantee City came out on top and took all 3 points back to Manchester.
Manchester United 0-1 Aston Villa
The shock of the weekend came at Old Trafford which saw Aston Villa finish the game victorious after a Kortney Hause late winner in the 88th minute. Hause was first to the ball at the front post and glanced the ball into the net sending Villa 1-0 up. Despite this, there was a late bit of drama to come. Manchester United were awarded a penalty after Hause handled the ball inside the area. Fernandes was the man to step up and try his luck from the spot but however, the conversion was poor and saw the ball rocket over the bar.
Leicester City 2-2 Burnley
Burnley went to the King Power Stadium off the back of a 1-0 home defeat against Arsenal. The game saw Burnley take the lead twice before being pegged back by 2 Jamie Vardy goals. The first Burnley goal came from a corner which saw Vardy open the scoring but in his own net before he then went on and score the equalizer on both occasions. Burnley’s new man Maxwell Cornet scored his first Premier League goal on his first start for his new club after volleying the ball into the net with his right foot after a cross from Matej Vydra
Everton 2-0 Norwich City
After suffering their first defeat under the reign of Rafa Benetiz it was the Toffee’s chance to return to winning ways and this is exactly what they did against a struggling Norwich side. The goal scorers Andros Townsend and Abdoulaye Doucoure both guaranteed the 3 points for Everton and their impressive start to the season continues while alarm bells are ringing for Norwich on their return to the Premier League.
Leeds United 1-2 West Ham United
West Ham went to Elland road after suffering defeat at the hands of Manchester United in their last Premier League game. Leeds took the lead through Raphinha in the 19th minute before left-back Junior Firpo put the ball into his own net resulting in the score being level. The game also saw the return to action for Michail Antonio from suspension and he was responsible for the winning goal which came in the last minute to prolong Leeds’ wait for their first win this season.
Watford 1-1 Newcastle
The points were shared at Vicarage Road. Newcastle took the lead via a Sean Longstaff goal in the 23rd minute and the magpies led until the second half when Ismaila Sarr got an equaliser for the Hornets to ensure that both sides shared the points meaning Newcastle are yet to win this season but remain out of the relegation zone on goal difference and Watford sit in 12th on 7 points from their 6 games.
Brentford 3-3 Liverpool
The game of the weekend came in front of a sold-out crowd at the Brentford Community Stadium, the home fans created an electric atmosphere for what turned out to be an electric game. Brentford took the lead after 27 minutes after Ethan Pinnock slotted the ball home. The lead was short-lived though as Diogo Jota scored 4 minutes later to level the score. The Reds then went on and took the lead after halftime, Mohammed Salah scored his 100th Premier League goal 10 minutes after the break. Two quick goals then saw the score change to 3-2 to Liverpool before summer signing Yoane Wissa scored to level the scores between both sides. Liverpool currently sit 1 point at top of the table while Brentford sit 9th after an impressive start to their first Premier League season.
Southampton 0-1 Wolves
The first game of Super Sunday took place at St Marys in front of a home crowd hoping to see their side register their first win of the season but however, this wasn’t the case. 318 days after his career-threatening injury Raul Jiminez scored his first goal since the freak injury to show everybody he is still more than capable of playing at this level.
Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur
The North London derby was up next on Super Sunday and Tottenham went to the Emirates off the back of a 3-0 beating from Chelsea in the previous game week. The scoreline was repeated at half-time goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka put the Gunners 3-0 up by halftime after an impressive first-half display. In the second half, Tottenham grew into the game but was only capable of scoring 1 goal which came from Son Heung Min. This leaves Arsenal 10th after 3 wins in a row and Spurs are a place below in 11th with many questions about their team being asked.
Crystal Palace vs Brighton
On Monday evening Brighton make the short trip to play Palace, Brighton have begun the season with real intentions and with a win will go to the top of the league but Crystal Palace and Patrick Viera will have different plans. The game can be watched on Monday Night Football live on Sky kick off at 8pm.
Man City 1/1
Manchester United 11/1
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Coventry City 3-0 Peterborough United
On Friday Coventry welcomed Peterborough in a battle of the promoted sides. Coventry dominated the game and came out 3-0 winners. Goals from Gustavo Hamer and a brace from inform Viktor Gyokeres ensured the home side added 3 points to their tally.
West Brom 2-1 Qpr
Also on Friday night, QPR visited the Hawthorns to take on one of the promotion favourites West Brom. Andre Gray put QPR in front after just a minute and the away side held onto the lead until the first Karlan Grant goal in the 77th minute. He then shortly after went on to score a second to put the Baggies in front in the 88th minute. This late winner meant West Brom took all 3 points and now sit 2nd in the league while after the defeat QPR sit in 10th.
Reading 1-0 Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough visited the Madejski Stadium to play Reading in a 3pm kick-off on Saturday. The game was tight and remained goalless until the 55th minute when Reading’s Alen Halilovic scored 10 minutes into the second half. This goal went to be the only goal in the game and meant Neil Warnock’s side were defeated. Boro ended the game with 10 men after Matt Crooks saw red late on in the game to make the day even worse for those fans that made the trip south.
Swansea 1-0 Huddersfield
Huddersfield were the visitors to the Liberty Stadium to play a Swansea side who had started their league campaign with a struggle. Swansea took the lead in the 17th minute via a Joel Piroe goal. This goal was not able to be canceled out by the team from Yorkshire so therefore Swansea took all 3 points and hope this will kick start their season so they can climb the table.
Blackpool 1-0 Barnsley
Barnsley traveled to Bloomfield road to play newly-promoted Blackpool without a win in 5 and this run was extended by the end of the 90 minutes as Blackpool won 1-0 resulting in them climbing up the table to 14th. Barnsley as a result sit in 20th and hope their torrid run of form will come to an end and a win will come soon.
Stoke City 2-0 Hull City
Saturday was the day when it was Hull’s turn to travel to Stoke and the Britannia Stadium. Despite having more attempts in the game Hull were unable to score a goal and Stoke managed to score a couple of goals courtesy of Mario Vrancic and Nick Powell which meant Stoke climb to 5th and Hull remain 23rd after their 3rd consecutive defeat in the league.
Bournemouth 2-1 Luton Town
League leaders Bournemouth welcomed Luton on Saturday. Scott Parker’s side took the lead after Phillip Billing continued his good form and put the ball into the net before Dominic Solanke doubled their lead after half an hour. Luton then pulled one back on the hour mark but they were unable to find a 2nd to make sure of a point. Luton sit 16th and Bournemouth remain top of the league and will certainly be looking for promotion this season.
Nottingham Forest 1-1 Millwall
Nottingham Forest under new management of Steve Cooper will hope they can climb the table after a tough start and this task began with Millwall visiting the City Ground. Millwall striker Matt Smith put the visitors in front just after half an hour and the away side led until 7 minutes after half time when Max Lowe scored for the home side to level the score and gain Forest a point.
Sheffield United 1-0 Derby County
Wayne Rooney took his team to Bramall Lane hoping to help the fans of Derby to have something to cheer about after the club entered administration. This didn’t turn out how he had planned though, the bad news got worse for the Rans when goalkeeper Kelle Roos got sent off in the 57th-minute things then got worse for Rooney’s men, Sheffield born Billy Sharp converted from the spot with 2 minutes to go to ensure United got 3 points and Derbys mood just got worse. Derby sit bottom of the league on -2 points 9 points adrift of 21st. Sheffield United sit 11th on 12 points after back-to-back wins.
Blackburn Rovers 5-1 Cardiff City
Game of the week in the EFL was definitely the one at Ewood Park, which saw 6 goals and an impressive 5-1 win for Rovers Sam Gallager, Tyrhys Dolan and a Ben Brereton hat trick all ensured that Blackburn got the win but despite scoring 5 they did concede through a Sean Morrison goal to make the score 4-1 at the time. Blackburn climb into the playoff spots after the victory and Cardiff fall to 13th.
Bristol City 1-1 Fulham
Bristol City continued their good form and increased their run to 5 undefeated after a 1-1 draw with Fulham who are now winless in their last 2 games. The away side took the lead after Serbian international Mitrovic scored 5 minutes after half time but the home side responded and Kasey Palmer equalised and as a result, the points were shared. Meaning Fulham falls in 4th and Bristol City sit in 8th on goal difference.
Birmingham 0-0 Preston North End
The only goalless game in the Championship this weekend came at St Andrews where Preston made the trip to Birmingham. Neither side could find a breakthrough due to the lack of quality between both sides. The draw means Birmingham sit in 12th and Preston sit 3 places below in the 15th.
West Brom 9/4
Sheffield United 16/1