WEEKLY ROUND UP




MONDAY 16th SEPTEMBER 2019


Aston Villa 0 – 0 West Ham 

Masuaku (Red Card 67') 

To look at the scoreline you would be right to think that this was a pretty dull affair, yet it was far from that. Especially if you name is Anwar El Ghazi. The Dutch winger took offence to fellow Villa player Tyrone Mings unleashing a volley of abuse after he failed to track back to help out the defence. After giving some verbal back, he then lowered his head into Mings’ face and made contact – a red card offence referee Mike Dean decided not to brandish the card. 


This wasn’t the end of El Ghazis game, but it nearly was when midway through the first half West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski punched a cross clear and totally wiped out the Villa winger, who required lengthy treatment before the game could restart. 

In a game dominated by crunching tackles and fouls, it was no surprise that there were five yellow cards brandished – two of them to West Hams Masuaku, who received his marching orders in the 67th minute. That Red Card was Aston Villas 22nd Red Card in the EPL, and despite the numerical advantage for the last twenty minutes, Villa could only draw the match, with the point earned moving them up one place to 17th in the EPL.

SUNDAY 15th SEPTEMBER 2019


AFC Bournemouth 3 – 1 Everton
C Wilson (23', 72') Calvert-Lewin (44')
Fraser (67')

Coming off the back of losses against Leicester and Manchester City, Bournemouth turned on the style to earn themselves first home league win, lifting them to eighth in the table. 

Eddies Howes team turned on the style to stun an Everton team that were widely expected to win the match, even though the Cherries are renowned for their attacking play, and with the Toffees already having conceded 4 goals in their previous four matches, the extra 3 scored against them on Sunday gives them a goal difference of -2 and puts them in 11th place in the EPL. 


England forward Wilson nodded Bournemouth into the lead after Joshua King's close range miss before Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalised with a towering header. The first half ended 1-1. 

Substitute Ryan Fraser made it 2-1 in the 67th minute from a low free-kick before Wilson sealed the victory and made it three goals in two games when he collected Ricos pass and lobbed Jordan Pickford. 


Watford 2 - 2 Arsenal
Cleverley (53') Aubameyang (21', 32')
Pereyra (81' pen)

Two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was not enough to secure victory against a Watford team that was welcoming manager Quique Sanchez Flores' back for first match since being reappointed Hornets manager.


In a game that left TV Pundit and ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown “shouting at the TV”, The hosts fired Watford attempted 31 shots, a new EPL record – even more impressive when you realise that until yesterday Watford had only managed 1 point in the league so far this season

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Arsenal in front when he received Kolasinac's pass on the turn before firing past Watford keeper Ben Foster. They then doubled their lead as Aubemeyang finished a sweeping team move to send the Gunners in 2-0 up at Half Time.

In front of a noisy home crowd Watford persevered and Tom Cleverley pulled a goal back when Gunners defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos gave away possession inside his own area. Watford drew level with an 81st minute penalty which was despatched by Pereyra to secure only their second point of the season.

Gerard Deulofeu had a late chance to seal all three point for Watford but sadly dragged his effort narrowly wide.


SATURDAY 14th SEPTEMBER 2019

Liverpool 3 - 1 Newcastle United
Mané (28', 40') Willems (7' minutes)
Salah (72')

Against a rich history of EPL matches between these two teams, many fans were looking forward to seeing how a struggling Newcastle team would handle Jurgen Klopps impressive looking Liverpool.

So it was a shock when Jetro Willems put the Toon Army into the lead after only 7 minutes. Sadly for Newcastle, it was the only shot that the team managed in the match. After that early set back Liverpool got their rhythm back and Sadio Mane was again their go-to man, scoring twice in the first half, with assists from Firminho (who was originally benched but had to replace the injured Divock Origi early on) and Andy Robertson.

Mohamed Salah added a third after the break meaning that the Reds have now won 14 league games in a row and go five points clear at the top of the EPL.


Newcastle defeat means that they drop to 17th place, a point above the bottom three.


Brighton & Hove Albion 1 – 1 Burnley
Maupay (51') Hendrick (90'+1 minutes)

Jeff Hendriks injury time equaliser to earn Burnley a point with their first shot on target after coming off the bench to earn his 100th EPL appearance after Neal Maupay volleyed in Solly March's cross at the start of the second half to put Brighton 1-0 to the good. Hendrick, however, hit back with a 20-yard strike to keep both sides looking for their first win since the opening day of the EPL season.

Davy Propper and Glenn Murray both missed good chances for the hosts meaning that the draw leave both sides level in the table on 5 points, with Burnley having the better goal difference.



Manchester United 1 – 0 Leicester City
Rashford (8' pen)

Marcus Rashfords early penalty after being brought down by the Foxes Caglar Soyuncu was the difference the teams in a tightly contested match at Old Trafford. United hadn’t won their last three games but took all the points to inflict Leicester's first defeat this season.


Rashford could have got another in the second half, but his free kick struck the angle of the post and the crossbar before bouncing away to safety. Harry McGuire, facing his old team mates for the first team since his Summer move to United also had a chance to silence the fans that were booing him, but could only direct his header straight at visiting goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. However, it wasn’t all one way traffic and James Maddison had too good chances to score, as did defender Ben Chilwell, so saw his shot tipped over the crossbar by De Gea.


Sheffield United 0 – 1 Southampton
Sharp ( Red Card 85' minutes) Djenepo (66' minutes)

VAR raised its head in the EPL again as Ollie McBurnie had a goal disallowed for Sheffield Utd before Southamptons Summer signing Moussa Djienpo scored the winner with a solo goal in the 66th minute.
The Blades failed to legally convert any of the 17 shots that they had in the game, and to compound the misery had Billy Sharp sent off late on for a bad tackle on the Saints’ Stuart Armstrong, earning Sharp a straight Red Card for his efforts. The result means that newly promoted Sheffield United have only won one of their opening five.

Further misery was heaped on them when they were denied a penalty when Southampton defender James Ward-Prowse appeared to handle on the line.




Tottenham Hotspur 4 – 0 Crystal Palace
Son Heung-Min (10', 23')
van Aanholt (21' og)
Lamela (42')

Roy Hodgsons Eagles had proved to be defensively sound so far this season (they had only conceded two goals so far) but found themselves 4-0 at half time after being dominated by a Spurs team that was inspired by their South Korean forward Son, earning them their first victory since the first day of the season and lifting them up to fourth in the EPL table.

Son outpaced Palace defender Mamadou Sakho to latch on to a Toby Alderweireld pass to score the opener, before the Eagles defender Patrick Van Aanholt put a cross from Serge Aurier past goalkeeper Guita into his own net to put Spurs 2-0 up. Two minutes later another Aurier cross was converted by Son to put them 3-0 against a shellshocked Palace after only 23 minutes.


Worse was to come though, and in the 42nd minute Harry Kane crossed for Eric Lamela to prod home to make it four. The result was Spurs’ largest win against Crystal Palace in EPL history.


Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 – 5 Chelsea
Abraham (69) Tomoro (31’)
Cutrone (85') Abraham (34’,41’,55’)
Mount (90’+6)

In the highest scoring game of the day, Frank Lampard's Chelsea managed to put five goals past a Wolves team that appears to suffering from a Europa League hangover already this season. Tammy Abraham scored a Hat-trick and even chipped in with a goal at the wrong end to give Wolves one of their consolation goals. On fire Abrahams now has seven goals in his last three games for the Blues and becomes only the third EPL player aged 21 or younger to have scored two or more goals in successive games – the other two being Cristiano Ronaldo and Dele Alli.

Fikayo Tomori, also only 21, opened the scoring with a 25 yard screamer after a mis-worked corner meant the move had to be recycled, allowing him to step up and put the ball into the top left hand corner without Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio even moving.

Abraham then score his hat-rick in 21 minutes either side of half time before scoring an own goal to make it 4-1 to Chelsea with 21 minutes to play. Patrick Cutrone added a second Wolves goal from almost on the goal line before Mason Mount cut into the left hand side of the penalty box and finished in the far corner with virtually the last kick of the game.




Norwich City 3 – 2 Manchester City
McLean (18') Aguero (45’)
Cantwell (28') Rodri (88’)
Pukki (50')

Shock of the day happened at Carrow Road, where second placed Manchester City were the visitors to Norwich City.


Norwich City produced a magnificent all-round display to inflict Manchester City's first Premier League defeat since January at an ecstatic Carrow Road. The Canaries were missing eight First team players, but still fought against a Manchester Team that had approached the match thinking that they already had three points in the bag. Norwich were 2-0 ahead after 30 minutes after Kenny McLean headed in Emiliano Buendia's corner and then Todd Cantwell finished a move involving Marco Stiepermann and Teemu Pukki.

Sergio Aguero's header just before halftime gave the visiting fans some hope but that was dampened in the fiftieth minute when the irrepressible Pukki scored his sixth goal of the season after good work by Buendia to take advantage of a misunderstanding between John Stones and Nicolas 


Rodri scored his first goal for Manchester City with two minutes left to leave the final score at 3-2 to Norwich and leaving City five points behind EPL leaders Liverpool.