MERSEYSIDE DERBY: BETTING PREVIEW

Battle lines between neighbours will be drawn as a divided city welcomes one of English football’s biggest rivalries this weekend.

Join us as we give you a rundown of everything you need to know and provide you with some exciting Merseyside derby betting options for the upcoming game. 

MERSEYSIDE DERBY BETTING

Everton

Evertonians have enjoyed an electric start to the season, shocking Premier League sides with a new and exciting brand of football. Unbeaten in their first four fixtures, the Toffees stand on top of the pack with maximum points. They’re in a strong position as they welcome the reigning champions – and bitter rivals – Liverpool to Goodison Park this weekend.

While the acquisition of new signings James Rodriguez and Allan has helped Carlo Ancelotti develop a new attacking dynamic to his side, it’s been their unstoppable homegrown striker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has stolen the spotlight. Exploding onto the scene with nine goals in all competitions thus far, the 23-year old Englishman is at 8/5 (2.60) to add another goal to his tally this Saturday.

As their first fixture against one of the “big six”, Klopp’s Liverpool will provide Everton’s biggest obstacle to date, regardless of their fantastic run of form. Expectations will be high for Carlo Ancelotti to finally bring a halt to Everton’s dreadful home record in the Merseyside derby, and take the full three points in a matchup this side hasn’t won since 2010.

Liverpool

Liverpool’s introduction to the new season was a trial by fire, with the Reds laying the foundations of their 20/21 campaign by taking the full nine points against Leeds United, Chelsea and Arsenal. A winning run that would suddenly halt against Aston Villa in their fourth game. Favourited to easily brush aside a team which only escaped the clutches of relegation by five points last season, football fans around the globe were stunned by a 90-minute mauling which saw Aston Villa batter Liverpool 7-2.

The recent international break, and subsequent distancing from their previous result, could prove to be just what was needed ahead of Liverpool’s away day at bitter rivals Everton. While new arrivals Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota will be eager to get stuck into their first Merseyside derby, manager Jurgen Klopp will be looking forward to his 12th game against Everton, a fixture in which he has won seven, drawn four and lost zero.

Positive news from Anfield suggests Sadio Mane could make his return to football this weekend, having tested negative for coronavirus after 10 days of self-isolation. Having found the back of the net three times this season, the Senegalese forward measures up at 7/5 (2.40) to get himself onto the scoresheet come this Saturday.

EVERTON VS LIVERPOOL: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

English champions Liverpool come out as the team to beat this weekend at 6/7 (1.86) to win, while Everton’s chances to cause an upset are calculated at 39/10 (4.90).

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EPL BETTING PREVIEW: WEEK 32

Following a weekend that saw the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City progress into the FA Cup semi-finals, the Premier League returns to screens around the globe with a host of midweek fixtures and plenty of interesting EPL betting in Week 32.

Chelsea hammered the final nail in the coffin that was Manchester City’s title aspirations last Thursday, allowing Liverpool to deservedly claimed their 19th league title; securing their first-place position with an outstanding 86 points in only 31 games.

Although it will be Liverpool’s name engraved on the trophy, parts of the 2019/20 Premier League story still need to be written.

Join us this week as we dive into the EPL and witness champions clashing at the Etihad, alongside intense battles throughout the table for European places.

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Manchester City

A 2-1 defeat away to Chelsea last week saw Manchester City part ways with their Premier League crown, putting Liverpool well and truly beyond their grasp. In a cruel twist of fate, the ex-champions will now be the first to welcome the new champs and form a guard of honour for Klopp’s men, as the two sides face one another this Thursday at the Etihad.

Although City’s attention may be on securing silverware in other competitions, Pep Guardiola will demand his team continue their five-year unbeaten run against Liverpool at home in the league, and set down a marker for next season against the newly crowned champions.

Liverpool

Having secured their first title in 30 years, Liverpool head to the Etihad Stadium this Thursday, eager to claim their first win as champions against Manchester City. Although this fixture is no longer a title decider, the intense rivalry between these sides should ensure that the match is anything but a formality.

With key first-team players Aguero and Fernandinho both unavailable for selection for Manchester City, Liverpool will look to exploit an under-strength side. Victory against the team who pipped them to the title last year would push the Reds another step closer to breaking records for wins and points in the league. Klopp’s men must look to emulate their performance from their previous encounter, where they took the full three points via a 3-1 victory at Anfield.

MANCHESTER CITY VS LIVERPOOL: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

As the two best sides in the country are set to lock horns, Manchester City come out on top at 35/33 (2.06) to win, with the champions, Liverpool looking at odds of 47/20 (3.35).


West Ham United

West Ham United continue their fight to secure a place in the Premier League next season, as they welcome Chelsea in a London derby this Thursday. David Moyes’s team toes the right-side of the relegation line by virtue of goal difference; Hammers fans know that their team is in dire need of points having lost both games since the restart.

Few West Ham United fans will expect a repeat of the reverse fixture which saw Aaron Cresswell secure the win for his team with the only goal of the day. With David Moyes’s side plagued by injuries, the Hammers go into the fixture knowing that they will need to beat Chelsea the hard way – without the likes of club record-singing Sebastian Haller and defender Arthur Masuaku.

Chelsea

Chelsea, on the other hand, find themselves fighting it out at the other end of the table in fourth spot, looking to secure a valuable place in the Champions League for next season.

With three wins out of three since the restart – beating the likes of Aston Villa, Manchester City and Leicester City, Frank Lampard’s team go into the London derby fully expecting all three points. Recent good news emanating from Stamford Bridge also suggests that Christian Pulisic may be up for selection this week against the Hammers after limping off in his last appearance. 

WEST HAM UNITED VS CHELSEA: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Unsurprisingly Chelsea come out as favourites at 3/5 (1.60) to win, with the chances of West Ham United causing an upset calculated at 9/2 (5.50).


Everton

Everton’s restart to the league has seen the Toffees face opponents from opposite ends of the table, drawing to the newly crowned champions and beating last-place Norwich City on the road.

Although still not where they want to be (currently in 12th place), a home win this Wednesday against Leicester City could propel Ancelotti’s side up the league, to just one point behind Tottenham in 7th. With their stand-out youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin available and enjoying the best season of his career with a total of 13 Premier League goals, Everton should head into their fixture against the Foxes oozing confidence.

Leicester City

Still searching for their first Premier League victory since the restart, the Foxes travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton. Going into the match, all eyes will be fixed on Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy to spark a repeat of the 2-1 win earlier this season in the reverse fixture. Leading the charts as the current Premier League top goalscorer with 19 goals, the Englishman is at 13/10 (2.30) to add to his tally this Wednesday night and presents an interesting option for EPL betting in Week 32.

With Chelsea cutting the gap to third place to just a point, and Manchester United hot on their heels, Brendan Rodgers will prepare his team for a tough contest, in which they must come out on top. Foxes fans know that a win has the potential to put some distance between themselves and their rivals, and possibly secure a Champions League qualification spot for next season.

EVERTON VS LEICESTER CITY: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

On account of their recent form and home advantage, Everton are favourited at 14/9 (2.55) to win, with Leicester City’s chances measured at 19/10 (2.90).

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EPL BETTING PREVIEW: WEEK 30

With the preliminary midweek games out of the way, English football returns to its rightful place as the highlight of a football-filled weekend.

Join us as we take a closer look at some options for EPL betting in Week 30 and examine some of the headline fixtures taking place in the next few days.

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Tottenham

Currently seven points off the top four, Tottenham’s 2019-20 campaign had seemingly faltered under the weight of recurring defensive errors and hard-hitting injuries. With captain and talisman Harry Kane returning to fitness from injury, Spurs are now much better placed to finish the season competitively. Jose Mourinho will look to stoke the fire within his players in an effort to reignite their fight for a Champions League place and close the gap on their opponents in the table.

Manchester United

While Manchester United fans can only glance enviously at their fiercest rivals at the top of the table – both City and Liverpool are beyond reach, Champions League qualification is still very much within their grasp. With a European ban looming for Manchester City – appeal pending obviously, fifth place could well secure a spot in Europe’s top competition. While Sheffield United and Wolves separate the Red Devils and Spurs, the North London side are perhaps their biggest challengers for the position. A win, therefore, is vital.

TOTTENHAM VS MANCHESTER UNITED: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Although they are the home-side, Tottenham come out as underdogs at 39/20 (2.95) to win, with Manchester United measuring up at 7/5 (2.40).

Everton

With his side mired in mid-table, Carlo Ancelotti will hope that his players were able to use the mid-season hiatus as a chance to study that tactical system he’s been trying to implement since taking the reigns in December. The Toffees return to football with an immensely challenging home derby against runaway league-leaders Liverpool this Sunday. Will Everton have the firepower to delay the inevitable? Or will they be dispatched as they so often have in recent years by their rivals?

Liverpool

There’s still the potential for this to be a truly historic season for Liverpool. Klopp’s men resume the season way out-front in the league with an astounding 82 points. Having dropped points only twice in 29 games, the Reds will be pumped to return back to their winning ways come this Sunday. As Liverpool cross to Goodison Park, Jordan Henderson and co will be focused on securing three of the final six points necessary to become champions.

EVERTON VS LIVERPOOL: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

As is almost always the case this season, Liverpool find themselves as strong favourites at 20/33 (1.61) to win, with the chances of Everton causing an upset calculated at 23/5 (5.60).

Watford

Chaos, disappointment and questionable tactics have left a ragged Watford team fighting just above relegation places. On the plus side, an extraordinary 3-0 hammering of a then-unbeaten Liverpool side in Watford’s last home game showed the naysayers that the Hornets have the potential to push themselves out of the danger zone. With their first match back against a strong third-place Leicester City team, Watford will need to hit the ground running to fulfil their ambition of securing another season in the Premier League.

Leicester City

A full 103 days after their last competitive game, Leicester City will return to the pitch in an away fixture at Watford this Saturday.  With the aim of their season – clinching a Champions League spot – within touching distance, Brendan Rodgers will have his Foxes hungry for points to realise their European dream. There’s also the ever so small possibility that they could challenge Manchester City for second place, should Pep’s men turn their focus to other competitions where they still stand a chance of picking up silverware.

WATFORD VS LEICESTER CITY: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

No surprises as Leicester City come into this fixture as favourites at 9/8 (2.13) to win. Watford have odds of 5/2 (3.50) to secure a much-needed victory.   

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Rivalries collide as Man Utd face Liverpool

Man Utd v Liverpool: Second faces third in the Premier League Saturday lunchtime as Pogba and Lukaku face Salah and Firmino. After beating Chelsea last week, Man Utd are looking for back-to-back wins over top four rivals. While Liverpool are on fire with Salah scoring for fun.

We expect plenty of goals so pick your bet from these two. £20 on Man Utd to win and both teams to score returns £90 or £20 on Liverpool to win and both teams to score returns £98. Find these bets in the specials section of full list of match markets.

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Looking Forward to the London Derby

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are locked in a battle to seemingly avoid the automatic Champions League spots. Both teams have stumbled recently when presented with the opportunity to make gains on the top four. Tottenham may consider themselves lucky to have got a result against Liverpool recently when a win was vital for their European aspirations. Can Arsenal make it successive seasons in failing to gain automatic qualification? Time will tell.

Mahrez goes to City!

Riyad Mahrez will more than likely travel to Manchester City this weekend. He is unlikely to be having a medical though. Mahrez has been on a self-imposed strike since his transfer to the Etihad fell through. Claude Puel may still take him on the bus though if only to let him see what he could have had.

This might have been a tough game for Manchester City with Mahrez playing, it will be easier without him. Expect the Midlanders to put up a great performance, but it is another win for the Sky Blues for me.

Palace could heap more misery on Everton at the weekend

Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace side have been flying of late and they are starting to pull away from the relegation places. Everton may not have fully recovered from their 5-1 demolition at the hands of Arsenal last week and Palace could prove to be another very tough test for Toffees.

Things need to get better quickly for Benitez’ Newcastle

Newcastle are like a corpse afloat right now. Dangerously close to the relegation zone and with little hope of that changing anytime soon. United may have slipped up against Tottenham but don’t expect Newcastle to begin their revival with victory over the Reds.

Is the Title Race Over?

Manchester City defeat United to record 14th straight Premier League win

The great debate is probably over. Manchester City defeated Manchester United on Sunday to leave their neighbours with an almost impossible mountain to climb to wrestle the title from their grasp.

The adage that the Premier League leader at Christmas is rarely the same team that eventually lifts the title in May seems unlikely to hold true this campaign. Guardiola’s Manchester City were as dominant against United as they have been against everyone else this season.

Mourinho seemed to want United to take the game to City playing Lukaku, Rashford, Martial and Lingard from the start. Unfortunately for the Portugese manager this did not translate into many serious opportunities as United could manage only 35% possession during the entire game.

 

Everton pull off unlikely draw to leave Jurgen Klopp angry

Liverpool suffered with their own possession problems in their match against Everton. They simply had too much of it. Liverpool with an incredible 79% possession were every bit as dominant in their game as Manchester City. Unlike city however, they could only come away with a draw.

Jurgen Klopp was left furious as referee Craig Pawson gave what he adjudged to be a ‘soft’ penalty late on in the game to give Everton a less than deserved point. Sam Alardyce, unsurprisingly took an alternate position in his post-match interview, saying “you can moan all you want, it’s a penalty!”

 

Another slow start for Arsenal

Another slow start from Arsenal gave Southampton the initiative and an early goal. Southampton’s Charlie Austin scored after only 3 minutes and it wasn’t until Oliver Giroud came on as substitute late in the game that Arsenal salvaged a point.

Arsene Wenger looks under pressure and his team really need a good run of games to relieve it. The gunners seem to need teams around them to fail to keep them in contention right now. This is not a situation that will inspire confidence in their fans.

 

City’s challengers all fall by the wayside

This was a great weekend for Manchester City. All their main rivals for the Premier League title dropped points except Tottenham who produced a more convincing performance than in recent weeks. However, Tottenham have already been far less consistent than is required to become serious challengers.

Second placed Manchester United lost (to City) as did Chelsea, and with Liverpool and Arsenal both drawing and another seriously emphatic display from City the title seems destined to be heading north. Teams who at the start of the season had realistic expectations of being a challenger this season have now had their hopes all but dashed by Christmas.

 

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Research shows that sportsmen who wear red win more than those who wear blue

Try telling that to Pep Guardiola or Sam Allardyce!

The two biggest rivalries in Premier League football take place at the weekend. Manchester United play Manchester City and Liverpool play Everton this Sunday, and It’s going to be awesome!

City take on United in a game that even at this early stage of the season might just decide the Premier League title. Guardiola versus Mourinho, who’s your money going to be on?

United will be without Paul Pogba which is certainly a big loss for the reds. Pogba has had a significant impact since his return from injury but he will miss the derby due to suspension. The blues will be hoping that their playmaker, Kevin de Bruyne will be able to take advantage of his absence. Another world class performance from David de Gea could swing it for the reds. It may well be that the Spaniard will have a major influence on the result.

Sam Allardyce’s resurgent Everton travel to Anfield to take on a Liverpool team determined to hang on to fourth place. Big Sam may not be directly responsible for the Toffees climbing back up to 10th in the league but he will relish the opportunity to take on Jurgen Klopp’s men in this mouth watering derby that is of equal importance to both sides. This game is made even more tasty by the news that they have drawn each other in the 3rd round of the FA cup.

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Premier League – Week 11

Saturday

Black Cats Catch a Break: Bournemouth 1 – 2 Sunderland

Something special happened for Sunderland on Saturday at Dean Court. Despite the Cherries getting in 22 shots and claiming 70% possession, they were defeated and the Black Cats got their first league win of the season. This despite being down to 10 men after Steven Pienaar was sent off in the 59th minute. Bournemouth had taken an early lead thanks to a goal from Gosling after 11 minutes, but Anichebe equalised in the 33rd and Defoe landed a penalty at the 74th minute. Moyes was over the moon, but Sunderland still need a miracle to salvage the season.

 

Burnley Break Some Crystal: Burnley 3 – 2 Crystal Palace

It was edge of your seat stuff at Turf Moor on Saturday as Burnley just snatched victory over Crystal Palace. Ashley Barnes, making only his second appearance of the season, got the winning goal in the 4th minute of injury time. Vokes had opened the scoring for Burnley in just the 2nd minute, with another following from Berg Gudmundsson in the 14th, whilst Palace had fought back with a goal from Wickham at the 60’ mark and a penalty from Benteke in the 81st minute. Burnley moved up to 9th and Palace dropped to 15th.

 

The Boro Thwart City: Man City 1 – 1 Middlesbrough

Pep Guardiola’s side were humiliated by Middlesbrough at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The league leaders dropped to second in the table after the Boro managed to equalise at the very last minute thanks to de Roon. Agüero had put City in the lead at the 43’ mark, but a careless and sloppy performance, especially in the second half, and illustrated when De Bruyne missed an undefended net, gave the visitors the confidence to keep fighting to the last.

 

Potters Contain the Hammers: West Ham 1 – 1 Stoke

Visiting Stoke nearly claimed victory over the Hammers at London Stadium, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw. It was West Ham that took the lead first, with a goal from Whelan in 65th minute, but the Potters’Kirkic equalised in the 75th. The Potters nearly got their late win thanks to a free kick by Charlie Adam, but it wasn’t to be. Hammers manager Slaven Bilic showed some initiative with his inspired substitutions, but their goalkeeper, Adrian, was all over the place and scuppered their chances. Both sides moved up one place, West Ham to 16th and Stoke to 11th.

Chelsea Chews up the Toffees: Chelsea 5 – 0 Everton

Chelsea trounced Everton at Stamford Bridge, with 2 goals from Hazard, and 1 each from Alonso, Diego Costa and Pedro. An aggressive Chelsea made sure Everton didn’t get a chance to get in even a single on-target shot, and Antonio Conte’s men so out-classed the visitors that many of the Toffee’s fans were heading home well before the final whistle. Chelsea ended the day at the top of the league table and, armed with Eden Hazard, they seem like a formidable force.

Sunday

North London Deadlock: Arsenal 1 – 1 Tottenham

The north London derby at the Emirates Stadium ended in a draw, leaving Spurs as the only unbeaten team in the season. Despite Wenger’s men looking confident, and knowing that a win would put them at the top of the table, they just couldn’t break a strong Spurs defence, and their only chance of victory came courtesy of Spurs’ Wimmer, who scored an own goal in the 42nd minute. However, Kane got a penalty in the back of the net at the 51’ mark, putting an end to that hope.

 

Hope for Hull: Hull 2 – 1 Southampton

Hull City snatched victory from Southampton at the KC Stadium on Sunday. The Saints had taken an early lead after just 6 minutes thanks to an Austin penalty, but Snodgrass equalised almost an hour later at the 61st minute, and Dawson quickly followed suit, netting the winning goal just a couple of minutes later. Hull remain in the relegation zone, but their first Premier League win since August 20th will do much to boost the morale of Phelan’s side.

 

Reds Roast the Hornets: Liverpool 6 – 1 Watford

Klopp’s Reds stormed to the top of the league with a resounding victory over Watford at Anfield on Sunday. Watford looked totally outclassed as they struggled to find themselves under the Liverpool barrage. Liverpool’s goals came from Mané (2), Coutinho , Can, Firmino and Wijnaldum, with just a token reply from Watford’s Janmaat in the 75th minute. Perhaps Watford’s Walter Mazzarri should just be glad that the Reds didn’t make it a double-digit defeat.

 

United Sink the Swans: Swansea 1 – 3 Man Utd

Manchester United made easy work of a dejected Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. United were three up by half time thanks to one goal from Pogba and two from Ibrahimovic. Van der Hoorn salvaged some dignity for the home side with a goal in the 69th minute, but the Swans’ fans didn’t try to hide their disappointment. Jose Mourinho, still under a touchline ban and watching from the stands, must have been laughing inside as he heard the Swansea fans chant “we want our club back.”

The Baggies Punish the Foxes: Leicester 1 – 2 West Brom

West Bromwich beat current champions Leicester 2-1 at the King Power Stadium on Sunday. After an uneventful first half, the game kicked into gear with the Baggies’ Morrison opening the scoring in the 52nd minute, followed almost immediately by an equalizer for the Foxes from Slimani in the 55th. Phillips clinched the match in the 72nd, with his first goal of the season for West Brom, after capitalising on a glaring mistake by Foxe’s midfielder Danny Drinkwater. Leicester, still trying to find their inspiration, fell to 14th in the league table, while West Brom climbed to 11th.

Premier League – Week 9

A Bad Day for Mourinho: Chelsea 4 – 0 Man Utd

Jose Mourinho had a very, very bad Sunday, as his former club, Chelsea, trounced Manchester United 4-0 at Stamford Bridge. The Blues took the lead after just 30 seconds, thanks to Pedro and some poor United defending. Cahill settled the tone of the match with another goal at the 21’ mark, with Hazard piling on the misery for United with a very tidy 15-yard shot at 62 minutes, and N’Golo Kante put the final nail in the coffin for Mourinho’s outclassed squad in the 70th minute. Chelsea climbed to fourth in the league table, while United remained at seventh.

 

Burnley Steal Victory from Everton: Burnley 2 – 1 Everton

Despite being outplayed by Everton for most of the match, Burnley managed to snatch a 2-1 victory at Turf Moor on Saturday, thanks to a late 90th minute goal from Scott Arfield. The home side had taken the lead thanks to Vokes at the 39’ mark, but Bolasie equalised at 58’, with his first goal for the Toffees. Burnley manager Sean Dyche was over the moon, but Everton’s Ronald Koeman was clearly gutted at having lost a match that most thought the Toffees deserved to win. The end of the day saw Burnley still at 14th and Everton still at 6th in the league.

The Potters Climb out of Danger: Hull 0 – 2 Stoke

The Potters climbed out of the relegation zone, with a convincing 2-0 victory over Hull at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday. The undisputed man of the match being Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, who was responsible for both Stoke’s goals – one at 26’ and a second from a free-kick at 50’. Things were, however, somewhat tainted at the end of the match when there was an altercation leading to Stoke’s Shaqiri, Bardsley and Allen all being booked after the final whistle. Still, it was Stoke’s first away win of the season, and Mark Hughes can walk away satisfied, while Hull’s Phelan tries to figure out how to inject some confidence back into his side.

 

The Foxes are Back: Leicester 3 – 1 Crystal Palace

Leicester rediscovered some of the magic that won them last season’s championship, with a 3-1 victory over Palace at the King Power Stadium, on Saturday. Musa, Okazaki and Fuchs all added to the Fox’s tally, with Cabaye salvaging something for the Eagles in the 85th minute, as they attempted something of a late comeback. It was too little too late though, and the match was comfortably Leicester’s. Ranieri will be hoping this is a sign of things to come after a less-than-ideal start to the season so far. Leicester climbed to 12th in the league table as Crystal Palace fell to 11th.

 

Almost at the Top: Liverpool 2 – 1 West Brom

The Reds came close to moving to the top of the league table on Saturday, with a victory at home over West Brom. England international, Daniel Sturridge, was left on the bench but Liverpool were having everything their own way, as Klopp’s men outplayed the Baggies throughout the match, with goals at 20’ from Mané and at 35’ from Coutinho. It looked like it was in the bag when McAuley found the back of the net in the 81st minute, salvaging something for West Bromwich. All competitions taken into account, the Red’s unbeaten run now stands at nine. West Brom were left at an unlucky 13th in the table, and need to get Saido Berahino back in the squad as soon as possible.

 

Plenty of Excitement, but No Goals: Bournemouth 0 – 0 Tottenham

On Saturday, Bournemouth held visiting Tottenham to a 0-0 draw at the Vitality Stadium, in a fast-paced match.  Charlie Daniels had nearly put the home side in the lead early on, but his close range shot was expertly deflected by Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris. Despite the lack of goals it was an exciting match with plenty of attacking from both ends. Spurs’ Erik Lamela nearly found the back of the net but got the crossbar instead, and Artur Boruc saved attempts from Dele Alli and Danny Rose. With both sides displaying such energy it was, perhaps, to be expected that the game had more than its fair share of fouls, but referee Craig Pawson seemed reluctant to book anyone. Tottenham ended the day falling to 4th in the league, while Bournemouth climbed to 10th.

 

The Rest of the Action: Arsenal 0 – 0 Middlesbrough, Swansea 0 – 0 Watford, Man City 0 – 0 Southampton, West Ham 1 – 0 Sunderland

Elsewhere goals were in short supply too as Arsenal were held 0-0 by Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. It ended the Gunners’ winning run of six matches, but it was enough to move them to the top of the league table. Meanwhile, neither Swansea or Watford could find the goal at the Liberty Stadium

Sunday saw Manchester City put an end to the Gunners’ short-lived stay at the top of the league table, as they drew 1-1 with Southampton at the Etihad Stadium. Goals came from Iheanacho and Redmond; City should have done much better, but Southampton can feel happy, extending their unbeaten league run to five games.

Finally, Sunderlands’ woes continued, as they were defeated 1-0 by West Ham on Saturday, thanks to a 94th minute goal from Reid, at the London Stadium. Its Sunderland’s worst Premier League season start, and David Moyes needs to come up with a new plan, fast, as they languish at the bottom of the table.

 

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Premier League – Week 6

No Need for Rooney?

Manchester United slaughtered the Foxes 4 -1 on Saturday, with a line-up that was sans Rooney for most of the match. It may have started with the ominous signs of another dull United performance but, after Smalling’s opening 22nd minute goal, the tempo changed and it was clear that Leicester were in trouble. Mata, Rashford and Pogba added to United’s tally, with an impressive long-range strike from Demarai Grey the only redemption for the struggling champions. Rooney came on to replace Rashford with only seven minutes remaining. Mourinho’s gamble paid off and there is no denying that questions will be asked about Rooney’s future. United now sit 6th in the league with 12 points.

 

Cherries Sweeter than Toffees

Bournemouth completely outplayed Everton, beating them 1-0 on Saturday. The Cherries, playing at home, took a lead they kept after a Stanislas got one into the top corner in the 22nd minute. Bournemouth kept the pressure up, Wilshere nearly bagging his first goal for the club. Eddie Howe will be brimming with confidence as the Cherries move up to 13th in the league table, but Koeman will be worried as Everton slip to 5th.

 

Reds Ride Roughshod Over Hull

The Reds crushed Hull 5-1 at Anfield on Saturday. In their third win in a row, Liverpool opened the scoring with Lallana in the 17th minute, with Milner adding two penalties, whilst Mane and Coutinho completed the humiliation for the visiting Tigers. Hull suffered throughout the match with Elmohamady being sent off in the 29th minute for a handball in the box, though Meyler did at least get one in the net for Hull to avoid a total disaster. A second heavy defeat in the space of a week, following their thrashing 4-1 by Arsenal at home, will be alarming for caretaker boss Mike Phelan, as the Tigers remain 12th in the league with 7 points. Klopp, on the other hand, has been justified again and Liverpool now climb to 4th with 13 points.

Chelsea Outgunned

Wenger’s boys were on form on Sunday, as they destroyed Chelsea 3-0 in an impressive display that was reminiscent of Arsenal’s glory days. Alexis Sanchez opened the assault for the gunners after just 11 minutes, whilst Walcott and Ozil also took advantage of Chelsea’s disarray to add to the tally at the Emirates Stadium. Their fourth Premier League win in a row has buoyed spirits and given them the trajectory to be challenger for the top spot.  Arsenal move up to third in the table whilst a reeling Chelsea slip to 8th.

Eagles Leave it Late

Crystal Palace staged an impressive comeback, winning 3-2, after trailing 2-0 to Sunderland for most of the match at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Defoe had put the home side in the lead with goals in the 39th and 60th minutes, but then Ledley answered in the 61st, followed by McArthur and Benteke before the game was over. Pardew’s deft player management, bringing on subs that made an instant impact, paid off – contrasting with the obvious friction between Sunderland boss Moyes and his squad, as he blamed his players after the match. The Eagles now stand 7th in the table, whereas Sunderland have sunk to last place.

 

City Still Sitting Pretty

Manchester City continued with their perfect start to the season, with Guardiola’s side defeating Swansea 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. The visitors took the lead thanks to Aguero, who was on target in the 9th minute, and also claimed a penalty at 65 minutes. Sterling contributed in the 77th just to make sure, whilst all the home side could manage was a goal in the 13 minute courtesy of Llorente. City are sitting pretty at the top of the table with 18 points but Swansea fall to 16th, with just four.

 

Elsewhere…

Spurs secured a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday, thanks to two goals from South Korean Son Heung-min. Gibson managed to pull one back for the Boro in the 65th minute, but it was a done deal. The Potters and the Baggies drew 1-1 at Stoke, as West Brom’s determination equalled Stoke’s talent on the pitch. Stoke’s desperately needed point moving them up to 19th, whilst West Brom climbed to 9th. The problems continued for West Ham on Sunday, as they were defeated by the Saints, 3-0. Austin scored his fifth goal in four appearances for Southampton, whilst Tadic and Ward-Prowse also added to the Saint’s tally. The Hammers now languish in 18th place, after losing five of their six opening games in the top-flight, making it their worst season ever.



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