EPL Round Up Week 4 (9/9/2017)

Manchester City vs Liverpool (Watched by NAFB)

Manchester City 5 – 0 Liverpool

City started the game with both Aguero and Jesus up front while Liverpool brought back Mingolet for Karius.

The game started off asa back and forth, exciting game. A fantastic through ball from Kevin De Bruyne led to an opener for Sergio Aguero. After an exciting start, the game was effectively killed as a contest when Sadio Mane was sent off in the 37th minute for a scary tackle on Ederson, the City goalkeeper. To be fair to Mane, if Ederson tagged Mane first, he would have been the player getting sent off. A 9 and a half minute long stoppage due to the injury, saw Ederson get stretchered off. Jesus got his first off the night shortly after the injury stoppage. In the second half Klopp brought off Salah for the Ox. Goals from Jesus and 2 from substitute Sane rounded off a 5-0 win for City. The scoreline was not reflective of the first 37 minutes as that was a much more enjoyable (for the neutral) game to watch.

City also had 2 goals denied for offside.

The game had potential to be a cracker but it ended up being a complete bore due to the red card to Mane.

Man of the Match

Kevin De Bruyne was absolute class and deserves the man of the match.

Next Up

Liverpool and City both have Champions League matches coming up, Liverpool host Sevilla while City travel to Feyenord. Next in the EPL, they Liverpool face Burnley at home while City travel to Watford.

 

Arsenal vs Bournemouth (Watched by NAFB)

Arsenal 3 – 0 Bournemouth

Wenger goes into this game knowing his head is on the chopping block with just 3 points from 3 games. Lacazette came back into the line up for Alexis while Kolasinac and Mustafi also got a start.

Arsenal started the game really well with a goal for Danny Welbeck with an assist for Kolasinac. That tends to happen when players actually play in their real position. Surely game over now with Lacazette getting a goal as well, Danny Welbeck with the assist. Awful defending from Bournemouth, could have been 3-0 to Arsenal if not for Begovic, who ends up blocking a Lacazette attempt, in the process the ball actually deflates.

Second Half, Aaron Ramsey fakes a shot, plays it to Danny Welbeck who puts it in far post, 3-0. Welbeck has 2 goals and an assist.

Arsenal will be happy with this performance but can they sustain it over the season?

 

Man of the Match

Danny Welbeck was the difference, involved in the first three goals and looked good.

Next Up

Arsenal have a Europa League fixture versus Koln at home and then they face Chelsea away next weekend. Burnley face Liverpool away.

 

Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur

Everton 0 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur

The drunk driver, Wayne Rooney and the flipper of the bird Dele Alli both started for the respective clubs, Harry Kane hopes to score his first goal of the season.

There we go, Harry Kane has his first EPL goal of the season, a fantastic fluke, it is his 100th goal for Spurs. Eriksen nets the second of the game, turning out to be a lot easier than expected for Spurs. Kane gets another in the second half, 0 goals in August, 2 goals in less than 60 minutes in September. Surely game over. Everton are in trouble because they now have Manchester United next and they look awful.

 

Man of the Match

Harry Kane came alive today, well deserved.

Next Up

Spurs have a Champions League fixture versus Dortmund at home, Everton travel to Italy to face Atlanta in the Europa League. Next up in the league, Spurs host Swansea while Everton have the massive task of facing Manchester United at Old Trafford.

 

Leicester City vs Chelsea

Leicester City 1 – 2 Chelsea

Chelsea welcome Eden Hazard back but he only makes the bench, new signing Danny Drinkwater is on the bench for Chelsea against his former club.

Slimani came dangerously close to scoring, only to be denied by Courtouis. Morata gets the opener through a lovely header, great ball by Azpilicueta.

Kante has a pop from around 35 or so yards, ball essentially rolls into the back of the net. Horrific goalkeeping from Kasper Schmeichel. The former Leicester City man gets his first league goal since scoring against Man Utd last season. Chelsea look good for their first September win in almost 4 years. Oh interesting, Courtouis concedes a penalty to Vardy who safely tucks it away. Good game for Chelsea, Leicster tried to get back into the game unsuccessfully.

Man of the Match

Morata scored yet another and got the Blues going. Diego Costa who?

Next Up

Chelsea face Qarabag in the Champions League and Arsenal next week in the league, while Leicester play Huddersfield away.

 

Stoke City vs Manchester United (Watched by NAFB)

Stoke City 2 – 2 Manchester United

Couple of changes for the Red Devils, Darmian and Herrera come in for Blind and Mata, looks like Pogba will be playing a more attacking role today. United haven’t won a match at Stoke since Sir Alex took charge and they would like to end that run today.

United haven’t been pressed by Stoke over the last few minutes, they’ve had most of the ball so far. United have almost 75% of the ball in the first 15 minutes. Stoke have spent the majority of the first have clearing the ball and sitting back as Manchester United have had almost all of the ball, Valencia has been fantastic for United today. What has been interesting to note, considering the physical size of Manchester United, they have yet to play a corner directly into the box, they’ve all been played short so far. Very curious tactic. Stoke have their goal! It is the first time United have conceded this season, great finish by Choupo-Moting. That dance right after was better than that finish. Jose has his wish, his side are now behind. Lets see how they do now. There it is, United play a corner into the box for the first time tonight and Pogba puts it in, instant response by United. Looks like Matic got a glancing flick near post. Oh wait it bounced of Rashfor on it’s way in, goal for Rashford then haha. Both teams go into the break having scored goals less than 3 minutes apart. 1-1 at the half.

And we are back to the short corners. This one gets floated in but nothing comes of it. Darmian at left back for United has been better than Blind, he’s had his moments, like the one that led to the Stoke opener but he’s been a lot better. Lukaku’s lucky to get away without a yellow card after a foul on Joe Allen. Stoke have been more attacking in this second half. Interesting fact, United spent a grand total of 11 days at the top of the table since Sir Alex retired, this season they’ve already spent 27 days at the top, if the result holds, they stay top on goal difference with Manchester City. Unless Huddersfield win by more than 7. Lukaku, he shoots, rebounds of Butland, Lukaku picks it up and puts it in the back of the net. at just 24 years of age he has 150 goals in the EPL. Darmian made a fantastic run to set up that goal. He’s been quality today. United scored an immediate equalizer in the first half and Stoke have done the same in the second, Choupo-Moting has his second. Jose’s getting his test that he wanted for his team.  Unfortunate for De Gea who made a fantastic save just seconds earlier. Will Jose get some magic off the bench again today? His subs have scored in 3 consecutive games this season. Martial and Mata look like they are getting ready to come on. After the second Stoke game went in, the game has really opened up. Herrera and Rashford coming off for Mata and Martial, looks like Pogba is gonna sit further back now, Mata going out wide. Berahino coming on for Jese for Stoke City. Lingard comes on for Mkhitaryan. The game ends at 2-2, United bottled it, should have won that. No team in the EPL is perfect now.

Man of the Match

Choupo-Moting had 6 shots, 2 goals and put in a solid shift defensively. great performance.

Next Up

Manchester United host FC Basel in the Champions League and then Everton in the league while Stoke face Newcastle away in a match that should be a cracker.

 

 

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Chelsea vs Everton

Chelsea 2 – 0 Everton

Chelsea started the game with Cesc Fabregas returning from suspension while Everton started with Sandro Ramirez and Sigurdsson leading the lines. Chelsea had a solid game with goals from Morata and Fabregas. Morata in the process became the first Premier League player to get a goal and an assist in his first 2 home games as a new signing.

A decent outing by the Blues while Everton struggled, maybe they do not have the depth to cope with the EPL and Europa League? They need to do better while Conte has claimed that they may still make a few signings.

Man of The Match

Morata had a goal and assist in his second game at the Bridge and was fantastic.

Next up

Chelsea are away to Leicester while Everton host Spurs.

 

Liverpool vs Arsenal (Watched by NAFB)

Liverpool 4 – 0 Arsenal

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Liverpool made a surprising change with Karius coming in for Mignolet, Klopp claiming he was resting the big Belgian. Alexis came in for Lacazette who was dropped to bench, could this be an audition for Alexis as he still hasn’t signed a new contract at Arsenal. Holding returns in defense while Mustafi is on the bench as rumors of his exit still circle. The teams walk out to You’ll Never Walk Alone, the Kop are in full voice. Sevilla, Maribor and Spartak Moscova are going to get this during those special Anfield nights.

Liverpool have all the momentum early in this game, Salah has too much pace for the Kop defense to handle. Can has been running the show in midfield for Liverpool and he isn’t afraid to take risks and that could be the difference. Speaking of Can he makes a lovely run into the box to Cech’s right, crosses it in and Salah can’t beat Cech who makes an amazing save. The Arsenal defense are struggling here, Liverpool keep coming back at them. Alexis looks like the most lively Gunner out there, running down all the defenders. Arsenal are lucky to be level right now. Fantastic tackle by Holding to ensure Mane doesn’t get away and to ensure he doesn’t give away a penalty. Can again involved, makes a good tackle to deny Alexis a run into the box. There it is, Firmino gets a headed goal for the Kop, Liverpool have look the better side and finally they get rewarded in the 17th minute. Fantastic ball in by right back Gomez. Firmino’s first home goal in the EPL since he last scored against Arsenal in March. Wenger needs to do something here or Liverpool could score a few more here. Great work by Henderson, nicks the ball of Ozil and plays a quick 1-2, gets away a shot on goal but cannot do anything with it. Karius gets a pass back and tries to play it but Welbeck is quick to him, ball bounces away to a Liverpool defender to the relief of Karius. Arsenal’s best chances have come through Welbeck who is about to get booked for a foul on Moreno. Yellow. It was late but the foul was caused by Moreno’s foot following through his kick. Unfortunate for Welbeck. Gomez goes in the book now for a foul on Aaron Ramsey. Arsenal need more defensive support from their wing backs, too much room for Liverpool’s pacey wingers. Salah puts the ball in the net but he’s offside, doesn’t count. Good finish though. Arsenal are really poor right now, doesn’t look like there is a loud voice in the back line to lead this Arsenal defense. Salah beats the back line again and he’s offside again, Arsenal are testing their luck here. Welbeck ruins a good run of play for Arsenal by shoving Matip to the ground, the former Manchester United man needs to be careful, he is on a yellow card. A beauty for Mane, the same can be said regarding his celebration. Assist by Firmino. Surely Arsenal will start committing now? Xhaka gets a yellow card for a foul in the build up to the goal. Arsenal have had a few shoots on goal but nothing solid, no big efforts, Lacazette should be sent on at halftime. Liverpool are just seeing out the half now. Surely Alexis is going to look back at this half and want to leave? This Arsenal side needs reinforcements and it doesn’t look like there are any on the way. Xhaka fouls Can, he’s walking a tightrope now since he’s already been booked. At halftime, it’s all Liverpool, Arsenal need their French strikers to come off the bench and score if the one’s on the pitch can’t do it. Aaron Ramsey comes off for Francis Coquelin. Looks like Arsenal have gone to a back 4, they need to get a couple of goals in the next 45. Karius has yet another moment with the ball at his feet, amusing considering the camera pans directly to Mignolet sitting in the stands with his suit on. Teasing free kick by Salah comes off Can, but the refs give a corner, interesting considering there was no Arsenal player near that ball. Surely it is game over now, Salah makes a terrific run down the pitch and puts it past Cech. Nothing the former Chelsea man can do in that situation. Liverpool have been fantastic today, doesn’t look like they played midweek, Arsenal in fact look tired. It looks like Alexis and the Ox are making way for Giroud and Lacazette. Could this be the last time we see Alexis in an Arsenal jersey? Could this be the last time we see the Ox in an Arsenal jersey? Both have been linked with a move away. Arsenal Fan TV is gonna be absolute fire tonight. 66 minutes in and Arsenal have no shots on target. Fantastic run by Mane, comes inches from scoring his second of the game only to be cleared of the line. Moreno looks like he’s hurt, Coquelin came in late on him. If this is a serious injury it would be really unfortunate for the Spaniard considering he has had a fantastic start to the season. He is walking on his own now as the physios escort him off, he looks to be ok now. Holding goes in late on Henderson, conceding a free kick and earning himself a yellow in the process. Sturridge is being sent on for Mane who has earned the rest, been fantastic tonight. And we have 4, Sturridge heads it in far post, Salah with the assist, Man of the match for sure? Some Arsenal fans are heading out now, they’ve seen enough. Firmino goes off for James Milner. Alexis on the bench looks really depressed and like he doesn’t want to be there. Arsenal haven’t been this awful since United put 8 past them about 5 or 6 years ago. Things need to change. This is a world cup year and players like Ozil need to do better to show they deserve to be on the flight to Russia. Can goes off for Grujic, fantastic display by the German who will be competing for a world cup call up against Ozil. Wenger will be hoping that their fortunes change and they go on a long unbeaten run after this, don’t forget, last season they lost on opening day to Liverpool and didn’t get beaten again for a long time. Full time, 4-0. Arsenal’s players look dejected.

I hate to agree with the likes of DT, Troopz and the others on Arsenal Fan TV but the for the sake of one of the biggest football clubs in England, I hope Wenger leaves. They have 2 weeks to fix things but there isn’t enough time left in the window to bring talent in to fix their issues. Liverpool on the other hand did a great job, their next test against City will show us just how good they are, if they can do a job defensively or if Arsenal were just not good enough. With 3 points in 3 games, Arsenal go into the international break sitting 6 points off 1st place and they find themselves in 16th, obviously a position they will not be in for long. Cech has done a good job in goal to ensure it was just 4-0. Klopp will be happy that selecting Karius wasn’t the worst decision as he manages a clean sheet.

 

Man of The Match

Mo Salah had a fantastic outing, Goal and an assist, other players that deserved a shout were Mane, Firmino and Can.

Next up

Arsenal are home to Bournemouth while Liverpool face a trip to Manchester to face City.

 

 

Tottenham Hotspurs vs Burnley (Watched in bits by NAFB)

Tottenham Hotspurs 1 – 1 Burnley

Harry Kane starts for Spurs, looking to break his August taboo while Vokes leads the line for Burnley. Son makes his first start of the season for Spurs after making 2 appearances off the bench this season. New signings on the bench for both sides, Chris Wood for Burnley and Sanchez for Spurs.

Not much to report early in the game, both teams have had soft chances, a couple of long throws into the Spurs box. Son makes a run into the box but he’s offside. Still nothing significant from London, 0-0. Harry Kane has a chance right on the edge of the 6 yard box, a look at a calendar should tell you what happens next, yup, it’s August, he missed it. Spurs want a free kick on the edge of the box for a hand ball but the ref is not interested. 0-0 at Halftime, Spurs need a goal, Burnley should be happy with their performance. There it is, Alli gets a goal from a corner that ping pongs around the box. Harry Kane has another shot at goal that goes wide. He really needs this month to end so he can get back to his scoring ways. Son makes way for Sissoko for Spurs. Kane has yet another shot on goal that is saved by Tom Heaton. Oh when will it end? Harry Kane has yet another shot that is saved. Lloris makes a last ditch tackle to try and ensure they keep a clean sheet, successfully but that was close.

Spurs go into the international break hoping that Harry Kane can find his mojo again, 4 points from 3 games the start shows just how heavily they rely on Harry Kane, they need some back up for him. Oh no, Wembley is just not the place Spurs want to be, Burnley have the equalizer through new signing Chris Wood who gets a debut goal. Spurs switched off and Burnley made them pay. Full time and it is 1-1, Spurs have yet to win at Wembley.

Man of The Match

Alli’s goal was the difference and while Harry Kane is struggling, Alli stepping up is massive for the white half of North London.

Next up

Spurs visit Everton while Burnley host Crystal Palace in a fixture they are expected to cruise through.