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Premier League Review – Matchday 11

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 6 Nov 2018

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It may have taken until matchday eleven, but every Premier League side now has a win to their name after Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town finally tasted victory.

Rafael Benitez’s side edged past Watford 1-0 thanks to a goal from Ayoze Perez, while one goal was also enough for David Wagner’s men as a Timothy Fosu-Mensah turned the ball into his own net to pile yet more misery on Fulham.

The Cottagers are now rooted to the bottom of the table after losing a fifth straight league game and things don’t look to be getting any easier for them with Anfield, Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford the next three away grounds they will be visiting.


Whether Slavisa Jokanovic will be in charge for those fixtures remains to be seen, with 888 Sport offering a price of 3/5 for him to be the next EPL manager to leave his post.

Cardiff City are only above Fulham on goal difference after they were beaten by Leicester City in an emotional match in South Wales.

Demarai Gray scored the only goal of the game as the Foxes ended a truly horrific week with a fitting victory, which was of course dedicated to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and the four other passengers who with him, tragically lost their lives just one week earlier.

Southampton have gone seven games without victory and were quite simply swept aside by champions Manchester City who scored three goals either side of a Danny Ings penalty.


An early own-goal from Wesley Hoedt opened the scoring before goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva made it three with just eighteen minutes on the clock.

Ings was successful from the spot before Raheem Sterling restored a three-goal advantage for the Citizens on the stroke of half-time, with the England international getting his second before Leroy Sane rounded of the scoring late on.

Burnley are looking over their shoulders after they again shipped a hat-full, this time West Ham United the beneficiaries to the tune of a 4-2 triumph.

Sean Dyche’s side have conceded fourteen goals in their last three games – form that sees them sitting just two points clear of the bottom three.

Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 3-1 at Stamford Bridge thanks to a brace from Alvaro Morata and a strike from Pedro though in truth the former should have rounded off his hat-trick late on.


The forward attempted to chip Wayne Hennessey with seconds left when it perhaps looked easier to score though that won’t trouble manager Maurizio Sarri too much. With the Italian equalling Frank Clark’s record start to live in the Premier League – that’s eleven gams without defeat.

Brighton and Hove Albion’s winning run came to an end at the hands of Everton, with Richarlison scoring twice in a 3-1 win while Tottenham Hotspur survived a late comeback from Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux – holding on for a 3-2 victory.

Elsewhere, Arsenal and Liverpool were honours even at the Emirates Stadium while the day’s early kick-off saw Manchester United come from behind to beat Bournemouth.


Deke Hardman

Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both and, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.



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