Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Premier League Review – Matchday 13

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 28 Nov 2018

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Manchester City romped to yet another high scoring victory in Saturday afternoon, beating West Ham United 4-0 at the London Stadium to tighten their grip at the top of the Premier League.

The cake was already baked and iced after just thirty-four minutes with David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane putting the league leaders three goals to the good before the latter stuck a cherry on top in stoppage time.

Liverpool also eased to an away, beating Watford 3-0 at Vicarage Road though they had to wait to break the deadlock.

It was the sixty-seventh minute when Mo Salah gave Jurgen Klopp’s the lead, with Trent Alexander-Arnold doubling their advantage shortly after with a stunning free-kick.

Jordan Henderson was dismissed after picking up a second yellow card eight minutes from town though Roberto Firmino put the result beyond doubt a minute from time.

Blues beaten

The result keeps the Reds two points behind the champions, and it is those two who are the only unbeaten sides remaining in the division after Chelsea were beaten 3-1 by Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

Goals from Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min had the North Londoners in cruise control with Olivier Giroud’s eighty-fifth minute strike proving to be no more than a consolation.


Arsenal remain in fifth place but are just a point behind Mauricio Sarri’s side after ending a run of three straight draws with victory at Bournemouth.

Unai Emery’s men are now unbeaten in seventeen games in all competitions, ahead of next Sunday’s North London derby at the Emirates Stadium.

Everton are sixth after edging past Cardiff City – Gylfi Sigurdsson with the only goal of the game just ahead of the hour mark, with Manchester United a point and a place behind the Toffees after they only managed to draw with Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

Ten-man Leicester City drew 1-1 with Brighton and Hove Albion – Jamie Vardy levelling from the penalty spot more than fifty minutes after James Maddison had been shown a soft second yellow card for simulation.

Dizzy heights

Newcastle United are up to thirteenth after beating Burnley 2-1 in Monday evening’s game.

They have taken nine of their twelve points in this month alone while Burnley’s form is at the other end of the spectrum with the Clarets having taken just two points from the last eighteen available to them.

Huddersfield Town’s form is almost as impressive as Newcastle’s, with the Terries providing a shock at Molineux by beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 to extend their unbeaten run to three games while Fulham’s run of seven straight losses was ended as Claudio Ranieri won his first match in charge of the club.

The Cottagers remain bottom despite beating fellow strugglers Southampton by three goals to two, but can now be backed at 10/11 to avoid relegation.


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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