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Premier League Review – Matchday 9

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 23 Oct 2018

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Sometimes the hype surrounding a clash between two of the division’s heavyweights can fail to live up to expectation though thankfully this wasn’t the case at Stamford Bridge in Saturday’s early kick-off as Chelsea and Manchester United played out a 2-2 draw.

The Blues took the lead on twenty-one minutes through Antonio Rudiger though two second half strikes from Anthony Martial turned the game on its head.

Just as Jose Mourinho looked to have gained a scalp on his old stomping ground, Ross Barkley scored deep into stoppage time to give his side a share of the spoils.

The main talking point from the game was in the aftermath of that late strike, with a member of Maurizio Sarri’s staff goading Mourinho with his celebration though the matter was resolved moments after the final whistle.

Five star

Despite maintaining their unbeaten start to the campaign, Chelsea drop a place to third after Liverpool returned to winning ways with a narrow win over Huddersfield Town – Mo Salah with the only goal of the game while Manchester City asserted their status as Champions and favourites to retain their crown with a magnificent five-star performance over Burnley.

Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez and Leroy Sane all got on the scoresheet as Pep Guardiola’s side won yet again at the Etihad Stadium while they have the same amount of goals as they had at this stage last season.

Tottenham Hotspur are level on points with Chelsea after edging past West Ham United – Erik Lamela with the only goal of the game while Arsenal made it a trio of sides on twenty-one points after coming from behind to beat Leicester City 3-1 on Monday evening.

Mesut Ozil was captain for the night and star of the show, levelling on the stroke of half-time following a Hector Bellerin own-goal while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace after coming off the bench for the second Gunners game in succession.

Perfect 10

That’s ten wins in a row for Unai Emery’s side – eight in the league – form which has seen their title odds slide to 28/1.

Newcastle United became the first team in Premier League history to lose each of their opening five Premier League fixture games after they were beaten by Brighton and Hove Albion – a result that has seen them slip to the bottom of the table after Cardiff City beat Fulham by four goals to two.

The Cottagers took the lead on eleven minutes through Andre Schurrle though quick-fire replies from Josh Murphy and Bobby Reid put the Bluebirds in control.

Ryan Sessegnon pulled Fulham level with his first Premier League goal though Callum Paterson and Kadeem Harris scored in the second half to hand Neil Warnock’s side their first win of the season and see them climb out of the relegation zone at the expense of their beaten opponents.


Slavisa Jokanovic’s men have now conceded twenty-five goals – six more than the next worse record in the division though their goal difference is the same as Huddersfield’s following their defeat to Liverpool.

Watford produced the shock of the day after winning 2-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers while Bournemouth and Southampton played out a goalless draw on the south-coast.

Sunday’s sole EPL fixture appeared to be heading for a stalemate though substitutes Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun scored late on to give Everton the points against Crystal Palace – the Toffees’ third straight victory.


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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