Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Premier League Review – Matchday Five

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 18 Sep 2018

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Maurizio Sarri described Eden Hazard as the ‘best player in Europe’ after the he scored a hattrick in Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors took the lead through Sol Bamba on sixteen minutes though that’s as good as things got for Neil Warnock’s side with Hazard’s treble turning the game on it’s head before substitute Willian added a sublime fourth seven minutes from time.

The result sees the Blues rise to the top of the table on goal difference ahead of Liverpool, who also maintained their one hundred percent record by beating Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley in the day’s early kick-off.

The Reds scored either side of half time through Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino, with Erik Lamela’s stoppage time strike for the hots proving to be no more than a consolation.


Champions Manchester City are up to third after sweeping Fulham aside – Leroy Sane, David Silva and Raheem Sterling with the goals in a 3-0 win for Pep Guardiola’s side while their neighbours Manchester United made it back-to-back wins after overcoming a tough challenge at Vicarage Road.

Watford remain in fourth place despite falling to a 2-1 defeat while the Red Devils are up to eighth, level on points with Arsenal who edged past Newcastle United.

Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil scored for the Gunners, meaning remarkably all ten of their goals so far this season have been scored by different players.

The result leaves Newcastle United in the relegation places, and they are only off the bottom due to their goal difference being two greater than Burnley.

Rafael Benitez’s side can currently be backed at a price of 7/2 to be summoned back to the Championship having only been promoted sixteen months ago.

Sean Dyche’s Clarets are rock bottom after losing a fourth straight league game, Wolverhampton Wanderers the side benefitting thanks to a goal from Raul Jiminez.


The Midlands side had no less than thirty shots on goal, but that one strike was enough to seal the points and take them into the top half.

West Ham United are not just off the mark but out of the relegation zone after an impressive 3-1 win at Everton – summer signing Andriy Yarmalenko the star of the show with a first-half brace.

Huddersfield Town drop into to the drop zone after losing 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace while Southampton and Brighton and Hove Albion are both a point better off after playing out a 2-2 draw at St. Mary’s on Monday evening.


The Saints were two-nil up with just twenty-five minutes to play but a Shane Duffy header and stoppage-time penalty from Glenn Murray gave the Seagulls a share of the spoils.

Finally, Bournemouth are up to fifth place after an impressive 4-2 win over Leicester City.

The Cherries were three goals to the good at half time thanks to a brace from Ryan Fraser and a penalty from Josh King, while Adam Smith made it four ten minutes from time.

Claude Puel’s side, who played the last twenty or so minutes with ten men after Wes Morgan was sent off for two bookable offences did score twice late on though the damage was well and truly done.


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 SoccerNews.com and FreeBetting.com, 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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