Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Premier League Review: Matchday Nine

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 24 Oct 2017

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The best was certainly saved til last in matchday nine with twelve goals scored across both of Sunday’s Premier League games.

The day’s action began at Goodison Park where Everton took on Arsenal with the hosts taking an early lead through Wayne Rooney.

However, goals from Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez helped secure a 5-2 victory for the Gunners and was enough to see Ronald Koeman dismissed with the Toffees slipping into the relegation zone on goal difference.

Former boss David Moyes is among the favourites to replace the Dutchman with Everton currently priced at 16/1 to be relegated to the Championship.

Spurs on song

Later on Sunday afternoon it was North London vs Merseyside part two with Tottenham Hotspur thumping Liverpool by four goals to one at Wembley.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men were imperious with Harry Kane instrumental, scoring two and assisting one to help move his side level on points with second place Manchester United, who suffered a shock defeat to Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon.

The Yorkshire club had been without a league win in six but have now climbed up to eleventh place, just four points off the top four.

It is Chelsea who sit in fourth place after surviving a scare against a Watford side who began the weekend ahead of them in the table.

Blues back on track

The Hornets had come from behind to lead 2-1 with just twenty minutes to play only for the Champions to emerge 4-2 winners with Michy Batshuyai coming off the bench to bag a brace.

Leaders Manchester City comfortably beat Stoke City 3-0 to extend their lead at the top of the table with goals from Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane securing the points for Pep Guardiola’s men, who are now five points clear at the summit.

Bubble burst

Newcastle United are up to seventh with a late goal from Mikel Merino enough to see them beat Crystal Palace, who lost without scoring for an eighth time from nine games and remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

There was also a late winner for Southampton as they edged past a West Bromwich Albion side who have now taken just four points from the last twenty-one available to them.

Bournemouth remain in the bottom three but are now just one point from safety after beating Stoke City at the Bet 365 Stadium while managerless Leicester City climbed out of the drop zone after taking all three points from their trip to Swansea City.

Finally, Brighton and Hove Albion thumped West Ham United by three goals to one at the London Stadium on Friday evening to pull themselves further away from the relegation zone, which the Hammers sit above only on goal difference.


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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