A great weekend of football!
Premier League MW 10
Brighton 1 vs. 0 Wolverhampton
A Murray goal in the 48th minute proved enough for Brighton as they held on to the lead for the points. It was a tough game but the win takes Brighton to 11th while Wolves are going through a slump in form as they drop down to 10th in the table.
Fulham 0 vs. 3 Bournemouth
Callum Wilson scored in each half and David Brooks scored the second as Bournemouth continued their brilliant form in the league this season. Bournemouth remain 6th in the table while Fulham move into the relegation zone as they sit 18th. Fulham now need to put in some proper defensive performance to fix their situation.
Liverpool 4 vs. 1 Cardiff City
Liverpool remained unbeaten as they beat Cardiff City comfortably at Anfield. Salah opened the scoring in the 10th minute and a Mane brace and Shaqiri goal came in the second half. Cardiff did add a consolation goal in the 77th minute via Paterson. Liverpool’s forwards seem to be hitting their stride now while their defence continues to be solid. Liverpool remain second on goal difference while Cardiff drop down to 17th.
Southampton 0 vs. 0 Newcastle
As predicted this was a draw as both teams cancelled each other out. Southampton remain 16th in the table with the point while Newcastle still search for their first win as they move to 19th in the table.
Watford 3 vs. 0 Huddersfield
Pereyra, Deulofeu, and Success scored to give Watford a good win against Huddersfield. Watford are playing well this season and have recovered their form in recent weeks. Watford remain 7th in the table while Huddersfield still winless move to the bottom of the table.
Leicester 1 vs. 1 West Ham
The Leicester game was overshadowed by the tragic scenes after the game as Vichai Leicester’s owner passed away as his helicopter crashed in the parking lot. Leicester managed to steal a point in the final minutes of the game via an Ndidi goal. Balbuena had earlier given West Ham the lead in the 30th minute. What Leicester achieved in the 15/16 season will never be forgotten and Vichai will remain a figure not just in Leicester’s history but football as a whole. Leicester dropped down to 12th while West Ham moved up to 13th.
Crystal Palace 2 vs. 2 Arsenal
Crystal Palace scored two penalties in the game as they stole three points from Arsenal in a balanced game between the two sides. Arsenal were their usual poor self in the first half and Milivojevic scored his first penalty right before the break to give Palace the lead. Xhaka then scored a brilliant free-kick to restore parity between the two sides in the 51st minute. Aubameyang then gave Arsenal the lead in the 56th minute but was perhaps fortunate as Lacazette’s hand ball was not seen. Zaha was then brought down by Xhaka and Milivojevic scored his second penalty to get Palace the point. Palace move to 14th with the draw while Arsenal end their winning streak but remain 4th in the table.
Man United 2 vs. 1 Everton
Pogba scored in the 27th minute as his comically taken penalty rebounded into his path. Martial then added a second in 49th minute while Sigurdsson scored a penalty in the 77th minute to give Everton some hope. United were not brilliant but the team seems to be fluctuating between decent and poor results as they move to 8th in the table while Everton drop to 9th.
Tottenham 0 vs. 1 Man City
On what was a shambles of a Wembley pitch a goal by Mahrez in the 6th minute proved enough for City to take the three points against Spurs. Tottenham missed several decent chances throughout the game but fell short. Pochettino seems to have taken this Spurs team as far as he could over the last few seasons and it has to be asked whether he should seek a new challenge elsewhere possibly at Real Madrid. City moved back to the top of the table as this title race does not appear to be slowing down.
La Liga MW 10
Atletico beat Real Sociedad 2-0, while Sevilla beat Huesca 2-1. The first El Clasico without Messi or Ronaldo in ages went Barcelona’s way as they thrashed Real 5-1. It is not that Barcelona dominated the game but Madrid collapsed under the weight of Lopetegui’s inevitable sacking and Barcelona took advantage. Lopetegui was sacked the next day and Solari takes charge as an interim manager as Madrid seek a proper replacement. Barcelona lead the table with Alaves, Sevilla, and Atletico Madrid making up the top four.
Serie A MW 10
Juventus beat Empoli 1-2, Milan beat Sampdoria 3-2, Napoli drew with Roma 1-1, and Inter thrashed Lazio 3-0. Juventus remain unbeaten but the race for the top four is heating up as Inter move to second with Napoli, and Lazio in the next two spots.
Bundesliga MW 9
Bayern beat Mainz 1-2 as they continued their return to form, Dortmund drew with Hertha Berlin 2-2, and Leipzig drew with Schalke 0-0. Dortmund still lead the table with Bayern, Monchengladbach, and Werder Bremen making up the top four.
Ligue 1 MW 11
Lyon beat Angers 1-2, Monaco drew with Dijon 2-2 as Henry still seeks his first win, and PSG beat Marseille 0-2 in the top of the table clash. PSG make it 11 out of 11 wins as they sit at the top of the table, Lille are 8 point behind in second while Montpellier, and Lyon make up the top four.