Premier League Rundown (Part 2)

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Well, nothing crazy really happened. Southampton lost to Liverpool, Huddersfield beat a skidding Bournemouth, and United lost to Newcastle exactly the way everyone expected. So without further ado let’s get into it.

Newcastle United 1-0 Manchester United

The Magpies really needed a win and they were at home, but it came at the expense of Manchester United player’s dignity. Martial couldn’t finish to save his life, mind you the whole United team couldn’t. The build up play was good, but the saves by Newcastle were better. In my opinion, we weren’t in the race to win the league anyway. To keep pace however United needs to win these games. Mourinho may also have made some comments about a certain team being lucky, whether you agree or not that’s a huge moment for Newcastle and their fans, no need to stir the pot for no reason.

Huddersfield Town 4-1 AFC Bournemouth

Bournemouth is struggling, and it seems that Huddersfield is on the up and up. They absolutely dominated a poor Bournemouth side that just wanted to get by the weekend with at least a point. Next Bournemouth plays Newcastle and will likely continue their losing, while Huddersfield plays United and will have a chance to continue their winning ways.

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Salah & co. had a great outing at Southampton’s stadium. In only six minutes Bobby Firmino cracked through Southampton back line and after that it was smooth cruising. Salah put the game away and made it 2-0 with great team-play. The defense held their ground and saw the game out, a clean sheet for Liverpool is much appreciated but is this the end of their defensive woes? They play FC Porto next in the Champions League, that will be a better decider of whether they really are a reformed team.

Only one more game of the week, and that’s Chelsea. They go up against a terrible West Brom side, but even Conte’s men should be able to put this team away right? I’d hope so, catch the review here, thanks for reading.

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Premier League Rundown 2/10/18

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It’s here, the fun part of the weekend. The relegation battle is still tight as ever, Carlos Carvalhal is a leader of men and Manchester City have returned to running the league.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Arsenal

The weekend started with the North London derby and forced everyone in the US to wake up bright and early, especially the poor souls on the west coast. Arsenal kept it close, but that’s the best they can say, it always seemed like it was Tottenham’s game to lose. The scoring summary is just the single header from Kane on an amazing curved ball from Davies. Kane had a few more headed chances where they could’ve put the game away much much earlier. Arsenal also had their chances in stoppage time to tie it up, poor finishing from Lacazette is what eventually put the Gunners away.

Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace

Everton did what they’re supposed to do and took care of a 14th placed Crystal Palace, which is pretty remarkable for them. Sigurdsson opened up the scoring and they never looked back from there. Palace’s only goal was from the spot due to a glaring handball by Jonjoe Kenny, but it was only to destroy Pickford’s clean sheet as it did little else. Pickford actually was pretty upset about it, he used his body as a shield to protect the ball from Milivojevic in a funny, but quite petty way.

Stoke City 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

This will be the most underrated game of the weekend in my opinion, it had goals, drama and skill worthy of even the best Premier League matchups. Brighton’s first goal gave vibes of a prime Barcelona team, the link up play was a thing of beauty. However, it was not going to stop Stoke City, or more specifically Shaqiri who curled a shot into the goalkeepers right side to draw it level. The drama came when Stoke City’s Jese won a penalty kick and was quite upset that it wasn’t his to take, so Adam’s, the designated penalty taker, gave it a go. Of course it gets saved and right when Adam is going for the rebound he gets taken down, but no penalty this time. At the very end a goal line clearance from Brighton saves them the game, and the point. Stoke City are desperate, they sit currently at 18th place, somewhere a team with their quality should be far away from. And American Geoff Cameron was riding the bench, the lack of good new for USMNT fans continues, but hey Pulisic got a sponsorship!

Swansea City 1-0 Burnley

The upset of the week right here, I mean there was signs of it, but Burnley the 7th placed overachievers that gave Manchester United a hard time and drew with Manchester City, the league leaders, falls to Swansea City? Carlos Carvalhal has had an instant impact on his team for sure. The search for the next manager might be over, he picked them up from relegation zone madness, into 15th place, taking down Burnley at home. Carlos did it all with style giving us the gift of his wise quotes. This team is heating up and is just making the race to get out of the relegation zone even tighter.

West Ham United 2-0 Watford

Chicharitoooooooo scored.

Fans of ‘La Seleccion’ are gonna be happy their star striker, the little pea, is heating up at the right time as long as he can keep this on through the summer. He should be definitely fighting for the starting spot at this West Ham team that has stayed underachieving for the past couple seasons, and will take all the fire they can get. David Moyes might actually be doing something here, who knew, but they’re going up against Liverpool next week and that’s gonna be a rough one.

Manchester City 5-1 Leicester City

Sterling scored early to get Leicester City all shook, then Aguero pounced and put them four more goals underwater. At some point in there Vardy scored but there will be no party as it was a devasting defeat, albeit against the best team in the league by far. Not much else to say, it keeps looking more and more like its City’s league and we all just play in it.

Valencia 0-2 Barcelona

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Barcelona fielded a starting lineup absent of Coutinho or Paulinho, but overall the normal starters during league matches.

This Copa del Rey showdown was hosted by Valencia and they came out ready to give a good fight. As the match heated up Messi also served as a punching bag being taken down, had his shirt pulled over his head by the Valencia players and full on tackled by the goalkeeper. The first half was still overall dominated by Barcelona but Valencia looked dangerous and very capable to level the aggregate. Suarez had several shots to put any doubt of who would win to rest, but kept lacking a finish.

The second half Barça came out flying. Coutinho got called up off the bench and had an instant impact. The Brazilian got a great pass from Suarez after some great individual moves and Coutinho scored far post from a very narrow angle. 

However, the match didn’t lack drama as the video review clearly shows back to back hand balls to stop the shot from Messi then Alba. Awhile after that Cillessen, the Barça keeper, pulls off a point blank save and the save of the game to keep the Valencia players from getting any hope that they could come back.

To finish the match off Rakitic scored a cool calm shot in front of goal. Again the assist came from Suarez who had an excellent match overall and is continuing to show his great form. FC Barcelona will now be going to the Copa del Rey finals to face off against Sevilla. Barça also have a match this weekend against Getafe and should win it to maintain their dominance in La Liga.

 

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The Road Trip is (finally) Over

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Well it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been, but it definitely wasn’t the way we wanted it to go.

The road trip started with such promise, beating Boston one of the hottest teams in the NHL. Then, we went to the other side of the spectrum and played Ottawa, one of the worst teams in the league this year and lost in overtime, snapping their losing streak.

The next two games were a real rough ride, we got outscored 12-6. While we held up our own with six goals, letting in 12 over the two games is not a great look when we need to be pushing for playoff spots, in one of the most competitive divisions NHL has. The trip ended positively with a win in Buffalo thanks to Rico’s beautiful top shelf wrister on Lehner’s blocker side.

What we can takeaway

Perry is on fire, no game showed it more than the 7-4 loss in Toronto. Perry got 4 assists, meaning he had a hand in every goal. Apart from the obvious stats, his work rate and push was something we absolutely need from the veterans.

The top line is back together, Perry, Getzlaf and Rakell. We are producing goals and staying in games, more than our offense has mustered in the past, if our back end can improve we have a much easier job ahead of us.

Miller was in net for all four games on the road, and while many of the goals scored were definitely not his fault, letting in 17 goals over four games is not what you want from the net minder, and getting Gibson back would be a huge relief. Miller did his job, and the responsibility falls on the defense as well, but this does not look like a 1A/1B pairing.

Overall, we went in holding a playoff spot and came out with nothing, and to make matters worse everyone else in the playoff hunt has more games in hand than the Ducks, excluding the Stars. Tonight was a must win, but it is clear from here on out there is even less room for mistakes.

Watford 4-1 Chelsea

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Monday night madness at Vicarage Road, and Conte is definitely on the hot seat. Bakayoko made some terrible decisions to get himself kicked out the game. Then to round out the half, Courtois takes out former Barcelona man Deulofeu and gives a penalty to the Watford side. Deeney then proceeds to smash it into the back of the net.

Of course, the game isn’t over and even a 10-man Chelsea can surely salvage a point, and just like that late in the game Hazard scores a banger to take them level. It still wasn’t enough, Janmaat after great link up play scores the go ahead goal. When it rains it pours, and in the last eight minutes there was three goals scored on Conte’s men. The last time they lost to Watford was 1999.

Giroud did not have a standout performance to start his career at Chelsea. Definitely did not live up to Batshuayi’s debut at Dortmund. Giroud will have many more opportunities to prove himself, I’m sure he will. He did what Deschamps asked of him to make the World Cup squad, and he won’t want to fall short.

If the rumors are true this means Conte will be out. Watford are barely six points clear of the relegation zone, and they completely dismantled Chelsea at the end of the match. It definitely seems that Conte has lost his touch and fire with the team. What a way to round out week 26. Stick around for updates here about what happens around the league.

Premier League Rundown 2/4/18

Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle United

Gritty game from these two teams. Newcastle gets away with the point to get out of the bottom three. Crystal Palace pushed really hard and will feel hard done to not have gotten the win.

Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Lastly, the most anticipated match of the weekend by many, but not without a controversial end. The first goal was a very cool Mo Salah finish thanks to a big mistake from Dier. The response was an absolutely blasted shot from Wanyama who picked a spot from outside the box and hit it with the laces. Then, very late in the game (90+1) the reds got a goal provided by the amazing dribbling of Salah. However, it wasn’t over, Spurs kept pushing and got a penalty awarded (90+5) which tied up the game.

It wasn’t quite as drama free as that summary might suggest. Kane bagged his 100th goal on the late penalty, but not before missing one earlier by going straight down the middle into Karius. Spurs were also diving all over the ground like it was swim practice. The first penalty call in their favor was iffy because it should’ve been offside. The second was atrocious from Lamela. Van Dijk goes for a clearance and stops his leg before any meaningful contact, but Lamela goes straight to the floor anyways. After a few seconds of deliberation John Moss decides to ruin the night of every Liverpool fan and awarding the penalty. Kane finishes it as expected and Liverpool is fuming at the call.

In all seriousness, very poor refereeing seriously making a case for VAR. The excuse it slows the game down is nonsense when the controversy creates just as much time wasting and would prevent huge matches like this feeling ruined.

So that is all here for Sunday. Tomorrow is the last match for this week’s Premier League action, catch our review here right after!

Premier League Rundown 2/3/18

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Burnley 1-1 Manchester City

Burnley did it, I mean it shouldn’t be much of a surprise if you’ve kept up with them this season, they took points off the league leaders with a tie at home. This will feel like a win for Burnley and keeping in character with how they’ve done against top opponents. The scoring was opened by an absolute stunner from Danilo, as everyone expected. and then the stout Burnley defense stood strong for the rest of the match. It paid off in the 82nd minute when Gudmundsson scored a late equalizer from a great pass. Burnley will next play against a Swansea team that has improved a huge deal since the beginning of the season. City will play Leicester, which has not been playing great especially considering the transfer rumors regarding Mahrez.

AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke City

Bournemouth continues riding the wave after defeating Chelsea 3-0 away. The game was probably more even than Bournemouth would’ve liked, but 3 points is 3 points. So they’ll be happy to head over to Huddersfield and continue their winning ways.

Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 West Ham United

Huge win for Brighton to get them several places up the table and further away from the relegation zone. West Ham’s injuries have taken a toll and are not yet ready to dominate Europe as their stadium was intended for. Chicharito got a goal though, and the dream team of him and Moyes will hopefully see brighter days.

Leicester City 1-1 Swansea City

Leicester and Swansea duked out a pretty even match and got the draw they both deserved. Sure could Leicester learn how to finish a bit more? Yes of course, but the Swans were there at the right time when it mattered.

Manchester United 2-0 Huddersfield Town

United get a good win here, Sanchez got his first, Lukaku scored again, which every time he does everyone seems to get a bit more convinced he might be a good striker. His goal though was a great combination of positioning, finish, and Mata’s beautiful curling ball. Of course, United fans can’t get carried away, Huddersfield has been playing very poorly and are second last in the standings, their luck doesn’t look like it’ll improve any time soon either.

West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Southampton

In a pretty exciting game, by two not so exciting names, the Saints came out on top from this shootout. There’s not much more to be said apart from the fact that West Brom are dead last in the Premier League and desperately need points if they want to maintain their mid table reputation which seems like a dream at this point.

Arsenal 5-1 Everton

Ouch. Well some people thought that this would be a close game, but can you blame them? I mean honestly, Arsenal are the most unpredictable team when it comes to performance, one day they look like world beaters, the next they’ll draw 1-1 with West Brom. However, they’ve done pretty well in the transfer window; re-signing Ozil, picking up Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang, it looks like they’re clicking now. But you’ll need to pump the brakes on the Arsenal hype train, they play Spurs next and that’ll go one of two ways and I have a feeling AFTV will have a field day after that one.

That’s our Premier League rundown, we’ll be back tomorrow and Monday for the rest of week 26, thanks for reading!