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Premier League Rundown

The hiatus is over, we’re back, again. The international window was long and a break for cup fixtures, all on top of a league race that us all but over. However, this week is the week to return from our Sports Rabble spring break. Manchester Derby, how could you not.

Drama at the Etihad! Manchester United come away with the 3-2 win destroying Pep’s second string team, the Fraudiola is revealed.

In all seriousness, Pogba just decided to go off on the City defense, two goals in 97 seconds. He made amazing passes to the right places and even put themselves in the right position to head it home.

A welcome surprise to all those that were shook after Pogba’s tweet following a response from Guardiola suggesting Pogba could’ve gone to the blue side of Manchester

However, the game would not be complete without a game saving reflex save from the United keeper. Aguero was in shock that it didn’t hit the back of the net. Now City will not win the league against rivals and will have to wait another two weeks, unless United lose to West Brom, which is technically possible.

Mourinho is definitely going to have the press off his back for a bit now, he’s won against both rivals and almost completely secured second place, and a Champions League spot. While the cross town blues will have the title, they’ll likely crash out the Champions League which would kill the hopes of several silverware coming home.

Herrera had a great individual game, and Lingard was a positive influence. The amazing part was that after the comeback United was able to maintain the lead, the game was over and City fans will be sent packing, and some even crying.

Other notable fixture, the Merseyside derby also was today. It ended 0-0. Good result for Everton and decent enough for Liverpool who has a crucial match in just a couple days against Manchester City in the Champions League.

Thanks for reading, the Premier League is winding down, but MLS is still ramping up and that’ll be back too, stick around.

Premier League Rundown 3/4/18

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Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Arsenal

The Arsenal depression keeps on growing, and Brighton & Hove Albion is the next to steal some points from Wenger’s men. It was a dominant performance possession wise for Arsenal and Aubameyang scored one. However, the defense is still woeful for Arsenal, Brighton’s players had too much time in the box and of course were gonna put that those chances away.

Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

Chelsea lose again, but to be fair they’ve had a very tough schedule, and it definitely won’t make their fans feel better. City are just head and shoulders better than its closest competitors. Chelsea didn’t even achieve a shot on goal, they didn’t exactly challenge City when it comes to the attack. Both will have a chance to get a win next week, Chelsea plays Crystal Palace and City will go up against Stoke. Also, not to be forgotten, Chelsea still have the second leg against Barcelona to be played, they have to pick up some form to win that one.

Not a crazy week for Premier League I know, but the Champions League action coming up should make up for it, also the return of MLS. Those reviews will be up here by the end of the weekend.

Premier League Rundown 3/3/18

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Happy March everybody, so we’re back with our review of Premier League action. Also, today is the return of MLS, I know that many aren’t a fan but as an American I try and support the league. I’ll have a review of that action at the end of the day on another review post, stick around for that!

Burnley 2-1 Everton

There was some beautiful football at Turf Moor today, amazing saves from Pickford, self guided through balls, and flying elbows at the very end. Pickford kept Everton in the game much longer than they deserved with how Burnley were playing, something out of De Gea’s playbook. Overall, great control of the game by Burnley, could’ve notched more goals, but Everton’s back line needs help, and now that Williams has a red card for his elbow, they have another unnecessary issue.

Leicester City 1-1 AFC Bournemouth

Leicester were saved at the death by their superstar, Riyad Mahrez. After conceding a clumsy penalty in the first half, Leicester spent the whole game playing catch up at home. The result in my opinion was fair, and didn’t necessarily ruin anything for either team, so that’s that.

Southampton 0-0 Stoke City

Nothing too crazy this game, and definitely no goals. However, the one development here is the great goalkeeping from Butland, Stoke City, and England international. It should make for a great competition between Pickford and Butland for England’s starting spot this World Cup.

Swansea City 4-1 West Ham United

Swansea dominate this still struggling West Ham side, they’ve only won one in the past six games. Notable move here is Swansea are out of the relegation zone again, and maybe we can hear some Carvalhal quotes again about having their heads above water.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Huddersfield Town

Son scores a brace, and another game that wasn’t in any doubt all the way through, also didn’t place Huddersfield in the relegation zone. A very fortunate match up for Spurs because they need some rest coming up to the final leg against Juventus in a few days.

Watford 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

Watford receives West Brom to have their own wack at the bottom of the Premier League. Nothing has gotten better for West Brom and Watford still has Deeney scoring winners, so everything went as planned.

Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle United

Salah continues his scoring ways, he gets a nice pass from the Ox and megs the keeper for the go ahead goal. Then later Sane seals home some great team passing that just dismantles Newcastle. Karius made an amazing save as well, it looks like his new strategy of attempting to look like De Gea to play like De Gea is working. Even though Newcastle had some dangerous chances, Liverpool were the better side, and are in second place for at least the next couple days.

Still many more games to be played tomorrow and Monday, but City isn’t in any danger if you’re interested in the title race.

Manchester United vs. Chelsea Review

Manchester United 2-1 Chelsea

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Our indepth match of the week is here! And it was a great game, really important points to keep pace in this cutthroat league.

Chelsea started out the stronger team, and Marcos Alonso made a great cross to Morata who hit the crossbar, they easily could’ve been up in the first few minutes. Credit to United though, they felt the strength of Chelsea’s attacking options and decided to settle the ball by keeping possession. This was helped by Mourinho finally freeing Pogba further up top instead of attempting to partner him with Matic in a more defensive role. Pogba’s ability to use his size to protect the ball, but still have the technical ability to get past whoever’s up against him. Still there wasn’t much bravery to go forward, it definitely felt like Mourinho’s pragmatic game plan.

Chelsea’s game plan was doing much better to start this game, the defense was solid and always were dangerous on the attack. They were also quick to be prepared for the counterattack, and hardly let United even get a shot on goal. To be fair not too hard when Manchester’s game plan mostly consisted of going down the wing and aiming at Lukaku’s head for a lot of the half. Fittingly enough that’s how the first Chelsea goal went in, on the counterattack from a well defended cross. Willian slotted it home at Da Gea’s near post. The argument can be made De Gea could’ve done better to defend the near post but regardless a great shot by Willian. The rest of the half was looking like Chelsea would score again but instead United scored late in the half thanks a great play between Sanchez, Martial, and Lukaku.

The second half started much better for United. Chelsea let off the gas quite a bit and let United keep the ball for awhile, which of course slowed it down by a lot. Eventually, this lead to a great cross that Lingard redirects into the goal. A great sight towards the end of the game for Manchester fans to see Bailly back on the pitch, of course he did well to help close the game out and neutralize Chelsea’s attack.

Individual Performances:

Pogba did great in his role this game, great passes overall and maintaining of possession.

McTominay and Matic dominated the back half of the pitch and did a great job controlling the tempo of the game.

Willian is by far one of the best creative players in the Premier League, he’s continued to be the spark in Chelsea’s game, not rated enough by many fans (excluding Chelsea fans).

Morata definitely needs to improve. He’s been a decent signing for Chelsea but he had many chances to change the game, whether it was in front of goal or on the build up, he just failed to make an impact.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Spurs

This post has been long enough, but just a quick nod to this game. Yes Spurs dominated the whole game and could’ve scored earlier, but Crystal Palace did really well to hold them off and it’s not a great look it took so long to break through the defense. A win is a win though and it’s one of the toughest leagues in the world, so good job Tottenham for getting a win when it was very much expected of you.

Thanks for reading if you stuck around all the way down here. We’ll be back this week with more all around coverage starting Tuesday, hope to see you all then!

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.

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.

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!