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Gameweek 5

16th of September, 2019 by Cameron Edwards

Liverpool vs Newcastle

Premier league gameweek 5 review : We opened up a great weekend of Premier League football with Liverpool vs Newcastle, The Reds are the only team not to drop points so far and look very strong challenger’s for the Premier League Title.

Jurgen Klopp’s men went behind after just 7 minutes courtesy of a brilliant strike by Dutch international Willems. He cut inside inside Alexander-Arnold and fizzed the ball into the top corner past Adrian. Great goal.

Liverpool equalized not long after through Sadio Mané, Robertson played a good ball in and Mané curled it into the top corner. 1-1.

I don’t normally mention substitutions but I will mention this one. Origi off (injured), Firmino on.

Instant impact by the Brazilian as he plays a great ball behind the Newcastle defence, Dubravka comes for the ball, it bounces off him and into the path of Mané who taps it home. 1-2.

Liverpool put the game to bed in the second half with a magical assist by Roberto Firmino to Mo Salah, who passes it to Mané, just kidding, who finds the back of the net with a really cool finish.

3-1. Game over.

Liverpool weren’t amazing throughout the 90 mins but even though they weren’t at their best still managed to look comfortable against a very game Newcastle. I’ve got a sneaky feeling this may be their year. On a final note, Roberto Firmino made such an impact to the game, really undervalued and a world class player. 3 points to the Reds as they strengthen that position at the top of the table.

Firmino – Metro News

Brighton vs Burnley

Premier league gameweek 5 review : Our second game takes us to the American Express community Stadium for Brighton vs Burnley.

Looking at both teams, they had both struggled for form early on this season, both getting 4 points from 4 games. I expected a tight game here with few chances for either side. I was pleasantly surprised.

The first half was open with chances from either side. Brighton did look more in control and had the better chances.

Maupay opened the scoring in the second half with a great goal. Ball in from the right by Sully March who finds the penalty spot with a great cross and Maupay on the half volley smashes it into the back of the net. 1-0

Brighton were in control for most of the second half, that is up until the first minute of added time.

Jeff Hendricks scored a brilliant equaliser from outside the box, hard and low to the keeper’s right. 1-1

I have to say I was impressed by this game, two teams not known for their attacking talent put on a good showing, I do think Brighton deserved the three points but I don’t think neither manager will be unhappy by their teams performance.

Maupay The Straits Times

Manchester United vs Leicester

Premier league gameweek 5 review : I expected a lot of goals in this one to be honest, as both teams have really good front lines. United have a suspect defence at best and with Jamie Vardy around I expected them to concede one or two. That wasn’t the case.

United got an early penalty. The ball was loose in the box, Rashford & Soyuncu both went for the ball, Rashford got there first and the Leicester centre back brought him down. With no Paul Pogba on the pitch, Rashford stepped up, I’m sure his nerves must have been high after missing his last penalty vs Crystal Palace in a shock defeat. This time he stepped up cool as you like and smashed it in the bottom right corner. 1-0

De Gea was key for the Red Devil’s today, making saves with both his hands and feet, without him I have no doubt United would have definitely conceded.

Rashford had one last pop at goal in the later stages of the game. He really does base his free kick technique on Cristiano Ronaldo’s. Hard, inside of the foot, swerving away from Schmeichel but this time it hit the bar. Only a matter of time until he scores one.

United don’t look top four material to me yet, their defence needs some time to get settled, if they can just fix that and find some stability in the managerial position I don’t see why the can’t make top four.

Leicester looked really good at times, Maddison and Vardy are great talents and they will feel hard done by today’s result, fair result overall, but maybe a draw would have been more appropriate.

RashFord - Daily Express
Rashford – Daily Express

Sheffield United vs Southampton

Premier league gameweek 5 review : Another surprise for me this weekend, when I saw this game coming up I wasn’t the most impressed. Both teams so far have been solid at the back and Southampton are still undefeated.

What I saw couldn’t have been more wrong, with a bit more clinical finishing we could have easily seen a 3-3, but alas, it was not to be.

Sheffield United thought they had scored after 51 minutes, but to the dismay of the Blades the good old “VAR CHECK” went up and the goal was disallowed. It seems we can’t go a weekend without VAR rearing it’s ugly head.

Southampton always looked threatening with their main striker Djenepo leading the line. He was fabulous all through the 90 min, making runs and even getting the winner. He picks up the ball outside the box, weaves through three Sheffield United players and sticks it past Henderson, fabulous goal, well deserved. 0-1

Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp made a short appearance in the second half but clearly wanted to beat the traffic home, as his late challenge on Stuart Armstrong was deemed too hot to handle and he was shown red.

Overall very good game, great attacking play by both teams, shoddy defending at times but I thought the overall score was correct, a lot of people had Sheffield United as going down before the start of the season, even after their loss today they do look like Premier League material.

Southampton played really well and continue their unbeaten run. Tough side to beat.

Djenepo – Yahoo News

Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace

Premier league gameweek 5 review : We had a London derby at the Spurs Stadium, with Tottenham going up against Crystal Palace, Palace had not lost in the league this season (we will forget about their shock League Cup exit to Colchester), and had even managed to pick up three points at Old Trafford so they went into this game full of attacking confidence. Big mistake.

It didn’t take Spurs long to get of the mark as Toby Alderweireld’s long pass found Son Heung Ming who beat the keeper at his near post. 1-0

The game went from bad to worse for Palace ten minutes later as Aurier crossed the ball and Patrick Van Aanholt knew the only chance of him scoring today was if he put it into his own net. 2-0

Spurs were blood-thirsty and less than two minutes later Aurier was making another cross, this time to the far post where the Korean international was there to volley it home. 3-0

That was it for the first half, oh no wait, no it wasn’t, Harry Kane picked up the ball on the right hand side of the box, whips it in hard and low and Lamela is on the end of it. 4-0 Game over

Crystal Palace did not get started in this game, Spurs looked dangerous all through the 90, and it probably could have been 6-0 by the end of it. A bit of a surprise this one for me, I thought Spurs would win but not in the way that they did.

Spurs looked amazing, not quite at the level of City or Liverpool but definite top four material. A hard challenge for any team. The result reflected the game in my opinion.

Son Heung-Ming – Football London
 

Wolves vs Chelsea

Premier league gameweek 5 review : I expected goals in this game, and boy oh boy was I right, Frankie Lampard’s band of youngsters love their attacking football but leaky to say the least in defence. Wolves had conceded 5 in their previous two.

They made us wait until the 31st min to see the first goal, and it was definitely worth the wait, incredible strike from Chelsea youngster and debutant Oluwafikayomi Oluwadamilola “Fikayo” Tomori (yes, that is his real name), he gets the ball about 50 yards out and hits with the inside of his right foot and it swerves straight into the top corner. Goal of the weekend by the youngster. 0-1

Chelsea got into the rythym of the game and less than two minutes later Mount gets brought down in the box, the ball rolls to Abraham who smashes it past Patricio. 0-2

Four minutes before the break Marcos Alonso swings a ball in from the left onto the head of Tammy Abraham who gets his second. 0-3

Abraham got his third in the second half and the best of the bunch, he squares up 1v1 vs Conor Coady, shows a great piece of skill to take it past him and then confidently smashes it into the bottom left corner. 0-4

Abraham was clearly feeling bad for destroying Wolves like this so he put Saïss deflected header past Kepa. 1-4

Wolves get another one after 85 minutes, Doherty gets in on the right and smashes it at Kepa who makes a good save but the ball falls straight to Cutrone and the italian puts it away. 2-4

Mount added a 5th for Chelsea in the last minute of injury time, great bit of dribbling for the England international and slots it past Rui Patricio to make it 2-5.

What a great game! Positive attacking football from both sides. Wolves defending at times was really bad and that’s something that Nuno Espirito Santo will have to look into.

Chelsea looked great, Lampard seems to be getting his boys to play the way he wants them to, good attacking football and great to see so many youngsters coming through. Only positive things for me to say about Frank Lampard and his men today. Fair result, Clinical finishing from the Chelsea front three who look like a team that will be hoping for that fourth spot this season.

Abraham – talkSport

Norwich vs Man City

Well, well, well, is that the league decided? I know it’s early and I know Liverpool enjoy choking big gaps but let’s look at this game on paper. Norwich: squad value 6.45m. City: squad value: 465.6m. Norwich had 8 players injured and their starting keeper Tim Krul was also injured but played anyway, they were struggling so badly with numbers that they had two goalkeepers on the bench. Anyone predicted a shock upset? No, I know me neither.

The game started with City dominating the ball Norwich barely got a touch, they managed a corner after 18 minutes, ball swerved into the near post where Norwich man McClean didn’t have to jump very high as he was being marked by Sterling to head home for the hosts. 1-0

Norwich win the ball back by the half way line, but City’s defence is so far forward it takes one well place pas to Finnish beast Teemu Pukki who is through on goal, passes it across to Cantwell who taps it in. 2-0

Agüero pulls one back just before half time, ball in by Bernardo Silva who finds Agüero who is unchallenged in the box. 2-1

Ederson short pass to Otamendi in the box who gets the ball stolen of him by Buendia who slides it to Pukki. 3-1

Relentless pressure by City, Tim Krul with save after save after save, he was injured and fabulous.

Rodri manages to beat him with a strike from the edge of the box in the 88th minute. 3-2

5 minutes added on, of course right? No matter, Norwich held on and Tim Krul made even more saves, a massive performance by the Dutchman.

An incredible performance by Norwich City who deserved the three points from the heart and commitment they showed today, a team any team in the Premier League needs to be aware off.

Anyone expecting City to fall of the wagon now will be disappointed, City are a superb team and this is just a blip in a season that I believe will include some silverware. Pep’s men should be disappointed but I don’t think they need to spend 200 M in Januray just yet.

Game of the weekend for me. Amazing defending & counter-attacking by Norwich.

Pukki – Daily Mail

Bournemouth vs Everton

Expected goals in this Sunday fixture, with Everton maybe just taking the points, I was surprised to see Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the starting 11, thought it might be time to give young Moise Kean a go. The game was open and Bournemouth’s main man Callum Wilson really deserves and England shout in my opinion. Let’s get into the game.

Callum Wilson opened the scoring after 23 min. Corner into the box, King scuffs his shot that falls to Wilson who heads it past Pickford. 1-0

Calvert-Lewin equalizes a minute before the break. Richarlison with a ball into the box, Calvert-Lewin jumps higher than Cook and heads it home. 1-1

Bournemouth took the lead after 66 min, free kick on the edge of the box, wiped in hard and low, Delph got a small touch on the ball as it deflected past Pickford and straight into the back of the net. 2-1

Bournemouth put the game to bed after 77 minutes as Diego Rico lifts a ball over the Everton defence into the path of Callum Wilson who lifts it over Pickford into the back of the net. 3-1

Overall it was a game of few chances, clinical finishing and good, solid defending by Bournemouth, Everton didn’t really create a lot of openings, overall a fair result, maybe 2-1 would have been a bit fairer but definitely tipping my hat to the Cherry’s on this one.

Wilson – Football365

Watford vs Arsenal

All I will say in the introduction to this game is this was the most Arsenal game possible.

Arsenal opened up the scoring through Aubameyang after 21 minutes who put the ball past Forster after Kolasniac found him inside the box. Clinical finish. 0-1

Aubameyang got a second 11 minutes later. Ozïl with a defence breaking pass to Maitland-Niles who crosses the ball to the Gaborone international who has an easy tap-in. Arsenal cruising. 0-2.

Arsenal felt bad for Watford in the second half as they donated a goal to the Hornets. Ball played out the back to Sokratis who’s pass is cut out by Deulofeu, his touch gets to Cleverly who puts it past Leno in the back of the net. Game on. 1-2.

Pereyra came on in the second half and made an instant difference, got one on one with David Luiz and the Brazilian clearly brought him down in the box. Pereyra finishes from the spot. 2-2

Watford should have won, they had 28 attempts, 28! I have no idea what Unai Emery said to his Arsenal boys at half time, but the Gunner’s came out sheepish and unmotivated, David Luiz is great at a lot of things, owning restaurants for example, but defending isn’t one of them.

Fabulous from Gerard Deulofeu today, no disrespect to the Watford men but he is clearly a class above the rest.

I completely disagree with the result for this one, Watford were dominant in the second half and had they been a bit more clinical would have taken all three points home.

Deulofeu – Premier League

That’s it for this weekend. We have Aston Villa vs West Ham tonight, I expect a tight contest with maybe the Hammers having the slight edge, 0-1 or similar.

It was a great weekend of football and it’s good to have the Premier League back. Until next time, have a lovely day.

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