On this week bright and beautiful Saturday afternoon, the defending champion Liverpool are up to go first against a down side Brighton in the first game of the week. The champions thought they had taken the lead when Mohamed Salah got onto a Roberto Firmino ball before smashing home, but it was disallowed for offside by the video assistant referee.
Diogo Jota broke the deadlock, with his ninth goal since joining the Reds, as he received Salah’s pass before going past two defenders and firing into the bottom corner. Pascal Gross’ controversial injury-time penalty rescued a deserved draw for Brighton. It was Brighton’s second penalty of the game after Neal Maupay fired a first-half spot-kick wide at the Amex Stadium.
Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer said Chelsea’s Frank Lampard is still learning but is improving Blues. Now it looks like some recognition is eventually been thrown at the Blues manager after a fine display but ended in a draw against London rival Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Tottenham Hotspur Manager Jose Mourinho think they “are a pony” who are not in the title race, as his side returned to the top of the Premier League table. At his post match conference he said; “We’re not even in the [title] race so we’re not a horse. We’re a pony,” a mastermind of the game I would say.
Mahrez steered Manchester City to their biggest win of the season and also completing his first hattrick since scoring three for Leicester City in a victory at Swansea City in December 2015. The Algerian curled two first-half efforts into the corner to ease any concerns about City not scoring. Benjamin Mendy drove home Kevin de Bruyne’s cross for his first City goal before half-time and Ferran Torres turned home his first Premier League goal after the break. It was important to come back with a victory in the Premier League,” said City Manager Guardiola, whose side had lost 2-0 to Tottenham in their previous league game.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, watched his side been dismantled in the first half at the Saint Mary stadium and had to replace the injured De Gea with Dean Henderson at the interval, brought on Cavani to perform the el Matador instinct and the deadline-day signing obliged in spectacular style. Cavani was the match-winner with a delightful header from Marcus Rashford’s cross as the Red Devils recorded their eight successive top-flight wins away from home for the first time.
At the other end of Merseyside is the Toffees. Everton slipped to a fourth defeat in five games, making their unbeaten start to the season seem like a distant memory. This is the first time boss Ancelotti has lost successive home fixtures since 2012 when he was manager at Paris St-Germain. It is also Leeds first win in four games, thanks to Raphinha’s long-range strike that gave them the win against Everton.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is not worried about his position after the Gunners recline to their worst start to a season since 1981 with a defeat at home to Wolves. Talking about getting sacked Arteta said: “It’s something that the day I decided to be a coach I knew that one day I would be sacked or leave the football club but I don’t know when that is going to happen.., In this profession, I know it will happen but I never worry about it. My only concern is to get the best out of the players and give the best possible service to the club.” The Gunners sit 14th in the table after five losses in 10 league games
Leicester on their Monday night fixture missed the chance to go level on points with leaders Tottenham. They lost to Fulham who had missed three penalties in a row and seats in the relegation zone. Aleksandar Mitrovic hit the bar with a penalty at Sheffield United in October, Ademola Lookman who had the first goal at Leicester, was widely criticised for a failed attempt at a Panenka-style spot-kick in the defeat by West Ham on 7 November and Cavaleiro who converted to help secure victory at Leicester, had been one of the spot-kick culprits – missing in a 3-2 home defeat by Everton eight days earlier. A match at the King Power Stadium marked the start of a difficult run of fixtures for Scott Parker’s side, with a trip to Manchester City and the visit of Liverpool to come. They meet five of the ‘big six’ in their next nine games.
Fulham arrived at Leicester on the back of successive defeats, with the league’s joint-worst defensive record and only one win in 25 Premier League away matches.
Wolves striker Raul Jimenez is getting better and doing fine after he fractured his skull from a knock with David Luiz, during Sunday’s premier league meeting.
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