Quick Roundup of this Weekend’s Premier League Action
For the first time in ages, I was thrilled with the idea of watching Premier League football on a Friday night, but the FA decided to torture me watching Manchester United first. Memphis Depay kept killing birds in the sky and Wayne Rooney actually thinks he’s a midfielder but the only goal of the game came from an unlikely source, Adnan Januzaj, as he controlled a heavenly pass from Juan Mata, made a fool out of Micah Richards before firing a shot that deflected off Ciaran Clark into the net.
That lead sent Manchester United to the top of the Premier League but today’s events have changed that.
The Premier League started with Everton thrashing Southampton resoundingly in St. Mary’s courtesy of two strikes from Romelu Lukaku and another stunner from Ross Barkley. The young lad has began the season well and one must wonder if he can keep up his consistent run of form. Questions were asked when Everton struggled to secure a draw with Watford but beating Southampton at home will go a long way to keeping their doubters shut.
There were five 3.00pm matches to choose from and I was spoiled for choice on the game to watch.
I actually thought that the Sunderland vs.. Norwich game would be a walk over for the Black Cats but I was astonished to see the Canaries dominate the game and score a couple as well.
The home side managed to get one consolation goal from Duncan Watmore but Dick Advocaat would be thoroughly disappointed by his lads tonight. Two defeats from two has been the Black Cats rooted to the bottom of the table (Arsenal is 19th! Yaaaaaay) and their battle to avoid relegation would begin early I guess.
Elsewhere, it was a classic case of same scorers, different venue when Batefembi Gomis and Andre Ayew got the goals for Swansea in their comfortable home win over Newcastle. The Magpies had to contend with using 10 players for a considerable amount of time after Daryl Janmaat got sent off for a second bookable offence. Jefferson Montero was on form yet again and he created a neat assist that was headed home by Ayew.
Leicester continued their resurgence under the tutelage of Claudio Raneiri as he guided the team to a good away victory over a West Ham side that was triumphant against Arsenal last week. Media Vultures and journos alike waxed lyrical about Reece Oxford’s performance at the Emirates but the youngster could replicate that form at Upton Park and was removed at half time. Goals from Shinji Okazaki and Riyad Mahrez gave Leicester a two-goal cushion but a goal from West Ham newbie, Dimitri Payet.
I actually concentrated more on the Tottenham vs Stoke game. Mark Hughes has done a good job in transforming the club from a shitfest to a side that actually plays good football. For those that don’t know, Stoke has five Champions League winners in their ranks this season. They started the game poorly with Eric Dier leaping high to head Christian Eriksen’s corner and it became two when Nacer Chadli got on the end of Ben Davies cross. An air of complacency crept into Tottenham’s game and they got a way back when Toby Alderweireld fouled Joselu in the box. Up stepped Marko Arnautovic to spark a Stoke revival. A deader from Miram Diouf leveled the contest and both sides shared the spoils.
Speaking of spoils, Watford and West Brom finished their game in a goalless stalemate.
The Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal preview comes up tomorrow.
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