Saturday, 26 September 2015

Game week 5 & 6

So I haven't done a blog on game week 5 and 6 and my ocd is kicking in so I've decided to do a quick review on two weeks wort of football, so if you've missed any of it, or just want read about the giant crushings and wonder goals over the past two weeks in the EPL, you're in the right place!

Game week 5

Everton vs Chelsea
The big story before this game was that Chelsea has only four pints in four games and they were hoping that John Stones would be playing for them rather then against them but the youngster remained at Everton over the summer and started the match. On the other side, John Terry made his return after suspension. Naismith scored in 17 minutes after coming off the bench because Besic had been injured earlier. And then Naismith doubled his and Evertons tally from outside the box with a great strike. But Matic got his own long distance strike and got one back for Chelsea. And then Naismith did the unthinkable and got his hat trick! Final score 3-1.

Manchester United vs Liverpool

Apart from a few blunders from Mignolet, the first half was absolutely boring! Second half saw Ashley young who won a freekick just outside the box which then Manchester took full advantage of by using a well practiced freekick which saw Daley Blind come up with a goal. Herrera won a penalty and made sure he put it in the back of the net. And then came Benteke with an overhead kick to remember! Anthony Martial didn't touch the ball for 13 minutes but when he did, he beat a few Liverpool defenders to make it 3-1 to Manchester! Welcome Martial to the premier league.

Crystal Palace vs Manchester City

2nd vs 1st. Aguero went down injured and had to go off a few minutes later, replaced by Kevin De Bruyne. And made an immediate impact on the game, even played in Navas who beat the keeper and managed to hit the side netting. On the 90th minute, number 72 Iheanacho scored a goal following up on Nasris shot to steal a victory for Manchester City. 

Arsenal vs Stoke City

It took arsenal a lot of attempts to beat Jack Butland and Walcott finally did it which was their first home goal this season. Giroud came on to head the ball in for a 2 nil win. 

Norwich vs Bournemouth

Brady started the match with a goal saving tackle for Norwich. Cameron Jerome finally got his first goal of the season in the premier league. Hoolahan who set up Jerome for his first goal, got his very own first goal as well. Then the ex West Hal man Matt Jarvis scored on his debut to make it 3 nil. Steve Cook got one back for Bournemouth. Norwich with a dominant game and got a deserved win. 

Watford vs Swansea
Ighalo out of nowhere scored an 83rd minute goal. But Behrami got a red card after stomping on Andre Ayew. Swansea pressed after that but Watford ended the game with their first win. 

West Brom vs Southampton
Disappointing 0-0 game. Steklenberg had a little blunder and that was as exciting as it got. 

Sunderland vs Tottenham
Both teams had not won a game so far in the league. Defoe hit the woodwork against his old team. Rodwell hit the woodwork once again but this was after Mason had put Spurs 1 nil up. So the North Londoners got their first win of the season as it finished 1-0.

Leicester vs Aston Villa
Jack Grealish got his first goal for Aston Villa to open the scoring. And Carles Gil with a deadly finish made it 0-2 to the Villian's. Then came the comeback! 71st minute De Laet with a header, 81st minute Vardy equalised and Nathan Dier won it for Leicester in the 88th minute but did also end up hurting himself in the process. Mahrez with another man of the match performance. 

West Ham vs Newcastle
Payet is making his mark at west ham and opened the scoring for his team. Then got his second after Moses hit the top woodwork and the match ended at 2-0 to the Homeside. 

Game week 6

Manchester City vs West Ham
City came in to this game with a perfect start to the league with 5 wins in 5, and West Ham came into with wins at both Liverpool and Arsenal. Victor Moses started the scoring with a goal out of nowhere in the 5th minute with a long distance strike right at the bottom corner. That was Manchester City's first goal conceded this season. West Ham took advantage of some bad defending at a corner that shouldn't have been given but Sakho took full advantage and made it 2 nil. Watching the game, the ball just would not go in for Aguero so he decided to play his new team mate Kevin De Bruyne in who took a great shot to make it 2-1 at half time and Kevin De Bruyne would easily be man of the match (Winston Reid fans would argue this) as he controlled the whole game as was everywhere but it wasn't enough as West Ham have now beaten Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. 

Chelsea vs Arsenal

Chelsea came into this game being the only English team to win in midweek in the champions league while Arsenal had a shock defeat to recover from. Match started cagey with a forced handshake between the two managers, then it was the Diego Costa show. Who elbowed, slapped and bumped Konscielny which aggravated team mate Gabriel who ended up getting a red card because of some terrible decision making from the referee. To be fair, I'm all for smart play, and that's what Costa does, he gets into players heads, and he did that splendidly well but then he takes it a step too far, hence why he'll be serving a three match ban while Gabriel won his red card appeal. The youngster Gabriel will need to make sure he matures a bit more and keeps a cool head because Arsenal were under the cosh from there and Chelsea's Kurt Zouma got in at the back post from a well placed free kick to put Chelsea ahead. The Mike Dean (referee) show continued as he showed Carzola a red card for his second yellow and only his second foul in the game. Then he goes ahead a blatantly ignored Costa's shove on Ox without the ball after Ox had out muscled the Spaniard off the ball and won it cleanly. Moirinho realised it and subbed Costa off before he did any more damage but still amuses me how Mike Dean did not see that or did not react to it. Hazard then finished off Arsenal in the 90th minute which was going off target but it takes a big deflection off Chambers. For me, I like Costa, but he crossed the line in this match. 

Newcastle vs Watford

Watford striker on form Ighalo started the scoring after some great pressing from the Watford attackers. Then he made it 2-0 to make Newcastle fans even more furious! After halftime Daryl Janmaat got one back for Newcastle. But that wasn't enough for Steve Mclarens team who are looking like they are in big trouble already.

Stoke City vs Leicester City

The ex Barcelona man Bojan got played in by Arnautovic and opened the scoring. Walters took advantage of Wes Morgan's error and made it 2 nil to the home side. Leicester were looking like they needed half time to come sooner. Mahrez put away a penalty in the second half and then Jamie Vardy tied things up at the Britannia. Another comeback from Leicester. 2-2 full time.

Bournemouth vs Sunderland
It was a quick started by Wilson who scored inside four minutes. And then Ritchie scored a potential goal of the season volley when he bought it down with his chest and struck it perfectly. All game Sunderland just seemed like they did not have any luck on their side. Captain Kaboul got red carded after his second yellow and it finished 2 nil to the Homeside. 

Aston Villa vs West Brom
Berahino (the west broms very own Villian) broke the deadlock with a little touch from a team mates shot which Brad Guzan could do nothing about. West Brom took their first win at Villa Park since 2011. 

Swansea vs Everton

This was a game to look forward too. Two teams playing very well this season. Mirallas was on the pitch for less then 3 minutes when he came on only to be sent off with a stomp on a Swansea player and he knew he did as soon as the incident happened. The game was exciting but no goals. 0-0. 

Tottenham vs Crystal Palace

Spurs played well and Heung-Min Son came up with a goal that was the winner with individual skill and struck it low and hard to get it through the legs of the keeper. Crystal Palace very unlucky being denied by not only Lloris but also the post in numerous occasions! Game finished 1-0.

Southampton vs Manchester United

Pelle started off the scoring with a tap in after De Gea saved the first shot. Martial made it 1-1. Lucky as Mata was offside in the play leading to the goal. Southamptons Yoshida played it back to his keeper but it was a weak pass and Martial slotted it in for his second. Juan Mata made it three after Depay hit the post. Pelle got his second wit a great header but it finished 2-3. 

Liverpool vs Norwich City

Liverpool put in the early pressure and it paid off early in the second half when Danny Ings made it 1-0 but Russell Martin the Norwich captain made it 1-1 12 minutes later. The game would've had a lot more goals if it wasn't for Ruddy in goal for Norwich. 


This has to go to Diego Costa for me. 


This has to go to west ham. Two wins over two weeks, both over Newcastle and Manchester City. Payet looks like he'll be a hero for a long time. Honourable mentions go to Watford for also getting two wins over the two weeks. 

Best Goal over the two weeks:

This was tough so I've split this award into two this time. Game week 5 goes to Benteke.

Game week 6 has to go to Ritchie against Sunderland. 

EPL overview

Manchester teams leading the way with City 2 points ahead of United. West Ham and Leicester equal on 12 points with Leicester the only undefeated team left in the league. Arsenal in 5th alone with 10 points. Mid table is crowded with 5 teams on 9 points, Everton, Swansea, Palace, Spurs and Watford and Norwich, West Brom and Liverpool on 8 points. Bournemouth and defending champions are 14th and 15th in the league. Southampton and Aston villa below them with 6 and 4 points respectively. The bottom 3 comprise of Stoke on 3 points and Newcsstle at Sunderland on 2. 

Matches to watch out for this coming game week: Spurs and City kick things off. Leicester and Arsenal play a 4th vs 5th match, while Watford in 10th play Palace in 8th with only a solitary goal separating them on goal difference. 

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