Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Premier League Review Match Week 10: Manchester United Wins “El Sackico,” Nuno Pays Price; Eagles Soar Over City; Seagulls Snare Point at Anfield; Gunners Pelt Foxes; Chelsea Rolls; Wolves Chew on Toffees; Burnley Swats Bees; Hornets Stung By Saints; Norwich Plays To Form

Manchester United responded for their manager by defeating Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 and, in doing so, created a vacancy in the opposing manager’s seat. Spurs Manger Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked on Monday to be replaced by serial title winner Antonio Conte. Cristiano Ronaldo led the way for his Manchester United teammates with two goals and an assist as the Red Devils responded to last week’s humiliation at the hands of Liverpool.

Spurs, meanwhile, failed to record a shot on goal and generated little threat against a Manchester United defense recording only its second clean sheet of the season. A lack of energy in front of their home fans, against a big opponent, did little to help save Santo’s job. Harry Kane remained on one goal for the season as Spurs dropped their fifth match in their last seven league outings.

Patrick Vieira’s signature win to date as Crystal Palace manager came over a club he once played for as the Eagles shocked Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad. Wilfried Zaha scored his 50th Premier League goal for Palace after just five minutes had passed on a beautiful set up from Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher. After City went down to ten men when Aymeric Laporte took down Zaha on a clear goal scoring opportunity, the Eagles were able to hold their lead until Gallagher clinched matters in the 88th minute.

Brighton came from two goals down against Liverpool to grab a point in a 2-2 draw at Anfield. The Seagulls got a much-needed response after falling behind two goals to the Reds and being manhandled by Manchester City last week. After a fast start to the season, Brighton has been winless for five matches and will hope to pivot off Saturday’s comeback. Despite a disappointing outcome against the Seagulls which revealed some defensive frailties, Liverpool remained the only unbeaten Premier League side.

Arsenal extended their unbeaten run in the league to seven matches in a 2-0 win at Leicester. Winners in five of those contests, the Gunners have now moved up to sixth in the table. A goal by Emile Smith-Rowe was his fourth score in his last seven appearances across all competitions for the Arsenal. The home defeat, meanwhile, blunted the momentum of two consecutive league wins for the Foxes who remain mired midtable.

League leading Chelsea increased its lead to three points over second place Liverpool, and five points over Manchester City, with a 3-0 win away at Newcastle. Chelsea, who have seen 15 different players score this season, again relied on goals from unexpected sources as wingback Reese James scored his team leading third and fourth goals of the season and Jorginho, last season’s surprising scoring leader, rounded out the scoring with a penalty kick for his first goal of this season. All of Chelsea’s goals came in the second half as the Magpies held off the onslaught until the first of James’ goals at the 65-minute mark.

Wolves won for a fifth time in a seven-match unbeaten run as Bruno Lage’s squad defeated struggling Everton 2-1 and moved to seventh in the Premier League table. Raul Jimenez scored the winner in his 50th appearance for Wolves as he continues his inspirational return from last season’s serious head injury. Max Kilman provided an additional “feel good” story as he scored his first goal since playing at the non-league level of English football for Wolves’ opening goal. Everton manager Rafa Benitez and Toffee supporters were not feeling as good as Everton fell for a third consecutive match.

Burnley shocked Brentford with three first half goals in a 3-1 victory in a battle of the “B’s” at Turf Moor. Striker Maxwell Cornet scored his third goal in his last two matches to complete a first half trifecta for Burnley. The victory came on the ninth anniversary of Manager Sean Dyche, the Premier League’s longest tenured manager, taking over at Burnley. The match versus Burnley marked an inauspicious debut for Bees’ goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez, filling in for the injured David Raya who is expected to miss as many as four months.

Che Adams notched his first league goal of the season to give Southampton a 1-0 victory over Watford. Offensively challenged Southampton grabbed all three points with just a single shot on target. The Saints ascended above the Hornets in the table with their second win of the season and second win in their past 18 league away matches. A second loss in his first three matches is already asking questions of new Watford manager Claudio Ranieri.

The good news for last place Norwich is they scored a goal, increasing their season output by 50%. The bad news for Norwich supporters is that the Canaries lost again in a 2-1 loss to Leeds. Supporters of both struggling squads were treated to an electric five-minute second half flurry in which all three goals were scored. Norwich settled further to the bottom of the league table while Leeds stayed three points clear of relegation with the win. 

Carabao Cup Draw

The Carabao Cup quarterfinal draw is set and features two London derbies between Premier League teams. Brentford Community Stadium will host one of the matches as the Bees play host to current Premier League leader Chelsea. West Ham makes the short trip to Tottenham Hotspur for the other derby. Liverpool will be tested at Anfield by Leicester and Arsenal welcomes the Black Cats of Sunderland to the Emirates to complete the draw. All matches will be played December 21st.

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