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Premier League Matchday 9: The Good, Bad and Bizarre

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Throughout the Premier League season, Sebastian Noren will provide analysis from the week of games, talking about the good, the bad and the bizarre.

The ninth week of Premier League action is over and fans were treated to another round of some great games, some bad games and some bizarre situations. City stay on top with a 5-1 win over Bournemouth. Newcastle picked up their first win of the season as Georginio scores four in the 6-2 win over Norwich City.


Klopp’s First Game In Charge Of Liverpool Ends In A Draw

What Happened: Liverpool played on the road against Tottenham Hotspur in Jurgen Klopp’s first game in charge. All eyes were on this fixture as it was the early game on Saturday. It ended in a goalless draw, but Liverpool looked like they had a little more pep in their step. Ball possession was pretty much split down the middle, and both teams had a couple of chances, but were unable to break the deadlock.

Seb’s Take: Tottenham hasn’t suffered a loss since Opening Day against Manchester United, so Liverpool fans should be pleased with a point on the road against the Spurs. Seeing that Klopp only had a couple of days to prepare his new team, one point is a good start and something to build on. It was the first time this season that Liverpool kept a clean sheet, so that’s another positive for the fans.


Chelsea Picks Up Third Win Of The Season

What Happened: Chelsea finally picked up another win as they defeated Aston Villa 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Diego Costa scored a goal in the 34th minute to give the home team the lead, and an own goal by Alan Hutton in the 54th minute made it 2-0. It wasn’t a dominate performance by any means by Chelsea, but in the end it’s the win that matters, and it gives the team a little bit of breathing room.

Seb’s Take: The win took Chelsea up a few notches in the table, but they are 10 points behind leaders Manchester City, and getting up to the top four will take a good run of results for the Blues. Manager Jose Mourinho has been noticeably pissed off recently, but he stated that he believes that his side can finish in the top four. Aston Villa falls down to 29th place, and they are now four points from safety.


West Ham Moves Into Fourth After Beating Palace

What Happened: West Ham United has moved into fourth place after beating Crystal Palace 3-1 on the road on Saturday. Carl Jenkinson gave West Ham the lead in the 22nd minute, but then gave up a penalty just minutes later that Yohan Cabaye converted to tie up the game.

Dwight Gayle got sent off for Palace right before halftime after picking up two yellow cards, and that allowed the Hammers to take over the game in the second half. Manuel Lanzini made it 2-1 in the 88th minute and Dimitri Payet made it 3-1 right before the final whistle.  

Seb’s Take: Palace stood up well despite being one man down for the whole second half, but in the end West Ham were able to finish off the game. Both teams have been impressive so far this season aund both Palace manager Alan Pardew and West Ham boss Slaven Bilic should be praised for the job they have done with their teams.


Sterling Hat Trick Secures Man City Win

What Happened: City put on another great performance as they defeated newcomers AFC Bournemouth 5-1 on Saturday to stay top of the table. With the 6-1 win over Newcastle right before the break, City has scored 11 goals in the last two league games. Sergio Aguero scored five against Newcastle, but he was out of the lineup with an injury. Instead it was Raheem Sterling that stole the headlines as he scored a hat trick. His forward partner Wilfried Bony scored the other two goals for City.

Seb’s Take: Both teams have their share of injuries, but the big difference is that City can still be a very competitive team without Aguero and David Silva in the lineup. Bournemouth doesn’t have that same luxury, and with players like Callum WIlson, Max Gradel, Tyrone Mings and Tommy Elphick out injured, they will have a tough time to hang on.


Leicester With Another Comeback To Salvage A Point

What Happened: Leicester has been one of the toughest teams to beat this season, as they come from behind yet again to rescue a point against Southampton in a 2-2 draw. Southampton went up 2-0 in the first half after goals by defenders Jose Fonte and Virgil van Djik. Southampton were dominant on set pieces, but Leicester once again showed their fighting spirit as Jamie Vardy scored twice in the second half to save a point for the Foxes.

Seb’s Take: Leicester keeps being one of the most entertaining teams to watch this season. Vardy leads the Premier League in scoring with seven goals in nine games. The way that manager Claudio Ranieri has this team fight is commendable. The Foxes sit in fifth place with 16 points.


West Bromwich Albion Wins Close Game Against Sunderland

What Happened: Jurgen Klopp wasn’t the only manager that had his first game with a new team this weekend. Sam Allardyce made his first game as Sunderland manager, but it ended in a 1-0 defeat away to WBA. Saido Berahino scored the lone goal of the game to secure the three points for the home side. It wasn’t the prettiest of games, with few actual scoring chances, and Berahino’s quality ended up being the difference as he capitalized on the chance given to him in the 54th minute.

Seb’s Take: It doesn’t really seem to matter who is the manager of Sunderland. This is a team that looks doomed to relegation. WBA isn’t that good of a team either, but when you have a guy like Berahino, you will end up snagging a win here and there instead of just getting the draw. Sunderland are now bottom of the table, five points from safety.


Manchester United Bounce Back With Win Over Everton

What Happened: Manchester United got punched in the nose right before the international break, falling 3-0 to rivals Arsenal. But the Red Devils got back on the winning track on Saturday as they beat Everton on the road at Goodison Park. Morgan Schneiderlin gave United the lead with his first league goal in the 18th minute. Ander Herrera then made it 2-0 with a blast of a header, and then in the closing stages of the game Wayne Rooney made it 3-0.

United stays in third place, two points behind leaders Manchester City.

Seb’s Take: Really important for United to get a good win on the road against a team that they have struggled against in recent history. Getting Rooney on the scoresheet is another big positive as he’s been the topic of much discussion in the press. United has a tough week ahead as they play CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on the road on Wednesday before taking on City at Old Trafford in the Manchester Derby on Sunday.


Sanchez Keeps On Shining As Arsenal Beat Watford

What Happened: Alexis Sanchez is starting to look more and more like the player we saw last season. The Chilean star got a goal in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Watford on Saturday. Sanchez opened up the scoring in the 62nd minute. Olivier Giroud then made it 2-0 six minutes later from close range. Aaron Ramsey finished up the scoring in the 74th minute. The Gunners stay in 2nd place, two points behind leader Manchester City.

Seb’s Take: Arsenal looks really solid, and having a quality player like Sanchez playing well lifts the whole team. His fitness has been questioned, but it didn’t seem to hamper him too much in the game against Watford.


Wijnaldum Scores Four As Newcastle Picks Up First Win

What Happened: Georginio Wijnaldum was the man of the match as Newcastle got their first league win of the season after beating newcomers Norwich City 6-2 at St. James’ Park on Sunday. The 24-year-old Dutchman secured the win, scoring four goals. The win means that Newcastle leaves the bottom of the table and moves up to 18th place with six points. The Magpies are now two points behind Bournemouth and safe ground.

Seb’s Take: The first half was pretty even, with Newcastle holding a 3-2 lead after 45 minutes. Neither team was particularly good on defense, but Newcastle and Wijnaldum were very good in making the most of their scoring opportunities. Norwich now has three straight games without a win and the Canaries sits in 16th place with nine points.


Krkic With The Lone Goal As Stoke Defeat Swansea

What Happened: Bojan Krkic scored the lone goal of the game in the fourth minute from the penalty spot as Stoke took all three points from their meeting with Swansea City on Monday. The win took Stoke up to 11th place, while Swansea now find themselves in 14th place. After a promising start to the season, the Swans now gone five straight league games without a win.

Seb’s Take: Stoke isn’t the Stoke of old anymore. They have a handful of players with great technical skills compared to when they would just put out 10 lumberjacks on the field and play long balls.


The Good: Georginio Wijnaldum

Wijnaldum was brought in for £14.5 million, making him owner Mike Ashley’s most expensive signing. The Dutchman showed on Sunday why Newcastle opened up the wallet as he was dominant against Norwich. Scoring four goals is never easy, and it meant that Newcastle got that much sought after first win of the season.

Manager Steve McClaren has asked the fans to keep the faith, and if they play like this offensively and tighten up things in the back, they should be able to get out of the relegation zone.


The Bad: Sunderland

Sam Allardyce didn’t get to start his managerial career off at Sunderland with a win. Sunderland looks so bad, and it doesn’t surprise me that former manager Dick Advocaat left the team after the poor start to the season. The only solace Sunderland can take from the game against WBA was that they only lost 1-0 and looked solid defensively, but the team’s inability to create goalscoring opportunities is a big cause for concern. They were unlucky against WBA, but that doesn’t change the fact that Sunderland’s -11 goal difference is the worst in the league. The Black Cats now find themselves at the bottom of the standings.


The Bizarre: Jose Mourinho

Chelsea’s Portuguese manager has been acting strange for a while now, but his outburst in the media lately have been truly bizarre. After the loss against Southampton before the international break he basically challenged club owner Roman Abramovich to fire him.

After the win over Villa, he was still hostile and he recently called the FA’s decision to fine him and give him a suspended one-game stadium ban a “disgrace.” Mourinho has one of the best resumes in the soccer world, but it’s clear that he’s feeling the heat after the poor start.

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