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for 2022-23 - Matchday 11

Premier League Review – Matchday 11

Tuesday 18th October, 2022

Brighton 0-0 Nottingham Forest (19.30 AMAZON)

The team that scored three goals at Anfield at the beginning of the month could not beat Forest, who formed an impenetrable blockade in front of goal for most of the game. Brighton are now without a goal in their last three games.

Henderson made a strong one-handed save from Trossard’s right foot shot early in the game. Trossard hit the bar with another shot after 30 minutes. Henderson made a save low near his left post from a shot by March. The Forest keeper was equal to a shot hit straight down the middle of goal by Pascal Gross. Webster hit another shot over the bar from a good opportunity.

Gross was denied again late in the second half by Henderson after Lamptey’s cross from the left was touched on by Welbeck. Forest had hardly ventured out of their own half, and when they did on one occasion, Johnson advanced down the right wing, before coming inside and hitting what was intended as a shot.The ball went out for a throw-in on the far side of the pitch.

Crystal Palace 2-1 Wolves (20.15 AMAZON)

Wolves took a first half lead through Adama Traore, scoring his first goal since January. It was Wolves’ fifth goal of the season, but that was not enough as Palace won thanks to second half goals by Eze and Zaha. Palace climbed into the top half overnight.

20-year-old Spanish left back Hugo Bueno was given his first Premier League start by caretaker manager Steve Davis. With Sa beaten, Palace’s Cheik Doucoure saw a shot rebound off the keeper’s left post within minutes of kick-off. Diego Costa had a good early chance in front of goal but was closed down effectively by Ward’s defending and Guaita’s save.

Traore scored with a 31st minute header following a good cross by number 64 Bueno. Deep into added time, Traore’s run from halfway was abruptly brought to an end, and Neves’ free kick rebounded off the keeper’s left post.

Wolves were punished with 63 seconds of the second half on the clock. Zaha pushed a ball out to Olise on the right and his deep cross was headed back across the goal into the net by Edouard. Edouard wasn’t far away later in the half with an overhead kick. The win was secured in the 70th minute. Eze sent a long ball forward to Edouard on the left. He passed inside to Zaha who made no mistake with his right foot shot. Guaita made a powerful save from Neves’ 20 yard shot three minutes from time, and Wolves could not find an equaliser.

Since the game, Wolves have announced that Steve Davis will remain in charge, at least until 2023.

Wednesday 19th October, 2022

Arsenal P Man City

This match was postponed, as Arsenal needed to play their Europa League match at home against PSV, which had been postponed during the period of official mourning for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II last month.

Bournemouth 0-1 Southampton (19.30 AMAZON)

Southampton’s first win in 6 games was thanks to a 9th minute Che Adams goal which took them out of the bottom three. Bournemouth’s run of 6 games unbeaten came to an end. Bournemouth were unchanged and former Spur Adam Smith was their captain.

Adams’ goal was a well-placed header following Perraud’s cross from the left. Arsenal loanee Maitland-Niles had been involved in the build-up. Bazunu made a firm clearing save later in the half from Billing’s left foot shot.

Smith made a vital block of another Adams shot late in the second half. At the other end, Bazunu got a fingertip to Tavernier’s rising angled shot from the right. Bazunu dropped the ball following the corner and Salisu cleared off his line, giving "The Saints" their first clean sheet since April.

Brentford 0-0 Chelsea (19.30 AMAZON)

Broja made his first start for Chelsea in a team which had five changes after the weekend. Brentford made a bright start with Mbeumo and Toney to the fore, as usual. Cucurella made a vital clearance from deep inside his area. Arrizabalaga turned over a ninth minute header by Toney. The Chelsea keeper made another excellent reaction save from another Toney header after the striker tried to take advantage of a defensive back-header towards goal.

Raya got down low to his right to save an Azpilicueta shot. Broja hit a cross/shot through the 6-yard zone after getting the better of Mee.

Five minutes into the second half Mbeumo headed down straight into the arms of Arrizabalaga. Havertz hit a shot straight at the Brentford keeper, who was able to pat the ball away. Good defending by Pinnock denied Sterling a shot on goal, after being fed the ball by Aubameyang. Raya had to make another firm save, this time from Pulisic, and again the ball ran clear of danger. The Brentford keeper was called into late added time action when he saved with his feet from substitute Chukwuemeka.

Liverpool 1-0 West Ham (19.30 AMAZON)

Liverpool are without the injured Diogo Jota, who will also now miss the World Cup. Luis Diaz is another on the injured list for the foreseeable future. Darwin Nunez scored his first home goal for Liverpool which was enough to secure the points, although Jarrod Bowen had a penalty saved by Alisson in front of The Kop. Jurgen Klopp was on the bench with Liverpool, so his suspension must be waiting for the weekend following his red card on Sunday. He is subject to an additional charge of misconduct by the FA.

Fabianski had to make a good high save from Nunez’s left foot shot after an excellent long ball by Thiago Alcantara. Nunez scored in the 22nd minute with a header from Tsimikas’s cross, beating Fabianski to his left. Nunez was given another opportunity a minute later after Johnson’s error, but Fabianski saved this shot. Nunez hit the post with Fabianski beaten after 39 minutes.

Bowen was awarded his penalty after VAR and monitor review when Gomez challenged from behind, but Alisson saved with a dive to his right, just inside the post.

Henderson lifted a 22-yard shot just over the bar in the second half. Henderson made a run ahead of Firmino and returned the Brazilian the ball from the right. The striker’s shot was deflected just the wrong side of Fabianski’s left post by Cresswell.

Benrahma’s shot when he received a deep cross from Rice was not strong enough to worry the Liverpool keeper. Liverpool fans were getting anxious about the one-goal lead, but the closest they came to seeing another was when Zouma turned a Henderson cross onto his own bar. Scamacca fired over after receiving Antonio’s short pass. Salah was closed down by Fabianski to deny Liverpool a second goal.

Four minutes from time, Benrahma got the better of Alexander-Arnold. Bowen passed inside to Soucek, but his shot on the wrong side of goal was somehow saved by Alisson’s body. Moyes fell to his knees in despair. West Ham fell to 13th place.

Newcastle 1-0 Everton (19.30 AMAZON)

Almiron’s 31st minute 20-yard cracker was enough to give Newcastle the points, and to put them within reach of the top four. Everton are sliding downward after three consecutive defeats.

Jacob Murphy hit a right-footed curler just over the bar after 8 minutes. Dominic Calvert-Lewin was making his first start of the season and he headed over from the first corner of the game after 26 minutes. Five minutes later, Everton were behind trough Almiron, who had carried the ball forward, before eventually receiving his opportunity from Guimaraes. Almiron’s left footed strike came from just outside the area. It was his fifth league goal of the season, thus exceeding his previous best return of just four goals in a season for Newcastle.

Newcastle were piling on the pressure, but Everton were hanging on, despite several attacks. Guimaraes had a couple of shots pass close by Pickford’s right post. Gordon tried to win a penalty in front of The Gallowgate Stand, which was denied. His action led to a melee when Newcastle players took objection to his gamesmanship.

Almiron had a shot from a similar position to his first half goal, but this one passed over the bar. Newcastle had a couple of good flowing moves, but Almiron’s shot was as close as they came to increasing their lead.

Manchester United 2-0 Spurs (20.15 AMAZON)

Manchester United v Spurs, 19.10.22

Thanks to Eugene Gasper for the picture

Over 61 Premier League games played, our points record against United is now equally as bad as that against Chelsea. We have gained just 42 points against each team at an average of only 0.69 per game.

Points per game record against ever-present Premier League sides.

              P  W   D   L   F - A  Pts (Per-game)
1. Everton   61 29  23   9  97 - 58 112   1.84  Pts per game
2. Arsenal   61 15  23  23  77 - 98  68   1.11 
3. Liverpool 60 14  17  29  69 -103  59   0.98
4. Man Utd   61 10  12  39  59 -106  42   0.69
5. Chelsea   61  7  21  33  57- 110  42   0.69

Antonio Conte has lost all four of his games away at Manchester United; all of which have been in the Premier League – across all competitions, this is the most away defeats he has suffered against an opponent in his managerial career.

Harry Kane has failed to score in 13 of his 17 appearances against Manchester United in the Premier League, more than against any other opponent in the competition.

Ronaldo has been left out of the United squad to face Chelsea on Saturday tea-time but has already expressed his intention to keep training hard and to work for the team. Significantly though, Ronaldo did not apologise and Ten Hag said this was necessary before he could return to the fold. It was revealed that Ronaldo had refused to come on as a substitute when asked late in the game.

Thursday 20th October, 2022

Fulham 3-0 Aston Villa (19.30 AMAZON)

Travelling Villa fans were deriding Steve Gerrard and calling for the manager’s head well before the end of this game, in which Fulham entertained and thoroughly deserved their win. It wasn’t as if it was Gerrard’s fault that Douglas Luiz was sent off after 62 minutes for a head butt on Mitrovic. Nor was it exactly the manager’s fault that Tyrone Mings conceded an own goal with six minutes remaining. However, with Villa slipping to fourth from bottom and with only two league wins to their name, Gerrard’s sacking was announced before their players had left the ground.

Ashley Young became the 42nd player to reach 400 Premier League appearances and the second oldest outfield player in the league after Teddy Sheringham.

Fulham were quickly out of the blocks and another veteran – Willian – forced an early save from Martinez in front of the Putney End Stand. Andreas Pereira had a shot deflected wide and after the corner, Mings cleared a Mitrovic header off his line after Martinez’s initial attempt to save. Martinez made a superb save from a Pereira free kick after 20 minutes, tipping the ball over the bar. Villa hadn’t really made any mark on the game so far. Martinez made another save, this time from Willian’s shot, after Pereira’s pass.

Earlier in the season, Harrison Reed had scored his first Fulham goal at Nottingham Forest. Now he had his first home goal with a powerful shot from the edge of the area, celebrated with gusto by the players and the Fulham bench alike. (36 mins) At the other end Leno had to save from Danny Ings as Villa tried to respond. Leno also parried a shot by McGinn from distance.

Mitrovic rolled on the ground after Douglas Luiz’s head butt, and VAR’s intervention led to a costly red card. Villa were perhaps unlucky to concede a penalty when Mitrovic’s cross/shot from near the bye-line hit Matty Cash’s out-stretched arm, but out-stretched it was, and a penalty was awarded. Martinez nearly saved with a strong touch, but Mitrovic scored his eighth league goal of the season from the 68th minute spot kick. Villa’s misery was complete in the 84th minute when Kebano got round Cash and hit a powerful low cross into the 6-yard zone where the ball was turned into his own net by the unfortunate Mings.

Douglas Luiz's red card was subsequently revoked by the FA, and he will be available to play in Villa's next game against Brentford.

Leicester 2-0 Leeds (20.15 AMAZON)

Leicester climbed off the bottom of the table with this win, easing the pressure on Brendan Rodgers for the moment, whilst Leeds’ boss Jesse Marsch is feeling the wrath of his own fans who were disappointed when he left Rodrigo on the bench, and also took off Sinisterra with 15 minutes remaining. Leeds have now gone seven games without a win.

Leicester were without Maddison, who was suspended after five bookings. Jamie Vardy started the game up front for "The Foxes." Bamford led the line and captained Leeds in Rodrigo’s absence.

Leicester took the lead through a 16th minute own goal. Praet had won the ball after putting pressure on the Leeds defence as they tried to play out. He took a pass from Dewsbury-Hall before crossing towards Barnes, where Koch slid in and put the ball into his own net.

Sinisterra hit the Leicester bar with a right foot shot, after he had broken out following a Leicester corner. His shot was a second attempt after his first had been blocked. 20-year-old Crysencio Summerville had been given a start by Marsch and after taking a good threaded ball from Aaronson, Summerville pushed a good chance wide. Summerville had a more powerful shot well saved by Ward after Kristensen had passed inside from the right. Ward was not to know that Summerville had been offside.

Harvey Barnes made it 2-0 in the 35th minute after a good team goal by Leicester. Praet challenged on the right and turned the ball inside to Vardy, who flicked it onto Dewsbury-Hall, who laid it on for Barnes to smash home a right-footed goal through Meslier’s legs.

Rodrigo and Cooper came on for the second half in place of Roca and Koch. Liam Cooper now wore the captain’s armband. Soumare was booked for a foul on Sinisterra and ultimately, after Aaronson’s free kick, Danny Ward closed down Liam Cooper’s close range effort near his left post.

Rodrigo gave the ball away inside the Leeds half after 66 minutes, but Praet lifted a shot well over the bar, after Daka’s pass. Both Rodrigo and Marsch shook their heads.

Danny Ward had a second successive clean sheet and Leicester had doubled their points tally in two games.

Fixtures & results - 18-20.10.22

Tuesday 18th October, 2022

Brighton    0-0  Nott'm F'st(19.30 AMAZON)
C. Palace   2-1  Wolves     (20.15 AMAZON)

Wednesday 19th October, 2022

Arsenal      P   Man City
B'mouth     0-1  S'hampton  (19.30 AMAZON)
Brentford   0-0  Chelsea    (19.30 AMAZON)
Liverpool   1-0  West Ham   (19.30 AMAZON)
Newcastle   1-0  Everton    (19.30 AMAZON)
Man Utd     2-0  Spurs      (20.15 AMAZON)   

Thursday 20th October, 2022 

Fulham      3-0  A. Villa   (19.30 AMAZON)
Leicester   2-0  Leeds      (20.15 AMAZON)

            Premier League Table

               P  W  D  L   F-A   GD   Pts

 1. Arsenal   10  9  0  1  24-10  14   27
 2. Man City  10  7  2  1  33-10  23   23
 3. Spurs     11  7  2  2  22-12  10   23  
 4. Chelsea   10  6  2  2  15-10   5   20
 5. Man Utd   10  6  1  3  15-15   0   19 
 6. Newcastle 11  4  6  1  18-9    9   18 
 7. Liverpool 10  4  4  2  22-12  10   16
 8. Brighton  10  4  3  3  14-11   3   15
 9. Fulham    11  4  3  4  19-20  -1   15 
10. Brentford 11  3  5  3  18-17   1   14
11. C. Palace 10  3  4  3  12-13  -1   13
12. B'mouth   11  3  4  4  10-23 -13   13 
13. West Ham  11  3  2  6   9-12  -3   11 
14. S'hampton 11  3  2  6  10-18  -8   11
15. Everton   11  2  4  5   8-12  -4   10
16. Leeds     10  2  3  5  11-15  -4    9
17. A. Villa  11  2  3  6   7-16  -9    9
18. Wolves    11  2  3  6   5-14  -9    9
19. Leicester 11  2  2  7  17-24  -7    8
20. Nottm F   11  1  3  7   7-23 -16    6

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