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Spurs Odyssey Reviews the Premier League Season
for 2022-23 - Matchday Seven

Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday 8th September, 2022, all Matchday Seven fixtures were postponed. The late Queen’s State Funeral took place on Monday 19th September, 2022 and three of this week’s fixtures were also postponed because of the potential drain on police resources.

Before all matches that were played there was a minute’s silence and a rendition of the National Anthem. Then after 70 minutes there was a one-minute applause recognising every year of the late Queen’s reign.

Premier League Review – Matchday Seven (originally eight)

Friday 16th September, 2022

Aston Villa 1-0 Southampton (20:00 Sky Sports)

Sky customers would have been better served with the Forest-Fulham game, but one goal was enough to secure Villa’s second win of the season. Coutinho had fired a 20-yard shot just over the bar before Jacob Ramsey scored the Villa goal in the 41st minute. Coutinho had reached a cross that evaded the Southampton defence to force a save by Bazunu and a corner. Coutinho and Digne combined over a short corner before Watkins’ header hit the bar after another Bazunu save, but Ramsey scored on the follow-up.

Villa had a good spell in the latter stages of the first half and Bazunu had to push over an in-swinging corner by Douglas Luiz. Southampton had some pressure in added time at the end of the game, but they managed just one shot on target in the match.

Nottingham Forest 2-3 Fulham (20:00)

Forest were playing on a Friday night due to a cricket final at Trent Bridge on the Saturday. After a fifth defeat Steve Cooper must already be feeling the pressure after the club’s owner has invested so much money in the squad. Fulham spent a lot of money a couple of years ago, but failed to hold onto their Premier League status, but they’ve made a solid start to this season.

Fulham won this fixture 4-0 last season when both clubs were in the Championship but lost narrowly at home towards the end of the season. Awoniyi opened the scoring for Forest after an eleventh minute Gibbs-White corner was headed towards the back post by Yates where the striker finished. Mitrovic was looking to score in his fifth consecutive game but pushed a 20-yard shot yards wide. Steve Cook was booked when he halted Willian’s run just outside the Forest area after Mitrovic had sent Willian forward with a good pass. Pereira’s free kick was blocked, and Henderson saved Mitrovic’s header from the resulting corner.

Tosin Adarabioyo had brought the ball forward for Fulham in the second half and scored from a corner won after good play by Willian and Mitrovic. Willian took the corner and Tosin headed down powerfully into the net in the 54th minute.

Palhinha gave Fulham the lead three minutes later with a rocket shot from 22 yards after Tete had passed from the right of the box. It was 3-1 to the visitors after another three minutes when Decordova-Reid crossed from the left and Harrison Reed rifled home a low shot. It was Reed’s first Fulham goal in his fourth season at the club.

Awoniyi headed wide from a Forest corner when the goal beckoned. Henderson dived to push away a Pereira free kick at the other end. Forest got a goal back in the 77th minute when Lingard’s cross was not properly cleared and O’Brien followed-up to score with a low shot inside the area.

Saturday 17th September, 2022

Wolves 0-3 Manchester City (12:30 BT Sport)

Erling Haaland has played in 10 competitive games for Manchester City to date including the Community Shield. That game, and City’s 4-0 win over Bournemouth are the only games in which Haaland has not scored. His 16th minute goal in this game took his Premier League tally to 11 in 7 games, to add to his three Champions League goals.

There was no place yet for Diego Costa, whose signing for Wolves has been ratified, after he had not played a competitive game since last December. Costa was in the stadium, but maybe he was looking for a no deposit bonus not on gamstop. Jack Grealish started for City and opened the scoring in the first minute after a back-heel pass by Foden to De Bruyne whose cross was met by Grealish in the middle. It was his first goal of the season in only his third Premier League appearance.

Wolves’ recent signing Guedes played in attack and forced a save from Ederson before Haaland’s goal. This one was scored from outside the area after he took Grealish’s pass and placed a shot inside Sa’s right post. Things got worse for Wolves when Nathan Collins was shown a straight red by referee Anthony Taylor for a high challenge on Grealish out on Wolves’ right flank after only 33 minutes.

Wolves only conceded one more goal with ten men. Sa saved from Haaland in the second half, but he and De Bruyne combined before Foden turned in De Bruyne’s cross in the 69th minute.

Newcastle 1-1 Bournemouth (15:00)

Newcastle have won 1, lost 1, but drawn their other five games so far. Today they were held by Bournemouth, who have the worst goal difference in the league as a result of that 9-0 at Anfield. Newcastle were missing Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson.

Tavernier missed a good early headed chance for Bournemouth in front of the away fans after Zemura’s cross. Trippier hit Neto’s right post with a first half free kick after Guimaraes was fouled. Joelinton also hit the post with a shot across goal after a Trippier corner at the Gallowgate End. Neto then had to make quick saves from Joelinton and Ryan Fraser.

Fraser put an early second half chance wide after Guimaraes ball, but Bournemouth took a surprising 62nd minute lead against their former manager when Billing scored with a left-footed shot past Pope from another Zemura pass. Newcastle had a penalty after a cross by Trippier had been turned out of lay by the hand of Lerma, and Isak fired home from the spot in the 67th minute. It was Isak’s first home goal in hi third league appearance.

Spurs 6-2 Leicester (17:30 Sky Sports)

Leicester - 17.09.22

Spurs win was the same score as the final day of the 1964-65 season 24 April 1965. That day Cliff Jones had a hat-trick, Jimmy Greaves two including a penalty and Gilzean was the other scorer. By scoring his hat-trick, man of the match Heung-min Son overtook Gilzean to become equally our eighth highest goalscorer. Son has reached his milestone in 334 appearances, compared to Gilzean’s 439. He is eighth equal with Len Duquemin who scored his goals in 307 appearances for Spurs.

Harry Kane has now scored 18 goals in 15 league games against Leicester.

Brighton v Crystal Palace (Postponed)

Sunday 18th September, 2022

Brentford 0-3 Arsenal (12:00 Sky Sports)

Arsenal regained their top place with this comfortable win. Mikel Arteta had the luxury of being able to introduce as substitute Ethan Nwaneri in added time, who at the age of just 15 years and 181 days became the Premier League’s youngest ever player. Arsenal had lost at Brentford on the opening day of last season, and in their last league match lost their unbeaten record, so they had plenty of incentive to give a performance here. In the absence of Odegaard, Granit Xhaka once again wore the captain’s armband. Fabio Vieira replaced Odegaard and there were returns for Tierney and Partey.

Brentford striker Ivan Toney had been hoping to celebrate his England call-up with a goal or two but got little service.

Saliba opened the scoring in the 17th minute, with a header from Saka’s corner which h was glanced across Raya’s goal. Jesus made it 2-0 11 minutes later with a powerfully placed header from Xhaka’s short ball into the box. Arsenal were in total control and four minutes into the second half, Vieira received a pass from Saka 25 yards out and hit a fine left-footed shot which rebounded off the inside of Raya’s left post into the net. Vieira had his first club goal and the game had been won. Arsenal fans were able to sing "Vieira" again, although this one is Portuguese.

Toney hit a free kick just over Ramsdale’s bar from 22 yards, and Raya saved from Jesus. The Brentford keeper also dived to his right to save from Saka. Raya made another low one-handed save from Jesus with four minutes remaining, but the only headline piece of action remaining was the introduction of Nwaneri. Arsenal’s fans sang "He’s going to school in the morning," but of course it was the State Funeral. As he is so young he can't even look for casinos not blocked by gamestop

Everton 1-0 West Ham (14:15 Sky Sports)

Everton celebrated their first league win of the season like a trophy win, with Frank Lampard gesticulating towards the Gwladys Street Stand at the end of the game in the same way as his Liverpool counterpart often greets The Kop.

For all the money spent, including the £30.5 million for striker Gianluca Scamacca, West Ham also have only one win and are stuck in the bottom three for the international break. Scamacca came off the bench, but it seems he needed a team-mate to interpret the instructions being shown to him before he replaced Antonio after 70 minutes. By then Neal Maupay had already scored his first Everton goal in only his second club appearance.

Jordan Pickford is out for club and country with a thigh injury, so his place was taken by Begovic for this game. Neither he, nor Fabianski had been stretched in the first half. Bowen hit a good chance over the bar early in the second half, before Fabianski cleanly held a shot by Gray at the other end. Maupay’s goal followed approach play by Gray then Iwobi before the former Brighton man scored with a right foot shot hit when he was tight for space, hitting the net just inside Fabianski’s right post. (53 minutes)

Bowen had another shot on target but blocked by Tarkowski before Soucek headed a Cresswell corner wide just in front of the far post across the goalmouth. Declan Rice had failed to get on the end of that ball. Benrahma hit then inside of the post with a left foot shot with Begovic nowhere near the ball. Iwobi hit a 20-yard shot just over the bar after a good run by Gray which was halted inside the area.

Everton could celebrate their win after Cornet failed to take advantage of Bowen’s short ball and Bowen had a shot tipped over the bar.

Chelsea v Liverpool (Postponed)

Manchester Utd v Leeds (Postponed)

Fixtures & results - 16-18.09.22

Friday 16th September,2022

A. Villa    1-0 S'hampton (20:00 Sky Sports)
Nott'm F'st 2-3 Fulham    (20:00)

Saturday 17th September, 2022

Wolves      0-3 Man City  (12:30 BT Sport)
Newcastle   1-1 B'mouth   (15:00)
Spurs       6-2 Leicester (17:30 Sky Sports)
Brighton     v  C. Palace (Postponed)

Sunday 18th September,2022

Brentford   0-3 Arsenal   (12:00 Sky Sports)
Everton     1-0 West Ham  (14:15 Sky Sports)
Chelsea      v  Liverpool (Postponed)
Man Utd      v  Leeds     (Postponed) 

            Premier League Table

               P  W  D  L   F-A   GD   Pts

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

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