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Premier League | Gameweek 4 Matchday 1 Review

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At this point, Premier League fans live their life from weekend to weekend. The week is spent in wait of the weekend fixtures. Premier League Gameweek 4 finally arrived yesterday and once again it did not disappoint. The weekend began at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea welcomed Crystal Palace. Summer signing Ben Chilwell made his first Premier League start for the team and Callum Hudson Odoi returned to the starting line up in place of Mason Mount.

#1 Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

Premier League Gameweek 4 Chelsea Ben Chilwell
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The first half ended 0-0 and Crystal Palace probably believed they had a shot at all three points. But Chelsea quickly put all those notions to bed. Five minutes into the second half, Ben Chilwell opened his Chelsea account  and put Chelsea in the lead. Shortly after he was involved once again as he floated in a beautiful cross for Zouma to head home.

Chelsea were cruising and in the 78th minute Tammy Abraham was fouled and a penalty was given. Abraham wanted to take it himself but skipper Cesar Azpilicueta took the ball off his hands and handed it to specialist Jorginho. Abraham did not seem very pleased by this decision but Jorginho did not let his captain down. The game was wrapped up in the 82nd minute with Jorginho scoring another penalty. Chilwell had his dream debut with a goal an assist and a clean sheet and Cheslea had their first convincing league win of the season.

#2 Everton vs Brighton

Everton vs Brighton Premier League Gameweek 4
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The second match took us to Goodison Park where Carlo Ancelotti’s formidable Everton team took on Graham Potter’s Brighton. In form striker Dominic Calvert Lewin scored his 6th goal in 4 games to put Everton ahead. Jordan Pickford came up short for Everton once more and spilled a simple collection into the path of Neal Maupay who equalized for Brighton.

Everton showed character and came after them again. Just before half time star signing James Rodriguez dinked a perfect freekick into the box and Yerry Mina made no mistake. The second half was more straightforward. James scored two goals following incisive football by Everton and a stoppage time consolation by Bissouma for Brighton did not change much. The win took Everton to the to the top of the table.

#3 Manchester City vs Leeds

Leeds vs Manchester City
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The most awaited match of the evening kicked off at Elland Road where Manchester City looked to bounce back from the humiliation at the Etihad to Leicester City last week. City started the game in a dominant fashion once more and Sterling put the visitors ahead with a well taken goal. As half time approached Leeds began to gain a foothold in the game and started to test City’s defence.

The second half was one of the most exciting end to end halves of football we have ever seen. Leeds mounted attack after attack in search of an equalizer. This created space in behind for City to counter attack. Both teams hung on by a thread and a goal seemed almost inevitable.

Leeds new signing Rodrigo was introduced off the bench and made an instant impact. After creating problems and opportunities for Leeds he almost seemed due a goal. Kalvin Philips put a corner into the box and Ederson’s punch was weak. It bounced off Mendy and fell to Rodrigo who finished in typical poachers fashion. After this, the game became even more open. It was almost as if it was an NBA game with constant attacks at each end. The intensity of the game was very high and  a winning goal always seemed just one kick away.

Leed’s electric attacking football forced Pep to make two defensive substitutions. This is almost unheard of by Pep in a match where his team is drawing with 20 minutes to go. Leeds can take a lot of credit from the fact that they managed to scare Pep’s City giants.

By some miracle the game ended 1-1 as both defences managed to hang on. Pep and Bielsa shared a few kind words at the touchline and Pep had nothing but praise for his counterpart. And so this thrilling encounter came to an end.

#4 Newcastle vs Burnley

The final game of  Matchday 1 of Gameweek 4 was one of the less enterprising fixtures of Premier League. It showcased Allan Saint Maximan who got a goal and an assist. New signing Callum Wilson also shone with two goals and an assist. Newcastle beat a struggling Burnley team 3-1 adding to Sean Dyche’s woes heading into the International break.

The upcoming international break comes at a great time for some teams who could really use a break to reorganize themselves and settle into the new season.

 

 

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