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Premier League Saturday Review – Gameweek 5

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The return of club football was a welcome sight after two weeks of international matches. With a host of shocking results a couple of weeks ago, most of the players couldn’t wait to adorn the club jersey’s and go back out there and rectify their losses. What better game to start with than the Merseyside derby.

Villa thrashed Liverpool 7-2 in the previous match. This was Liverpool’s joint heaviest defeat in the Premier League era and was very uncharacteristic of the defending champions. They had the perfect opportunity to bounce back against their derby rivals Everton. Liverpool boasts a very superior record in the tie. Everton has failed to beat Liverpool in the Premier League since 2010. However, Everton was coming off a historic start to the season having won their first four games on the bounce and sitting on top of the league table.

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The game started off pretty routine with Liverpool dominating and taking the early lead through the returning Sadio Mane. However, soon after this Liverpool were dealt a season-defining blow. Virgil Van Dijk attacked a looping ball at the back post and Pickford made a rash and dangerous challenge. Van Dijk has suffered Ligament damage and will miss 7 to 8 months through injury. Van Dijk has been the center of all of Liverpool’s success for the last two years. Liverpool lacks a centre-back of even remotely similar quality to take his place. This could be a substantial blow to Liverpool’s title defence attempt this season.

Soon after this Everton gained a foothold in the game as their star signing James Rodriguez found Michael Keane with a sublime corner kick.  Adrian could not keep the header out and Everton was level. For all of Everton’s possession and pressure, it was Liverpool who struck again through the in-form Mohammed Salah. But there is something different about this Everton team. They do not give up.

A neat bit of play on the left-wing allowed Lucas Digne to find space and put a cross into the box. And who else to meet it but the Toffees’ man in form – Dominic Calvert-Lewin. He once again showcased his phenomenal leap and powered a header past Adrian to square up the game once more. The game got scrappy and rough after this. Richarlison was sent off for a reckless challenge on Thiago. Everton managed to hold on and remained top of the table. Liverpool meanwhile had dropped points once more.

The second game of the evening kicked off at Stamford Bridge. The return of Christian Pulisic from injury was a boost for the Chelsea attack. Timo Werner opened his Premier League account with 2 first-half goals against Southampton. Chelsea looked set for a comfortable victory but their miserable defensive woes reared their ugly head again. Danny Ings pulled one back before the break to give Southampton a lifeline. Southampton started the second half with purpose. Zouma and Kepa both made a complete mess of a routine defensive clearance and Adams drew the saints level.

The equilibrium was short-lived however as Chelsea re-established their lead with Kai Havertz scoring his first Premier League goal. Football has repeatedly proven that a one-goal lead is fickle. Southampton punished Chelsea in the final minutes of the game as Vestergaard directed Walcott’s misconnected volley into the bottom corner. Chelsea dropped points once again and Lampard has some thinking to do.

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Manchester City vs Arsenal kicked off at the Etihad. The return of Sergio Aguero from injury was a welcome sight for City fans. Traditionally this fixture has been a high scoring affair. But a simple one-goal lead did the job for City this time as Sterling claimed the goal and the three points for Pep Guardiola’s side.

The final game of the day took place at St.James’ Park. Manchester United was looking to bounce back from the humiliation against Spurs last time out. The game started off horribly for them as Luke Shaw made a mess of a block and deflected it into his own net. After coming under a lot of criticism in recent games for club and country, captain Harry Maguire answered his critics with a fantastic header to equalize for the Red Devils. Rashford went down in the box to win United a penalty. Bruno Fernandez, however, missed for the first time since 2016 as Karl Darlow made a fantastic save down to his right-hand side.

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The difference between the good players and great players is usually mentality. Bruno Fernandez has an elite mentality. He did not let his head go down because of the missed penalty. Instead, he pushed on and put the finishing touches to a fantastic team move with a clinical top corner finish. After this United took control. Aaron Wan Bissaka scored the first Premier League goal of his career on his 50th appearance for the club with a rather uncharacteristic lethal near-post finish. Rashford had a brilliant game and it was only fair that he scored a well-deserved goal in stoppage time to wrap up the game.

The goals keep coming in and this trend does not seem to be changing. The Premier League has been a very high scoring affair this season and the entertainment value has skyrocketed.

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