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Premier League Monday Night Review – Game Week 5

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The final matchday of game week 5 kicked off at The Hawthorns with West Brom taking on Burnley. Both teams have had a very poor start to the season. Sean Dyche’s Burnley team had high expectations from this season. After finishing in the top half the previous year, Burnley had become a side not to be taken lightly. But the financial impact of the pandemic coupled with crucial injuries has left this squad threadbare and exposed.

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Burnley had lost all three of their opening Premier League matches coming into this one. However, a game against newly-promoted West Brom was bound to have the Clarets licking their lips. West Brom too had a very poor start to the season, having lost 3 games and drawn one. This game was always going to be a sordid affair but it was even drabber than expected.

The first half remained goal-less with only a couple of chances at either end and a goal ruled out for offside. The second half was only slightly better as Burnley began to ask questions. Sam Johnstone was called upon to make a couple of smart saves but ultimately both sides failed to find a breakthrough. The game ended at 0-0. The incredible stat however is that this is the first time in 48 games played this season that a match has ended in a goalless draw.

The second and final game of the day and the game week held a lot of promise. Leeds welcomed Wolves to Elland Road. Both teams are hailed for playing good quality attacking football and the match did not disappoint. Leeds started as the dominant team and Rui Patricio and his defense were made to work hard for the first half-hour of the game. Wolves however showed glimpses of the threat they could pose on the counter-attack with Leeds committing so many men forward. Podence almost capitalized with a late first-half attempt that was expertly parried away by Meslier. Although the score remained 0-0 at half time this was nothing like the deadbeat performance at Ellen Road earlier. Instead, it was a very open and attacking game with chances at either end.

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In the second half Wolves were much better. They took control of the game and raised their intensity. It’s a miracle it took so long but Raul Jimenez finally found the breakthrough for Wolves in the 70th minute courtesy of a lucky deflection. After this Leeds threw everything they had at Wolves. They came close plenty of times but Wolves held on.

The score may have been 1-0 but this was by no means a cagey affair. Wolves had won a difficult and hard-fought game against a talented attacking side. Nuno was delighted that the job had been done. Wolves climbed up to 6th place in the table. This draws to a close another exciting Premier League weekend. Now it’s time for the clubs to shift their focus to the European stage. The Champions League returns tonight and some mouth-watering fixtures are lined up over the next two days.

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