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Premier League: Jamie Vardy Steals The Show On Sunday Night

As Ranveer Singh’s ads keep reiterating, Sunday night football is something no football fan would want to miss. League leaders Everton travelled to St. Mary’s stadium while the Molineux hosted Steve Bruce’s Newcastle. The weekend was capped off with Arsenal taking on Leicester City & the Vardy Party.

The Saints were coming off the back of a spectacular comeback against Chelsea to draw the game 3-3. Everton had held the defending champions, Liverpool, to a draw in the Merseyside derby. With both clubs flying high this game bore significant importance. A win for Everton would guarantee top spot in the league while a win for Southampton would propel them into 6th place.

Southampton struck first as James Ward Prowse latched onto a Danny Ings pass to power it across Pickford into the side netting. Not very long after Danny Ings found space once more on the Left Wing and picked out the perfect cross to find Che Adams in acres of space. It took a lucky deflection but the Saints found themselves with a two-goal lead going into half time.

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The second half was a display of Southampton’s resilience as Everton struggled to find a path through their defense. They were dealt a major blow in their pursuit when Lucas Digne was sent off for a rather unfortunate but dangerous challenge on the ankles of Kyle Walker-Pieters. This was the last thing Carlo Ancelotti needed with his star man Richarlison also serving a suspension for a red card in the previous game. As if matters couldn’t get any worse James Rodriguez was spotted limping and clutching his hamstring in the closing stages of the game. In the end, Southampton claimed a comfortable victory jeopardizing their position at the top of the Premier League table.

At the Molineux, Wolves faced a highly attacking Newcastle side. Steve Bruce admitted that injuries had forced him to sacrifice balance for a large number of attacking players. The first half was dominated by Wolves with Jimenez and Podence coming close on several occasions. The second half was the same until Jimenez finally broke the deadlock with a smashing volley from the edge of the box. Wolves seemed to have nicked it but a fantastic freekick by Jacob Murphy into the right bottom corner saved a late point for The Magpies.

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The late-night fixture saw Arsenal take on Leicester City at the Emirates. Arsenal fans and players would have been delighted to see Jaimie Vardy on the bench. Brendan Rodgers claimed that he was only fit to play about 30 minutes. This is a stadium where The Foxes have struggled historically and it looked like their woes were set to continue as Lacazette’s early header crept in at the far post. However, the linesman raised his flag and the goal was disallowed for offside. Upon further review, it looked like the linesman had made the wrong call and the goal should have stood. VAR however failed to overturn the decision sparking controversy and drawing the wrath of Ian Wright and Alan Shearer during the half-time analysis.

In the second half, Arsenal looked like they had run out of ideas as Leicester dominated the ball rather unenterprisingly. But as the clock struck 60 Brendan Rodgers unleashed his lethal weapon. The nightmare of Arsenal fans and players, Jamie Vardy, replaced Praet. Vardy instantly changed the dynamic of the game by constantly running in behind and becoming a nuisance to the Arsenal defenders. Finally, new Turkish signing Cengiz Under was introduced in place of Harvey Barnes. These changes paid off at around 80 minutes. Tielemans played a brilliant ball over the top for Cengiz Under who laid it across on a plate for Vardy to head in from 7 yards out.

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A Jamie Vardy Party!! Vardy had done it again. He now has 11 goals in 12 games against the Gunners. He is second only to Wayne Rooney for most goals against the North Londoners in the league. Arsenal on the other hand had dropped points for the second week in a row. Arteta has some thinking to do. He must find a way to inspire Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to rediscover some kind of form.

There are still two games yet to come before we wrap up this game week. Brighton face West Brom and Spurs travel to Burnley on Monday night. This has been the lowest-scoring game week of the season so far. The clout of European fixtures probably has a role to play too. Rotation is now a must and squads are tiring. With the fixtures coming thick and fast this is a test of squad depth. The coming weeks could be defining in the title race and European ambitions of Premier League clubs.

 

Also Read: Premier League Saturday Review – Gameweek 6

 

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