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Premier League Friday Review – Matchweek 8

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The Premier League Matchweek 8 kicked off on Friday night where Burnley took on a developing Brighton side while Newcastle visited Southampton who looked set to go to the top of the table.

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Burnley have never been a free-scoring team. But their dismal form in front of goal is a worrying sight for manager Sean Dyche. An away night at Brighton was the perfect opportunity to kickstart their season. Brighton have had an encouraging start to the season and Graham Potter might claim his team deserves more points than they have. But the situation is what it is and this was a must-win game for both teams.

However, Burnley failed to impose themselves and Brighton were the better side with 19 shots in the game. In the end, it was all for nothing though. Neither team managed to find a breakthrough and the game ended in a dull 0-0. Burnley now sits 19th in the table with just 2 points from 7 games. Brighton too are stuck in 16th place with 6 points in 8 games.

The second match of the night however was in complete contrast to this sordid affair at the Amex stadium. In-form, Southampton welcomed Newcastle United to the St.Mary’s. The loss of Danny Ings to a knee injury set the stage for Che Adams to step up and take charge of the Southampton attack. The Englishman did not disappoint.

Ralph Hashenhuttl embraces a high intensity and attacking brand of football that Southampton have adapted to very well.  As early as the 7th minute the pressure paid off as Kyle Walker-Peters and Theo Walcott stole the ball deep in the Newcastle half and the latter played it across to a waiting Che Adams in the box. Adams hit it expertly with power on the volley and Karl Darlow was not quick enough to react. Southampton continued to threaten and could have had 2 or 3 more in the first half itself. But Newcastle hung on and the score remained 1-0 at Half time.

The second half was not very different from Southampton, with them dominating possession and creating the most chances. Darlow made save after save to keep Newcastle in the game. With time running out Newcastle began to commit men forward. That is when Southampton struck again. Armstrong won the ball off the defender at the top of the box. He shifted his weight expertly and completely wrong-footed the defender. To cap off the brilliant move he powered a hard and low shot into the bottom corner to ease the tension on the Southampton backline.  Newcastle came close once as McCarthy expertly turned away a brilliant header.

In the end, it was a comfortable win for Southampton. They climbed to the top of the table for the first time in their Premier League history. Ralph will be very proud of his boys and would be encouraged by how the team faired in the absence of their star man Ings.

With the weekend just starting there are some huge games lined  up. The clash between Manchester City and Liverpool could be a season-defining one. With plenty of action still to come, Friday night was a good start to the Premier League weekend.

 

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