Chelsea Move Into Top Four

Chelsea defeated Newcastle 1-0 to enter the top four on the Premier League table. Newcastle had defeated Manchester United in their last PL match; but Chelsea did not succumb to the same fate.

It was a frustrating match for the Blues, who had a sea of chances. They had 16 shots at goal, eight of which were on target. However, it was only in the 73rd minute that Marcos Alonso managed to strike the ball into the box.

Chelsea have been consistent in winning their games – having won their last five in all competitions – and it is paying off. They now have 17 points, only two less than second-place Manchester City.

There is no doubt that Lampard’s decision to start playing his experienced players, like Alonso, alongside his rising young stars is paying off.

There is a Crisis in Manchester

Manchester City are now eight points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool after losing 2-0 to Wolves. Manchester United are even suffering a worse fate having fallen to 12th on the table after enduring their third defeat of the season.

Adama Traoré netted a goal in the 80th minute and in extra time to give Wolves a win over City. This comes just two weeks after City defeated Watford 8-0 to claim that they were on the right track.

At the moment, it is a one horse race for the Premier League title, with Liverpool still remaining undefeated this season. The Reds won their eighth consecutive Premier League match this weekend after defeating Leicester 2-1.

Jurgen Klopp’s team were actually set to suffer their first draw of the season until James Milner successfully converted a penalty in extra time! No team has yet been able to challenge them; they look even stronger in light of the adversity other top teams are facing.

United lost 1-0 to Newcastle after Matthew Longstaff netted a goal from ouside the box in the 72nd minute. United could make no reply and took no points away from the game.

Manchester United have only bagged a total of 9 goals this season. That is only one goal more than Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham’s total goal tally. Solskjaer seems to be finding the Premier League a greater challenge than Frank Lampard.

Lampard’s Blues have been showing great progress. They defeated Southampton 4-1 away at St Mary’s! An iincredible result. Abraham, Mount, Kante and Batshuayi were all on the scorsheet.

It might be early days but some teams already seem to be sealing their fate. The top teams must become more consistent before Klopp’s team become unstoppable.

Intense North London Derby Ends in Draw

Arsenal and Tottenham went head to head in an end-to-end match at the Emirates. The game ended a draw despite both teams fighting to claim all three points.

Eriksen gave Spurs the lead after a goalkeeping error in the 10th minute. Kane then doubled the lead after converting a penalty in the 40th.

It was a great start for the visitors. However, Lacazette netted a goal just before the half time whistle blew, getting the Gunners back in the game.

In the second half, Arsenal took over the match. They were intimidating and put lots of pressure on their rivals. It was not long before Aubameyang netted the equaliser that the Reds had been desperately seeking.

Arsenal could have easily won the game, but it was not to be. Tottenham too had a few chances. Late in the game Kane did take a fall with the hope of claiming another penalty, but it was not awarded.

Of course the derby was not without a few scuffles. Xhaka committed about seven fouls during the match, but was luckily only shown one yellow card.

Having each taken one point away from the game, Arsenal are now fifth on the PL table while Tottenham are ninth. Spurs have the same points as Chelsea and Manchester United, who also failed to win their weekend matches.

It is a tough call to make but if today’s match is anything to go by, Arsenal will likely finish above Tottenham this season.

Chelsea Claim First Win as Other Top Teams Drop Points

Chelsea have won their first Premier League match under Frank Lampard after defeating Nowrich 3-1. They have now joined Manchester United and Tottenham on four points after both teams dropped points.

The young Tammy Abraham scored two great goals for the Blues against Nowich, securing their first win of the season. Mount was also on the scoresheet and is now a regular goal-scorer. Lampard’s faith in his youngsters has paid off!

Their win came at just the right time, after all, United was defeated at home by Crystal Palace. Despite all the chances the Reds had, it was J Ayew that gave Palace the lead in the first half.

United were awarded a penalty in this match – a decision that now seems commonplace – but again it was missed, this time by Rashford! James did manage to equalise for them in the 89th minute of the match but luck was not on their side: they conceded another goal in extra time!

Arsenal also lost painfully against Liverpool. They were defeated 3-1 at Anfield; playing from the back meant that Arsenal were unable to withstand the pressing nature Liverpool’s game. Matip and Salah (2) both scored goals for their team.

Tottenham also lost their match, due to a single goal from Newcastle most expensive signing, Joelinton. This was Steve Bruce’s first win as Newcastle manager.

Manchester City now seen to be the main team chasing Liverpool down. They defeated Bournemoth 3-1 with two goals from Aguero and one from Sterling. These champions are just as strong as they were last season.

It will not be an easy ride for any of the teams this year, with the completion being so fierce. Liverpool are leading the race at the moment, but this might not be for much longer.

Liverpool and Arsenal Lead The Way

Arsenal have had a great start to the season and are up at the top with Liverpool. Liverpool were strong title contenders last season and this time Arsenal could be joining them in the race.

Liverpool defeated Southampton 2-1 to top the table. Mané gave the Reds the lead at the end of the first half, which was then doubled by Firmino in the 71st minute. Ings managed to net a goal for Soutbampton later in the game but it was futile.

Arsenal also won their match against Burnley 2-1. Lacazette and Aubameyang – the infamous duo – both scored during the match. The Gunners dominated the match; Barnes’s goal only served as a mere consolation for Burnley.

Arsenal and Liverpool are the only teams currently on six points. They are leading the way this season and both have the potential to lift the trophy in the end. Although, we must not forget that Manchester City is not far behind.

Both Manchester City and United are Held to a Draw

It was a disappointing weekend for Manchester City fans and a poor start to the week for Manchester United fans. City failed to overcome Tottenham and United were held to ransom by Wolves.

Manchester City took the lead against Tottenham – as many had expected – after Sterling netted a goal in the 20th minute. However, three minutes later, Lamela equalised for Spurs.

Aguero then managed to restore City’s lead in the 35th. However, Lucas Moura equalised for Tottenham once more in the second half.

The champions were not ready to settle for a draw. Jesus netted a late goal which he thought had finally claimed victory for his team. That was until it was ruled out by VAR. A painful situation that was reminiscent of City’s Champions League woes of last season.

Man United had also started their match with fire and energy. It was not too long before Martial gave them the lead. However, Wolves heightened their intensity during the second half and turned the tables.

Neves netted a stunning equaliser in the 55th minute. Pogba was later awarded a penalty but it was saved by Rui Patricio! That was the moment he could have won the match for his team, but he did not.

The Premier League is tough and not all teams will be able to get their way, no matter what they do. This is a season with new rules and new challenges. We shall see who overcomes them best.

Lampard’s Chelsea Claim First Point

Chelsea had a disappointing first match under Lampard. However, they played their first home game of the season against Leicester and showed some signs of improvement.

The young Mason Mount gave Chelsea the lead in the seventh minute of the match. The team were playing well but somehow could not hold onto their lead.

Ndidi equalised for Leicester City in the 67th minute. His header prevented the Blues from claiming what would have been three crucial points.

Chelsea have moved up to 15th on the Premier League table, which is still far from the other PL giants. At least now they have gained a point and can look to gain many more.

Manchester City and Other Top Teams Start Strong

The Premier League Champions are only getting stronger and stronger. Manchester City defeated West Ham 5-0 in their first match of the season.

Gabriel Jesus netted the first goal in the 25th minute. This was then followed by a hat trick from Sterling and a goal from Aguero.

The Champions even had a goal ruled out by VAR and yet still won by a huge margin. They do not currently seem to have any areas of weakness for an opposition team to exploit.

Tottenham managed to recover from being 1-0 down against Aston Villa in the 9th minute to winning 3-1. All their goals came in the last 20 minutes of the match, with Kane netting two of them.

Arsenal on the other hand managed to keep a clean sheet against Newcastle. They secured their first win of the season with a single goal from Aubameyang.

These teams have the potential to contend for the title this season. However, they will have a fight on their hands because Manchester City will be defending it well.

Solskjaer’s Manchester United Destroy Lampard’s Chelsea

Manchester United defeated Chelsea 4-0 in their first match of the season! It was a shocking result, especially for Lampard who is managing in the Premier League for the first time.

Chelsea had a great start to the game with Abraham hitting the post in the 4th minute. However, it was Rashford who claimed the first goal for United after Chelsea conceded a penalty due to a rash and clumsy challenge by Zouma.

The Reds then came into the game. In the second half United tightened up their defense and were strong on the counterattack. Martial netted the second goal in the 65th minute and 17 seconds after restarting match play Rashford netted another.

It was only late in the game that Lampard chose to substitute in key players such as Pulisic, Giroud and Kanté. Why he did not start with them in the first place is a question that remains unanswered.

United finished off their victory with a debut goal from James in the 81st minute. Maguire, the £80m defender, also performed well.

It is early days so this match will not necessarily be reflective of how well either team will perform this season. However, Lampard has been clearly shown just how challenging it will be.

The Premier League is Back

The Premier League has finally returned for another season of competitive football. It kicked off with a match between Liverpool- last season’s title contenders- and newly-promoted Nowrich.

It was a bitter start for Nowrich with Hanley netting an own goal in the 7th minute. The pressure of playing at Anfield for their first Premier League match was clearly weighing on the team.

The Reds quickly took over the match. Salah, van Dijk and Origi all scored goals before the end of the first half. They were title contenders last season and it is evident that they will be great contenders again this season.

Despite the shock, Pukki managed to net a consolation goal for the visitors in the 64th minute. Liverpool had won the match with ease but they were not as defensively strong as one would hope; Nowrich cut through their defensive line on several occasions.

This football season will be one like never before with the introduction of VAR to the Premier League. With any luck, we will see even better gameplay than we did last season!

A World of Possibility

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