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Hope

Liverpool finished fourth place on the Premier League table last season. This meant that they were entered into the qualifying play-offs for the Champions League this season. In order to reach the group stages they must get past Hoffenheim.

Liverpool defeated Hoffenheim 2-1 to increase their chance of competing in Europe. As the Reds played away from home, they have now bagged two away goals which could help them in the second leg.

The win was especially spectacular as they won with less possession. Plus, one of the goals Liverpool claimed was actually an own goal netted by a Hoffenheim player.

Liverpool will play Hoffenheim again, but at Anfield, on the 23rd of August. Let’s hope that their luck is just as good as it was the first time around.

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It’s Unpredictable 

At the start of every season, there are always a few unexpected, shocking or worrying results. Whilst some teams triumpthed in their first match, it was shocking to see that the current Premier League Champions suffered the worst fate of all.

Chelsea’s first match of the season was against Burnley and, devastatingly, they were down by 3-0 at half time after Cahill was sent off in the 14th minute. This was not what anyone expected to see from the Premier League giants.

Luckily, Morata- the new Chelsea signing- netted a goal for the Blues in the second half, inspiring hope in the team. However, Fàbregas, another Chelsea player, was sent off in the 81st minute. The Champions were down to nine men!

Despite this, David Luiz scored another goal for the Blues but a loss was still scribbled into their fate. Although Conte’s team suffered failure, their ability to score goals when at a disadvantage should open fans up to the great prospects of this season!

It was also a dismal start for Liverpool who drew 3-3 with Watford. At least they managed to secure one point from the game, which is more than can be said for others.

The strongest results actually came from the two Manchester clubs, with Manchester City defeating the newly promoted Brighton 2-0 and Manchester United crushing West Ham 4-0. Whether this is reflective of what’s to come, no one can yet tell.

An unpredictable start to the season can only suggest an unpredictable season with, perhaps, an unpredictable champion. We will all be watching and enjoying the ride!

Manchester United are Europa League Champions

Manchester United’s experienced team defeated Ajax’s juniors to win the Europa League and, ultimately, qualify for the Champions League next season.

The Reds defeated their opposition 2-0, the goal scorers being Pogba (18′) and Mkhitaryan (48′). Although Mourinho was too skeptical to celebrate the first goal, he definitely raised his hopes of lifting the cup by the time the second goal was netted.

Manchester United might have finished 6th on the Premier League table, but all that is now irrelevant. They will be joining the top four Premier League finishers in the Champions League next season, and that is what they’ll truly be celebrating.

Arsenal now remains the only top English Club to not be participating in the Champions League next season. How times have changed! Nevertheless, we wish all the English clubs the best next year.

Who knows, just like United, the Gunners could gain success outside of the Premier League. The FA Cup Final will be played this weekend, and the only thing we know for sure is that one London club will be walking away with a trophy!

All in all, congratulations Manchester United!

LIVERPOOL UPDATE

Despite how Liverpool began 2017, they’ve made substantial progress. It now looks as if they will be finishing this Premier League season in a comfortable spot in top four.

Although Liverpool were able to hold the leaders, Chelsea, to a draw, they faced many losses in the months of January and February. It was almost as if they gave up and found it easier to descend down the table.

However, that all changed the following month. Not only did they hold Manchester City to a draw, but they also defeated Arsenal 3-1. Now that’s more like it!

This April, the Reds have not lost a single match! They are currently sitting at third position on the Premier League table, and it doesn’t look as if they’re willing to budge! 

Bouncing Blues

Last season was a disaster for Chelsea, but they’ve bounced back better than ever. They hit top of the table the week before last and they are still there now. Here’s why…

Thanks to Diego Costa, Chelsea defeated Middlesbrough 1-0 to achieve their sixth straight win in a row without conceding. This took them to first position on the Premier League table, 9 spots higher than where they finished last year. 

They then maintained this lead after defeating Tottenham 2-1 at a Derby game at Stamford Bridge. Although they broke their streak of not conceding, they managed to win three points. That’s the important thing.

Good fortune has befallen the Blues since they’ve been under the management of Conte. The sorrowful fate they suffered under Mourinho is perhaps now being endured by his new team, Manchester United.

Manchester United defeated Feyenoord 4-0 to keep their Europa League hopes alive. However. They couldn’t produce the same result in their weekend Premier League match.

West Ham took the lead against United in the second minute, and the Reds only managed to net one goal to gain a single point from the game. Mourinho got so frustrated that he had to be sent to the stands in the second half of the match! Who knew things were so bad!

Mourinho is doing no better at United than at Chelsea. The Reds are currently sixth position on the Premier League table, 11 points behind the the leaders and eight points away from top four. The Premier League is definitely not theirs this season.

Fortunately, Manchester United was able to get their revenge on West Ham United by defeating them 3-1 in the EFL quarter- final. This is much more than what Arsenal were able to do, as The Gunners lost 0-2 against Southampton.

 But, to be fair, Arsenal were not playing their top 11, unlike United. Clearly they have their eyes firmly focused on the Premier League, the league which Manchester United can’t keep up with.

Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool all won their Premier League matches and are chasing down Chelsea’s top spot. Liverpool also defeated Leeds 2-0 in the English Football League!

It’s dog eat dog. All is still to play for and the race for the PL Cup, or any cup for that matter, is no where near over!

Make Way

The top Premier League clubs seemed reluctantto score goals in their Saturday matches. Not only did most of them draw, but they also gave Chelsea the opportunity to go top of the table on Sunday.

Arsenal faced Manchester United for a derby match at Old Trafford. Mourinho has never really considered Wenger as anything more than an enemy, and it came through in United’s gameplay. Mata gave the home team the lead in the 68th minute.

Unfortunately for Mourinho, United were unable to maintain their lead for the entire match. Giroud equalised for the Gunners, just before full time, and both teams left the match no better than the other. It is fair to say, however, that both managers still don’t see eye to eye.

Another team that drew was Liverpool. They played against Southampton and neither team managed to score a goal. The Reds have managed to stay at the top of the Premier League table, however, their inability to gain more points has meant that they could easily fall down the table.

Manchester City went level with Liverpool on the Premier League table after defeating Crystal Palace. Yaya Toure was first to score for City in the first half, but Palace equalised in the second. Luckily, Yaya Toure was able to wack in another goal to gain a late win for his club! What a superstar!

Both Liverpool and Manchester City have 27 points, however, with Chelsea on 25 points both teams could be overtaken when the Blues play their upcoming match. The title race has become more and more challenging, and it’s starting to show.

LIVERPOOL LARGER THAN LIFE

Liverpool have placed themselves at the head of the Premier League table by defeating Watford 6-1. They had all to play for and they didn’t miss a single thing.

Mane was the first to score for Liverpool, with his goal in the 27th minute. Coutinho then doubled the scoreline three minutes later. The Reds just wanted more and more!

The third goal was netted by Can just before half time and, in the second half, Liverpool continued their goal spree! Firmino netted the fourth goal in the 57th minute and, three minutes later, Mane netted his second goal of the match. As the roars of the Liverpool fans got louder, Watford got quieter!

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Janmaat managed to net a goal for Watford in the 75th minute. However, this was of course just for consolation. In fact, the Reds soon minimised this effort with their final goal in extra time. They just had to have the last word- or the last goal in this case!

Liverpool has a total of 28 shots at goal, 17 of which were on target! By the looks of things, it could have been a lot worse for Watford than 6-1.

This huge victory has taken Liverpool above Chelsea and up to top spot on the Premier League table! Now, if any team wants to catch up, they’re going to have to hope that Liverpool drops points and lets them.

 

Change

The best teams can’t always be the best. Sometimes the smallest teams can hold the biggest teams to ransom.

Arsenal had a goalless draw against Middlesbrough.They failed to use their whopping 75% possession to produce goals and, consequently, gained only one point from the game. The Emirates Stadium was hushed.

The Gunners did have a massive win during the week in the Champions League and, so, as Wenger pointed out in his post- match interview, the team had tired legs and lacked the creativity needed to produce a winning result. Don’t worry, all will be forgiven.

The Gunners are still on top of the PL table with 20 points. However, the gap has been closed between them and their competitors.

Liverpool defeated West Brom 2-1 to rise to second place on the Premier League table. A goal from Mané and a goal from Coutinho meant that the Reds could gain three glorious points that would put them level with Arsenal, with a total of 20 points! The title race is on!

Leicester, the PL champions, managed to defeat Crystal Palace 3-1. However, they’re only at 12th position on the PL table, a big drop from where they were last season.

Times have changed. Teams have changed. This season’s trophy is anyone’s to take!

All But One

It would be incorrect to say that every top team won this Saturday, even though most did. The single Premier League giant that suffered was Chelsea, and at the hands of their London rival, Arsenal! Although some teams possess similar skills and qualities, it is important to still remember that there can only be one top dog!

Arsenal treated Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium in the way they would treat empty sweet packets: they tossed them aside. Sánchez scored the first goal for the Gunners in the 11th minute, and if that wasn’t bad enough, the second goal was netted just three minutes later by Walcott. Chelsea were playing away from home and it was showing very clearly.


After the third goal was scored by Özil, the Reds were sticking out like a sore thumb as they drowned the Blues in their victory and celebration. There is no Mr Nice Guy when it comes to rivalry and this match was proof of that. Bear in mind that this all happened before half time and nothing else came of the game!

Manchester United was another team that gained a glorious win. They defeated Leicester City 4-1, with the first goal being scored by Smalling in the 22nd minute. Then, from the 37th, the next three came from Mata, Rashford and Pogba all in the space of five minutes! They weren’t waiting around for things to change, they simply created the rise they desired!

Gray did manage to score a consolation goal for Leicester in the 59th minute, but it was not quite enough to help Leicester recover from their devastating loss. 


Well, all is well that ends well, especially in Manchester City’s game against Swansea. City’s first goal was netted by Agüero in the 9th minute, however, this was soon cancelled out by Llorente four minutes later. Luckily, Aguero was able to net another goal, by converting a penalty, in the second half, which was soon followed by a goal from Sterling. Clearly, suffering a setback doesn’t always mean losing.

Although, it does in Hull’s case. Liverpool beat them 5-1, a startling victory in the eyes of many! The first goal was netted by Lallana in the 17th minute, and the sending off of a Hull player meant that Liverpool later scored four goals, and merely conceded one.

Chelsea have been shoved down to eigth place on the PL table whilst Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool revel in top four. Manchester United is sandwiched in the middle at sixth. Although one could say that for Chelsea to drop points against a big team it’s not too bad, however, they still need to make up for what they’ve lost.

Joy All Around

Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all won their Capital One Cup matches with quite hefty scorelines. Chelsea did admittedly have the biggest challenge of them all, however, they still produced a favourable outcome like the rest.

Arsenal had an astounding 4-0 win against Nottingham Forest. The first of their goals was netted by Xhaka in the 23rd minute and this remained the only goal of the first half. Arsenal’s new signing has once again proved useful to the team.


In the second half, three more goals followed and they were all scored by the Gunners! Two were by Pérez Martínez and the last one was netted in extra time by Oxlade-Chambelain. There wasn’t a single incorrect step taken by Wenger’s side.

The Gunners weren’t the only red team firing cannons at their opponents. Liverpool demolished Derby County in a similar fashion. Klavan gave the Reds the lead with his goal in the 24th minute and two goals followed this in the second half. The Premier League teams almost seem to be finding the League Cup -dare I say- easy!

Well, that is when they are not up against one another. Chelsea unfortunately had to face-off against Leicester City, the Premier League Champions! Leicester netted two goals within the first 34 minutes! The Blues could have easily accepted defeat at this point. However, instead, they did something else…

They made a comeback! Cahill netted an optimistic goal in extra time of the first half. Then, within the first five minutes of the second half, Azpilicueta scored the equaliser. Any advantage had been cancelled out and all was still to play for!

Antonio Conte had tried to rest his key players for their weekend match against their London rival,Arsenal, however, he eventually decided to call on Diego Costa and Hazard to help the Blues secure a win. The win was achieved.

In extra time Leicester had a player sent off and  so they were forced to play in added time with only ten men. With such rough behaviour, it was a long time coming. Within the first five minutes of added time Fàbregas netted two glorious goals to earn a golden victory for the Blues! Sometimes, the future just can’t be so easily predicted.

So, it has been settled. Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have all progressed to the next stage of the English League. They demolished their opponents with great vigour; who knows how far they could go?