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Corner Kick: Draws Galore Hinder the Premier League Week 8

by Caleb Rhodes on Friday, October 21st, 2016

Coming out of the international break, Premier League fans were excited for the return of domestic fútbol. While the fixtures this weekend did not provide many eye-popping results, Gameweek 8 certainly had its moments of quality. The weekend started off with a matchup between Chelsea and Leicester. Both teams entered the season with vastly different goals; Chelsea wanted to regain their place at the top after last season’s surprising mid-table finish, while Leicester hoped to hang onto their newfound prestige after an amazing Championship last year. However, in this matchup, it was Chelsea who battered the Foxes 3-0 at home with goals from Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, and Victor Moses and rose to 5th in table while the Foxes continue to languish in 13th.

Arsenal continued their fine form, winning their fifth straight match in a surprisingly close fixture with Swansea. The most surprising match of the weekend was Bournemouth versus Hull. Bournemouth, the darlings of the Premier League with their cute 11,000 seater stadium and local flavor, outshot newly promoted Hull City 22 to 11 and crushed them 6-1. Elsewhere, Everton held Manchester City to a 1-1 draw even though Manchester City out-possessed them 72% to 18%. This game was the 2nd in a row in which Manchester City dropped points, and their 100% start to the season now seems a distant memory. Similarly, West Bromwich Albion held a dominant Tottenham to a 1-1 draw. The only highlight of the game was Nacer Chadli’s grabbing a revenge goal against his former team, Tottenham.

The most important and anticipated game of the week was Liverpool versus Manchester United. However, the game ended in a stale 0-0 draw. Man U mustered one shot on goal while Liverpool barely improved that tally with three. Long-time Liverpool supporter Nick Govindan (I) noted, “I was already worried when I heard that the referee hailed from Manchester. As for the game itself, Man U started the better team; however, the Reds (the real Reds) produced very industrious and silky play in which they were unfortunate not to capitalize on. Liverpool often lacked that killer ball and finish, and, as usual, De Gea proved to be too much.” On the Premier League in general Nick felt, “with the additions of managers Pep Guardiola [for Manchester City], Conte [for Chelsea], and the return of Mourinho, I think this will end up being the most competitive Premier League in recent memory. Just don’t expect any more Leicester-style dream chasing anytime soon. The big clubs are back with a vengeance.”

That wraps up the big matches from the last week of the Premier League. This weekend looks forward to the Chelsea versus Manchester United game at Stamford on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. This match will be Mourinho’s first game against his former employers whom he lead to three Premier League titles in his two previous stints. Entering Gameweek 9, the season is finally in full swing.

 

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