With some stunning goals, saves and a strong message for people across the globe, here’s turf Football's Premier League Weekly covering Matchday 32
July 3, 2020, 7:22 p.m.
This was an even bout with one team looking to avoid relegation and the other battling for a place in the Champions League. The game had a tight first half with few real chances and a yellow card early on for Tyrone Mings. Both teams looked ready to get on the scoresheet as the second half started, but only Leander Dendoncker for Wolves was successful with a left footed shot off of an assist by Jonny. The game ended with similar possession stats and 3 important points for Nuno’s men as they maintain their 100% start.
90 mins of sheer dominance by Southampton in terms of chances created, defensive prowess and goals scored. Many expected Watford to fight harder considering the relegation scare, yet, the match was one sided. With 0 shots on target for Nigel Pearson & co, Southampton’s Danny Ings capitalised with a brace followed by a jarring free kick by James Ward-Prowse. And if it wasn’t enough, Southampton also scored for Watford with an own goal by Bednarek.
A less than happening fixture with Palace displaying a lack of attacking prowess, clearly evident in a bad shots-to-goal ratio. The game had a rather inactive first half with the Eagles keeping most of the ball but not making good use of it. Ben Mee put his name on the score sheet at 62 mins with a header following a corner by Ashley Westwood, that got Burnley three points away from home.
The Red devils bolster their 3rd spot chase with another thumping win and now are 15 games unbeaten. Graham Potter, although safely away from the congested drop zone, couldn't get his men to take the fight to Manchester United, as he rested in form Neil Maupay, Troussard and Aaron Mooy. Bruno Fernandes had an excellent game and linked up with Paul Pogba again to score another goal, this time from open play. Also in the spotlight is 18 year old Mason Greenwood who scored his 6th premier league goal this season and now has 14 goals across all competitions. Greenwood opened the scoring with an exquisite low strike and later on assisted the final goal of the game in an excellent counter attack created by Nemanja Matic.
Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth have retained their 19th spot in the table after a Industrious performance by Newcastle United, as Bournemouth had both more number of shots and possession. Dwight Gayle struck in the fifth minute after a nifty assist by Saint-Maximin. The magpies struck again 15 mins before half time through Sean Longstaff who has seen a huge drop in from in the course of this season. Bad turned to worse as Miguel Almiron scored an excellent chip to make it three nil and soon another from Lazarus, as The Cherries scraped one goal via Dan Gosling in the dying minutes of the game. Bournemouth seem to be in dire conditions as their upcoming games are not kind and they desperately need 3 points to get out of the drop zone.
The Foxes did everything right on paper as they took twice as many shots as Everton and had double the possession too but just failed to deliver on the pitch. Jamie Vardy, although, still a top the goal scoring charts seems to have hit a goal drought and has not scored since the restart. Vardy remains on the cusp of his 100th premier league goal and very close to his 1st ever golden boot. Leicester dropped point and are now within an earshot of 4th place Chelsea who are just 1 point behind them. Richarlson scored in the 10th minute and Everton won a penalty in the 16th minute which was clinically converted by the Gylfi Sigurdsson. After that, Everton sat deep and avoided taking any risks, conceding a goal in the dying minutes, and went to secure 3 point and refresh their bid for a Europa League spot.
Arsenal drubbed a struggling Norwich by 4 goals as The Canaries now need a miracle to avoid relegation. With Arsenal’s current run of form, one would have mixed emotions if bottom of the table Nowich were to beat them. This could be a platform for The Gunners to string together a decent finish to the season and capture a Europa League spot. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang struck a brace and an assist to seal the win for the North London side and go back up the top of the league scoring charts
West Ham snatched an enthralling victory to go 16th in the league table and a mere 3 points away from the drop zone. Drama ensued, after a Soucek goal was overruled by VAR, Chelsea drew first blood with Willian from a penalty, won by Pulisic. West Ham poetically equalised at the brink of half time with a corner converted by Soucek. West Ham took the lead at the start of the second half, when Antonio converted a cross after Kepa and Christensen were caught napping. Pulisic continued his magical spell, winning a free kick just at the edge of the box which Willian curled expertly into the top right corner. Yarmolenko won the game for West Ham at 88’ with an elegant counter attack that sealed 3 points for the London side. A display of incompetence from Rudiger, Christensen and Alonso disappointed Chelsea as they remained 4th in the table.
Substandard defending from London sides continued as Sheffield fired 3 past Hugo Lloris to climb up to 7th in the table. The Blades took the lead in the 31’ after Sander Berge’s brilliant finish. Minutes later, Harry Kane took charge and put one in the back of the net, only to be ruled out by VAR for a handball by Moura. Second half belonged to Sheffield as substitute Lys Mousset and striker Olie McBurnie taped in from close range in a similar fashion, at 69’ and 84’ respectively. Spurs’ centre backs, Sanchez and Dier, showed zero incentive to get to the ball in either of the situations. Harry Kane put in a consolatory one from close range, assisted by Son in extra time. Defeat from a direct rival was a huge blow to Spurs Europa League chances. Spurs sit in 9th now, overtaken by Arsenal and Sheffield United in the Premier League table.
Newly crowned champions Liverpool travelled to the home of the former champions, Manchester City for a Marquee clash at the top. Liverpool, stepping onto the pitch for the first time as champions, received a Guard of Honour from their opponents. Liverpool started well with Salah striking the post early on. At 25 mins, Joe Gomez brought down his England teammate Raheem Sterling in the penalty box to give them a penalty which Kevin De Bruyne put away with ease, maintaining his 100% penalty conversion rate this season. City doubled their lead 10 mins later when Foden put Sterling in on goal, and later tripled their lead with a sublime finish to go three-nil up at half time. Oxlade Chamberlain’s own goal made it four for the hosts with Mane and Origi missing chances at the other end. Mahrez added a 5th in the dying minutes but it was cancelled out by VAR. Liverpool took an unexpected heavy defeat but sit 20 points clear of City at the top.