Soccer

EPL Kick Fix: Matchday 12

First, I would like to apologize for the one week hiatus, but like my Spurs, I am back.

Tottenham v. Crystal Palace- 1:0

Wow. No surprise here. Tottenham is back to doing the absolute bare minimum to win against a team fighting against relegation. I shouldn’t be upset about 3 points, and I’m not, but we should really be scoring more goals. These kind of games should be confidence boosters for our biggest players. Kane and Alli should have had 2 goals a piece and another one should have been tacked on by Son or Erikson. The best part of this game was the goal by Juan Foyth, who is a normal sub. Doing his best impression of Anthony Martial, he executed on an opportunity that fell right into his lap… or head, if you will. It’s just a little frustrating when you let terrible teams hang around for no reason. I’d be more upset, but when you know you are going to win the championship, you tend to let things go. #SpursYear.

Manchester City v. Manchester United- 3:1

Time to take out the trash in Manchester. Man U did not win and that really buttered my biscuit (that’s a British thing, right?). I really don’t like cheering for teams higher on the table than my Spurs, but I will rock some baby blue if it means Man U is moved further and further away from even Europa League contention (currently 8th). It’s really evident that Man United trying the Real Madrid strategy of buying the best team means nothing when your coach is garbage. Game time. Man City jumped out to a 2-0 advantage with goals by David Silva and Sergio Aguero. I think Kün’s got his swagger back. These 2 goals were followed by a goal by Anthony Martial. Of course, he did no work whatsoever and the ball magically appeared in front of goal with just the keeper to beat. Yeah, it was a penalty, but shut up it fits my narrative. I will fight everyone if he wins the Golden Boot for tap-ins. That’s Harry Kane’s thing; get your own, Anthony.  Gündogan finally puts the hopes and dreams of United fans to rest with his goal in the 86th minute and I could not have been happier.

Liverpool v. Fulham- 2:0

Again, when the hell did Andre Schurrle get to the EPL? Please comment below. Liverpool is playing how Tottenham should be. Racking up goals on bottom table teams that have no purpose being in any kind of competition. There is not a whole lot to talk about in this match. Just Liverpool handling business. Salah put away a goal in the first half and Shaqiri put away a sweet volley in the second. Really an incredible display of skill and another reason to miss him being away from Bayern. Liverpool had 73% of possession and 21 shots. Just so much control of the game.

ARSEnal v. Wolves- 1:1

Man U and ARSEnal both lost. These blokes are about to throw themselves so far away from Champions League contention that it won’t even be fun for me to see how disappointed their fans are. With no prior knowledge of Wolves, it was pretty weird to see them start the game in a 3-4-2-1- formation. ARSEnal has so many strikers it just seems odd to not have at least 4 guys back. But who am I to judge? Wolves dominated this game for almost the entire match. A quick goal in the 12′ led to them controlling the lead for 74 minutes. In true mediocre gunner fashion, ARSEnal equalized in the final minutes to steal a point.

Chelsea v. Everton- 0:0

Not sure how in the world Chelsea did not win this match 6-0. Oh wait, yes I do. Sarri decided not to play Ross Barkley. He has been electric recently and I think it is wildly bananas not to play him against another top 10 team. He waited until the 82′ to sub him in. Disrespectful. This was a real Mauricio Pochettino move. Chelsea still had full control of the game and had the vast majority of shots (15-6). Really should have won with or without Barkley. Oh well, less points that Spurs have to make up.

Weekly Awards:

Brilliant Lad: Sergio Aguero (MNC)- scoring the second goal of the game against Manchester United puts him in sole possession of most goals and looks like it could be a Golden Boot season for the Argentine.

Absolute Firecracker: Xherdan Shaqiri (LIV)- his volley in the second half against Fulham was one of the best so far this season. Reminded me of Arjen Robben back in the day.

Bloke of the Week: Roberto Pereyra (WAT)- I usually stick to just the Big 6 every week, but this one was bad. After a corner kick, the ball landed at Pereyra’s feet and he tripped or forgot how to play soccer or something and gave away the ball in the box which led directly to a Southampton goal. Way to go, ya bloke.

 

 

 

 

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