Bleak round for top five: The Premier League’s top five (Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Chelsea, Leicester City and Southampton) heading into game-week 10 all failed to win in their respective matches, the top-of-the-table fixture at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur failing to produce a single goal.
Fulham break penalty hoodoo: At the fourth attempt this season, Fulham finally converted their first kick from the penalty spot, Ivan Cavaleiro with the honours away at Leicester City.
The Portuguese had previously made a mess of his attempted effort in the penultimate round at home to Everton, but he kept his composure and calm to score what ended up been the winning goal as the Cottagers inflicted a shock victory over a poor Foxes’ team, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Ademola Lookman running the show.
Cavani steals the show: Manchester United found themselves two-goals down away at Southampton, looked to be down and out, but cometh the hour, cometh the man, enter Edison Cavani!
The experienced Uruguay forward came on at the break, “wasted” 15-seconds tying the laces of his boots, eventually to good effect as he set-up one goal and scored two fantastic headers to propel the Red Devils from the brink of defeat into a top-half position.
City extends home dominance over Burnley: For a third successive home game, Manchester City scored five goals past a helpless Burnley team at the Etihad Stadium. It was a champagne-style performance from Pep Guardiola’s team, who have struggled lately for form and goals, Riyad Mahrez’s hat-trick the highlight of the game.
Arsenal, Aubameyang struggles continue: Arsenal were disappointing, likewise their captain and top marksman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in an eventual home loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Gunners lost for a fourth game in their last five to raise their doubts over what many had termed progress at the back end of last season and beginning of the current campaign, a sequence of events made even more difficult by Aubameyang’s goal drought which has seen him net just twice this season and only once (a penalty away at Manchester United) since signing a new bumper deal in September.
Bielsa wins battle of veterans: Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United emerged tops as they went, saw and conquered Everton at Goodison Park. It was another frustrating conclusion for Carlo Ancelotti, whose team have only taken away three points from a possible 15 in their last five games and are struggling to replicate their early season form and momentum.
Which way VAR? The latest game-week couldn’t have been concluded without the controversial VAR once again taking centre stage.
Liverpool would feel hard done by VAR’s decision to rule out Mohamed Salah’s goal against Brighton and later on award the Seagulls a late penalty after review, an outcome which denied the Reds maximum points. Later on Monday night, the VAR drama continued as what looked like a good Ollie Watkins’ goal was ruled out by the barest minimum of fractions, denying Aston Villa a point at West Ham.
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