There was lots of drama and intriguing moment in the English Premier League as the matches played entered the 8 weeks of interesting and entertaining football across England.
In our report today, we shall highlight some of the matches played on the match day 8 and the eventual league leader, the top 4 and the bottom 3 of the EPL heading to the international break.
The EPL teams experienced some heartbreaking moments while some teams experienced joyful moments. Performances from both the players and managers is what we shall highlight a bit in our today’s article.
The match day 8 begins with Friday Night football matches between Brighton & Hove Albion vs Burnley.
Burnley is unbeaten in their last four away league games versus Brighton & Hove Albion although three of the visit have ended in draws.
- Brighton’s line-up : Ryan (G); Lamptey, Webster (C), Veltman, Burn, White, Gross, Bissouma, Lallana, Maupay, Welbeck.
- Burnley’s line-up: Pope (G), Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee (C), Taylor, McNeil, Westwood, Brownhill, Brady, Wood, Barnes.
Both teams were goalless at the break of the first half with both side having chances but were unable to convert those chances. And it was a shared point for both sides as the teams were unable to see the back of the net of the opponent.
The second match of the week 8 also came on the Friday night football between Southampton and Newcastle United. Newcastle United is unbeaten in their last four EPL away matches, winning twice and drawing the remaining two features.
- Southampton’s line-up: McCarthy (G), Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Stephens, Armstrong, Romeu, Ward-Prowse (C), Djenepo, Adams, Walcott
- Newcastle’s line-up: Darlow (G), Murphy, Schar, Lascelles (C), Fernandez, Lewis, Longstaff, Hendrick, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Wilson.
The match ended 2-0 in favour of Southampton which helped the club move to the top of the league table for the weekend, even though the leading is just for some hours.
Everton Welcomed Manchester United to Goodison Park in the wake of Saturday football. Ole Solskjaer men humbled Carlo Ancelotti men 3-1, thanks to goals from Bruno Fernandes (brace) and Edinson Cavani.
- Everton’s line-up: Pickford (G), Coleman (C), Holgate, Keane, Digne, Doucoure, Allan, Sigurdsson, Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Bernard
- Manchester United’s line-up: de Gea (G), Shaw, Maguire (C), Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka, Fred, McTominay, Mata, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial
The next match was between Chelsea and Sheffield United. Chelsea FC came into the game having played five matches without conceding a single goal thanks to the competence of the Blues new signing goalkeeper from Rennes Edouardo Mendy.
Sheffield United netted in the ninth minute through McGoldrick who received a well footwork from Berge in the box and latch the ball into the bottom of the net to score against Mendy who conceded his first EPL goal since his move to Stamford Bridge.
Lampard men responded in the 23 minutes through Tammy Abraham who level for the Blues before Ben Chilwell received a long rage cross from fellow new signing Hakim Ziyech to give the Stamford Bridge boys the lead.
Brazilian defender Thiago Silver increased the scoreline through a cross from Hakim Ziyech while Timo Werner sealed the game for the Blues by netting the fourth goal for the Blues in the 80th minutes. The match ended 4-1 in favour of the Roman Abrahamovic men.
- Chelsea’s line-up: Mendy (G), James, Zouma, Silver (C), Chilwell, Kante, Kovacic, Mount, Ziyech, Werner, Abraham.
- Sheffield United’s line-up: Ramsdale (G), Stevens, Egan (C), Basham, Baldock, Berge, Norwood, Lundstram, Lowe, Brewster, McGoldrick
The last match for Saturday was a tight match between West Ham United and Leeds United. West Ham United was victorious in the match with a lone goal from Soucek in the dead of the minute to handover the whole points to David Moyes men.
- West Ham United line-up: Fabianski (G), Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Coufal, Rice (C), Soucek, Masuaku, Bowen, Haller, Fornals
- Fulham line-up: Areola (G), Aina, Ardersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson, Reed, Zambo Andre-Frank, Reid, Cairney (C), Lookman, Mitrovic
Four matches were played on Sunday. West Bromich Albion was humbled by Tottenham by a lone goal while Leicester was able to defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers by a lone goal as well. Manchester City and Liverpool played a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium.
- West Bromwich Albion line-up: Johnstone (G), Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, O’Shea, Townsend, Gallagher, Livermore (C), Krovinovic, Robinson, Ahearne-Grant
- Tottenham line-up: Lloris (G)(C), Doherty, Alderweireld, Dier, Reguilon, Sissoko, Hojbjerg, Son, Ndombele, Bale, Kane
- Manchester City line-up: Ederson (G), Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, Gundogan, Torres, De Bruyne (C), Sterling, Gabriel Jesus
- Liverpool line-up: Alisson (G), Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Gomez, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Jota, Firmino, Mane, Salah
Arsenal was humbled by Aston Villa 3-0 thanks to a brace from Watkins and an own-goal from Saka.
- Arsenal line-up: Leno (G), Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Bellerin, Thomas, Elneny, Saka, Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang (C)
- Aston Villa line-up: Martinez (G), Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Luiz, McGinn, Trezeguet, Barkley, Grealish (C), Watkins
After the match-day 8, Leicester City is the leader of the English Premier League table with 18 points while Sheffield United leads from the bottom with just one point.
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