Salah controversy & the Saints march on!

5th November 2020

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Liverpool, Everton and Aston Villa's starts have given a 1980s feel to the Premier League this season but the team of the moment are none of the above. That accolade goes to Ralph Hasenhuttl's Southampton. The Saints are the most in form side in the league after a slow start and have picked up 13 points from their last 15. They are looking a genuine danger and Hasenhuttl looks like he has wealth of quality at the club.

When you see players such as James Ward-Prowse providing and scoring brilliant free kicks like he did at the weekend, it is an open jaw moment, but they also have Jannick Vestergaard and the fox in the box talents of Danny Ings. This side is full of goals and at the weekend they beat Aston Villa 4-3 at Villa Park and were, at one time, 4-0 up within the hour. A late collapse isn't encouraging but they will feel they earned the right to switch off slightly scoring four goals away from home. The win takes the Saints into 5 th place and they are just three points behind Liverpool.

The champions beat West Ham 2-1 in another game where Jurgen Klopp's team just did enough without looking convincing. The match included a controversial moment, which saw Mohamed Salah fouled in the area for a penalty by Arthur Masukau's challenge. Whilst one can say that the contact was reckless, it was only a minimal touch. What struck more was the unnatural way that Salah went down, as if he was auditioning for a session at the Royal Opera House. Let's make it clear Salah is a fantastic player, and one of the best strikers in Europe - contact was made but his reaction is sad for the game and can be described by some as simply cheating.

Everton made it back to back losses as they went down 2-1 at Newcastle. The Magpies objective this season will be to have solid home form and they made life difficult for Everton who did, at least, pull a goal back by man of the moment Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Manager
Carlo Ancelotti may be relishing the club returning home this weekend but the fixture won't be easy as it is against Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team may just be one of the most unpredictable in Europe. In European competition they look a different team, but domestically there is no doubt the club are struggling. United lost their 3rd game of the season against Arsenal at Old Trafford, which is the first time the Gunners have won their in 14 years. In a dour game Pierre Emerick- Aubameyang's penalty settled matters.

There were also victories for Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham and Jose Mourinho's side have now made head ways in the league and sit in 3 rd place after their victory against Brighton. However it was Gareth Bale who stole the column inches as his headed in the winning goal. His Roy of the Rovers career continues.

Leicester put in an impressive display and look back on track after they destroyed Leeds United at Elland Road 4-1. Brendan Rodgers side simply do not give up even though a few weeks ago it looked like they were heading for a bad patch. The club has reacted with this win and beating Arsenal last weekend and they are now in 2nd place. Already this season is hotting up to be one of the best and most unpredictable in a while.

Premier League - Team of the week: Leno; Walker, Zouma, Ait Nouri, Thiago Silva; Ward-Prowse, Ziyech, Podence, Grealish; Wilson, Ings

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