Unbeaten records tumble & Bamford Hat-trick

28th October 2020

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Now every team has lost their unbeaten record in the Premier League after Southampton beat Everton and Leeds United overcame Aston Villa. 

Everton would have been disappointed to finally lose this season away to the Saints and also saw Lucas Digne sent off, which just rubbed salt into the wounds. That is the 2nd consecutive game where Everton have finished the game with 10 men and that will be a concern for Carlo Ancelotti. Everton had just 2 shots on target and none in a second half which quickly petered out for them. Still the good news for the Toffeemen is that they are still 1st in the league, this weekend they will face Newcastle away.

Aston Villa may have stuck 7 goals past Liverpool and came into their game against Leeds holding a 100% record but they hadn't come up against Patrick Bamford. The 27 year old striker scored a fantastic hat trick as Leeds beat Villa 3-0 away from home. Bamford's second and third goals could both be contenders for goal of the season and like for example Jamie Vardy before him, Bamford has proven that for some players their excellence can transfer from the lower leagues to the top tier. Surely it is only a matter of time before Gareth Southgate picks him for the England squad?

Talking of Jamie Vardy he was the difference when Leicester got back to winning ways and beat Arsenal in London for the first time since 1973. What was remarkable was that Arsenal had dominated the game at the Emirates and Vardy had started from the bench. However with 10 minutes to go Vardy scored his 4th goal against the Gunners in the last 3 league games. This was a disappointing result for Arsenal obviously, who whilst making forward strides with Mikel Arteta in charge have not put in a convincing performance this season.

Manchester City continue to get off to a bumpy start in their Premier League campaign after being held 1-1 at West Ham. In a fixture that ended 5-0 to Pep Guardiola's team last season, West Ham had taken the lead through Michail Antonio. City hit back but West Ham were good for their point, and the Hammers have got through a difficult period of fixtures unscathed. The only bad news is that Antonio could miss the next six weeks due to a new hamstring injury.

Liverpool put in a workmanlike performance to beat Sheffield United 2-1 at Anfield. Surprisingly the Reds had been losing the game and that win took them level with Everton at the top.

Premier League: Team of the week: Mendy; Vestergaard, Chilwell, Castagne, Koch; Zaha, Helder Costa, Antonio, Ward-Prowse; Vardy, Bamford

 

It's all kicking off in Spain, firstly it was El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid which Real Madrid won 3-1, but the bigger news was the resignation of Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Bartomeu had a long running saga with Lionel Messi about the structure of the club which almost saw Messi leave the club in the summer. Bartomeu was expected to be defeated in the clubs elections this March but has decided to step down. Though Bartomeu did not go without drama and announced that Barcelona had signed up to a European Super League.

The proposed league would see 20 or 18 of Europe's elite clubs play their own season in midweek and still play the domestic season at the weekend putting an end to the Champions League and it could start in a few years. Obviously a lot of other clubs will be opposed to such an idea but as Bartomeu pointed out the league would give Barcelona financial power and he isn't wrong. Five clubs from England have been invited to the league which will have no promotion and no relegation.



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