EPL WEEK 5: WINNERS & LOSERS


WINNERS

Aston Villa. With a last gasp winner from Ross Barkley against Leicester, the Villains have won their first 4 games of the campaign to stay undefeated. The last time Aston Villa had a similar start was 1930/1931 season. Under Dean Smith, Aston Villa have played impressively with a no nonsense approach to the game of defending well and attacking with intent. With wins over reigning champions Liverpool and Leicester at home, the Villains are showing that their form is not a flash in the pan.


Timo Werner. The German forward finally opened his premier league scoring with a devastating 2 goals in the first 30 mins of play against Southampton and followed it up with an assist for Kai Havertz as well. While Chelsea let another lead slip and finished with a draw, the pace and hard running of Werner showcased exactly why Frank Lampard snatched the German ace from under Liverpool & Klopp's noses.


Manuel Lanzini & West Ham. All hope seemed lost in the first quarter of the match for the Hammers as the dangerous Harry Kane & livewire Son Heung-Min ripped apart their defence for 3 goals. Manager David Moyes would have wished he had managed remotely but the Hammers have been in the premier league and survived many a relegation battle because they just don't ever give up. With the 3 points seemingly in Spurs favour, the Hammers redeemed themselves with an incredible comeback with goals in the 82nd minute to Balbuena, a 85th min own goal to Davinson Sanchez and then a spectacular thumping shot from outside the penalty box to Manuel Lanzini in added time after 90mins.


Manchester United & Manchester City. A good day for both Manchester teams as City beat Arsenal by the one goal by Sterling despite missing their Belgian midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne. While the scoreline against Newcastle may look flattering, victory was not easy and only secured in the last 10mins. Credit to United who never stopped trying and with some stellar play from talisman Bruno Fernandes & some superb running & hard work by Marcus Rashford, the Red Devils got the win against a tricky opposition. Defenders Harry Maguire & Aaron Wan-Bissaka both grabbed goals & for Wan-Bissaka it was his 1st goal for the team in his 50th appearance.


LOSERS

Liverpool & Virgil Van Dijk. Jordan Henderson looked to have won the game for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby only for the goal to be called back by VAR for Mané judged to be fractionally offside. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would have been left fuming by VAR David Coote's decisions after Jordan Pickford's horror tackle on Van Dijk was also deemed not to be a red card offence. Liverpool's man mountain in defence & best central defender is now out for the season & injured indefinitely after damaging his anterior cruciate ligaments in the tackle. Liverpool will need to lift and find a way to defend their title without their best defender for the last 2 seasons.


Tottenham & Chelsea. Both teams are exciting to watch & capable of scoring plenty of goals. But both Mourinho & Lampard must be ruing their team's capitulation at the hands of less than fancied opposition in West Ham & Southampton respectively. While the likes of Son/Kane/Bale & Werner/Havertz/Pulisic will delight with their speed/skill/ball wizardry, football is a game of two halves and unless both teams solve their defensive frailties, they cannot be considered serious title contenders.


Leicester City & Jamie Vardy. The striker missed the match due to injury and Leicester were just not the same without his goal poaching prowess up front. Two losses in a row and Brendan Rodgers is a good manager but has some work to do in game management without his best XI available to him if he is to be considered amongst the best managers in the Premier League. The Foxes also have a Europa league mid week game against FC Zorya Luhansk and a difficult away game against Arsenal in the premier league coming up next.

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