EPL WEEK 7: Winners & losers


WINNERS

Fulham & Ola Aina. Fulham moved out of the relegation zone after the win and had a spectacular goal from Ola Aina. A left footed stunner from the edge of the penalty area that GK Sam Johnstone had no chance of stopping. Both goals were set up by good work by striker Aleksander Mitrović who has the experience & the ability to help Scott Parker's team stay in the Premier League. A good week for Fulham and their first appearance in the Winners column.


Leicester City & Jamie Vardy. There is no doubting that Leicester are entertaining to watch. With an exhilarating brand of attacking football and with the dangerous Jamie Vardy involved and a menace throughout the game, a previously strong & committed Leeds side eventually wilted under the pressure. Brendan Rodgers side moves up to 2nd on the ladder and will once again contend for European qualification.


Arsenal & Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsenal had not won at Old Trafford for 14 years and their Gabonese striker had not scored a goal since the opening weekend of the new season. Both these were laid to rest by a committed performance by the Gunners. The signing of Thomas Partey has firmed up their defensive midfield, youngsters Bukayo Saka & Eddie Nketiah don't seem awed by the step up to the Premier League and the defensive addition of Gabriel has been a boost for the confidence of the Gunners defence. In a game of few chances, it was an unnecessary challenge by Paul Pogba on Hector Bellerín that gifted the Gunners a penalty which Aubameyang stepped up and slotted coolly to end his goal drought.


Southampton & James Ward-Prowse. The Saints just keep marching on in the winners circle with yet another entry. This time courtesy of their captain & birthday boy Ward-Prowse. Two goals from excellent set-pieces and an assist capped off a superb win for the Saints and moved them into the top 6 on the ladder. The scoreline flatters the Villains as they grabbed two garbage time goals. Villa didn't get much going until late in the game despite Jack Grealish's best efforts and this is their 2nd consecutive defeat.


LOSERS

Burnley. The fight seems to have gone out of the Burnley players and also their manager Sean Dyche. While Chelsea with their expensive array of talent were always favourites to win, the lack of hunger and the fight seen in previous campaigns seems missing from them this season. Rooted at the bottom with a solitary point, a manager at odds with an owner unwilling to spend, Burnley face a grim & uncertain future if things don't change quickly.


Everton. The Toffees were faced with a difficult match up away at St. James Park against Steve Bruce's side and should have done better considering the talent they have at their disposal & manager Carlo Ancelotti's pedigree. Ultimately, the Toffees failed on their promising start of the season with a limp loss to a mid table side that wanted the win and played to win. Ex Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has been a smart pickup for the Magpies and scored both goals although in-form Everton striker Calvert-Lewin added to his season tally with a stoppage time goal. These are matches that Everton need to be winning to be included in the conversation for European qualification and next week they face another difficult match against Manchester United.


Manchester United & Paul Pogba. Historic records are meant to be broken & Arsenal did just that with their 1st win at Old Trafford in 14 years. A once formidable fortress, the current Manchester United lineup doesn't scare the hungrier and younger players emerging in the Premier League. While Arsenal were well structured and disciplined in their approach, United were wooden and workmanlike in their display and marred by ineffectiveness. A rash challenge by the polarising Paul Pogba on Hector Bellerín gifted Arsenal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the lone goal of the game. For the long suffering fans of Manchester United, the manner of defeat against one of their past rivals will be painful. Under manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, the Red Devils look pedestrian and will need to attract quality talent in the January transfer window to have any chance of making it to European qualification.

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Disclaimer: The predictions are late this week, apologies. All tips were entered prior to matches being played to maintain integrity. Crystal Palace (H) vs Newcastle United (A) Head to Head: Newcastle

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