Good morning, happy Sunday. We’ll have a quick round up of yesterday’s game now, before previewing today’s. I’m out and about today, so I don’t think I’ll get to watch the football that’s on, but I might get a little bit of it. I’ll have to wait and see.
Wolves vs Man City
Man City dropped early points after a 1-1 draw with Wolves at Molineux in yesterday’s early kick off. Willy Boly opened the scoring for the home side, before Aymeric Laporte equalised for the champions. I was extremely impressed with Wolves in the bits of the game that I saw. I saw most of of the game, but missed bits of the second half. From what I saw, Wolves were good value for their point.
Wolves started the game really well, and threatened City. They had a goal rightly disallowed for offside, but were really getting at the champions and weren’t afraid of them. They may not have had much possession, but they certainly didn’t park the bus. Their pace on the counter-attack was really troubling Pep Guardiola’s side.
After Wolves had their goal ruled out, Man City almost scored immediately. Sergio Aguero saw a low shot come back off the post. He’ll be disappointed that he didn’t put it away, because it was a really good chance. Not long after, Raheem Sterling let a thunderous half-volley go from around 25 yards. It was a tremendous strike that was heading for the top corner. Rui Patricio got himself up to it, and made a brilliant save; tipping the ball onto the crossbar. It really showed the worth of having a world class goalkeeper, because not many would have managed to keep that one out.
Both goals came in the second half. Wolves put the ball into the box, and it came to Boly. He attempted a header, but the ball struck his arm and went in. The referee obviously didn’t see it and thought it went in off his head. Wolves were ahead, even though the goal definitely should have been ruled out. We heard from the commentators how VAR should have been used in the Premier League this season. That’s something we’re going to hear all season after any bad refereeing decision. Going by that, we’ll be hearing it every single week, because there’s dodgy decisions every week.
Laporte scored for City and they were level. The champions had a couple of penalty shouts turned down as well, but I didn’t see those. The points were shared, and Wolves were delighted with that. Man City will obviously be frustrated, because they expect to win these games. Wolves’ next game is away at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup, before they travel to West Ham next Saturday in the league. Man City host Newcastle next Saturday evening.
There were four games at 3pm yesterday. Arsenal beat West Ham 3-1, Bournemouth and Everton drew 2-2, Huddersfield and Cardiff played out a goalless draw, and Leicester beat Southampton 2-1.
Arsenal weren’t quite at their best, but they will be happy to get their first points on the board. They went behind to a Marko Arnautovic strike, but goals from Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck – with an Issa Diop own goal in between – gave them the three points. I thought Diop’s own goal was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Arsenal played out from the back again, which is going to get them caught out on a few occasions this season. They weren’t great in possession, and the scoreline probably doesn’t tell the whole story. They weren’t great until they scored their second goal, but they looked much better when they went ahead. West Ham will be disappointed that they’re still without a point, but they’re still a work in progress and will come good. They play Wolves at home next weekend. That’s a game they could really do with winning.
Bournemouth and Everton shared four goals and two red cards. Richarlison was the first player to go. He was having words with Bournemouth’s Adam Smith, and they squared up to each other. Richarlison moved his head in Smith’s direction and they touched heads. Smith claimed it was a headbutt, and Richarlison was shown a straight red card. I will say that I think Richarlison should have more sense and should know that by moving his head towards an opponent he’s risking a red card. But I will also say that Smith’s reaction was an absolute disgrace. He turned to the referee and asked the question. In reality, he was barely touched and should have just got on with it. It was disappointing to see.
Despite being down to 10 men, Everton took the lead. Theo Walcott got in behind the defence and finished really well. Smith was then sent off for pulling Walcott down when the winger was through on goal. Bournemouth will argue that they had cover and he didn’t deny a clear goalscoring opportunity. I think they may have an argument there, but I don’t think anybody could say that Smith didn’t deserve it after his carry on in the first half. It’s possible that the referee saw the incident at half time when Smith made the most out of the Richarlison incident and wanted to even it up. Either way, Bournemouth were down to 10.
It looked like it was over, but Bournemouth were awarded a penalty. Josh King put it away and they were back in it. Bournemouth were level after Nathan Ake scored. Steve Cook’s header came off the post, and Ake was there to score with a simple finish. It finished 2-2. It was a wonderful comeback by the Cherries, who will be delighted with their start to the season. That’s two wins and a draw for Eddie Howe’s side. Everton are also unbeaten, with a win and two draws so far.
Southampton will be disappointed after they were beaten at home against Leicester. They’ve started their season with a draw and two defeats, and they’ll be worried now. They need to turn their form around. Leicester have won their second game in a row now; they’ll be delighted.
Huddersfield and Cardiff’s 0-0 draw will surely leave both sides disappointed. These are games they have to be winning if they’re going to stay up. They’re the two sides most have tipped for relegation. Cardiff are 14th with two points, while Huddersfield are 18th with one point.
Liverpool vs Brighton
Liverpool beat Brighton 1-0 at Anfield. They struggled to break down a well-organised defence, but Mo Salah’s first half strike was the difference between the sides. Chris Hughton had his side set up extremely well, and Liverpool really struggled against them. Hughton will be really frustrated that Liverpool’s goal came from an error though, as Yves Bissouma carelessly gave the ball away. Liverpool pounced on the mistake, and in a matter of seconds, they were ahead.
Liverpool are top of the table now, and have taken an early two point lead on Man City. It’s obviously very early days, but they’ll take any sort of advantage they can get. There’s a very long way to go, and they can’t get carried away yet.
Brighton can take plenty of positives from the game, and can be happy that they weren’t hammered. Their confidence won’t have been hurt at all after their performance. They host Fulham next week, which is a very winnable game.
Anyway, that’s that from me for now. I’ll have previews of Watford vs Crystal Palace and Newcastle vs Chelsea coming up next. There won’t be one for Fulham vs Burnley, because, as I’ve said before, I can’t do every game and I let the TV fixtures decide what games to preview when I don’t have time. Enjoy the day’s football!