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By Garth Crooks
Manchester City kept up the pressure although liverpool expanded their perfect start to this season with success in Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s side defeat the Hornets 8-0 that are struggling nevertheless remain five points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, who won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.
While Leicester beat Sheffield United and Tottenham 2-1 picked up an astonishing 2-0 away win at Everton elsewhere, Manchester United lost 2-0 to West Ham.
Here’s my group of the week – have a browse and choose your own below.
Adrian: The stand at goalkeeper seems to get better each time I watch him. The rescue Tammy Abraham from the game exchanges was good if not as vital as it gets. The keeper subsequently came for a cross and plucked the ball out of the atmosphere together with confidence.
It was the first-half performance that provided Liverpool together with the platform to continue and win this match of Adrian. Chelsea, on the other hand, had enough chances to develop a point but fluffed their lines.
It’s a bad indication for the rest of the league, when playing well when Liverpool begin winning games.
Did you know? Adrian has not conceded more than in any of his last nine Premier League looks, finishing on the winning side at eight of those games (one draw).
Ricardo Pereira: If full-backs have an appetite for moving to the heart of the penalty area of the opposition, not only do they catch my attention but I begin to take them seriously. Ricardo Pereira is one such player.
He’s adventurous and quick and not afraid to put himself up at the opposing team’s box. He took his goal well and in a period that was vital for Leicester.
As Tottenham; they are too easily offended for. They’ve had more than their fair share of great luck where VAR is concerned and when the technology moves against them they ought to be in a position to fix just as quickly as when it is in their favour.
Did you know? The Ricardo Pereira of leicester scored his third goal in 41 Premier League looks – .
Nathan Ake: The shot at Nathan Ake suspended with assaulted a group bit and buried a bullet header beyond Angus Gunn in Southampton’s goal was a film to behold.
It was not just Bournemouth goal in a historical win from the south coast rivals but a crystal very clear sign that the Cherries intended business.
I really don’t know what Ake would price to get him back but if I was them I would seriously think about it.
Did you know? Eight of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake’s 11 Premier League goals are scored from corners, such as seven of his last eight in the competition.
Fabian Schar: The processor by Aaron Connolly has been a goal and it had something from a guardian to clear the danger. That moment of magic came.
The clearance off the line by Schar might, come the season’s conclusion, be Steve along with Newcastle Bruce’s lifeline.
Did you know? Since the start of last season, Newcastle have won 43% of the Premier League matches when Fabian Schar has begun (12/28), compared to just 6 percent when he has not (1/16).
Chris Basham: I might have chosen anyone in the Sheffield United back three but I’ve gone to get Chris Basham.
The 31-year-old isn’t a spring chicken but if it comes to defenders winning headers, placing his body on the line and staying cool under stress, then he is the guy.
This is an amazing display by the Blades against an Everton side who seem to have lost their means. When you place players on enormous wages you are entitled to enormous performances and too many players in blue aren’t multiplying their earnings.
Did you know? No Sheffield United participant has made more blocks than Chris Basham (four) from the Premier League this year.
James Maddison: Alas we have discovered another player whose initial idea is can I play with not and ahead backwards or sideways. James Maddison is quickly making a name for himself as a player who believes of this forward first and not himself.
He can In case Maddison can locate Jamie Vardy onto a soccer pitch and without a second’s hesitation. I’m tired and sick of stats that tell me this a midfielder has made the maximum moves when they have spent the vast area of the game moving from side to side and backward.
Maddison’s passes can cut via a defence such as a knife through butter and that is why I’m convinced this lad will go all of the way. Read more about what I Need to say about Maddison at the Matter’s Crooks below.
Did you know? Since netting versus Huddersfield in April the James Maddison of leicester ended a run of 31 shots from the Premier League without a goal.
Kevin de Bruyne: There wasn’t any longer than 60 seconds on the clock along with Kevin de Bruyne had delivered Watford their blow.
The chunk from the genius for David Silva into side-foot home murdered the Hornets stone deceased. What then followed was total and full humiliation.
The pass that imposed this deadly wound was really deliberate and precise that there wasn’t one Watford defender prepared to get it for fear of putting the ball into his own net.
In fact Craig Dawson was paralysed by the rate and accuracy of this pass to the six yard area he uttered as though he had been struck by the ice-cream! At that point Watford understood the game was finished and it was down to this new’baby-faced assassin’.
Did you know? Since his Man City introduction in September 2015, Kevin de Bruyne has supplied greater Premier League aids than any other player (52).
Bernardo Silva: Ordinarily you can not score a hat-trick, not get in my TOTW nevertheless I must declare that the main reason for selecting Bernardo Silva is as it provides me a couple more paragraphs to talk about De Bruyne.
By this time Manchester City were 6-0 up and rampant while De Bruyne continued to mercilessly inflict the most barbarous moves on the traffic. Silva completed his hat-trick courtesy of yet another fatal missile from De Bruyne who was not only intent on reaping absolute and complete devastation on Watford but decided to lace their defeat utter humiliation.
Did you know? Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva scored his first ever top-flight hat-trick in what is his 178th appearance across the English, French and Portuguese top tiers.
Mark Noble: If West Ham beat Manchester United something quite strange will be going on.
The Hammers stopped United from winning the title on the last day of the year in 1995; while Carlos Tevez kept West Ham in the Premier League off at Old Trafford at 2007. What took place in the London Stadium was equally spooky.
Mark Noble spearheaded a famous victory from a Manchester United side who looked in disarray and lead by a manager who is starting to look out of his depth.
Whatever opinion you might have for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United is not a club for most novices.
Did you know? West Ham have won 47 percent of the Premier League matches when Mark Noble has started under Manuel Pellegrini (15/32), compared to just 18% when he hasn’t (2/11).
Roberto Firmino: ” I believe VAR is currently going to be the death of us in the end. Nevertheless, Liverpool utilized the technology in particular for their benefit and Roberto Firmino.
There’s little doubt in my mind the other benefits a large psychological advantage and that when VAR comes to actions a single group suffers.
While Chelsea were afflicted by VAR’s discovery that Mason Mount’s big toe was offside that the Brazil global took full advantage of the problem and put the game beyond the Blues.
This wasn’t a traditional Liverpool operation but even VAR can not stop a group from winning ugly.
Did you know? Roberto Firmino was directly involved in 10 goals in his past 11 Premier League matches for Liverpool, scoring 5 and assisting five.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Arsenal find themselves in the top four and it’s all down into Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Since his birth at the Emirates he has rescued Arsenal’s often performances and left them more palatable. Their match from a plucky Aston Villa who appear to be adapting to life at the Premier League, although it may be a bit slow to survive from the Premier League, was bad and they rely about the international that is Gabon.
I’ve seen this before when managers utilize strikers as a get out of jail card along with the second the striker’s objectives dry up they are the very first from the door. Arsenal owe Aubameyang and if he’s fighting, and he can, give him a little latitude.
Did you know? Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 16 goals in his past 16 matches across all contests for Arsenal, such as in each of the previous four matches in a row (five goals).
You have seen my selections this year. However, that would you opt for?
Select your XI.
When is a rucksack not only a rucksack? When it prices #6,500!
James Maddison made a bit of a stir at the BBC Green Room when he had been seen sporting his new Louis Vuitton rucksack. As we can see everything within 15, the see-through thing looked interesting not least.
I had just arrived at the BBC studios for Final Score to listen to a galaxy of celebrity pundits musing on the necessity of such a buy. I, on the other hand, had only arrived and hearing a carrier bag was picked up by that the fuss and asked the pundits what had been global using the carrier bag I was holding in my hand?
It was hardy, kept a discretion and was cheap although I admit that it did not look complicated. I requested my fellow pundits could Maddison have made the sort of curiosity had he arrived for work at his hands with my carrier bag – much to the amusement of everyone.
I believe a plastic carrier bag being carried by Maddison along with his designer fragrance, special hair and comb gel could have caused much more controversy.
There is not anything fresh in professional footballers making fashion statements; they’re entitled to spend it anyway they choose and nightclubs pay them the money. However there is a cost to be paid, so far as the general public is worried and it might prove be costly.
Players that make such announcements need to ask themselves, in the last analysis, is it a price worth paying?
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