With the season well underway, the Premier League was only just beginning to take shape but right before the international break, we witnessed a highly unpredictable Matchday 7 in the Premier League.
In the first game, we saw Manchester United and Everton lock horns and even though the former were leading by halftime, Everton’s Townsend pulled one back later and the game ended as a draw. In a clash between two lower half teams, both Burnley and Norwich failed to score a goal and were sorely disappointed, sharing one point each.
Chelsea and Southampton were neck and neck for the majority of the game but Chelsea managed to score 2 goals in the last 10 minutes of the game making the final score 3-1. Leeds United haven’t hit top gear like they did last season but a 1-0 win against Watford keeps them away from the relegation zone for the time being. In the game between Wolves and Newcastle, we saw a Hwang Hee-Chan brace that made sure they build upon their recent good form. The first day ended with both Arsenal and Brighton sharing points after a 0-0 draw which pushed Brighton down to 6th in the league.
Crystal Palace and Leicester tied 2-2 making the latter’s situation in the table even worse since they are now in the 13th spot well under their mighty expectations. Tottenham supporters would be over the moon having won 2-1 against Aston Villa and on the other hand, West Ham had a major upset since Brentford won 1-2. The matchday ended as the top two teams on the table clashed but both Liverpool and Manchester City couldn’t beat each other and the game ended 2-2. FootTheBall brings you the major talking points and the things we learned from Matchday 7 of the Premier League.
1) OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER’S GAMBLE
Fact: Among everyone associated with Manchester United, Ole was the ONLY one having this kind of face. #MUFC #OleOut #OleOutNow pic.twitter.com/HlQqZU0KoI
— Wilson Ndungu (@finally_wilson) October 3, 2021
Manchester United lost their game against Aston Villa last game and hence Ole felt he needed to stir up his system. It was a bold move to exclude Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard from the starting lineup given that they have been on top of their game this season. The gamble didn’t pay off, and United, who were the league leaders a couple of weeks ago, have fallen down to 4th after 2 bad performances. United had the majority of the possession and made 13 goal-scoring attempts but only 1 of them went in. Some would argue that if Ronaldo would have started, they would have surely scored more goals in the first half itself given how clinical he has been for United.
2) SPURS HAVE HOPE
Spurs were on a losing spree ever since after the first International break but they have finally won one and that too against formidable opponents. Spurs had lost their last 3 Premier League games in a row against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal respectively and in all 3 games, they had conceded 3 goals. A clean sheet would have made their day but Spurs fans won’t be too sad about that. Although their performance wasn’t too good against Aston Villa, this was an important win for their team’s morale and the environment in the camp.
3) SALAH MIGHT BE PL’S BEST
Mo Salah scored a breathtaking goal against Manchester City by carrying the ball from outside the box, beating 5 Manchester City players and finishing in the bottom corner of the far post. The world cheered for the world class goal but later in an interview, Klopp acknowledged that this wasn’t just a World-Class goal but it was by a World Class player who doesn’t get the respect he deserves. Salah has been one of the top goal scorers of the league ever since he joined Liverpool in 2017 but he is never compared to the likes of Premier League greats. He has scored 6 goals so far and is the highest goalscorer in the league at the moment. He has arguably been one of the best players in Liverpool’s rich history and it is time everyone acknowledges his domination in modern-day football.
4) EVERYONE’S SECOND FAVOURITE TEAM
Brentford has been well over the popular expectation in their promotional season and have hardly disappointed their fans so far in the league. They defeated Arsenal in their opening game and defeated West Ham, a club that has been in top form especially in their home stadium. Brentford is currently 7th in the table just shy of a Europa League spot and this is their first-ever Premier League season. They have only conceded 6 goals so far and have lost only on occasion against Brighton. They are quicky becoming the neutral’s favourite with their zeal and running.