Alex Mott·1 October 2022
Alex Mott·1 October 2022
The Premier League is back.
After the death of Queen Elizabeth and the international break it seems like an age since we had a full list of fixtures but fret no more.
Scorers: Scamacca 29′, Bowen 54′
The hosts took the lead at the half-hour mark as Gianluca Scamacca scored his first Premier League goal for the Hammers.
Cutting in from the right wing Jarrod Bowen commits the Wolves defence, who partially clear, only for the Italian to fire a wonderful shot from the edge of the area.
A game lacking in clear-cut chances required a movement of individual brilliance to spark it to life. Bowen reacted quickest to a deflected shot, bringing the ball under his spell before firing a left-footed shot that beat Łukasz Fabiański at his near post.
Diego Costa came off the bench for his Premier League return and thought he’d started a comeback when his cross was tapped in by Daniel Podence but the goal was ruled out for offside.
This result saw West Ham climb into 15th place with seven points whilst Bruno Lage’s side remain in the bottom three on six points.
Scorers: Partey 20′, Jesus 49′ Xhaka 67′; Kane (PEN) 30′
Arsenal won the north London derby as they beat 10-man Tottenham 3-1 thanks to goals from Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka.
Tottenham travelled to the Emirates looking for their first win at Arsenal since 2010 and a victory that could take them above the Gunners into first place in the Premier League.
It was the home side who flew out of the blocks quickest with Gabriel Martinelli forcing a save from Hugo Lloris inside the opening two minutes.
The Gunners were completely on top but against the run of play the visitors had a golden chance to score through Richarlison, but the Brazil striker fluffed his lines from close range.
Arsenal did make their dominance pay though on 20 minutes, as Partey fired in a stunning first time effort from the edge of the area.
Just 10 minutes later however, Spurs were level as Richarlison was fouled in the area and Harry Kane netted from the spot.
Into the second half and Arsenal once again started brilliantly and scored almost immediately thanks to Gabriel Jesus’s close range finish.
Things got even worse for Tottenham soon after as Emerson Royal was given a red card for a cynical foul on Martinelli.
Arsenal would make their extra man pay as Xhaka burst through into the box and fired a low drive into the bottom corner.
Scorers: Firmino 33′, 54′, Webster (OG) 64′; Trossard 4′, 18′, 83′
Liverpool had to come from two goals down but were still held by Brighton as Leandro Trossard scored a hat-trick at Anfield.
The visitors took a shock lead with barely five minutes on the clock. As Liverpool fail to adequately clear their lines, the ball breaks to Trossard who fires low back across Alisson to give Brighton the lead.
Trossard doubled Brighton’s lead as Liverpool’s shaky defence was exposed once again with Danny Welbeck winning the ball back high up the field to spring a clinical attack.
Liverpool were handed a lifeline in the 33rd minute when Roberto Firmino halved the deficit. Mo Salah was originally flagged as offside in the build-up but the goal was given after a VAR consultation.
Firmino was at it again after the break, dancing through the Brighton defence having been set up by half-time substitute Luis Díaz. The Brazilian was found in the box before cooly moving around a pair of Brighton defenders to level for the hosts.
A stunning turnaround was completed 10-minutes later and it was a disastrous moment for keeper Robert Sánchez as he fails to connect with Alexander-Arnold’s corner and the ball bounces off Adam Webster and into the Brighton goal.
Trossard would complete a magnificent individual performance as he brought the game level once more in the final ten minutes to complete a hat trick.
Scorers: Édouard 7′; Aubameyang 38′, Gallagher 90′
Crystal Palace took an early lead against Graham Potter’s Chelsea. Odsonne Édouard started the move, spreading the ball out to Jordan Ayew on the right wing before darting into the box and poking home Ayew’s subsequent cross.
Raheem Sterling was inches away from drawing level for Chelsea but was denied by the upright after some good play by Reece James down the right flank.
A controversial five minutes saw Chelsea get level as Thiago Silva was penalised for a deliberate handball but, even as VAR intervened, was only shown a yellow card before Pierre-Emerick Aubmeyang levelled with his first goal for the Blues.
As the game seemed to be destined for a stalemate, Chelsea youth product Conor Gallagher produced a stunning moment of individual brilliance. The 22-year-old fired a power strike into the top corner to win it at the death for the Blues.
Scorers: Reid 88′; Wilson 11′, Almirón 33′, 57′, Longstaff 43′
A rampant Newcastle got back to winning ways as they thrashed Fulham.
Fulham’s game started in disastrous fashion as they were reduced to 10 men with barely seven minutes on the clock. Nathaniel Chalobah comes in late with studs showing on Sean Longstaff and, after a VAR consultation, was shown a straight red card.
From bad to worse, Callum Wilson gives the visitors the lead moments later. Defender Kieran Tripper’s wonderful cross is met at the back post by Joe Willock who knocks the ball goalbound but Wilson makes sure it crosses the line.
Miguel Almirón doubled Newcastle’s lead in exquisite fashion. The Paraguay international played a give-and-go with Bruno Guimarães before hitting a first-time volley leaving Bernd Leno with no chance.
The rampant Magpies would put the game to bed before halftime. From a corner, Sven Botman forced Leno into a great save with a powerful header but could only divert the ball onto the post and into Longstaff’s path fire in low amidst the chaos.
Almirón added Newcastle’s fourth, and his second, just before the hour mark as he tapped home Willock’s low cross at the back post, as the former-Arsenal player grabbed his second assist of the game.
Bobby Reid found a late consolation goal for Marco Silva’s side but that is all it would be as Newcastle ran out convincing winners at Craven Cottage.
Scorers: Aribo 49′; Coady 52′, McNeil 54′
Frank Lampard’s side made it back-to-back wins as three goals in fives minutes settled the affair at Saint Mary’s Stadium.
The hosts took the lead shortly after the interval before Everton turned things around in incredible fashion. Summer signing Joe Aribo fired low and hard below Jordan Pickford to give Southampton the lead but Ralph Hasenhüttl’s joy was short-lived.
Conor Coady drew the visitors level with a thumping shot from close range having been found by Amadou Onana and, two minutes later, Everton were head.
Dwight McNeil with acres of space and plenty of time rifled a powerful shot from close range giving Gavin Bazunu little chance for a save.
Everton’s lead was kept intact, in no small part thanks to Jordan Pickford. The England International was called up with 20 minutes remaining to deny Adam Amstrong’s close-range effort in spectacular fashion as Everton won 2-1.
Bournemouth thought they should’ve been awarded an early penalty when Pontus Janssen seemingly brought down Jordan Zemura in the box. After a VAR review, however, the referee stuck with his onfield decision of no penalty.
Jefferson Lerma had a golden opportunity to put the hosts ahead as he latched onto a cross inside the six-yard box and sent his header towards goal but the effort was cleared off the line in spectacular fashion.
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