It has been raining goals in the Premier League so far this season but Saturday saw more subdued fare, with four games producing just eight goals.
What is this? Mid 90s Serie A?
Let’s hope for some more goalmouth action today with three games taking place.
Arsenal 0-1 Leicester City
Scorers: Vardy 80′.
Jamie Vardy came off the bench to score the winner as Leicester overcame Arsenal at the Emirates.
Alexandre Lacazette thought he had given the hosts the lead in the opening stages but his header was chalked off for offside, with Grant Xhaka deemed to be interfering with Kasper Schmeichel.
The French international then missed a glorious chance when he failed to make contact with Kieran Tierney’s inviting cross.
Leicester dug in and kept the Gunners at an arms length until the introduction of Vardy, who was making his return from a calf injury.
Youri Tielemans’ defence-splitting pass played in Cenigz Ünder who set up Vardy to head into the empty net ten minutes from time and gain a well-earned three points for the visitors.
Leicester move back up to fourth and just one point behind league leaders Everton.
Wolves 1-1 Newcastle United
Scorers: Jiménez 80′; Murphy 89′.
It’s fair to say that this one took a while to get going.
Following the goalless first half, Wolves have now failed to score in 22 of their previous 28 opening 45 minutes in the Premier League, so we shouldn’t have expected anything more.
It looked as if the game was heading to a goalless draw before Raul Jiménez broke the deadlock ten minutes from the end.
The Mexican striker produced a brilliant half-volley which arrowed into the top corner after Rúben Neves’ free-kick had been headed into his path.
That looked to have won the game for the hosts but Jacob Murphy stunned Molineux (well, the players and coaching staff) with a curling free-kick which crept in at Rui Patricio’s near post.
Wolves have now moved up to seventh, while Newcastle jump up to 14th.
Southampton 2-0 Everton
Scorers: Ward-Prowse 27′, Adams 35′
With James Rodriguez in the side after a late fitness test it was the Toffees who started the brighter of the two sides, and went closest to scoring on 20 minutes, only for the Colombian’s free kick to be saved well.
Just a few minutes later however, it was Southampton who went.
Some neat work down the right-hand side saw the ball into James Ward-Prowse’s feet, who finished well past Jordan Pickford.
Soon it was even worse for the Merseyside outfit as Che Adams doubled Southampton’s lead with a low a strike under the goalkeeper.
After the break things got even worse for Carlo Ancelotti’s side though, when Lucas Digne was sent off for a bad foul on Kyle Walker-Peters.
It was Everton’s 98th red card in Premier League history, the worst disciplinary record of any side in the division’s history.