Week 8 of the Premier League saw the current champions of the league, Manchester City, lose again by a score of 2-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Manchester United lose, again, to Newcastle United during a one goal thriller. Liverpool come out on top after a last minute penalty scored and that keeps the Reds perfect with a 2-1 win over Leicester City.
After an impressive 3-1 win last weekend against Everton, Manchester City were set to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers, widely regarded as one of the dark horses of the League. That was certainly true in this match as Wolves dispatched City by a score of 2-0 with both goals coming from Adama Traore. The first goal came in the 80th minute, after City’s backline fell asleep to the lurking Traore. After many failed attempts by City, and many good defensive decisions by Wolves, Adama Traore scored again in the 94th minute to secure another win for Wolves, and to deny City three well needed points in the title race. With a win for Wolves, they move up to 11th place in the table, this being only their second win this season. City, however, have lost their second game of the season, dropping the full three points. This now opens a eight point gap between City, in second, and Liverpool, in first.
Nineteen year old, Matthew Longstaff’s goal was the online difference between Newcastle United and Manchester United, as Newcastle beat out Manchester United by a score of 1-0. Longstaff’s goal came in the 72nd minute, it was long enough in the game to catch Manchester United sleeping and tired out to steal away a win and give more agony for Manchester United. The Red Devils now look like a tired out side that has not been performing to their greatest potential with the depth and quality in their squad. Ole Gunnar Solskjær has now not won away in any competition in over 200 days, with their last win coming against PSG in the Champions League, by a score of 3-1. Now fans and supporters around the world are asking the question, “Why haven’t we fired him yet?” That’s a big question to be asked of the board at Manchester United. We will see how they react to United’s next game after the International Break against league leaders, Liverpool.
Liverpool looked to make it eight wins from eight games, and that’s what they did as they narrowly beat Leicester City by a score of 2-1. Sadio Mané opened the scoreline for Liverpool with an excellent goal from him to put the Reds ahead before the stroke of halftime. James Maddison scored for Leicester in the 80th minute to bring the score to 1-1 and put the Reds’ perfect start in jeopardy. But in the 94th minute, Sadio Mané drew a penalty inside Leicester’s box and the Red’s were awarded a penalty kick. With one swift kick, James Milner dispatched the ball into the net to give Liverpool a 2-1 lead in the dying seconds of the match. It stayed that way and the Reds made it eight wins from eight games, 24 points from 24 points. Leicester City still are looking very sharp this season, as they sit in 4th place and could cause quite a shakeup in the traditional top 6 finishers. Many people say Liverpool have practically won the title with this late victory and City dropping points, but there are still 30 more game left in the season, and the drama is far from over.
In other news from around the league this weekend…
Brighton beat down on an already wounded Tottenham Hotspur side, as the Seagulls score three in a final scoreline of 3-0.
The battle of the newly promoted side kicked off between Aston Villa and Norwich City. Villa thrashed the Canaries by a score of 5-1.
Bottom of the table Watford played out a 0-0 draw against newly promoted Sheffield United.
Burnley won a close 1-0 victory over Everton, after Seamus Coleman was sent off for Everton with a red card.
West Ham United lost a close game with London rivals Crystal Palace by a score of 2-1, with Jordan Ayew getting a goal for the Eagles in the 87th minute to put them in front.
Chelsea thrashed Southampton on the southcoast this weekend by a score of 4-1, with the only goal for the Saints coming from loanee Danny Ings in the 30th minute.
Arsenal win a close game against Bournemouth by a score of 1-0, with David Luiz scoring the only goal that came in the 9th minute.