Is it just me that quite enjoys the Friday Night Game?
But before that, let us start with the awards ceremony, shall we.
Worst Team – Norwich City this week, because they were dreadful against Watford and Watford aren’t that much better in terms of quality.
Best team – Chelsea. They went to Spurs, got overran in the first half and Tuchal had the invention to change it and change the game.
Villain of the Week – The ‘model pro’ Harry Kane. Where was he AGAIN?!
Hero of the Week – Sadio Mane for grabbing his 100th Liverpool goal.
Without further ado, lets crack on with a little run down.
FNF(Friday Night Football) was Newcastle and Leeds and they played out a decent 1-1 draw. At one stage, it looked like Newcastle were about to get absolutely smashed, but after falling behind, Alain Saint-Maxim dragged them level.
St James’ was full of ‘BRUCEY OUT’, prior to the game and during. The goal would have meant Steve could have his weekend kebab with a bit of relief, but he is another one that could be heading for Boris’ Universal Credit.
Both teams still haven’t won, which is a surprise given Leeds’ exploits last season.
Biesla is safe, or you would assume, but they need a win and quickly.
Wow, just wow – Brentford are good, aren’t they? They battered Wolves with so much maturity and finesse it was incredible.
Just what the hell has happened to Wolves? Goals is a big problem, but in fairness it was always a problem, by that I mean, they have never been prolific in front of goal!
Thomas Frank needs huge credit and Bruno Lage needs to get Adama Traore sorted out – he does the hard bit, if you like, and then can’t do the easy bit. He is so inconsistent it’s incredible.
What has happened at Arsenal? They went to Burnley and one through a clever freekick from Martin Odegaard.
Sean Dyche will be furious that they were denied a pen when it was overturned after Ramsdale appeared to have hauled down Vydra – which on reflection was a good decision in fairness.
Same old though for Burnley, they haven’t got an out and out goal scorer.
Mikael will be pleased with back to back wins mind – but can they push on?
On the back of Palace doing Spurs last week, they must have fancied getting something at Liverpool and particularly as they have a good record at Anfield.
Liverpool were wasteful in the first half after creating several openings, before Sadio Mane notched his 100th goal for them right before H/T. Palace created their own chances and some good chances but didn’t take them.
Liverpool came out and put the game to bed 10 minutes from time with a Mo Salah goal and Naby Keita scored a brilliant goal just before F/T.
Palace just didn’t defend set pieces well and lost so many second balls. They play some tidy stuff at times and they will be safe this season, without doubt.
Everyone, including me, expected Man City to trounce Southampton, particularly as Man City seemed to be hitting some form. Southampton had different ideas and they will be furious that they weren’t awarded a pen, when the liability which is Kyle Walker looked to have given a pen away.
Man City were shot shy and this is the first time you looked at them and thought, I just wonder if they are light up front – that remains to be seen. Jesus is such a whinge bag as well and I don’t think he is good enough.
Southampton are still winless which is a problem and as I said previously, will they regret selling Danny Boy.
Norwich, unfortunately became the fourth team ever to lose the first five games in the league – that’s an unwanted record!
Ismaila Sarr has scored twice which takes Watford up to 11th in the league, as they also recalled Big Ben in goal.
Norwich meanwhile, are in deep trouble as the stats are suggesting and I cant see how they can galvanize themselves to get out of it at the minute – I know is obvious, but they wins and quickly!
One thing is for sure, Rafa Benitez will be so angry with getting smashed at Aston Villa – they were sensational by the way.
The first was so bad, it was unbelievable, but Villa scored 3 in 10 minutes which including a tactical tweak from Dean Smith by bringing on Leon Bailey – which was a game changer, literally.
Everton, on this form are middle table contenders and Pickford makes no difference to this result either!
As with matchday four, I have to announce my concern for Leicester’s form – something is quite right there. Brighton outplayed them and they deserved to go two up in the game, although Leicester did think they had equalised late in the game.
As I had said previously, I like Graham Potter and he deserves huge credit for persisting with his style and its now paying off, or appears to be, so well-done Brighton, keep going!
The CR7 factor is alive and he was on the scoresheet again – I am not surprised!
West Ham were so unlucky and they were generally better than Man Utd I thought, then Lingardino as he is commonly known, lord knows why, because he is shocking, popped up to score against his loan club from last season!
However, what I find astonishingly interesting, is that Michael Carrick clearly forgot who gave him is first opportunity in football – disgusting behaviour!
Tuchal deserves enormous credit for how he turned this around with a tactical change which saw them smash Spurs in the second half!
Spurs looked ordinary and they along with Everton, will be mid-table at the end of the season on this showing!
One final thought for consideration below….