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  • Total no.of goals scored in week 8 = 28

Saturday (14/10/2017)

United held a goalless draw at Anfield

Liverpool 0 – Manchester United 0

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Manchester United continued their unbeaten streak with an away goalless draw against arch-rival Liverpool.

Liverpool dominated the field but failed to break the deadlock while United had hardly any positive attack in the final third. Liverpool had five shots on target out of 19 shots while United only managed to put one shot on target out of their six shots.

In the eight games this season, it was United’s second draw while they have also clinched six victories. On the other hand, it was the fourth draw for Liverpool in this season while they have also won three matches and lost only once.


Wood’s late header survived Burnley against 10-man West Ham

Burnley 1 (Chris Wood 85’) – West Ham United 1 (Michail Antonio 19′)

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Chris Wood’s late header snatched a point for Burnley against 10-man West Ham United. Michail Antonio produced an early lead for the visitors’ West Ham United as he successfully netted on just 19 minutes.

But just eight minutes later (27’), West Ham suffered a huge blow after Andy Carroll was sent off due to receiving two yellow cards in quick successions (26’ and 27’).

Since that Burnley tried hard to take that advantage and open their scoreline. Finally, Chris Wood succeeded to beat the goalie on 85 minutes through a header from Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s cross.


Crystal Palace’s awful run ended with a surprising victory against Chelsea

Crystal Palace 2 (Cesar Azpilicueta 11′ OG; Wilfried Zaha 45′) – Chelsea 1 (Tiemoue Bakayoko 18′)

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The awful run for Crystal Palace in this season has finally come to end with a surprising victory against the defending champion Chelsea.

The first goal for Crystal Palace in this EPL season came through an own goal which was scored by Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta on 11 minutes. Collecting the following cross, Yohan Cabaye first beat David Luiz and then the ball hit on Azpilicueta’s body that created a huge deflection to beat easily the Chelsea goalie (Thibaut Courtois).

However, Chelsea quickly replied after Tiemoue Bakayoko scored the equaliser goal on 18 minutes through a header from the following corner.

On 45 minutes, the hosts Crystal Palace regained their lead after Wilfried Zaha netted successfully.

Chelsea once again tried to level the scoreline in the second half but they failed this time on their attempts.

After losing all the previous seven matches, it was the first victory for Crystal Palace in the ongoing EPL season.


Manchester City outclassed Stoke City

Manchester City 7 (Gabriel Jesus 17′ & 55′; Raheem Sterling 19′; David Silva 27′; Fernandinho 60′; Leroy Sane 62′; Bernardo Silva 79′) – Stoke City 2 (Mame Diouf 44′; Kyle Walker 47′ OG)

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Table leader Manchester City strengthens their position with a thrashing victory by 7-2 against Stoke City.

Gabriel Jesus opened the scoreline for the dominant hosts Manchester City on just 11 minutes from Kyle Walker’s pass. Just two minutes later, Raheem Sterling made the scoreline 2-0 for the hosts.

On 27 minutes, David Silva scored the third goal for his team.

On 44 minutes, Stoke City got their first goal after Mame Diouf’s shot hit the net after a deflection.

Just 2 minutes in the second half, Kyle Walker’s own goal turned the match into an interesting moment as the hosts were still leading by 3-2.

Jesus scored his second goal on 55 minutes as Manchester City took the 4-2 lead.

Just 5 minutes later, Fernandinho’s stunning strike from 25-yard distance secured the match for the hosts as they were leading by 5-2.

On 62 minutes, Leroy Sane added another goal for the hosts that was assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a through ball.

Bernardo Silva scored the final goal for the hosts on 79 minutes as Manchester City won the game by a 7-2 margin.


Tammy Abraham’s brace produced three-point for Swansea

Swansea City 2 (Tammy Abraham 42′ & 48′) – Huddersfield Town 0

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Tammy Abraham’s brace produced the first home win for Swansea in this season as they beat the visitors’ Huddersfield Town by 2-0.

A defensive error from the visitors cost the first goal as Abraham opened the scoreline from Tom Carroll’s pass.

In the 3 minutes of the second half, Abraham netted the ball second time from very close range after Jordan Ayew’s delivery beat the visiting goalie (Jonas Lossl).


Hosts Tottenham edged out Bournemouth

Tottenham Hotspur 1 (Christian Eriksen 47′) – AFC Bournemouth 0

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Christian Eriksen’s only goal produced three points for the hosts Tottenham Hotspur against AFC Bournemouth.

Eriksen scored the solitary goal in just 2 minutes of the second half after the visitors’ defenders showed some poor responses.

In this EPL season, it was the first home victory for Tottenham Hotspur as they had two draws and one defeat in their previous home encounters.


Watford snatched their first home victory through the injury time goal; Arsenal’s away woes continue

Watford 2 (Troy Deeney 71′ PEN; Tom Cleverley 90’+2′) – Arsenal 1 (Per Mertesacker 39′)

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Watford finally clinched their first home victory in this season after beating Arsenal by 2-1.

Playing his first Premier League match in this season, Per Mertesacker put Arsenal 1-0 ahead through a header from the following corner. It was also first away goal for Arsenal in this Premier League season.

Hosts Watford made a comeback in this match on 71 minutes through a penalty goal. Richarlison was fouled by Arsenal right-back inside the penalty box which resulted in a penalty for the hosts and Troy Deeney equalised the scoreline from that opportunity.

In the thrilling injury time, Tom Cleverley scored the winner for Watford.

It was the first home victory for Watford in this season while it was Arsenal’s third away defeat in 2017/18 EPL (also one away draw). Arsenal is still waiting for their first away victory in this Premier League season.


Sunday (15/10/2017)

Everton added a point with the final minute penalty goal

Brighton & Hove Albion 1 (Anthony Knockaert 82′) – Everton 1 (Wayne Rooney 90′ PEN)

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Wayne Rooney’s 90th-minute penalty score gave a point to Everton as the match finished in a 1-1 draw against the hosts Brighton & Hove Albion.

Anthony Knockaert broke the deadlock on 82 minutes as the hosts took the 1-0 lead.

Just before the final 90 minutes, the hosts conceded a penalty after Bruno hit on Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s neck through his shoulder inside the penalty box. Experienced Rooney made no mistake as his low strike levelled the scoreline and rescued his team.


Southampton-Newcastle match ended in a 2-2 draw

Southampton 2 (Manolo Gabbiadini 49′ & 75′ PEN) – Newcastle United 2 (Isaac Hayden 20′; Ayoze Perez 51′)

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Hosts Southampton vs visitors Newcastle United match finished in a 2-2 draw after Manolo Gabbiadini recovered the hosts twice from trailing.

Isaac Hayden put Newcastle 1-0 ahead on just 20 minutes through a good low strike from outside the box.

After a good spin inside the penalty box, Gabbiadini levelled the scoreline for the hosts on 49 minutes through a low strike.

However, just 2 minutes later, the visitors earned another lead (1-2) after Ayoze Perez’s powerful low strike found the net.

On 74 minutes, Southampton won a penalty after the visiting defender Florian Lejeune committed a foul against Shane Long inside the penalty box. Gabbiadini took that penalty chance and struck at the top right corner to equalise the scoreline (2-2) which was also the final scoreline.


Monday (16/10/2017)

Mahrez late strike saved Leicester

Leicester City 1 (Riyad Mahrez 80′) – West Bromwich Albion 1 (Nacer Chadli 63′)

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Riyad Mahrez late strike helped Leicester City to salvage a home draw against West Bromwich Albion.

Nacer Chadli put the visitors 1-0 ahead on 63 minutes through a stunning free-kick from 30-yard distance that gave no chance to the opposing goalie.

Mahrez equalised the scoreline on 80 minutes after Islam Slimani generated a headed pass to him. Despite playing much dominating football, the hosts failed to win the encounter.


  • Points Table at the end of week 8
Position Team Played Won Drawn Lost GD Points
1 Manchester City 8 7 1 0 +25 22
2 Manchester United 8 6 2 0 +19 20
3 Tottenham Hotspur 8 5 2 1 +10 17
4 Watford 8 4 3 1 0 15
5 Chelsea 8 4 1 3 +5 13
6 Arsenal 8 4 1 3 +2 13
7 Burnley 8 3 4 1 +2 13
8 Liverpool 8 3 4 1 +1 13
9 Newcastle United 8 3 2 3 +1 11
10 West Bromwich Albion 8 2 4 2 −2 10
11 Southampton 8 2 3 3 −2 9
12 Huddersfield Town 8 2 3 3 −4 9
13 Swansea City 8 2 2 4 −3 8
14 Brighton & Hove Albion 8 2 2 4 −4 8
15 West Ham United 8 2 2 4 −6 8
16 Everton 8 2 2 4 −8 8
17 Stoke City 8 2 2 4 −9 8
18 Leicester City 8 1 3 4 −3 6
19 AFC Bournemouth 8 1 1 6 −8 4
20 Crystal Palace 8 1 0 7 −16 3

(Note: GD = goals differences)


  • Key Week 8 Stats

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea – i) Crystal Palace took 640 minutes to score their opening goal in this season. In the football league history, it is the second largest wait for a team to score their opening goal in a season. Halifax Town (fourth tier) is the record holder as they had taken 730 minutes to score their opening goal in 1990/91 season.

ii) It is the only sixth time in Premier League history when a bottom-placed team beat the defending champions.


Manchester City vs Stoke City – In the Premier League history, it was the second time when Manchester City scored 7 goals in a match. Before this game, they had beaten Norwich by 7-0 margin on 2nd November 2013.


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