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[EPL] MatchWeek 9 Review – History Made Yet Again!

The week followed an all too familiar, predictable script, except for probably the magnificent Manchester United fightback at Stamford Bridge that needed a 96th minute equaliser from Chelsea’s Ross Barkley to quell. That final minute stoppage time goal helped set a first in Premier League history. In other news, Arsenal climbed back into the top four of the Premier League for the first time this season as they fought back from behind against Leicester City to claim their 10th straight win.

Combined with the victories for Manchester City and Liverpool later in the day Saturday, Chelsea’s dramatic 2-2 draw meant that for the first time three teams have remained unbeaten after nine matches of a Premier League season. On only two other occasions have so many teams stayed undefeated so long in the top flight of English football. In 1978/79, none of Liverpool, Everton and Nottingham Forest had lost after nine matches, while 12 years later four teams, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace, achieved the same.

And history bodes well for fans of the three unbeaten teams in 2018/19. On both previous occasions teams had not lost for so long, that season’s champions came from those sides, Liverpool claiming the title in 1978/79 and Arsenal in 1990/91.

MATCHWEEK 9 – Results

Reigning champions Manchester City made simple work of Burnley at home strolling to a 5-0 victory to remain top of the Premier League table as Liverpool managed to keep pace with a 1-0 win through Mohamed Salah during their visit to Huddersfield Town. Chelsea maintained their unbeaten run as Ross Barkley scored in the sixth minute of injury time to deny Manchester United victory at Stamford Bridge in a pulsating 2-2 draw. Tottenham Hotspur narrowly edged out West Ham United with a 1-0 victory on the road.

Arsenal leapfrogged bitter rivals Tottenham after goals from Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (two) sealed a 3-1 comeback win over the Foxes after a Hector Bellerin own goal. The win also sees Arsenal close the gap to the summit to just two points after a thrilling run under new manager Unai Emery.

It comes after the Premier League returned with a bang at the weekend as Manchester United and Chelsea played out a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. The Blues were staring their first defeat of the season in the face, with Anthony Martial scoring twice as United came from behind and looked set to claim their first win at the Bridge since 2012. But Ross Barkley scored in stoppage time to salvage a point for Maurizio Sarri’ side.

That sent the Blues top of the table for a few hours, before Manchester City kicked off against Burnley. Pep Guardiola’s side thumped the Clarets to return to the summit.

Tottenham won the London derby against West Ham but Liverpool secured a narrow victory at Huddersfield to reclaim second spot. Elsewhere, Fulham fell victims to Cardiff’s first win of the Premier League campaign.

On Sunday, substitutes Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun scored late on as Everton registered their third successive Premier League victory by beating Crystal Palace 2-0 at Goodison Park.

Points Table After MatchWeek 9

Matchweek 9: What we learned
Ryan Sessegnon becomes the first PL goalscorer born in 2000, plus other must-know facts from the weekend’s matches
Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United
Since his debut in September 2015, Anthony Martial has scored 40 goals in all competitions, more than any other Manchester United player
AFC Bournemouth 0-0 Southampton
AFC Bournemouth have lost only one of their last nine home league matches, winning five and drawing three, and are unbeaten in their last six
Cardiff City 4-2 Fulham
Ryan Sessegnon is the first player born in or after 2000 to score a PL goal. He is also Fulham’s youngest goalscorer in the competition at 18 years and 154 days
Manchester City 5-0 Burnley
Man City are unbeaten in their last 34 PL matches kicking off at 15:00 on a Saturday, the longest such run in the competition
Newcastle United 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Brighton picked up their first away win in 18 league matches, since beating Swansea City in November 2017
West Ham United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur have won five consecutive top-flight London derbies for the first time since January 1961, a season in which they won the league
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Watford
Roberto Pereyra’s goal was his first away from home in the competition since scoring at Chelsea in October 2017. Each of his previous seven goals had been at Vicarage Road
Huddersfield Town 0-1 Liverpool
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has kept six clean sheets in his opening nine PL matches, a feat second only to the seven shutouts Petr Cech achieved in 2004/05
Everton 2-0 Crystal Palace
Everton’s six headed goals this season is more than any other side in the Premier League
Arsenal 3-1 Leicester City
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has now been directly involved in 21 goals in his 22 PL matches for Arsenal (16 goals, five assists)           Stats Courtesy – PremierLeague.com

Alan Shearer’s Team of the Week
Everton have won plaudits for the exciting attacking displays this season but it is the performance of a player at the heart of their defence that caught the eye of Alan Shearer this weekend. Michael Keane helped his side secure a clean sheet against Crystal Palace on Sunday and also provided an assist for Cenk Tosun’s goal, as the Toffees earned a 2-0 victory.

Hugo Lloris (TOT) | WHU 0-1 TOT
Like all the best goalkeepers, Lloris came to his side’s rescue when called upon to do so. He made three very good saves.
Hector Bellerin (ARS) | ARS 3-1 LEI
This was an awesome display from the Gunners full-back, who provided two assists, and attacked relentlessly throughout.
Michael Keane (EVE) | EVE 2-0 CRY
Keane was very impressive against Crystal Palace. He was instrumental in his side getting clean sheet and is beginning to form an excellent partnership with Kurt Zouma.
Toby Aldeweireld (TOT) | WHU 0-1 TOT
The Belgian defender was resilient at the back when the going got tough at London Stadium.
Benjamin Mendy (MCI) | MCI 5-0 BUR
The Frenchman was a joy to watch going forward. He didn’t need to defend much but weighed in with a league-leading fifth assist of the season.
Mesut Ozil (ARS) | ARS 3-1 LEI
Wow. What a performance from Arsenal’s No 10! The German playmaker was involved in all three of their goals.
Fernandinho (MCI) | MCI 5-0 BUR
The unsung Brazilian bossed the middle of the park from start to finish and produced a superb goal.
Josh Murphy (CAR) | CAR 4-2 FUL
The winger was a constant threat with his pace and provided a very good finish to help Cardiff earn their first win of the season.
Erik Lamela (TOT) | WHU 0-1 TOT
The Argentinian scored a good goal and was a constant threat with his pace and trickery.
Anthony Martial (MUN) | CHE 2-2 MUN
The Frenchman delivered under pressure, taking his side to the verge of victory with two brilliantly taken goals.
Riyad Mahrez (MCI) | MCI 5-0 BUR
There is competition for places at Man City and Mahrez rewarded his manager’s faith with a performance that had everything, including a wonderful goal.

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