EPL Match Week 10 Recap
Updated: Oct 20
As big-margin wins become inevitable for Manchester City, Branden Rogers sees his job as Leicester's manager in jeopardy. Chelsea are doing well under Potter, and Newcastle thrashed Brentford. Arsenal stayed on top of the table, and United redeemed themselves. Here is the recap for EPL Match Week 10.
Bournemouth vs. Leicester, Let's Go, Brendan:
Brendan Rogers may be the next EPL manager to be released from his duties at Leicester following the continuing streak of losses and unsatisfactory results. In a surprise move, he left Vardy on the bench, which went against the line-up that beat Nottingham Forest last week.
From the statistics perspective, the Foxes were dominant but couldn't maintain their one-goal advantage, losing the game 2-1. Bournemouth's comeback within 4 minutes led to Leicester fans chanting that they wanted Rogers to be fired. As things stand, the news of his sacking is probably around the corner and may come out as early as this week.
Chelsea vs. Wolves, Another Magician Potter:
Graham Potter may not have gone to Hogwarts, but he has shifted Chelsea in almost magical ways. The London Blues beat Milan in the Champions League with ease and didn't seem to be troubled as they put three balls in the visiting side's net.
The Wolves couldn't keep possession of the ball for long periods. That gave Chelsea's fast attacking the room it needed to dominate the game, despite Pulisic's not being in good form.
Manchester City vs. Southampton, The Inevitable:
It was yet another predicted high-margin victory for the home side. City were dominant both on the pitch and in statistics. They produced shots more than four times Southampton did and maintained almost 66% ball possession.
Foden and Haaland were on the scoresheet again, although each scored one goal. They were not the only goal scorers for Man City, though, as the game ended 4-0 for the hosts. This was predictably a one-sided match.
Newcastle vs. Brentford, Bees not Like Bees:
Is it that Newcastle have found their foundation? The answer is a cautious maybe. Will Brentford be relegated? If they keep playing as they have been in the previous few games (past their 4-0 victory against Man United), they will definitely feel the pressure. The Brentford that troubled even the big teams last year seems to have lost their venom.
In all fairness, they had a goal overturned by VAR before going down by a goal prior to halftime. They couldn't hold on to their equalizer and fell behind again shortly after. It is not to say that Magpies were not good. They showed a game that suggested Newcastle have found their ground and are back to threaten big names.
Brighton vs. Tottenham, Difficult Win for the Visitors:
Spurs' habit of sitting back and scoring from counterattacks was risky, and, at times, it looked like Brighton's equalizer was coming. Brighton produced an array of opportunities, all of which went to waste due to either Spurs' good keeper or Brighton's lack of precision in the finishes.
As Tottenham felt the threat of losing their narrow victory, they brought in Richarlison, who has been a game-changer. The substitution turned the tides slightly, and Spurs held on to their one-goal win.
Crystal Palace vs. Leeds, Palace More Even Than Leeds:
Leeds demonstrated a sharp beginning to the game, stunning Viera's squad. Jesse Marsch's team took the lead ten minutes after kick-off. But that turned the tides a bit for Palace, who took charge of attacking and maintaining more possession of the ball and equalized the game before halftime.
The two sides demonstrated an even match as the game progressed, especially in the second half. Palace succeeded in maintaining more possession of the ball and turning it into a one-goal advantage before full-time.
West Ham vs. Fulham, Was That Handball?
The controversial moment of this game was perhaps West Ham's second goal which got the VAR involved. But even VAR couldn't make up their mind about whether to allow the goal. It certainly was a curious moment as the ball seemed to have touched Scamacca's hand. He was convinced the goal would be overturned and didn't celebrate until after VAR decided to give it to West Ham.
Fulham saw their victory slip off their hand after the VAR controversy and were determined to make a comeback. The Hammers, though, showed better control and a sign of return from their woeful start to the campaign as they snatched the three points.
Arsenal vs. Liverpool, Gunners Gunned The Reds:
This was predictably the hottest match of the week in which both sides gave it all they had. Arsenal had a stormy beginning and went ahead shortly after kick-off. Trent Alexander-Arnold, whose form has declined this season, was poor in defending the goal, but Liverpool found their footing and the equalizer. The evenly progressing match turned for the hosts once more as the two sides went to locker rooms with a one-goal advantage for Arsenal.
Being poor in defending, Trent was substituted at halftime, but that did not stop Arsenal's relentless attacks. Both teams played with high lines, which gave Liverpool a chance to equalize again. However, a series of mistakes by their defenders gave the Gunners a penalty kick. Saka turned it into Arsenal's third goal, and the match ended with Arsenal's win that took them back to the top of the table.
Everton vs. Manchester United, Redemption Statement For Red Devils:
Following the 6-3 defeat in Manchester Derby, this match was a test of Man United's character and ability to put the inevitable loss behind them. Things didn't seem to be going their way as they fell behind in the fifth minute. They took back control, preventing Everton from making any more shots on target.
Casemiro had an interesting game. His mistake led to Everton's goal, and he missed a scoring opportunity right at the goal. But his excellent pass to Ronaldo, who replaced the injured Martial, led to the Red Devils' number seven's first goal of the season and United's comeback victory. Everton lost their confidence as United took more control of the match. They put United under pressure in the dying minutes of the game, but it was not enough to break the visitors' defense.