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ASTON VILLA v EVERTON
Friday Night Football live on Sky Sports to kick off the Bank Holiday Weekend.
After two games and two defeats, Aston Villa are realising just how difficult the step up to the Premier League is and Dean Smith’s Villains find themselves sharing the base of the infant Premier League table with a number of clubs who haven’t won yet.
Villa Park hosted Bournemouth last Saturday.
In the sunshine of the Midlands Dean decided to rest Conor Hourihane and bring in youngster Douglas Luiz.
Conor was on the bench but didn’t see any game time.
The Irish midfielder could consider himself quite unlucky after just two games of his Premier League campaign.
In the time Conor has graced the field, Villa haven’t been losing. At Tottenham last week Dean decided to replace the ex-Barnsley player after 80-minutes when the score was still 1-1.
Once Conor left the pitch, Villa ran out of steam and conceded two late goals.
The home game against the Cherries, Conor didn’t get any action and Villa were beaten 2-1.
It sounds simplistic to have that perception but Hourihane will be digging his teammates saying that he’s unbeaten at the moment.
Young Douglas did get on the scoresheet with a 2nd-half goal but Dean Smith’s side were already losing 2-0 at the time and young Dougie was culpable for the 2nd of Bournemouth’s goal’s.
The young Brazilian with the white hair inexplicably dummied the ball just outside his area and gifted Bournemouth a shot at Tom Heaton’s goal.
John Terry will be straight onto Douglas Luiz and Dougie will know in no uncertain terms that he can’t do that in that area of the pitch.
Tom Heaton was unfortunate to give away a penalty in the 1st-half but there was no doubt that it was a foul and Tom accepted his fate.
The Aston Villa staff don’t need telling how difficult this season will be but in the two games played already the players have given the ball away to their detriment and these errors need eradicating quickly if they stand a chance of staying in the League.
Everton head down the M6 to Birmingham currently unbeaten after gaining 3-points against Watford at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Marco Silva will always hope to beat Watford after the acrimonious way he left Vicarage Rd to join the Toffees so his Saturday night will have been a much sweeter one than Javi Gracia’s.
Bernard got the only goal in the 1-0 victory against the Hornets and the win gives Everton 4-points after the opening day draw against Crystal Palace.
Marco introduced Mason Holgate back into the Premier League giving the ex-Barnsley man, who shared a dressing room with Conor Hourihane at Oakwell, the final 20-minutes against Watford.
Young Mason will be pushing for a start against Villa and should be backed by the Toffees faithful.
Their visit to Villa Park should be a great entertaining game to begin the August Bank Holiday weekend of Premier League football.
The Holte End hasn’t entertained the Toffees since March 2016 when Everton came and took the points following a 3-1 away victory. Ramiro Mori, Aaron Lennon and Romelu Lukaku were the Toffees scorers that day with Rudy Gestede replying for the Villains late on.
None of these 4-players will be on show today as all moved on to bigger and better things, well, other clubs.
Bet 365 offer Villa at 12/5, the Draw at 12/5 and 11/10 for Everton to come away with all 3-points.
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Away Win 1-3
NORWICH v CHELSEA
Early Saturday Afternoon Football live on BT Sports.
Norwich are the first of the promoted clubs to get 3-points after a superb 3-1
victory against Newcastle at Carrow Rd on Saturday.
In the Championship last season, Teemu Pukki was the standout goal scorer getting 29-goals in Norwich’s Title winning team.
Transferring that form to the Premier League was always going to be harder but the little Finnish striker put that to bed scoring a superb hat-trick against the Magpies.
Whilst lacking in height, Teemu has pace to burn giving him a big advantage over a lot of defenders so his goals over the course of the season could just keep Norwich in the league.
His first goal was a superb volley reminiscent of the ex-Norwich legend Jeremy Goss goal in a famous Canary victory against Bayern Munich back in October 1993.
Between the sticks, that day in 1993 was Scotland goalkeeper Bryan Gunn.
Bryan’s son Angus, who wasn’t born at the time of Norwich’s brilliant victory against the German giants, now plays in goal for fellow Premier League rivals Southampton.
Teemu scored his 2nd of the 3 from roughly the same place in the area and rounded off his hat-trick in the 2nd-half.
Norwich will target their home games against the mid to bottom end teams in the Premier League as a way of getting enough points to keep them in the division.
However, the visit from Frank Lampard’s Chelsea will be a tougher ask than a struggling Newcastle side who appear to be suffering more from off-field problems that is affecting their on-field performances.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea head to Carrow Rd following a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge against Leicester.
Mason Mount got the Blues goal early on in the game and the youth of Chelsea played well in the 1st-half however, do have frailties at the back and are always likely to concede.
That game on Sunday followed an arduous adventure in Istanbul that saw the Blues, as Europa League winners take on Liverpool, as Champions League winners, in the Super Cup.
Whilst a showpiece event it was difficult to ask two Premier League clubs to travel to Turkey midweek and compete in the heat of the Bosporus.
Most pundits thought Liverpool would easily beat Frank Lampard’s Chelsea but despite a Transfer embargo, Chelsea are a decent team and Frank has got a lot of players to rival Liverpool, City and United.
N’Golo Kante was different class against Liverpool, easily the best player on the Besiktas pitch and it was hard to fathom why Sarri-Ball didn’t play N’Golo in his natural position as the central midfielder.
Frank brought back Olivier Giroud into the starting lineup against Liverpool and Leicester and Olivier scored in the Super Cup.
The Blues eventually lost that Super Cup Final after taking Liverpool all the way to penalties following the full-time score of 2-2.
What was strange for the two English clubs out in Istanbul was that there was extra-time before the penalties and the game didn’t finish until after midnight in Turkey.
That said the boys should be fit enough and both Liverpool and Chelsea should have the man-Power to compete in all these games.
That is really, in essence, why a football club starts.
Racism seems to be at its fore at the moment but in reality, whilst abhorrent, is nowhere near the level of abuse people had to endure during the ‘80s and ‘90s.
People because it was the general public, not just footballers.
Kick-It Out should be proud of there achievement in trying to rid this unsavoury part of the beloved game.
That said, unfortunately, it’s not just an unsavoury act of our beloved game it’s a part of society fuelled by the key-board warriors who sit in their mother’s bedroom thinking that they are cool and with it.
Social Media has a big part to play in the clowns who want to ridicule someone and bring in their colour, creed or religion into the abuse.
Tammy Abraham was abused horrendously for missing the 5th Chelsea Penalty in the Super Cup shootout against Liverpool ultimately gifting Liverpool the trophy.
What goes through these individuals minds when they are Tweeting?
In the early ‘80s, Barnsley FC had a Black player called Winston Campbell.
Winston was a fine player, way beyond Barnsley FC, a flying winger with skill in excess, yet was subjected to horrendous racial abuse every time he pulled on a Reds shirt.
What was remarkable was the abuse Winston endured was quite frequently by the Barnsley fans.
Not because they didn’t like Winston but because it was the norm of that period in English history.
Barnsley fans didn’t know better, they weren’t racist they were just idiots.
In today’s game, Winston would be close to a £40 Million player but wasn’t given the protection afforded by today’s greats.
Society, in general, is up against it at the moment and a World where we live in that gives a burglar the thought that he will run over and kill a Policeman only doing his job, destroying lives, is terribly wrong and whilst not to justify racist comments, by idiots who abuse footballers, sat in their mums bedrooms, it can be sorted quite simply by the Twitters or Facebook bosses.
Society and Football have moved on from the horrible ‘80s but there will still be individuals who think it’s funny to say bad things.
These individuals can be brought to account and will be.
Tammy Abraham Respect!
Winston Campbell Respect forever!
The last time Chelsea visited Carrow Rd in the Premier League was coincidentally the same day that Everton went to Villa Park back in March 2016.
Kenedy and Diego Costa gave the Blues the goals in a 2-1 victory with Nathan Redmond replying for the Canaries.
Bet 365 offer Norwich at 15/4, the Draw at 3/1 and Odds On 7/11 for Chelsea to come away with all 3-points.
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Away Win 1-3
WATFORD v WEST HAM
Watford are now firmly rooted at the foot of the infant Premier League table following back-to-back defeats in their opening two games.
The home defeat against Brighton last week would have been hard to take for the Hornets but to follow that up with an away defeat against Marco Silva and his Toffees must have been a bitter pill to swallow.
There’s no love lost between Watford and Everton after Marco’s departure from Vicarage Rd so when the two clubs meet, the Watford faithful don’t want to lose.
Unfortunately, that’s just what happened at Goodison Park going down by a single Everton goal leaving them nought from two.
This game against the Hammers is now vital to get Javi Gracia’s men back on track as although Javi signed a new improved contract recently, the Watford owners are not known for loyalty in hanging onto managers and will get rid if things don’t go their way.
With players such as Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu, the Hornets do have the ammunition to score goals but have not managed to find the back of the net yet in the opening two fixtures.
That’s surely what Javi will be working on in training this week as if a team can’t score goals, a team can’t win football matches.
West Ham head the short distance up the M1 to Vicarage Rd following a well-deserved point gained in a 1-1 draw at the Amex on Saturday.
Manuel Pellegrini made five changes to the starting eleven that were blitzed by Man City last week.
In came Angelo Ogbonna, Arthur Masuaku, Pablo Fornals, Robert Snodgrass, and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez.
The changes seemed to work, however, the boys that missed out were unlucky to come up against a rampant City team who are going all out for their 3rd-successive Premier League title.
Manuel Lanzini was outstanding against Brighton and Little Pea ‘Chicharito’ does what he does best and scored for the Hammers to earn them a point against a Brighton team that had comfortably beaten today’s opponents Watford in their opening fixture.
Jack Wilshere was taken off at half-time with Mr Pellegrini stating that it was purely due to easing Jack back into the Premier League after Jack’s injuries.
Keeping Jack Wilshere fit will be the Hammers priority as a fit Jack Wilshere enhances any team.
A good fixture for the West Ham fans not having to travel that far on the Bank Holiday weekend and they will return home quickly for a Bank Holiday Saturday night blowing bubbles.
This fixture was the final game of the 2018/2019 Premier League season with the Hammers heading to Vicarage Road and leaving with all 3-points.
Mark Noble scored twice, Manuel Lanzini and Marco Arnautovic added the goals to give West Ham a convincing 4–1 victory over a Watford side who obviously had one eye on the FA Cup Final.
Gerard Deulofeu got the Hornets consolation and Jose Holebas was shown a straight Red Card which at the time cruelly ruled him out of the FA Cup Final.
The FA overturned the Red Card and Jose was allowed to play in the showcase Final.
After Watford were hammered 6-0 in that final by Pep’s City, Jose was wishing the FA hadn’t had bothered.
Bet 365 offer Watford at 8/7, the Draw at 5/2 and 21/10 for West Ham to come away with all 3-points.
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SHEFFIELD UNITED v LEICESTER
Sheffield United matched Norwich on Sunday by becoming the second of the newly promoted clubs to get a victory in the Premier League.
Chris Wilder’s men beat a very poor Crystal Palace side that included Wilfried Zaha 1-0 remaining unbeaten in their return to the Premier League.
With the Blades first home game of the season being televised live on Sky Sports, the Blunts would have wanted to see more from their side.
Being from the Steel City, the Bramhall Lane faithful don’t ask for much, as long as they get a greasy-chip butty and a pint with 6-straws they are a happy bunch.
So watching that victory against the Eagles will be the best thing they have seen since Sean Bean in When Saturday Comes.
Sean Bean is 100% Blade, his tattoo on his left shoulder says so, so he must be.
He’s a good lad Sean, been in many TV programs and Hollywood blockbusters but must wake up every morning thanking his god for the career he has been afforded.
Sean is Sheffield through and through and whether he is playing Sharpe on ITV 4, a villain in James Bond’s Goldeneye, someone in Games of Throne, or any other of his fine work, he’s just Sean Bean from Sheffield.
A Barnsley fan, a few years ago, once saw him sneaking out of Oakwell after the Blunts had been soundly beaten by the Super Reds.
Sean had his collar up and was incognito but he’s still Sean Bean.
The Barnsley fan shouted “ eh up Sharpie “ with which the Game of Thrones star replied “ eh up JB “
Leicester were like a boxer on the ropes in the 1st-half at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea took the lead.
It appears to be the in thing at the moment ‘our team play out from the back’ maybe a vanity thing.
Brendan appears to want to play this way and is sticking up for his players following the error that cost them the opening goal.
‘Our team playing out from the back’ will draw a mistake eventually and Mason Mount capitalised on the error to get Chelsea’s opener
However, the half-time talk from the trainer in the corner, Brendan Rodgers, cleared the Foxes heads and they came out in the 2nd-half to bully Chelsea and the final score should have been 2 or 3-1 in favour of the Pink Foxes.
Wilfred Ndidi got the equaliser midway through the 2nd-period.
James Maddison and Jamie Vardy Both had chances to be the heroes for Leicester but couldn’t convert.
A point from Stamford Bridge is actually 2-less than last year’s gain but Brendan will be happy to get the visit to Chelsea out of the way as Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are in transition at the moment and will get better throughout the season.
The Foxes last visited Bramhall Lane for a league fixture way back in February 2010 and left Sheffield with all 3-points after Andy King scored the only goal.
That game 9-years ago was not a Premier League game but took place whilst both were in the Championship.
What’s remarkable is that Andy King is still a Leicester City player although spends most of his time out on loan.
Bet 365 offer Sheffield United at 12/5, the Draw at 11/5 and Evens 1/1 for Leicester to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 7/4 that there are Under 1.5 Goals and 15/2 for a 0-0 Scoreline.
MANCHESTER UNITED v CRYSTAL PALACE
A rare Saturday 3.00 PM kick-off for the Old Trafford faithful.
Manchester United were the better team for the majority of the game at Molineux on Monday Night Football but couldn’t capitalise on their superiority and allowed Wolves back into the game to get a share of the points.
Anthony Martial put United 1-0 in front in the 1st-half after a brilliant team move involving Marcus Rashford.
Nuno Espírito Santo made a tactical switch at half-time bringing on Adama Traore and the switch seemed to work as Wolves came back and scored an excellent equaliser.
United then had the chance to take all 3-points when Paul Pogba was upended in the Wolves box and a penalty was awarded.
Marcus Rashford had taken the spot-kick against Chelsea in the opening game but allowed Paul this one at Molineux.
Paul, unfortunately, hit the spot-kick too close to the Wolves ‘keeper who saved and the chance was gone.
Whilst United are slowly improving from the debacle of last season, there are still a couple of players not up to United standard.
Whilst it’s unfair to dig out certain players the stats show them themselves.
Jesse Lingard hasn’t scored or made a Premier League goal or assist in 8-month.
This needs addressing by Ole sooner rather than later as if he’s not scoring or not assisting then what is he contributing, other then his social media profile.
Scott McTominay is not up to standard either.
Whilst only young Scott can be worked on but he lacks the x-factor needed to be a top Central-Midfielder.
He rarely gives the killer ball.
With Michael Carrick at the club, there is still a chance Scott can develop but he’s way off the level of Paul Pogba.
Pogba has is doubters, a lot of them but despite the penalty miss against Wolves, which happens, Paul had another decent game.
Of course, after the miss, the idiots sat in their mum’s bedroom were straight on the Twit to vent their racist vitriol.
United had the opportunity to go top of the infant Premier League table but the draw away at Molineux is a point more than last terms loss so Ole has to put that in the bank and move onto this home game against Palace.
Crystal Palace headed up the M1 to Sheffield on Sunday to take on newly-promoted Sheffield United at Bramall Lane and quite simply it was a question of Why?
Roy Hodgson brought the Eagles star man back into the starting eleven and despite little glimpses of what Zaha does, Palace were simply dreadful and deserved the 1-0 defeat against the Blades.
What Roy would probably not have wanted following that lack-lustre display was a trip to Old Trafford to take on the infant Premier League leaders.
Palace haven’t a good record at Old Trafford and rarely leave with anything other than the odd point here and there.
If the Eagles faithful see a Crystal Palace performance anything near the performance in Sheffield then that trend will continue.
This game last season, at Old Trafford, was one of Jose Mourinho’s final fixtures in charge of the Red Devil’s and finished in a drab 0-0 draw giving Palace one of their rare points when in Manchester.
Jose remained in charge for a further 4-games until he was eventually given his marching orders.
Bet 365 offer United at Odds On 4/11, the Draw at 15/4 and 15/2 for Crystal Palace to come away with all 3-points.
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Home Win 3-0
BRIGHTON v SOUTHAMPTON
Brighton remain unbeaten after drawing 1-1 against West Ham at the Amex on Saturday.
Following their impressive opening day victory away at Vicarage Rd, Graham Potter made just one change to his starting eleven bringing in Leandro Trossard for Jurgen Locadia.
The change paid dividends with Trossard scoring twice for the Seagulls. Unfortunately the first didn’t count due to VAR getting involved and denying the goal.
Leandro wasn’t going to let that dampen his enthusiasm and scored for real in the 2nd-half to put Brighton level after West Ham had taken the lead 5-minutes earlier giving the Seagulls a share of the points with the Hammers.
Ex-Huddersfield star Aaron Mooy made his debut for Brighton after his move from the relegated West Yorkshire club. Aaron came on as a substitute for the final 5-minutes to start his life on the South Coast.
The Australian midfielder is a great little player and although relegated from the Premier League with Huddersfield was always destined to return to a Top Flight club.
Mooy did play 90-minutes in Huddersfield’s first game of the season
which resulted in a loss and will be glad to be out of the Terriers who have just sacked Jan Siewart after a disastrous 3-game start to life in the Championship.
Brighton have had a relatively easy run of fixtures up-to-now and the visit from Southampton continues that trend.
Southampton are one of only four teams without a point from their opening two games after back-to-back defeats against Burnley and Liverpool.
The recent loss against the Champions of Europe could have been different if Danny Ings had not missed a guilt-edge chance late on in the proceedings.
Danny did get the Saints goal in the 83-rd minute after a bizarre attempted clearance by the Liverpool ‘keeper Adrian.
Rocky Balboa won’t be happy.
Adrian kicked the ball which rebounded off Danny Ings straight into the Reds goal giving Wreck-It Ralph’s men hope of a comeback.
Moments later Danny, it appeared, only had to side foot the ball past Adrian to get his and the Saints second but fluffed his lines and the chance was gone.
Two straight defeats for the Saints with this trip along the South Coast awaiting them.
Ralph Hasenhuttl needs to get his Saints going as it could just be another long hard season at St Mary’s.
At the Amex last season, Southampton came away with the spoils beating Brighton in a relegation battle.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg got the solitary goal in a 1-0 victory for the Saints easing the pressure on Wreck-It Ralph.
Bet 365 offer Brighton at 13/10, the Draw at 12/5 and 2/1 for Southampton to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 5/1 that Glenn Murray Scores First and 20/1 that Southampton Miss a Penalty.
Home Win 2-0
LIVERPOOL v ARSENAL
Late Saturday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports.
Liverpool went top of the infant Premier League table after a 2-1 victory against Southampton on Saturday.
Jurgen’s men could be forgiven for the lethargic performance against the Saints after their midweek Super Cub exploits in Istanbul.
Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties and then less than 72-hours later were in the sunshine of Southampton.
Sadio Mane came back to haunt his former club on the stroke of half-time putting the Reds 1-0 up going into the break.
Roberto Firmino made it 2-0 after the break and with time running out, Jurgen’s boys looked to be in control before a moment of madness from Adrian gifted the Saints a goal.
Adrian inexplicably kicked the ball against Danny Ings to give Danny a goal against his former employers.
Danny had a chance to score a second moments later but missed a sitter to give Liverpool a let-off and all 3-points.
After the midweek Super Cup victory against Chelsea in Istanbul where the Reds scored all 5 of their penalties in the shootout to get the trophy, Jurgen and his men will relish a week off and recharge the old batteries.
Adrian is a decent ‘keeper but was not wanted by a struggling West Ham side, now he’s thrust into the first team of the Champions of Europe.
Liverpool needs to get Alisson back fit as soon as possible if they are going to compete at the top.
Yo Adrian will give his best whilst the temporary custodian of the jersey but is not of the standard that Alisson is.
Sadio Mane is in fine goalscoring form at the moment since returning from the African Cup of Nations scoring twice in the Super Cup against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea plus the goal against the Saints.
Jurgen has tweaked his defence slightly from last season.
It’s noticeable that the back four are playing more of a high line than last season with all four of the defenders virtually on the halfway line.
What that implies is that Jurgen is confident that his back four can outpace the opposing team’s attackers.
Teemu Pukki, who is a Premier League novice scored in the first game, whilst Liverpool conceded twice against Chelsea and the error against the Saints so it appears that the tactical tweak in defence will ship goals until the defenders are used to the change.
The opposing teams will use the pace of their forwards against the Reds defenders which brings in the current Arsenal forwards who have pace in abundance.
Unai Emery will have noted the high line that Liverpool employ and will look to exploit that area of the Reds defence by using Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and new signing Nicolas Pepe who is rapid.
It’s rumoured Pepe had a race against Usain Bolt whilst the Jamaican sprinter was on trial at Lille where Nicolas was plying his trade before his big-money move to the Emirates.
Usain edged out Pepe in a photo-Finish over 100-metres but Pepe was full of confidence after the race against the 100-Metre World Record Holder.
Arsenal join Liverpool at the summit of the infant Premier League table after a comfortable 2-1 victory against Burnley
in the early Saturday Afternoon kickoff.
Lacazette opened the scoring for the Gunners early on in the game before Burnley equalised just before the break.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang got the Gunners winner midway through the 2nd-half and despite the odd moments from Sean Dyche’s Clarets, never looked in trouble and ran out comfortable winners to give them a 100% start to the season, which is in stark contrast to last season where Arsenal lost the opening two games.
Unai has brought in David Luiz from Chelsea to bolster his defence and whilst an excellent character for the Emirates dressing room, David always has a mistake or two in him so may not inspire the Gooners confidence.
Arsenal will be up there in the Top Six but like Manchester United and possibly Wolves will have a lot of Thursday night trips to Kyrzbekistan
to contend with, which may take its toll.
Dani Ceballos is quickly becoming a fans favourite at the Emirates and it’s easy to see why he was recruited by Real Madrid.
Dani is initially on loan from the Bernabeu, the problem being for the Gunners, is that Real Madrid want him back after the loan period and Unai doesn’t have the option to buy.
That may change in 12-months time but it could become a catch-22 situation with the fact that if Dani has an outstanding season, Real Madrid will definitely want him back, yet if he doesn’t perform well Arsenal won’t want him.
Dani C just has to get his head down and make himself an Arsenal hero, even if it’s just for one day.
Both Liverpool and Arsenal have had relatively easy starts to the new campaign so this should be the first real test for Jurgen and Unai.
Arsenal were outgunned at Anfield last season losing 5-1 after initially taking the lead through Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
The game on Merseyside took place just after Christmas with the Gunners happy to bring presents in the form of goals for the Reds.
That early goal from Ainsley just sparked Liverpool into play and the Front Fab Three of Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and two from Roberto Firmino gave the Reds a 4-1 lead going into the break.
Firmino got his hat-trick after Liverpool were awarded a penalty midway through the 2nd-half.
Roberto coolly slotted the spot-kick home to give him the match ball and Jurgen’s Boys all 3-points.
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Home Win 4-1
BOURNEMOUTH v MAN CITY
Early Sunday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports.
Bournemouth are back at the Vitality following last weekends away day at Villa Park.
Eddie and the Cherries remain unbeaten after the opening day draw and a professional 2-1 victory against Aston Villa who are finding life back in the Top Flight quite difficult at the moment.
Bournemouth took advantage of the early opportunity to take on newly-promoted Villa and after Villa’s ‘keeper Tom Heaton made a rash challenge on after only 2-minutes, Josh King slotted home the penalty.
Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson who makes his first start in the Premier League for Bournemouth, after spending last season on loan at Championship side Derby, scored the Cherries 2nd after only 12-minutes of play.
Another new signing, Philip Billing was lucky to stay on the pitch legally after initially being booked in the 1st-half.
Philip then made another couple of rash challenges and Eddie decided to substitute him just after the break to save him from a 2nd yellow card resulting in his Cherries being reduced to 10-men.
The visit of High Flying City will be a tough ask for Bournemouth who have been afforded the luxury of playing their opening two games against newly-promoted clubs.
Pep was very philosophical following the game against Tottenham.
If it had been a boxing match the referee would have stopped the proceedings before half-time with City battering Tottenham.
However, following Raheem Sterling’s opener and Sergio Aguero’s goal, Tottenham replied both times and came away from the Etihad with a point.
What was even worse for Pep was Gabriel Jesus had a last-minute winner ruled out by VAR due to the ball brushing Aymeric Laporte’s arm in the build-up.
VAR is just referring to the law that any goal resulting from a handball infringement in the build-up will be disallowed.
The problem is the law, not VAR.
What makes the law an Ass is that in the opposing area that would not be given as a penalty.
It just doesn’t make sense and needs an amendment as soon as possible.
VAR was at fault earlier on in proceedings though.
Against Tottenham Erik Lamela blatantly held Nicolas Otamendi from a corner and VAR decided not to get involved.
In Europe or a FIFA tournament that is a definite penalty, in the Premier League, the referee and the VAR think either they are better than the Rest of the World or that it’s ok to hold.
It’s a penalty simple.
Riyad Mahrez got the only goal for City back in March when Bournemouth last entertained Pep’s men.
The vital 3-points kept City on course to win the Premier League title for a second successive season.
Bet 365 offer Bournemouth at a massive 12/1 which is staggering for a Home Team, the Draw at 6/1 and Odds On 2/11 for City to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 15/4 that Raheem Sterling Scores First and 21/20 that City Win to Nil.
Away Win 0-3
WOLVES v BURNLEY
Late Sunday Afternoon Football, however, not a televised game, just re-arranged due to Wolves Europa League adventure.
After being outplayed in the 1st-half at Molineux on Monday night against Manchester United, Nuno out manoeuvred Ole and made a tactical switch bringing on the rapid Adama Traore.
United’s defence couldn’t handle the speed of the Spaniard and his pace allowed Wolves back into the game culminating in a superb Ruben Neves strike passed a helpless David De Gea.
Ryan Bennett did concede a penalty but Rui Patricio, the Wolves goalkeeper, made a terrific save to deny Paul Pogba and Wolves held on for a deserved point.
Wolves will have travelled to Italy prior to this visit of Burnley to take on Torino in the Europa League qualifiers.
Burnley were beaten 2-1 at the Emirates last weekend with Ashley Barnes getting the Clarets goal.
Sean Dyche wasn’t happy with some of the antics of the Arsenal players effectively accusing the Gunners of cheating.
A rant afterwards about being told that the maximum offence for cheating is a yellow card didn’t sit right with Sean.
What will be a significant factor in this fixture is Sean and Burnley know exactly what the exploits of the Europa League adventure takes out of a team following last season’s qualifying campaign for the Clarets.
Sean will have his players prepped for the visit to Molineux and will be telling them “remember what happened to us last season, get into the Gold and Blacks straight from the whistle “
Ashley Barnes has 3-goals to his name already and will be looking to add to that tally.
Last season’s fixture at Molineux took place in mid-September and finished 1-0 in favour of Wolves.
Raul Jimenez with the solitary goal.
Bet 365 offer Wolves at slight Odds On 4/5, the Draw at 12/5 and 15/4 for Burnley to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 4/1 that Raul Jimenez Scores First and 9/4 that Wolves Score in Both Halves.
Home Win 2-0
TOTTENHAM v NEWCASTLE
Late Sunday Afternoon Football live on Sky Sports to bring Game Week 3 to a close.
Tottenham, it could be argued, were the luckiest team of the previous weekend after being battered for 90-minutes by Man City yet still scored 2-goals and left the Etihad with a point.
With a total of only 3-efforts on target, 2-resulting in goals for Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura, Tottenham somehow withstood the City onslaught to get the surprise draw against Pep’s High Flying City.
Erik Lamela, fresh from his appearance on WWE’s RAW should have had a penalty awarded against him for his grappling at a corner but VAR didn’t want to get involved.
With time running out, VAR were on the case spotting the ball deflecting off Aymeric Laporte’s arm in the build-up to Gabriel Jesus scoring what looked like a winner for City.
The law now states that if a goal is scored following any handball scenario then VAR has to rule it out.
What utter nonsense, this rule will have to be amended to prevent chaos ensuing.
The powers that be will have to have a sit-down, maybe in the upcoming International Break and adjust the ruling as it is completely senseless.
If that happens when a defender dies it in his own box, a penalty would not be given therefore the rule or law as to change.
Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t given Jan Vertonghen any game time yet which the Spurs faithful may start assuming that something is a-miss there.
Jan will be hoping to get some football against a pretty subdued Newcastle side on Sunday who head to Tottenham’s new stadium following 2-successive defeats.
Newcastle were simply dreadful at Carrow Rd on Saturday losing 3-1 against Teemu Pukki and his fellow Canaries.
Jonjo Shelvey did get an a consolation goal for the Magpies but overall the performance wasn’t acceptable and Steve Bruce has his work cut out in his dream job.
That dream job may just become a nightmare for Big Brucey if he doesn’t get to grips with his players.
The boys were made to train on Sunday following the display at Norwich.
Steve Bruce is an experienced manager and should be able to instil some much-needed confidence into his players, that said this trip to the Chas and Dave Memorial Stadium may just come too soon for Steve and the Toon Army.
Tottenham beat Newcastle 1-0 last season with Son Heung-Min getting the Spurs goal late in the game.
Although a home fixture for Tottenham, the game was played at Wembley as the Lilywhites had not yet moved into their new Stadium.
Bet 365 offer Tottenham at Odds On 1/5, the Draw at 11/2 and a massive 12/1 for Newcastle to come away with all 3-points.
Bet 365 offer 12/5 that Harry Kane Scores First and 11/8 that there are Over 3.5 Goals.
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