De Futebol Watford wins! The Hornets are in eighth place

Watford shutout West Ham 2-0. The Hornets jumped into eighth place with 18 points.

EPL Match Report;” David Moyes’s first match in charge of West Ham United ended in defeat as Will Hughes and Richarlison gave Watford a 2-0 victory at Vicarage Road.

Hughes scored with his first Premier League shot to put Watford ahead on 11 minutes while Hornets goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes denied Cheikhou Kouyate and then produced a superb double save to thwart Marko Arnautovic.

Kouyate fired over at the start of the second half but Watford doubled their lead on 64 minutes when Richarlison finished a counter-attack.

The visitors went close to pulling a goal back but Manuel Lanzini’s shot was cleared off the line by Christian Kabasele as Watford ended a run of three straight defeats.

The Hornets move up to eighth place while Moyes’s side remain in the bottom three with nine points from their first 12 matches.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22460

De Futebol Arsenal Wins! Shitty wins to stay atop the EPL. Liverpool blows out the Saints! Man U wins!

My guys from Arsenal scored two first half goals to take a 2-0 lead. Goals by Shkodran Mustafi in the 36th minute and Alexis Sanchez 41st minute spelled doom for Spurs at our house Emirates.

Arsenal wins 2-0 give Tottenham their first back to back road losses since December 2016.

The win gives my guys 22 points.

This is Arsenal’s first win over Spurs in their last six matches. The schneid stops at six. The guys improve to one win, two losses and four draws.

EPL Match Summary:” Arsenal completed their first north London derby victory over Tottenham Hotspur in seven attempts with a 2-0 win at Emirates Stadium.

The hosts took the lead on 36 minutes when Shkodran Mustafi, on his return from injury, met Mesut Ozil’s free-kick with a towering header.

The Gunners doubled their lead five minutes later when Alexis Sanchez controlled Alexandre Lacazette’s low centre and fired high into Hugo Lloris’s net.

In the second half Sanchez was thwarted by the feet of Lloris, while at the other end Petr Cech denied Eric Dier before Son Heung-min blazed over late on.

Their 11th consecutive home PL victory took them to within a point of their third-placed neighbours ahead of the 3pm matches.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22452

Spurs drop to fourth place with 23 points.

Chelsea blows out West Brom 4-0.

Man Shitty scored two second half goals to pull away from Leicester City 2-0.

Shitty sits at the head of the class with 34 points.

Liverpool demoralizes Southampton 3-0.

The Reds are in fifth place with 22 points.

Bournemouth clobbers Huddersfield 4-0.

Burnley pitches a shutout over Swansea City 2-0.

Everton claws their way back to earn a two all draw against Crystal Palace.

EPL Match Report on the Reds blow out win:” Mohamed Salah went top of the Premier League scoring charts with two goals for Liverpool in a 3-0 win over Southampton.

The Egyptian opened the scoring on 32 minutes at Anfield when he curled in from the edge of the box.

It was 2-0 before half-time as Salah latched on to Philippe Coutinho’s through-ball to take his tally to nine goals for the season.

Southampton went closest through Ryan Bertrand’s free-kick but Coutinho completed the scoring on 68 minutes, converting on the rebound after Fraser Forster had saved from Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool are fifth after Jurgen Klopp’s first PL victory over Saints, who drop to 14th.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22458

Man U gave up and early goal to Toons. It looked like a long day at Old Trafford for the Red Devils. Au contraire buckaroos. Man U came storming back to score four goals to beat Newcastle 4-1.

This match marked the return of Man U’s playmaker Paul Pogba. Pogba had a goal 54th minute and an assist.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic return from an injury to play in the final moments of the match. Old Trafford gave him a standing ovation.

Romelu Lukaku ended his goal drought with net finder in the 70th minute.

Anthony Martial levelled it at one all for Man U in the 37th minute.

The guys fell behind 1-0 when Toons Dwight Gale beat De Gea in the 14th minute.

Chris Smalling nail a net beater in the 45th minute plus one to give the Red Devils a 2-1 lead at halftime.

Man U stays in touch with the leaderboard Man Shitty with 26 points.

Shitty has 34 points.

The Red Devils are a plus 21 while Man Shitty is a plus 33.

 

De Futebol The EPL is too Chicken to play the up and coming stars of England

Arsène Wenger admits to the Daily Mail the EPL does not help promising young talent excel due to the demands of the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger believes that every Premier League club fails promising English talent due to the demands of the top flight.

The past few months have been euphoric for England – with the nation winning various international tournaments at differing age groups.

The Young Lions are World Cup winners at Under 17 and Under-20 level, while the Under-19 squad are European champions.

Despite their recent triumphs though, many rising talents of the English game find their progression into the first team blocked. Staggeringly only half of one per cent of boys who enter academies at the age of nine go on to make a living from the game. The Premier League are committed to investing in the region of £800million to youth development to change this alarming statistic.

Reflecting on why this is on BT Sport Films upcoming broadcast No Hunger in Paradise, Wenger admits that all 20 sides fail with integrating the talent because of the pressures involved with getting a result at the weekend.

‘There is huge English natural talent out there and the best way to prove that and to check that is if you look at the results of the young boys in England youth teams at international level,’ he said in the piece which will premiere during FA Cup third round weekend of January 5-8, 2018.

‘They start to win competitions, they start to exist in every big competition with the youth level. That means the talent is there. Now we go into process No 3, the integration.

‘I would say today, many, many, many clubs do well part one and part two – quality of education – there’s a lot work that has been done in England. We all fail in part three, integration into the first team.

‘Nobody has found a miraculous solution because the Premier League has become so demanding that the gap between youth and reserve level and the Premier League is so big that all the managers sit there and sweat on the Friday night and finally think – lets be conservative, we’ll see next week.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5054325/Arsene-Wenger-says-s-hard-pick-young-English-talent.html#ixzz4xlZpf4ek

De Futebol Peru and New Zealand tie Nil-Nil in the first leg

Peru and New Zealand tied nil-nil in the first leg of the World Cup play in match.

The Daily Mail:” New Zealand weathered a lack of possession and territory to hold Peru to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their World Cup play-off at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.

The South Americans, ranked 10th in the world and heavily favoured to advance to next year’s finals in Russia, had only two real chances to score a crucial away goal as home captain Winston Reid marshalled the All Whites’ defence with aplomb.

New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic made a goal-line save after a mix-up in defence and then tipped over a header from Aldo Corzo in the second half as the home team held their shape in the intercontinental play-off.

All Whites midfielder Ryan Thomas had arguably the best chance but his 85th-minute shot flashed centimetres wide of the right-hand post and the sides head to Lima dead-locked for the second leg on Wednesday.

‘It is a really strong result for us, big result and we are pleased with where we are at,’ All Whites coach Anthony Hudson said. ‘But our feet are right on the ground.

‘We haven’t achieved anything yet. We still want to get to Russia. All we have to do is score one goal and that puts added pressure on them.

‘We are very confident we can go there and score.’

Burnley striker Chris Wood started on the New Zealand bench after coming into the camp with a hamstring injury but was subbed on with 16 minutes left as the All Whites looked for a goal.

The Peruvians, under immense pressure to qualify for a first World Cup since 1982, dominated early on, with midfielder Christian Cueva and forward Jefferson Farfan causing problems for the hosts’ defence.

Despite their superior possession, they had only one genuine chance in the first-half when Marinovic pawed the ball away centimetres from the line after a defensive mix-up with Reid.

The Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper was also called into action in the 63rd minute when he pushed a powerful Corzo header from a corner over the bar.

Wood forced the only real save by Pedro Gallese with his first touch before Thomas had his chance to send the crowd of 37,034 into delirium when a loose ball fell to him but his shot flashed just wide.

‘We deserved a little bit more,’ Peru coach Ricardo Gaerca said. ‘We had control of the game but couldn’t score.

‘The All Whites are very tough. They have very good organisation, but we will improve. I know we can play better.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5072191/New-Zealand-0-0-Peru-Whites-hold-firm.html#ixzz4y8528d9c

De Futebol Playing it safe cost Man U Big Time

Playing it safe cost Man U big time against Chelsea.

The Guardians Jonathan Wilson wrote: “The memories of Manchester United in 1985-86 and Newcastle United in 1995-96 serve always as caveats, but already it feels that it would take something outlandish for Manchester City not to be named as champions this season. Perhaps their slick cogs and gears will somehow stick or grind, but at the moment none of the chasing pack are applying pressure.        The gap already is eight points and, once again, on Sunday, it was hard to avoid the thought that there has been something meek in the way José Mourinho has presented the initiative to his rivals.

When United defeated Ajax to win the Europa League, Mourinho spoke of it as a victory for pragmatism. It is a term that is frequently applied to his football, and football generally has a tendency to use pragmatic as a synonym for defensive. But they are not the same: a pragmatist does what is necessary to win; Mourinho insists on reactive football again and again, even when it means losing ground. The three games in the past month against top-six sides were always likely to represent a decisive phase of the season. In them United totalled six shots on target – and that suggests an approach that is not pragmatic, but is rather stubbornly dogmatic.

Yes, this was Chelsea and, yes, they are the defending champions. But City came to Stamford Bridge, dominated the game and won 1-0. United, frankly, never looked like winning. They were not as defensive as they had been in the FA Cup tie here last season when they fielded a back six, but nor was there ever a thought of them taking the game to Chelsea as Pep Guardiola had, of trying to expose a defence that had been given such a tough time in recent games by Roma (twice) and Watford.

Chelsea with N’Golo Kanté, admittedly, are a different proposition to Chelsea without him, and there was no question that Antonio Conte’s side improved with his return after injury. But still, it was hard to see how United ever planned to hurt Chelsea.

Early on, as Ander Herrera was lured towards Eden Hazard, Tiémoué Bakayoko, playing on the left of Chelsea’s midfield triangle, kept finding space to charge into. Which might in itself have been decisive had he not been Tiémoué Bakayoko and therefore lacking the composure that might have turned those opportunities into goals. That avenue, though, was soon closed down, with Phil Jones and, particularly, Eric Bailly stepping out to close down Hazard, leaving Herrera to block the channel Bakayoko had been exploiting.

The use of a back three gave United the option of pushing one of the central defenders out to deal with Hazard and preventing just that problem, but the issues that had cropped up against Tottenham Hotspur last week recurred. Much was played long to the two forwards, which effectively diminished Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s role to the point that he may as well not have been there. The Armenian’s 62 minutes on the pitch yielded just 29 touches – although that was at least five more than an isolated Romelu Lukaku managed in a full game.

And then there was the issue of the midfield. Even excluding Hazard, who occasionally dropped deep, Chelsea had three central midfielders there. United had two plus Mkhitaryan, which meant they were occasionally overmanned, a problem exacerbated by the fact that Chelsea’s wing-backs were, understandably, more aggressive. That was what led to the first Bakayoko chance, as Davide Zappacosta got in behind Ashley Young, and it was a shortfall on that flank that led to the goal. Young was forced deep to prevent Zappacosta making a similar run behind him and as Chelsea switched the ball quickly from their left to right, César Azpilicueta was able to stride forward into space and measure his cross for Álvaro Morata.

Mourinho almost immediately changed tack, went to a 4-3-3, and United became more threatening as a result, while suddenly becoming vulnerable again to those Bakayoko surges. Marouane Fellaini, back after a knee injury, spread the kind of chaos he always does, and nearly equalised. But, whatever absentees United have – Mourinho once again reluctantly listed the injured Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo – it remains bewildering that United can seem so reliant on the Belgian bag of elbows for anything approximating to creativity.

United, in fairness, were probably more proactive here than they had been against either Liverpool or Tottenham. But in the context of dropped points against Liverpool and Huddersfield, it was not enough.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/nov/06/manchester-united-tactics-chelsea-manchester-city

De Futebol- Shitty blows out Arsenal. Chelsea defeats Man U Man Shitty is top dog with 31 points.

 

Man Shitty tore apart Arsenal 3-1. Shitty now has a commanding eight-point lead over second place Man U and third place Tottenham.

Man U lost to Chelsea 1-0 while Spurs defeated Crystal Palace 1-0.

Everton escaped the voce vai zone with 3-2 win over Watford.

Man Shitty is in the catbird seat 31 points.

Man U is second with 23.

Spurs are third with 23 and Chelsea is fourth with 22 points.

Arsenal drops to sixth with 19 points.

Liverpool, 19 points, leaps ahead of the Gunners into fifth place.

EPL Match Report on Shitty’s win:” Leaders Manchester City secured their ninth consecutive Premier League win with a 3-1 triumph over Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.

City went ahead on 19 minutes when Kevin De Bruyne beat Petr Cech with a low left-footed shot after a one-two with Fernandinho.

Sergio Aguero doubled the lead with an early second-half penalty, his eighth PL goal of the season, after Nacho Monreal had brought down Raheem Sterling.

Arsenal substitute Alexandre Lacazette pulled a goal back from Aaron Ramsey’s pass but another replacement, Gabriel Jesus, confirmed the victory from close range after a pass from David Silva, the Spaniard’s seventh assist of the season.

The win takes City on to 31 points. Arsenal slip to sixth.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22445

EPL Match Report on the Chelsea win:” Alvaro Morata scored his seventh goal of the season as Chelsea earned a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Tiemoue Bakayoko twice came close for the dominant hosts before a Phil Jones own goal was ruled out for a push by Morata.

Marcus Rashford headed Ashley Young’s cross over but Chelsea were worthy of their victory.

It came courtesy of Morata, who powered Azpilicueta’s pinpoint cross in on 55 minutes; the fifth time the two Spaniards have combined for a goal by the striker.

Marouane Fellaini was thwarted late on by Thibaut Courtois and Rashford drove a free-kick just over but Chelsea held on for a 10th win in 16 PL encounters with United.

The Blues move to within a point of Jose Mourinho’s second-placed side.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22442

De Futebol

You better put your big boy pants on later today. The giants will battle it out Man Shitty-Arsenal and Chelsea-Man U. Spurs take on Crystal Palace and Everton-Watford are the other matches of for today.

This means the top five clubs are all in action later today.

Let the fun and games begin.

Saturdays’ action saw Leicester City and Stoke City tie two all. The Foxes took the lead twice only to give the equalizers in this disappointing tie.

Leicester City thirteen points.

The Potters have twelve big ones.

Bournemouth may have saved their season when Steve Cook nailed the match winner in the 90th minute plus two for the 1-0 win over Newcastle.

The Cherries have ten points to get out of the voce vai zone. Bournemouth is in sixteenth place.

Burnley defeated Southampton 1-0. The Clarets Sam Vokes poked home the match winner in the 81st minute.

Down to ten men Huddersfield hung to beat West Brom 1-0.  The Terriers are in tenth place with 15 points.

Brighton Hove and Albion defeated Swansea City 1-0.

The Seagulls have fifteen points for eighth place.

Liverpool kicked ass and took names in a 4-1 thrashing of West Ham.

The Reds are in sixth place with 19 points.

EPL Match Report:” Mohamed Salah scored twice and Sadio Mane got two assists on his return from injury as Liverpool earned an entertaining 4-1 win over West Ham United.

The first Liverpool goal came in a swift counter-attack from a West Ham corner, Mane setting up Salah to score.

Some 157 seconds later, Joel Matip made it 2-0 from close range from a Mane corner.

After the break West Ham pulled a goal back through Manuel Lanzini but, straight from kick-off, Liverpool scored again, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with his first goal for the club.

Salah made sure of the points when he was set up again by Mane as Liverpool returned to sixth.

West Ham are a point and a place above the relegation zone.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22451

De Futebol Boring draw against the Red Brigade. Arsenal advances to the round of Sixteen in the Europa League

Arsenal and the Red Brigade tied nil-nil. The guys are on to the round of sixteen in the Europa League.

The Guardians David Hytner wrote:” Arsène Wenger had described it as his “biggest pleasant experience”. Never before, the Arsenal manager said, had he seen a squad that was so focused on every competition. In other words, his second-string team were on a mission to succeed in the Europa League.

hey rather ran aground here in terms of the overall performance, which was a slog and made for tough viewing. They did manage to chisel out a limited crop of chances – for Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere – but they came to nought and the home support chuntered.

Red Star Belgrade had their moments, most notably when Vujadin Savic saw a first-half header clawed on to the crossbar by Matt Macey and they carried a sporadic threat on the counterattack. In truth, this one had stalemate written all over it and yet, with Bate Borisov losing at Köln, the point was enough to ensure Arsenal’s advance to the knockout rounds.

Wenger had described it as a “big game”, which felt as though it was stretching things a little, but Arsenal were driven by the desire to get the job done; to close out qualification to the last 32 of the tournament.

Their campaign had opened here against Köln, on that crazy night when 20,000 Germans stormed north London. The travelling Red Star fans made it feel like another away game for Arsenal, as they belted out their anthems from the first whistle. Wenger’s team found themselves whistled in possession while their first-half corner takers in front of the away enclosure had to run a gauntlet. A part of Arsenal’s mission was to silence the Red Star diehards – which was always going to be a tough ask – and they looked to play off Giroud, whose battle against the visiting centre-halves, Savic and Damien Le Tallec, was bruising, to put it mildly.

Giroud had two chances during a scrappy first half, the first one being the clearest. Joe Willock and Wilshere combined to play in Ainsley Maitland-Niles on the left and when he beat Filip Stojkovic, Arsenal pulses quickened. His low cut-back allowed Giroud to swipe left-footed and first time for goal but Milan Borjan saved at his near post. Giroud’s opportunity followed an excellent piece of hustling by Willock. He won the ball off Red Star’s screening midfielder, Mitchell Donald, and surged away from him but, from his pass, Giroud found that the angle was against him. Borjan had left his line smartly and he was able to block.

Arsenal pressed on to the front foot but they struggled to get too much going before the interval and the moments of sloppiness on the ball were all too frequent. The movement ahead of it was not slick enough. Where were the options for the man in possession? When Francis Coquelin led a break, he only had Giroud to look for and the Red Star defenders knew it. Coquelin tends to look more comfortable without the ball. His pass was easily cut out.

Red Star punched on the counterattack and only the crossbar stopped them from taking an advantage into half-time. Nemanja Radonjic’s shot deflected up for Savic and his looping header looked to be destined for the net. Macey, who replaced Petr Cech, threw out a hand and pawed the ball up on to the woodwork.

Moments earlier, Slavoljub Srnic had extended Macey with a powerful shot while, on the stroke of half-time, Richmond Boakye ran clean through only to curl wastefully wide of the near post. Macey had got his angles right but it still added up to a bad miss.

The Red Star fans continued to bang their drums and sing their songs in the second half but the frustration of the home crowd simmered as their team laboured for cohesion. Wilshere seemed to sum up the desperation when he went down too easily inside the area, looking for a penalty. Savic had rather lunged in but the contact was minimal. The referee, Luca Banti, waved away the appeal.

Mohamed Elneny, who reprised his role as a ball-playing defender in the middle of the back three, endeavoured to spark Arsenal; he generally made the right decisions when he had the ball. But ahead of him, those in red got little change out of Red Star’s well-organised lines.

Arsenal might have feared it was not to be their night when Le Tallec made an extraordinary goal line clearance to deny Wilshere, who was generally peripheral but not as much as Theo Walcott. Wilshere appeared to have seen a move break down on the left-hand side of the area only to jab out a foot and keep it alive.

Maitland-Niles then won the ball and Wilshere took over, sensing the big moment. His cute chipped finish took out Borjan and was heading in until Le Tallec performed an acrobatic side-on volley to hook the ball away.”

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/nov/02/arsenal-red-star-belgrade-europa-league-match-report

De Futebol Burnley jumps to seventh place with a 1-0 win over Toons

Burnley defeated Newcastle 1-0 to leap into seventh place with 16 points. Toons drops to ninth place with 14 points.

EPL Match Report:” Burnley moved up to seventh in the Premier League table after Jeff Hendrick’s late goal gave the Clarets a 1-0 victory over Newcastle United.

The match looked to be heading for a draw after James Tarkowski’s header could only be directed at Newcastle’s Rob Elliot while at the other end, Nick Pope produced a fine save to deny Ayoze Perez.

But the deadlock was broken on 74 minutes when Hendrick fired into the roof of the net after being found unmarked at the back post by Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s cross.

Ashley Barnes was close to adding a second in the closing stages but his shot was well saved by Elliot.

The Clarets are now level on points with sixth-placed Liverpool while Newcastle are two points worse off in ninth.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22435

De Futebol- Leicester City sinks Everton further in the Voce Vai Zone

Brighton Hove and Albion and Southampton tied one all.

Leicester City shut out Everton 2-0 to sink the Toffees even further in the voce vai zone.

EPL Match Report on the Leicester City win over Everton:”  Goals from Jamie Vardy and Demarai Gray gave Leicester City a 2-0 win over Everton in Claude Puel’s first match as manager.

Puel brought Gray back into the starting XI and the winger created the opening goal when he sprinted 60 yards and set up Riyad Mahrez to cross for Jamie Vardy.

Gray then scored the second on 29 minutes as his cross-cum-shot was sliced into his own net by Jonjoe Kenny.

Everton nearly pulled one back but Dominic Calvert-Lewin could not connect with Aaron Lennon’s pass when through on goal.

Toffees caretaker manager David Unsworth made two changes at half-time, giving Beni Baningime a Premier League debut, but they could not fight back. “

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22437