De Futebol The Seagulls unbeaten string is now at five matches

Brighton and Hove Albion came back twice against Stoke City to earn a two all draw to extend the Seagulls unbeaten string to five matches.

EPL Match Report:” Brighton & Hove Albion are five matches unbeaten in the Premier League after twice coming from behind in a 2-2 draw against Stoke City at Amex Stadium.

Stoke took the lead on 28 minutes when Xherdan Shaqiri’s 40-yard pass was brought down by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to score.

It was 1-1 on 44 minutes when Davy Propper ran from deep and beat four challenges before crossing for Pascal Gross.

But in first-half stoppage time Kurt Zouma restored Stoke’s lead when he headed in his first goal for the club.

Brighton needed Mat Ryan to save from Ramadan Sobhi and on the hour mark they equalised for the second time.

The lively Jose Izquierdo fired in from close range to earn a point for the Seagulls, who remain unbeaten at home since Matchweek 1.”

https://www.premierleague.com/match/22454

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 Jose’s road record sucks against the top six in the EPL

The special one Jose Mourhino is not special against the top six on the road.

The Daily Mail:” Manchester United are still without a Premier League away win against a fellow member of the Big Six since Jose Mourinho became manager last year.

Sunday’s 1-0 loss at Stamford Bridge was the seventh time Mourinho’s United have played away to either Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham or Liverpool.

In those seven games, United have scored only once and claimed just three points.

October 17, 2016 — Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd

Mourinho’s first trip to a major rival as United boss came after his side had already lost to City at home.

United were ultra-cautious at Anfield and ground out a goalless draw with just 35 per cent of possession.

October 23, 2016 — Chelsea 4-0 Man Utd

Six days later, Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge 10 months after being sacked by Chelsea. His plans were ruined by a goal from Pedro inside the first 30 seconds of what turned out to be a thrashing.

United actually had the lion’s share of possession in this game but were toothless with the ball and completely blown away without it as Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante all scored.

April 27, 2017 — Man City 0-0 Man Utd

Following their humiliation at Chelsea, United went on a massive unbeaten run in the Premier League. A 0-0 draw with their local rivals saw the Red Devils extend said streak to 24 games.

It wasn’t easy for United though. City were responsible for 19 of this game’s 22 shots and Mourinho’s team ended the match with 10 men after Marouane Fellaini was sent off for headbutting Sergio Aguero.

May 7, 2017 — Arsenal 2-0 Man Utd

United’s 25-game unbeaten League run came to an abrupt end as they lost at the Emirates Stadium, where they had won on four of their previous eight visits.

Mourinho made eight chances as he focused on his side’s Europa League bid and his under-strength team were undone by goals from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck.

May 14, 2017 — Tottenham 2-1 Man Utd

United came up against a Spurs side motivated by a historic occasion — the final match at White Hart Lane.

The home team were roared on by an emotional crowd and United never looked like getting a result after Victor Wanyama headed home a sixth-minute opener.

October 14, 2017 — Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd

For the second consecutive season, United came away from Anfield with a point having registered just one shot on target.

Ultimately, Mourinho got what he wanted, but he was criticised for showing a lack of ambition against a Liverpool team who had lost 5-0 to Man City a month earlier.

November 5, 2017 — Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

United were much more attack-minded on Sunday, although they were deservedly beaten based on the run of play.

Chelsea fired in eight shots on target, while United could only muster two during a fairly open contest.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5054291/Jose-Mourinho-s-Man-United-away-record-v-Big-Six-AWFUL.html#ixzz4xlSvImlR

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 Man U is perfect in Champions League Group A

Man U defeated Benfica 2-0 at Old Trafford to stay perfect in Champions League Group A.

The Guardians Jamie Jackson wrote:” Manchester United are a point away from the Champions League knockout phase with this fourth win from four Group A matches. This is a fine position but José Mourinho will not have aided the struggling Romelu Lukaku’s confidence after insisting Daley Blind take United’s second penalty of the night.

On 78 minutes Marcus Rashford’s fine burst claimed the spot-kick but when Lukaku stood over it at first he did not give way. This caused Mourinho annoyance before, after a brief intervention from Ander Herrera, Blind did step up to smack the ball home.

Now, Mourinho made a gesture to again signal his disquiet, as he did via the shush to camera at the close of Saturday’s win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Mourinho made six changes from that game. Scott McTominay was given a full debut in the competition and only his second ever start in United colours.

Also in were Anthony Martial, Matteo Darmian, Blind, Jesse Lingard, and Juan Mata.

The eighteen-year-old Mile Svilar was again Benfica’s goalkeeper despite his mistake allowing Rashford’s winner in the reverse game in Lisbon a fortnight ago. Rui Vitoria’s pointless side were the same as then apart from the suspended Luisão being replaced by Jardel.

Benfica threatened first, via a corner won by Douglas off Blind, although David De Gea gathered it with ease. Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1 had Lingard as the No10, splitting Mata and Martial right and left. The latter, the scorer of Saturday’s winner, claimed an early free-kick after being chopped down by Rúben Dias.

Benfica were proving the sharper. One move was simple to execute as Diogo Gonçalves flipped the ball left to Álex Grimaldo and the left-back’s cross required a block.

Then came some magic from Martial. The Frenchman’s lightning feet bedazzled Douglas, turning him inside then out, before the right-back went to ground with him.

The referee pointed to the spot despite the away side’s protestations to the official. Now, though, there was a moment of redemption for Svilar as he dived to his right to save Martial’s poor attempt of a penalty.

Within moments of the miss De Gea displayed how superb a No1 he is. Gonçalves cut in from the right and unloaded a shot that had the Spaniard flinging himself high to his left to stop the goal.

United appeared to have a fair shout for a second penalty when Ljubomir Fejas looked to have taken down Mata after McTominay played a one-two but this time the referee was unmoved. Mourinho’s men were hardly in second gear and took until the half hour point to create an opening for Romelu Lukaku.

Lingard sprayed the ball right and the Belgian strode forward and forced a save from Svilar. Within seconds Lukaku was again put in but after rising to a header, he could not direct it.

Mourinho’s plea for fans to make Old Trafford more of bear pit was not reaping dividends. The home support was muted again and Benfica’s travelling contingent sang loudly throughout the opening half. Martial was the pick for United and did his best to spark some serious noise from the United faithful. Another of those mazy dribbles took him clean through but, disappointingly, he overran the ball.

By the interval this had been the United of recent outings: patchy, disjointed, searching in vain for a high gear. Still, as is the way with Mourinho’s sides, they had a lead: Nemanja Matic’s 30-yard shot pinged off Svilar’s left post, hit the unfortunate goalkeeper’s shoulder and went in. It might have been two but the misfiring Lukaku failed to finish when clear in on Svilar, and only a corner that amounted to nothing was yielded.

For the second half Lingard, who had taken a knock, was replaced by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whose first contribution was to hit a regulation pass straight out of play.

United continued to perform below par and Lukaku looked in need of a goal. He was lucky to be awarded a foul when a first touch had the ball bouncing hard off him before being scythed down.

McTominay was turning in an assured display, one of the few United players operating at or near potential. Martial, another one, was always available yet his touch seemed to be deteriorating. First a left foot shot went awry, then he over-elaborated and, again, ran the ball out. Raúl Jiménez was the opposite when burning past Chris Smalling and forcing De Gea to save to his right before on 64 minutes he hit the right post.

Mourinho took off Mata to stiffen midfield with Herrera, and Rashford’s 15-minute cameo on his 20th birthday featured his winning of the penalty. Again, though, the conversation will be all about Mourinho and why he denied Lukaku the chance to break what is now a six-game drought.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/31/manchester-united-benfica-champions-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