Five matches were played on Saturday with Aston Villa playing it early against Leeds and Liverpool playing it late against Sheffield United. Yet another week where VAR proved to be a conundrum as the english referees keep proving that they don’t know how to use it. Read on for the full report on Saturday’s matches
- Aston Villa v Leeds United: 0-3
- West Ham v Manchester City: 1-1
- Fulham v Crystal Palace: 1-2
- Manchester United v Chelsea: 0-0
- Liverpool v Sheffield United: 2-1
- Aston Villa v Leeds United: Aston Villa hosted Leeds United in the early morning Saturday fixture at Villa Park. Aston Villa was unbeaten prior to this team and was the only team so, along with Everton. Leeds United were the dark horses coming into this fixture as they had fought toe to toe with Liverpool and had drawn with Manchester City.
Both the teams were raring to defeat each other and climb up the table as the points gap is very less this time of the season. Aston Villa were second in the table with Liverpool, Leeds and Leicester behind them. Aston Villa was aiming to attain pole position in the table, but Leeds had other plans for them.
A second half hat-trick from Patrick Bamford put them to the sword and Leeds came out triumphant against Aston Villa. Bamford became only the fifth player to score a hat-trick at Villa Park with the others being Chris Sutton, Robbie Fowler, Gareth Bale and Sergio Aguero. [FT: 0-3]
- West Ham v Manchester City: West Ham came off the back of a successful comeback against Tottenham Hotspurs last weekend. They were three goals down until the 80th minute when goals from Fabian Balbuena and Manuel Lanzini along with an own goal from Davinson Sanchez clinched a point for them.
Michael Antonio scored a brilliant overhead kick and gave West Ham the lead against Manchester City. The lead lasted until the 51st minute as Phil Foden equalized. West Ham weathered the mighty Manchester City and settled for a draw as City slipped further down the table.
Guardiola’s future is on the line as his team is playing without any motivation. [FT: 1-1]
- Fulham v Crystal Palace: Fulham’s misery continues as Crystal Palace beat them at Craven Cottage 1-2. Wilfried Zaha assisted and scored in this match and was deservedly the man of the match. He provided a beautiful no-look assist to Jairo Riedewald and scored one for himself in the second half
Fulham managed to score a consolation goal from captain Tom Cairney, but it was too little and too late. Fulham find themselves languishing in the relegation places along with Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion
- Manchester United v Chelsea: A drab draw was played out when Manchester United hosted Chelsea at Old Trafford. Both managers said they have immense respect for each other. However in this case the respect was on the field also as both teams played lifelessly.
The only point of entertainment was when Harry Maguire put a chokehold on Cesar Azpilicueta in his own penalty area and VAR wasn’t used to award a penalty. Anyway, Alex Telles didn’t make the matchday squad and Luke Shaw had to play at left-back. Both him and Daniel James had forgetful performances as usual. Defender Axel Tuanzebe yet again found himself in the bench despite his performance against Paris Saint Germain.
- Liverpool v Sheffield United: Sheffield United travelled to Liverpool with the aim of finally getting their first win of the campaign. Chris Wilder’s men did just that, as they took an early lead through a Sander Berge penalty, albeit one which was awarded via a controversial VAR call.
Roberto Firmino equalized in the dying minutes of the first half. Mo Salah’s beautiful goal in the second half was ruled out for offside, but two minutes later Diogo Jota scored a header to win the match for Liverpool.
That is all that we have about the Saturday fixtures! Tune in later to read our report on the Sunday fixtures.