The largest Premier League attendance of all-time — 80,827 spectators inside Tottenham’s temporary Wembley Stadium home — witnessed a hugely absorbing encounter between Spurs and Liverpool on Sunday with the home side ultimately registering a comprehensive 4-1 victory. Liverpool’s defense, particularly center half Dejan Lovren, was an absolute shambles, and Tottenham were cruising at 4-1 by the match’s 56th minute thanks to a brace from Harry Kane and additional goals from Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli.
Based on the evidence here, Sofiane Boufal’s Southampton career is something of a slow burn. The Moroccan attacker arrived last season for a club-record fee of over $21 million. He then scored one Premier League goal in 24 matches for the Saints. But Boufal has already matched that total this season thanks to a match-winner against West Brom that could ultimately stand as the EPL Goal of the Season.
A rainy day in West Yorkshire turned to magic today as Huddersfield Town did the unexpected. After fending off Manchester United for the first 92 minutes, Huddersfield played five minutes of stoppage time like men possessed. The defense in particular showed frantic inspiration, fending off a series of attempts that seemed certain to materialize in a goal, but never did. In the end, Huddersfield beat Manchester United for the first time in 65 years in what will be the match of the weekend.
What a historic week for Carlisle United striker Shaun Miller. Last Friday, the 30-year-old was awarded the Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Month award for September after receiving 50% of the public vote for his hooked overhead kick against Barnet.
With Coventry City trailing Forest Green 1-0 in English League Two football on Tuesday, one Coventry supporter took issue with his side’s inability to win the ball back and invaded the pitch to help apply pressure near the corner flag. Play appropriately stopped, but with security absolutely nowhere in sight, the fan proceeded to berate his team’s players before showing himself back to his seat.
The lack of security is obviously disturbing, but the hairdryer treatment was somewhat deserved with the team having failed to score in three straight matches now.
England has five teams in the Champions League for the first time and amazingly all of them are still unbeaten through three matches in group play. Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham all lead their groups with a combined 11 wins, four draws and no losses.
Wednesday’s Chelsea-AS Roma game had everything. It had six goals in total, Antonio Rudiger playing against his former team, Gary Cahill wearing a bandage around his head like he just went to the dentist in 1876, Frederico Fazio getting magic spray on his junk because Pedro’s head smashed into his nether regions and an Edin Dzeko goal that might be one of the best you’ll see all year. In the end, Chelsea and AS Roma played to a wildly entertaining 3-3 draw in Champions League group play at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Falling from grace is a long distance. A little more than a year ago, the whole town of Leicester City was celebrating an historic event: the Foxes had succeeded, against all odds, to win the Premier League title for the first time in their history.
We all remember the story that moved and inspired the entire soccer universe: Led by manager Claudio Ranieri, a team recently promoted had done the unthinkable, beating huge powerhouses like Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has made no secret of his desire to sell the club over the past year, but the 53-year-old sporting goods billionaire has now made his intentions perfectly clear via a formal statement from Saint James’ Park officials.