Liverpool extend lead, Wolves stun Man City and Spurs shocked by lowly Brighton
It was one of the most punishing weeks for top-rated teams in the Premier League beginning with Tottenham Hotspurs capitulation to bottom-half club Brighton on Saturday. As if the mid-week UEFA Champions League thrashing of 2-7 at the hands of Bayern Munich was not enough, coach Mauricio Pochettino’s men had to suffer humiliation at the AMEX stadium when they went down to an unfancied Brighton FC 0-3. To make matters worse for the North London club, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris suffered a freakish arm injury immediately after conceding the first goal in the 3rd minute. The French custodian had to be replaced by Paulo Gazzaniga in the 8th minute. But that made matters only worse as Brighton striker Aaron Connolly struck twice in the 32nd and 65th minutes to stretch the margin to three goals. Tottenham are now in the 9th spot with 11 points and finding their way back into their familiar territory of Top Four is just a distant dream now.
Sunday had more shocks in store as champions Manchester City went down to Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 at the Etihad with late goals coming from Adama Traore. This is the Citizens’ second defeat of the season but they are lucky to still find themselves in the second spot with 16 points, a clear gap of 8 behind League leaders Liverpool’s 24 but their title hopes being dealt a heavy blow by the Wolves. For the Wolves, this was their first win against Manchester City since 1979 and only their second of the ongoing 2019-20 season. Which is one reason why Nuno Espirito Santo’s men still haven’t been able to break into the Top half. The West Midlands side have managed 10 points from their 8 games and are placed at 11th presently.
Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United’s days went from bad to worse when they were beaten 0-1 by Newcastle at St.James’ Park taking their winless run in away games to 8 (3 drawn, 5 lost). The Red Devils are struggling in a lowly 12th place and have managed just 9 points from their 8 Premier League games this season – their lowest total after the first eight games of a season since 1989-90 (8 pts) making a qualification even for the Europa League a remote possibility. (Teams ending the season in places 5th to 8th qualify for the Europa League).
Meanwhile Arsenal scored a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bournemouth at the Emirates and maintained their place at the 3rd spot with 15 points, just one behind Manchester City. Liverpool maintained their place at the top of the table with 24 points from their 8 games and are gradually being seen as hot favourites to take the Premier League title what with a huge 8-point lead over next best Manchester City. Leicester City almost held the Reds at Anfield to a 1-1 draw, but an injury-time penalty awarded to the hosts handed them the winning goal and their eight Premier League win in a row this season. Leicester City still maintained their place in the Top four despite Sunday’s loss and are just a point behind Arsenal.
Chelsea kept intact their place in the 5th spot thanks to an emphatic 1-4 away win over Southampton at the St.Mary’s stadium while West Ham slipped four places from last week’s standings to the 8th following their 1-2 home defeat to Crystal Palace who have leapt to the 6th spot having garnered 14 points along the way, the same as Chelsea and Leicester. Burnley with their 1-0 win over Everton have moved to the 7th place with 12 points, identical to West Ham’s but better on goal -difference.
Aston Villa’s thumping win of 1-5 over Norwich City haven’t helped their standings on the table as the Villans still are in a lowly 15th spot, having managed 8 points from as many games.
Last season’s Europa League qualifier and Top eight side Everton have slipped into relegation territory after a 0-1 loss to Burnley, their fifth defeat of the season. Everton have slipped to the 18th place now having mustered a measly 7 points from their 8 games. Norwich City and Watford still find themselves languishing in the 19th and 20th places with the latter still waiting for their first win of the season.
Below are the standings of teams with points after Matchday 8 of 38
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