Biggest EPL Winners and Losers from Matchday 10, 2020
Matchday 10 of the 2020/21 Premier League season was overshadowed by a serious injury to Raul Jimenez, with the Wolves striker fracturing his skull in a collision with Arsenal defender David Luiz.
Meanwhile, title-contenders Liverpool and Leicester both dropped points. Chelsea and Tottenham produced a goalless draw, while Manchester City thrashed Burnley.
There were also vital wins for strugglers Fulham and West Brom. Manchester United sealed a comeback victory over Southampton, and last-place Sheffield United set an unwanted record.
Join me as I discuss the biggest EPL winners and losers from Matchday 10.
Winner: Manchester City
Manchester City’s attacking players must have been licking their lips at the prospect of facing Burnley on Saturday. After all, Pep Guardiola’s men had secured three consecutive 5-0 home wins against the Clarets before Matchday 10.
And guess what – they reproduced that familiar scoreline once again.
The Cityzens totally dominated Sean Dyche’s side from start to finish, racking up 69% possession and 19 shots. Hat-trick hero Riyad Mahrez was the star of the show, while Benjamin Mendy and Ferran Torres completed the scoring.
It could have been even worse for Burnley. Torres had a goal ruled out midway through the first half before VAR saved Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s blushes. The stand-in goalkeeper put the ball into his own net, but replays showed an offside in the build-up.
Some teams enjoy facing certain opponents more than others, and it’s safe to say that Man City loves playing against Burnley. Having made an iffy start to the season, Guardiola’s side needed a result like this.
Loser: Raul Jimenez
Just five minutes into the Wolves’ match against Arsenal, Raul Jimenez suffered a fractured skull.
From a Willian corner, the Mexican striker accidentally collided with Gunners defender David Luiz, causing a sickening clash of heads to echo around an empty Emirates Stadium.
The match was stopped for roughly ten minutes, with Jimenez given oxygen before being stretchered off the pitch. Thankfully, Luiz was able to be bandaged up and carry on.
Following successful surgery, the Wolves star is said to be in a “comfortable” condition in hospital. However, it is highly unlikely that Jimenez will play any further part for the Wanderers this season.
Get well soon, Raul!
Winner: West Brom
At the tenth time of asking, West Brom finally picked up their first Premier League win of the season. The Baggies beat fellow struggler Sheffield United on Saturday, with Conor Gallaher scoring the only goal of the game on 13 minutes.
Slaven Bilic’s men headed into Matchday 10 on the back of three straight defeats, but they seemed determined to stop the rot. They were forced to endure a second-half onslaught from the Blades, yet they managed to weather the storm and hold on to claim all three points.
Ultimately, West Brom produced a spirited team effort. Experienced center-back trio Branislav Ivanovic, Kyle Bartley, and Semi Ajayi were immense throughout the game, while goalkeeper Sam Johnstone made a vital save to deny Ollie McBurnie late on.
West Brom remains just inside the bottom three, although Saturday’s win has eased the club’s relegation fears somewhat. With tricky fixtures against Man City and Liverpool on either side of Christmas, the Baggies need all the points they can get heading into the busy festive period.
Loser: Sheffield United
Okay, we all knew that Sheff Utd was enduring a poor start to the 2020/21 campaign. But now it’s official.
Following their defeat to West Brom, the Blades have now made the worst start to a season of any team in Premier League history, picking up just a single point from their opening ten matches.
Sheff Utd’s sole point came from a 1-1 draw with Fulham on Matchday 5, but since then, five straight defeats have kept the club rooted to the foot of the table. Worse still, Chris Wilder’s men have only been able to net four goals this term – the joint-lowest total in the EPL.
With six points between them and safety, it already feels like the Blades are destined for relegation. Wilder’s side still has plenty of time to turn things around, although it is difficult to see that happening right now.
It is no secret that Joelinton is not the most popular man on Tyneside. The Brazilian was signed from Hoffenheim for a club-record fee of £40m last year, but his impact at Newcastle has been minuscule at best.
The 24-year-old managed just four goals in 44 appearances in all competitions during his debut season, so it is hardly surprising that a large number of the Toon Army don’t think he is good enough to wear the famous black and white jersey.
However, Steve Bruce has given Joelinton plenty of opportunities to prove himself this term, and on Friday, it felt like the striker repaid his manager’s faith.
The giant forward was a constant threat as Newcastle beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park. Not only did he assist Callum Wilson for the game’s opening goal, but he also got on the scoresheet himself a couple of minutes later.
Joelinton’s game isn’t all about scoring goals. He is best known for his areal threat and hold-up play. But after netting his first Premier League goal of the season on Matchday 10, he will surely be eager to add to his tally.
Loser: Leicester City
If the Foxes are serious about challenging for the EPL title this season, they need to buck up their ideas!
With a seemingly straightforward home match against Fulham, Leicester had the chance to move level with Liverpool and Tottenham on 21 points at the top of the table on Monday. But Brendan Rodgers’ men wasted the opportunity.
The Foxes may have finished the game with 68%, yet they only managed to score on 86 minutes. By that time, Fulham was already 2-0 up, meaning Harvey Barnes’ late strike was nothing more than a consolation.
Needless to say, Rodgers’ men will be kicking themselves. They could have sent out a huge statement to their title rivals. Instead, they were outclassed by one of the early relegation candidates.
Leicester was nowhere near their best on Monday, but let’s not take anything away from Fulham’s performance at the King Power Stadium.
Ademola Lookman gave the Cottagers the lead on 30 minutes, converting Andre Zambo Anguissa’s pinpoint assist. Following a VAR review, Fulham was handed a penalty shortly after, with Ivan Cavaleiro dispatching the spot-kick in a confident fashion.
Scott Parker’s side also defended admirably. Center-backs Tosin Adarabioyo and Joachim Andersen kept Jamie Vardy quiet, while Anguissa and Harrison Reed screened the backline.
Fulham secured just their second win of the season on Matchday 10, but having beaten West Brom last month, the Londoners have now won two of their last four Premier League outings.
Following promotion from the Championship, it took Parker’s men a while to get going this season. However, it feels like they are heading in the right direction now.
Loser: Ollie Watkins
I’m sure that Ollie Watkins will want to forget about his performance on Matchday 10 as quickly as possible.
Aston Villa went behind West Ham with less than two minutes on the clock. Jack Grealish equalized midway through the first half, but Jarrod Bowen scored the winning goal for the Hammers just after the break.
Still, it could be argued that Bowen’s header should not have been the winning goal.
Dean Smith’s side was awarded a penalty with 15 minutes remaining. Watkins was the man tasked with leveling the scoreline, yet he smashed the spot-kick against the crossbar. To make matters worse, the striker then thought he had equalized in stoppage time, only for his goal to be ruled out by VAR for offside.
In the end, Watkins will be glad to see the back of Matchday 10.
Man Utd deserves mention having come from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2 on Sunday. Substitute Edinson Cavani bagged a brace to secure the comeback, although the Uruguayan was later caught up in a controversial social media scandal.
Leeds United became the latest team to add to Everton’s woes, with a late Raphinha strike downing the Toffees. Meanwhile, West Ham rose to fifth place following their victory over Villa.
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