What is the English Premier League (EPL)?
These paragraphs are just a crash course on the EPL, if you have already read it or previous knowledge about what the English Premier League is feel free to read ahead. The English Premier League is a tournament for all of the biggest clubs of football/soccer in England. Some notable names in this league are: Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool. In the English Premier League 20 of the biggest clubs battle it out to win the EPL Cup. The English Premier League usually lasts 38 weeks (19 home and away games for each club). Each game is around 90 minutes long with 45 minute halves. Each game has a point value that you can earn. If you win your game you receive 3 points, and if you lose you get 0. If you tie the game you receive 1 point.
Throughout the season, the points are kept track of, and a table is formed. The table lists all 20 teams in order of points, where the bottom 3 teams are at risk of relegation to a lower competition, Which is why the bottom clubs must fight it out with those above them so they can avoid the bottom 3 spots. On the other hand the top 4 teams are entered into the Champions League and 5 and 6 go into the Europa Leauge. The Champions League is a highly sought after competition and only the best of Europe make it far, I will hopefully be covering this later in the year. Finally the club that finishes the season with the most points is crowned the champions and is awarded the EPL Cup.
Match Week #6 Recap
This weekend was filled with engaging and surprising games. The week started with a surprising game between Aston Villa and Manchester City on Saturday. City were the obvious favorites and were looking for another win under their belt, but surprisingly it did not end up that way. The game ended in a tie 1-1. City handled control of most of the game and in the first half had a ton of promising chances that never came into fruition. At the start of the second half City continued to dominate and finally got their opening goal. The goal was scored by Erling Haaland (the 10th in the competition) at the 50th minute. It was a left footed shot from very close range to the center of the goal. He was assisted by Kevin De Bruyne by a cross. The game did not end there, in the 74th minute Leon Bailey scored a left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. He was assisted by Jacob Ramsey. City tried to come back for a second but could not, the final score was 1-1.
The next two games were Wolverhampton vs Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham. Both games had expected outcomes with Wolverhampton (1-0) and Tottenham Hotspur (2-1) coming in front. The following game was Nottingham Forest vs Bournemouth. Both clubs were at the bottom of the table and were looking for a way up. Nottingham Forest started the game off well with a 2 goal lead at the half. Both Cheikhou Kouyate and Brennan Johnson secured a goal for their club. Bournemouth had a surprising and exciting comeback in the second half, scoring 3 goals. Phillip Billing, Dominic Solanke, and Jaidon Anthony all scored a goal for their club in the second half. The game ended, 2-3 Bournemouth.
The following game was Newcastle vs Crystal Palace. The game ended in a tie at 0-0. Crystal Palace had a own goal conceded by Tyrick Mitchell, but VAR ruled it no goal. VAR ruled out another goal in the Chelsea vs West Ham United game. There was no scoring in the first half, but at the 62nd minute mark scoring opened. The goal was for West Ham United by Michail Antonio. It was a right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Antonio was assisted by Declan Rice. The following 2 goals were scored by Chelsea, Ben Chilwell (76’) and Kai Havertz (88’). Only 2 minutes after Havertz goal West Ham United scored, but it was ruled no goal by VAR. The game ended 2-1, Chelsea.
The next game was for Brentford and Leeds United. The scoring opened at the 30th minute with a penalty for Brentford. Ivan Toney scored making it 1-0. At the 43rd minute Brentford scored again. This was Ivan Toneys’ second goal, it was from a free kick. It was a right footed shot to the top right corner. In the 45th+1 minute Leeds received their first goal. It was scored by Luis Sinisterra, it was a right footed shot to the bottom left corner. After half time Ivan Toney from Brentford scored again making it 3-1. In the 79th minute Leeds United scored a goal by Marc Roca, he was assisted by Luke Ayling. In the 80th minute Brentford scored again but this time it was scored by Bryan Mbeumo. The final goal was in the 90th+1 minute mark and was scored by Yoane Wissa from Brentford. The final score was 5-2 Brentford.
The following game was Everton vs Liverpool. Liverpool were the expected victors but the scoreline said otherwise. The game ended at 0-0 with no goals for either side. The next match was Manchester United vs Arsenal. Arsenal were in a 5 time winning streak and were looking to make it six. On the other hand United were looking stronger in their last 3 games. Arsenal were the favorites to win but once again there was an upset. The scoring started in the 35th minute for Manchester United. It was scored by the new signing Antony. It was a left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. He was assisted by Marcus Rashford. After the first half nothing happened until the 60th minute when Bukayo Saka scored for Arsenal. It was a left footed shot into the center of the goal. Marcus Rashford responded for Manchester United with a goal in the 66th minute. The final goal was once again by Rashford and it was in the 73rd minute. The game ended 3-1 Manchester United.
The final game for Match Week 6 was Brighton Hove Albion vs Leicester City. Brighton came in front with a 5-2 lead over Leicester City. Leicester started the first half in a tie with the score line 2-2, but after the first half things did not go their way. Brighton scored 3 goals in the second half and thus the final score of the game was 5-2.
Match Week 7 Predictions:
Fulham vs Chelsea – (2-1)
Bournemoth vs Brighton (3-0)
Leicester vs Aston Villa – (1-0)
Liverpool vs Wolverhampton – (3-1)
Southampton vs Brentford – (2-0)
Manchester City vs Spurs – (2-1)
Arsenal vs Everton – (2-0)
West Ham vs Newcastle – (1-1)
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United – (2-1)
Leeds United vs Nottingham Forest – (4-2)