What is the English Premier League (EPL)?
These paragraphs are just a crash course on the EPL, if you have already read it or have 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 League. 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.
Last Week’s Predictions:
Friday September 16 2022:
Aston Villa vs Southampton (1-1) / (1-0)
Nott’m Forest vs Fulham (1-2) / (2-3)
Saturday September 17 2022:
Wolves vs Manchester City (0-2) / (0-3)
Newcastle vs Bournemouth (2-1) / (1-1)
Spurs vs Leicester (3-1) / (6-2)
Sunday September 18 2022:
Brentford vs Arsenal (0-2) / (0-3)
Everton vs West Ham (0-1) / (1-0)
As you can see above I regretfully did not make the best predictions, although I did get close on many scores. This coming matchweek I hope to do better.
Matchweek 8 Recap
Aston Villa vs Southampton
The first half begins with Southampton leading the charge. The first shot on goal is by Mohamed Elyounoussi of Southampton in the 12th minute. It was very close range to goal but it ended up going to high. Only six minutes after the next shot on goal was taken, and this one was from Aston Villa. It was shot by Leon Bailey of Aston Villa. It was a left footed shot blocked by the keeper. The game continued with many free kicks and corners until the next goal opportunity. It was shot by James Ward-Prowse of Southampton in the 26th minuet. It was a right footed shot from the outside of the box. This one too, resulted in a save by the keeper. Aston Villa went on to take four more shots and they did not convert on any. Finally the dryspout of goals had been quenched, by Aston Villa. It was a goal from Jacob Ramsey in the 41st minute. It was a right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. The half ends shortly after the goal for a bit of rest time for the players. Throughout the entrity of the second half Southampton failed to level the scoreboard. They had many attempts but none of them converted. They game ended 1-0 to Aston Villa.
Nottingham Forest vs Fulham
The game started with two disappointing shots on goal from Nottingham Forest, one miss and one save. In the 11th minute the first goal was scored. The goal was scored by Taiwo Awoniyi of Nottingham Forest. It was a header from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Taiwo was assisted by Ryan Yates. After the goal was scored Fulham tried their very best to level the playing field but failed in the first half. The first half ended 1-0 to Nottingham Forest. The second half kicked off to a flying start. Fulham scored three goals at the start of the second half. The first goal was scored by Tosin Adarabioyo of Fulham in the 54th minute. It was a header from the center of the box to the bottom left corner, he was assisted by Willian. The second goal was from Joao Palhinha of Fulham in the 57th minute. It was a right footed shot from the outside of the box to the top right corner, he was assisted by Kenny Tate. The third goal was from Harrison Reed from Fulham in the 60th minute. It was a right footed shot to the bottom right corner, he was assited by Bobby De Cordova-Reid. Nottingham Forest came in with a second goal in the 77th minute. It was a goal by Lewis O’Brien from Nottingham Forest. It was a right footed shot to the bottom right corner. The rest of the half did not include anymore goals. The final score was 2-3 to Fulham.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City
The game started with a early penalty for Leicester City. Davinson Sanchez was the player that conceded the foul the resulted in the penalty. Youri Tielemans scored the penalty for Leicester City with a rightfooted shot to the top left corner. Tottenham responded to this with a quick equalizer from Harry Kane in the 8th minute. Kane headed the ball into the left hand corner, he was assisted by Dejan Kulusevski. Tottenham then boosted in front in the 21st minute from a goal by Eric Dier. It was a header to the top right corner, assisted by Ivan Perisic. The scoreline remained the same until the 41st minute when James Madison from Leicester City scored. It was a right footed shot to the bottom left corner. The scoreline remained level at 2-2 for the remainder of the first half. Tottenham started strong in to second half with a goal in the 47th minute. It was scored by Rodrigo Bentancur, it was a right footed shot to the bottom right corner. In the 59th minute Son Heung-Min was subbed in for Richarlison. This is when Tottenham began its total domination. Son Heung-Ming exploded with incredible form, scoring a impressive hatrick off the bench. His goals were in the 73rd, 84th, and 86th. The game ended 6-2 to Tottenham Hotspurs.
Newcastle United vs Bournmouth
The Newcastle vs Bournmouth game started off slow and had no goals in the first half. The first half consisted of misses and saves from both sides. Newcastle United had the most shots on goal but all of them were saved by the Bournmouth keeper. The slow game ended at the 62nd minute mark with Bourmouth opening up the scoreline. The goal was scored by Philip Billing, it was a left footed shot to the top left corner. He was assisted by Jordan Zemura. Newcastle quickly responded though with a goal by penalty in the 67th minute. The game ended 1-1 in a tie.
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City
The game started explosivly for Manchester City. They had a very early goal in the 1st minute. The goalscorer was Jack Grealish, it was a very close shot to the bottom right corner. He was assited by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross. Not too long after that Erling Haaland scored in the 16th minute. It was a right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. He was assisted by Bernardo Silva. In the 33rd minute Nathan Collins was handed the red card, he received it from a bad foul. The first half ended with Manchester City up 2-0. Manchester City continued the scoring with a goal in the 69th minute from Phil Foden. It was a right footed shot to the bottom left corner. The game ended 3-0 to Manchester City.
Everton vs West Ham United
The game started with no scoring. The game went back and forth with many chances but none of them converted. The first half ended on a level front for both sides. Unexpectedly the second half started with a goal. In the 53rd minute Everton opened the scoreboard. Neal Maupay had a right footed shot to the bottom left corner, he was assisted by Alexander Iwobi. The game continued with both sides raging it out to come on top. The game ended 1-0 to Everton after many saves by the Everton keeper.
Brentford vs Arsenal
The game started with shot on goal by Brentford, but the atempt was saved by the Arsenal keeper. William Saliba from Arsenal responded with a goal in the 17th minute. It was a header to the bottom left corner, he was assisted by Bukayo Saka. Arsenal increased the scoreline in the 28th minute. Gabriel Jesus scored a header from the center of the box to the top left corner, he was assisted by Grant Xhaka. The first half ended 2-0 Arsenal. The second half started with another goal from Arsenal in the 49th minute, this one was scored by Fabio Viera. It was a left footed shot from outside the box into the bottom right corner. The game continued with no further goals from either side. The final score of the game was 3-0 to Arsenal.
Matchweek 9 Predictions
Saturday October 1 2022
Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur (3-2)
Bournmouth vs Brentford (1-3)
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea (1-2)
Fulham vs Newcastle United (2-1)
Liverpool vs Brighton Hove Albion (2-2)
Southampton vs Everton (0-2)
West Ham United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (2-1)
Sunday October 2 2022
Machester City vs Manchester United (1-2)
Leeds United vs Aston Villa (1-1)
Monday October 3 2022
Leichester City vs Nottingham Forest (2-3)
Hello, my name is Nick. This is my 3rd year at City and I am excited as ever to begin the new school year. This is my first year at The City Voice and I look forward to joining the school family that is The City Voice Paper.