Gameweek 7 kicked off with newly promoted Sheffield United hosting title-chasing Liverpool at Bramall Lane. Later we would see Chelsea host Brighton and Hove Albion while Aston Villa faced off against Burnley. Elsewhere, Wolves would face Watford in a massive clash at the bottom of the table while Spurs hosted Southampton, all before Manchester City clashed with Everton at Goodison Park. Leicester would face Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon. The gameweek would end off with a clash between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford. Anyway, here’s the FPL Updates gameweek review…
Vicente Guaita – Crystal Palace have had issues over the past season or so deciding upon a first-choice goalkeeper under Roy Hodgson. However, they seem to have settled on former Valencia man Vicente Guaita, who has impressed over the past season. Although a little erratic at times, Guaita used his flair to his advantage, and is an excellent shot stopper in his own right. He was in fine form as Palace secured a precious 2-0 home win against Norwich City. The Canaries, despite a decent start to the season, will be concerned by their away form thus far.
Matt Doherty – Wolves fans will be the first to admit that their side simply haven’t performed so far this season. However, a home clash with fellow strugglers Watford was a chance for Nuno Santo’s side to record a first victory of the season. Watford, also in need of a first win, simply didn’t show up on the day and the atmosphere was reportedly rather hostile among the Hornets faithful. In the end they returned to Hertfordshire disappointed as a goal from Matt Doherty as well as a Darryl Janmaat own goal gave the home side all three points.
Ricardo Pereira & Jonny Evans – Leicester City look a real force this season, and many are starting to think they could make an assault on a top six place at very least. One of their standout players is undoubtedly Portuguese full back Ricardo Pereira, who was among the starts as they hammered Newcastle United 5-0 on Sunday afternoon. After running from deep, the former Nice man cut onto his weaker left side before firing into the bottom corner from range. Newcastle will be wondering whether they have what it takes to survive.
Jorginho & Willian – Chelsea knew that they needed to sort out their home form as they welcomed Brighton and Hove Albion to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. They did what they needed to as they ran out 2-0 winners on the day, with a couple of unlikely heroes. Jorginho gave the Blues the lead early in the second half from the penalty spot after Mason Mount was fouled, before Willian made the points safe with fifteen minutes remaining. It’s a vital win for Lampard and Chelsea, who seem to be breeding a real feelgood factor these days.
Georginio Wijnaldum – Sheffield United were full of optimism as they welcomed Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to Bramall Lane on Saturday. They gave a good account of themselves and looked set to secure a brilliant point as the game wore on. Sadio Mané and Mo Salah had both spurned opportunities for the Reds, and you wondered whether they have anymore. However, a horror moment for Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson saw the keeper spill the ball between his legs from Georginio Wijnaldum’s tame volley which would give the away side all three points.
Luka Milivojevic – Crystal Palace know they can rely on their captain Luke Milivojevic. So often he seems to be the difference, especially when it comes to his success from twelve yards. He once again found the net as Palace ran out 2-0 winners against a Norwich side that struggled to replicate the performance, they turned in against Manchester City previously. Andros Townsend netted a second deep into second half injury time to ensure Palace took the three points. It’s back down to Earth for Norwich.
Riyad Mahrez – Manchester City had been humbled by Norwich City, and were looking build on their win against Watford since. However, an underperforming Everton were desperate to cause an upset. They looked like they might do so when Dominic Calvert-Lewin levelled after Gabriel Jesus had given City the lead. However, City struck late, first through Riyad Mahrez and then Raheem Sterling with five minutes remaining. City know that cannot afford to drop more points as they chase Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.
Joshua King – One player of real class down at Bournemouth is former Manchester United trainee Joshua King. Since signing from Blackburn Rovers King has done nothing but impress Eddie Howe and has turned in some brilliant performances in recent weeks. He was once gain in inspiring form as he both scored and assisted as Bournemouth came from behind to snatch a 2-2 draw against West Ham at Dean Court on Saturday. West Ham will be disappointed they couldn’t hold on for a big win, but it was a good point for the Cherries.
Jamie Vardy – One of the most consistent players in the Premier League these days is Jamie Vardy. A consistent scorer for the Foxes, Vardy has been in great form recently. He scored twice as Leicester stormed to a 5-0 home win over hapless Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon. His first came as he fired under Martin Dubravka from a tight angle. His second came at the back post, where he headed home a fourth for the home side in the second period. It’s brilliant from the Foxes, but it’s back to the drawing board for Steve Bruce’s Magpies.
Written by Ryan Nevin (@RNevin7)