Round 9 of the English Premier League wrapped today with Liverpool dropping their first points of the season after their draw with Manchester United.
Round 9 Sees Liverpool Run End
With a win in Round 9 at Old Trafford, Liverpool would have tied Manchester City’s Premier League record for most consecutive victories. It’s never an easy place for Liverpool to get all three points and that was the case once again on Sunday. Manchester United took a first half lead through Marcus Rashford. It appeared that Liverpool had leveled the scores before the break but Sadio Mane’s goal was ruled out for handball.
In the end, Liverpool did manage a late equalizer courtesy of Adam Lallana. It was his first goal in over two years for the often injured midfielder. It was a very important point in what will be a very tight race to the Premier League title between Liverpool and Manchester City.
Man City Take Care of Business Vs Palace
Manchester City took care of business in round 9 winning 2-0 at Crystal Palace. Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring after 39 minutes. David Silva would make it 2-0 two minutes later to finish off the win in the first half. Crystal Palace only managed two shots on target so Manchester City’s lead was never really threatened.
Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League has been cut to two after this weekend’s results. The match between Liverpool and City will have huge consequences on the title race. The two Northern heavyweights clash on November 10th at Anfield.
London Big Boys Continue to Be Wasteful
Tottenham continues to drop points at an alarming rate this season. They haven’t won a match in any competition since September. Nobody seems to know what is going on with Mauricio Pochettino’s men but something needs to change. It doesn’t seem like management is intent on making a change but this can’t go on for much longer. They managed a draw in Round 9 courtesy of Dele Al.li
As for Arsenal, this was their first loss in all competitions since August. Although they haven’t been as wasteful as Tottenham this season, they were in this game. They had 69% of the possession and only managed 3 shots on goal. Sheffield only had two shots on target but that was all they needed for Lys Mousset to get his goal.
Rest of the Premier League Action
The rest of Round 9 action saw Aston Villa defeat Brighton by a score of 2-1. Chelsea continues to improve, defeating Newcastle 1-0 at home. Their goal came late in the second half courtesy of Marcos Alonso. Leicester City got another win with goal from Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans in a 2-1 win over Burnley.
Everton managed to get back on track with a 2-0 against a struggling West Ham side. They had been on the losing end of four straight until pulled out the win on Saturday. They will hope this is the start of a good run of form for them. There is too much talent on this roster to be playing this poorly.