Premier League recap and analysis 6/18-6/20

Soccer Ball

Sheffield United vs Aston Villa

If there was a way to make a draw feel like a loss, Sheffield United found it in their 0-0 draw at Villa Park. Aston Villa keeper Ørjan Nyland caught a shot from a set-piece and stumbled over the line with the ball just before halftime, but goal-line technology ruled differently. VAR did not step in to review the chance. Sheffield United did not create another opportunity and could see the two points dropped impact a run toward the Champions League before the season is completed.

 

Arsenal vs Manchester City

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side was in shambles early at the Etihad Stadium. The Gunners lost two players to injuries inside the opening 30 minutes and never recovered in the 3-0 defeat. Arteta used two of his five substitutes as a result, limiting the manager to make a triple substitution in his final sub-period. David Luiz committed an error to gift a goal to Raheem Sterling before halftime and picked up a straight red card with a cynical challenge in the box to double the deficit. 

 

Norwich vs Southampton

A strong second half propelled the Saints past Norwich City at Carrow Road. In the 3-0 victory, Danny Ings, Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond each had their moments to shine. Two goals in five minutes finished the contest off, while the late third eliminated any doubt of the better side. For Norwich City, the abysmal performance makes survival in the top flight more difficult. They currently sit bottom of the table and are 6 points from safety. 

 

Manchester United vs Tottenham

The Paul Pogba/Bruno Fernandes partnership started strong from the moment the pair were on the field together. Trailing 1-0 after an hour, United made the highly-anticipated move to bring the Frenchman on. It made an immediate impact. Pogba’s creativity sparked a dominant second half, leading to an Eric Dier penalty (Fernandes scored) to keep the gap in the standings between the clubs.

For Spurs, Steven Bergwijn stood out in the opening half. His pace and technical ability caught the United backline napping as he strode past for the opening goal. The finish was blasted at David De Gea with enough venom to prevent the Spaniard from keeping it out. The late equalizer could be considered demoralizing, but the result was justified after a second-half that lacked energy and creativity.

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