Matchweek 12
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Matchweek 12

Match 1: Norwich City vs Watford.

This Friday night match was between 19th and 20th place in the league. Just over 1 minute into the match, Norwich defender Emi Buendia was caught in possession by Gerard Deulofeu. Running towards the goal, Deulofeu went alone and slotted the ball into the bottom corner of the net to give the hornets the lead. Watford continued to apply pressure as Daryl Janmaat floated in a ball just missed by Roberto Pereyra. The heavy cross was just gathered by Will Hughes who played the ball to Deulofeu. Having the chance for his second goal of the match, Gerard Deulofeu missed the far past marginally as Watford searched for their first win of the Premier League Campaign. Later on in the first half, Jose Holebas played the ball to Watford substitute Andre Gray who had his shot blocked just in front of the goal. In the 52nd minute, Gerard Deulofeu received the ball on the edge of the Norwich penalty area. His first crossing attempt was blocked, but his second found Andre Gray who cleverly flicked the ball passed Tim Krul to double Watford's lead. Norwich's best chance came when Jamal Lewis powered his shot towards the goal but was smartly denied by Watford Goalkeeper Ben Foster. In the 65th minute, Watford defender Christian Kabasele commited a foul on Josip Drmic. Referee Andre Marriner produced the second yellow card immediately making Watford down to 10 men. However, although Norwich kept going, Watford just held on. The final score of the match:

Norwich City 0-2 Watford.

Match 2: Chelsea vs Crystal Palace.

This match began fairly evenly with neither side managing to find a goal to break the deadlock in the first half of the game. However, Chelsea must have had a strong team talk as in the 52nd minute, Tammy Abraham was onside and calmly placed the ball passed Guita to give the Blues the lead. But they weren't done there. Just 10 minutes from the end of the match, a deflected shot went into the air to give American attacker Christian Pulisic a golden chance to double the lead which he didn't fail to do. Chelsea however still continued to dominate. The final score of the match:

Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace.

Match 3: Burnley vs West Ham United.

The match at Turf Moor started quite quickly as in the tenth minute a high ball from Burnley into the box was punched away from the West Ham goalie. Phil Bardsley then fired a shot which was then deflected out by his own player. For some reason, the referee Kevin friend awarded a corner to the Clarets. From the corner, a high ball was floated to the back post where James Tarkowski knocked the ball down to Ashley Barnes who gave Burnley the controversial lead. However, later on, a beautiful cross from Burnley Winger Dwight McNeil was right on the head of Chris Wood who powered the ball past Roberto. However, VAR had to come in and then disallowed the goal.

Just before the break, sloppy defending from West Ham defender Fabian Balbuena gifted the ball to Dwight McNeil for Burnley. A pass across the box was then clinically tucked away for Chris Wood. This goal however was not ruled out by VAR. In the 54th minute, a swerving corner for Burnley into the box was trouble for the West Ham United Goalkeeper. Trying to keep it out, he only managed to palm the ball into his own net. The final score of the match:

Burnley 3-0 West Ham United.

Match 4: Newcastle United vs AFC Bournemouth.

The Bournemouth Cherries got into the game quickly as a low ball by Josh king was just about collected by Newcastle Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. However, in the 14th minute, a short corner was played to Josh King, who passed it back to Ryan Fraser. Ryan Fraser then found Harry Wilson who hit the ball to the keeper's right to give Bournemouth the away lead. A beautiful training ground goal. In the 38th minute, Allan Saint-Maximin got the balled and powered the ball onto the crossbar. Just 3 minutes before the break, a deflected shot from inside the box from Saint-Maximin went to the head of DeAndre Yedlin who scored with a diving header to level the game. Then, in the 52nd minute, a well worked corner around the box saw the ball floated into the box and eventually finished by Newcastle defender Ciaran Clark to complete the comeback from 1-0 down. The final score of the match:

Newcastle United 2-1 AFC Bournemouth.

Match 5: Southampton vs Everton. 

This game began with 17th place playing 19th place in the Premier League table. Just 4 minutes after kick off, an Everton corner was hit into the box from Gylfi Sigurdsson. Mason Holgate got the flick on which was eventually converted by Tom Davies. Later on, a long ball from Tom Davies appeared to be going in until Angus Gunn suddenly tipped the ball over the crossbar. The teams went in even at half time. The equalizer came in the 50th minute when Yerry Mina headed the ball away unconvincingly. Sofiane Boufal then picked up the ball and drilled in a hard, low cross which was tapped into the net from Danny Ings. However, Everton just would not give up. A high ball from the right wing from Djibril Sidibe went to the feet of Richarlison who took it on the volley and restored Everton's lead over the Saints. That was the last goal of the game and it lifted Everton to 13th. The final score of the match:

Southampton 1-2 Everton.

Match 6: Tottenham Hotspur vs Sheffield United.

This game began with the Tottenham and England star Harry Kane marginally missing the goal from close range. Sheffield's first chance came when John Lundstrsam struck the ball across goal going just wide of the far post. Then, again, Lundstram thundered the ball against the post as the blades surged for an opener. However, the opener came after the break when the ball bounced off of Enda Stevens to the feet of South Korean Son Heung Min who put the ball through the Goalkeeper's legs and into the goal to give Spurs the lead. Sheffield thought they had an equalizer when David McGoldrick tapped the ball into the net at the far post to end Tottenham's short lived lead. However, VAR was there again to rule off the goal for a very tight offside.

It appeared that the foot of John Lundstram was offside causing VAR to rule the goal out. Sheffield got their equalizer in the 78th minute when Baldock scored from what appeared to look like a cross. Also, this season is Tottenham's worst ever season in the Premier League being 12th after 12 games so far. The final score of the match:

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Sheffield United.

Match 7: Leicester City vs Arsenal.

This game at Leicester's King Power Stadium began with Arsenal pushing forward. their first chance was when Pierre Emerick Aubameyang drove into the box and the ball bounced to Alexnadre Lacazette who curled the ball just around the post. Leicester got their first big chance when sloppy Arsenal defending gave the ball away. Ayoze Perez fired the ball just over Bernd Leno's goal. James Maddison also had a free kick from a bit outside the box. However, his effort rippled the roof of the net. Luckily for Arsenal, it was the top of the net. Leicester came so close in the second half when Wilfred Ndid thundered the ball on to the crossbar from close range. But the breakthrough came in the 68th minute after some lovely Leicester football. Jamie Vardy was the one to score from a close range effort. Only 7 minutes later, Jamie Vardy put James Maddison on a plate to double their lead. The final score of the match:

Leicester City 2-0 Arsenal

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