- September 23, 2020
- Posted by: Kinglsey Africabettingnews
- Category: EPL
The English Premier League is back and with it came with a bang! Covid-19 altered the entire calendar making it impossible for different leagues across the globe to follow their normal calendar for a season. The English Premier League still remains the most competitive league in the world and the most fierce because that is where most of the money is, thus making it very competitive. It is also a league that is very hard for players in their twilight to thrive because of the pace of the game.
A total of 16 games has been played and a total of 57 goals has been scored so far, with the most goal scored against Everton vs West Brom, with Son Heung-Min emerging as the leading goal scorer, pushing 4 goals past Southampton in a thrilling match.
On the other hand, Manchester City is off to a flying start as they beat Wolves to kickstart their 2020/2021 season with a very important win with the intention to win the coveted league cup this term. Defending Champions Liverpool beat Frank Lampards Chelsea 2 goals to nil.
A match that started as an evenly contested match soon opened up as Professional Footballers Association(PFA) player of the year Kevin de Bruyne was fouled in the 18yard box by Roman Saiss from a Kyle Walker through ball to give City a penalty, which he took with power and precision to give City the lead in the 20′ of the encounter.
Phil Foden scored the second goal for the Citizens as the player that was sent home from international duty with country England together with his partner in crime Mason Greenwood, for sneaking in girls into their hotel in Iceland.
Foden made his debut for City with the departure of the “Magician” David Silver to Real Sociedad. Foden scored from the 6yard box from a Sterling cut back to give Mancity a two-goal lead in the 32′.
Man City from that point played superbly well raising the question of how many goals would be scored by the visitors. Wolves came from behind to beat City last season, but unfortunately, they were unable to replicate that feat. City played so well in the first half, while Wolves were no threat to City with Edinson on holiday with no threat for the goalkeeper.
Kevin de Bruyne showed why he is the PFA player of the year as he has been directly involved in all the goals scored by City since the beginning of 2019/2020 season and he has also started again this term with the same tenacious touch, with the absence of seven players for City, De Bruyne made it look easy for them with an impressive play.
Phil Foden was another stand out for the night, he came close to scoring a fine goal but it narrowly passed the post, but his only goal came from a Raheem Sterling assist. After the Corona Virus lockdown breach in Iceland which the player has openly apologised, he has gone to prove that he is learning and growing as a young player.
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito extended his contract with Wolves for another three years and he is saddled with the responsibility to reshape the squad as they prepare to push for the top spot on the league table and also secure a spot in UCL.
Right full-back Matt Doherty has moved to Tottenham and there has been no replacement for him with Barcelona’s Nelson Semedo in the pipeline to fill his spot with a £30m bid yet to pull through.
Adama Traore was made to play as a wing-back to cover the void but the Spaniard failed to hold down the position well as he is not a natural defender as he lacked the natural instinct to read runs and to defend when they were under attack.
Johny is on a long injury list for Wolves, Marcal that was brought in from Lyon did not last in the game as he told the coach he could not continue due to a suspected injury too, all these increased problem for Wolves for the night. At half time they were 2 goals down compounding their problem. They came back from 2 goals last term to win the tie, but with the fans having not returned to the stadium, they are left to find their own rhythm and the motivation needed to get back.
Rui Patricio was the stand-up performer for Wolves in the first half as he made brilliant saves that prevented City from pilling the misery before the half time.
Wolves bounced back in the second half as they pressed City high up the pitch in a manner the coach must have wanted in the first half, whatever Nuno Espirito told them during the break paid off as they pressed and missed several chances to level up.
Podence had a chance to level up as he hit the frame of the goal post. Ruben Neves had a chance to score from a square ball from Adama Traore but he placed the ball in a very slow manner that allowed Kyle Walker to clear the ball. The goal came from a brilliant nutmeg of Kevin de Bruyne by Podence before finding the head of Raul Jimenez, to give Wolves the first goal of the night. After the goal, it almost was like we were to have a dejavu of last season as Wolves pressed City to the limit as they were left to defend their lines. This time the Citizens were compact in defence making it hard for Wolves to break.
Gabriel Jesus dealt a final blow in the closing minute of the game by scoring a solo goal as the ball deflected off the leg Willy Boly to beat Rui Patricio to make it 3 goals to 1 goal.
The Wolves boss had this to say at the post match interview.
“The first half we didn’t start very well. Manchester City moved the ball well and created a lot of problems for us. We conceded the penalty and from then on it become much harder. In the second half we improved. We created a lot of moments and chances we could score from. We knew one moment could change everything.
“We changed and tried to adapt. We blocked City’s possession through the middle. We were able to press and recover the ball. We had a lot of things to change and work out. Too bad we didn’t finish with a different end to the game.”
Pep Guardiola, on the other hand, had this to say to Sky Sports:
“It was a good performance. We know how difficult it is. Sometimes the opening is good and sometimes we need more time to get our best conditions – but the start was good.
“The period that we are in and the situation that we had in these past two weeks, I expected that in some moments we would suffer, but in general we controlled the game.”