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It was another brilliant weekend of Premier League football, even though the schedule was cut back due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

There were moments of silence and ‘God Save the King’ performances as the Premier League returned from a week-long absence to see North London shine as brightly as reigning champions Manchester City.

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Job statuses have also been on the line and there are questions as to whether the roster of 20 Premier League managers looks the same when the international break ends in less than two weeks.

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Here are 10 noteworthy moments that our writers Joe Prince-Wright (JPW), Andy Edwards (AE) and Nicholas Mendola (NM) shared their observations of the latest PL games.

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1 Spurs Have Conte Juice (Spurs 6-2 Leicester). A mid-week defeat in the UEFA Champions League has already sparked a backlash from Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte, who coached Spurs the day after the disappointing loss to Sporting Lisbon. An early concession after that? Well, let’s just say it’s not surprising that Tottenham have overcome any mid-week fatigues and have scored four of their last five goals against Leicester. No, the Foxes can’t defend right now – more on that in a moment – but Tottenham never felt in danger of taking anything but three points, even when they were down 1-0 and level 2-2. (New Mexico)

2. Vibration will be great on Goodison after swing win (Everton 1-0 West Ham): As we said on ProSoccerTalk Show this week, it was a big swing for Everton. A win or a draw would make them unbeatable for five games in a row, but a loss would mean a winless streak of five. That’s what pranks do, we believe. So while it probably shouldn’t have mattered so much, the victory allows Frank Lampard to re-evaluate his team after the international break, knowing that in the Everton series he is three points ahead of the relegation zone and just two behind eighth. . Merseyside rivals Liverpool. (New Mexico)

3. Jack Grealish answers his critics (Wolverhampton 0-3 Man City): Grealish was hungry and free after Pep Guardiola raved about the English playmaker ahead of this game. Many critics point out that Grealish isn’t scoring or assisting enough – he told us here at PST last season that he needs to improve his numbers – but his manager doesn’t care if he doesn’t score: he wants him to fit into theirs. attack. unit without problems. Grealish often came back, scored a goal, caused chaos and the only way the Wolves could stop him was with a ridiculous challenge from Collins when he was shown a straight red card (JPW).

4. Brave Bournemouth totally deserved his point.. maybe more (Newcastle 1-1 Bournemouth): With the score 0-0 at half-time, Bournemouth won the first half. They gave Newcastle almost no chance to see their goal and although they created very little (even less) themselves, the lack of points at half-time put all the pressure on Newcastle as the home side and a side heavily favoring the win. At the same time, the “lesser” side gains confidence and belief that they can steal something in the final 45. (AE)

5. Another win highlighting Arsenal’s progress (Brentford 0-3 Arsenal): A horrendous defeat to Brentford at the start of last season underscored all the problems Arsenal were facing. Just over 12 months later, this landslide victory highlighted the progress they have made under Mikel Arteta. It’s a clear style of play with a young, hungry team that has been carefully selected. Even without Martin Odegaard and Oleksandr Zinchenko, Kieran Tierney and Vieira fit into the game effortlessly as Arteta’s team dominated from start to finish. They play confidently as a team and that’s what Arsenal wanted to be after years of squad building. The only problem is that their squad looked rather weak; Several injuries piled up with teenagers on the bench, and 15-year-old Ethan Nwaneri became the youngest Premier League player in history to enter the field late in the game. With the Europa League and League Cup coming weeks after the international break, Arteta will be hoping his team stays healthy to make the most of all that positive momentum. (Japan)

6 Villa And The Saints Are Two Teams That Can Contend (Aston Villa 1-0 Southampton): It wasn’t the best game. Generally. And it underscored that both of these teams could very well be at the bottom of the Premier League for most of this season. For Southampton, the club kind of expected this this season after signing so many inexperienced players. For Villa? They expected to strive for at least the top 10, but in this show – yes, the winning one – they are far from it. (Japan)

7. Fulham full of confidence (Nottingham Forest 2-3 Fulham): Aleksander Mitrovic has caused chaos, Willian has provided amazing crosses and Paligna, Andreas Pereira and Harrison Reed have a perfect combination of steel and skill in central midfield. This is the right team that Marco Silva created. They have a great balance, and they seem eager to prove all their doubters wrong. There is quality in this Fulham team and while they surprise us, they deserve to be in the top 10. (JPW)

8. “Brendywatch” is getting very real, very quickly. (Spurs 6-2 Leicester): Leicester have been terrible this season and the Foxes are counting on the international break to bounce back. Is there any chance that this means giving up his great reputation, but an unstable performer manager? Rogers admits he’s under a lot of pressure.

“Even more,” Rogers said. “I come every day and do my job. I perfectly understand the indignation of the fans. I can’t hide from it. This is my responsibility. … No matter what happens, I will respect them very much [the owners] because they gave me a lot of support. I understand the game. The score did not reflect the game, but the bottom line is that this is a heavy defeat. They gave me excellent support. Whatever happens to me at Leicester, whether I stay and fight, I will always respect them.” (New Mexico)

9. Xhaka and Parthi give the Gunners a solid foundation: Much will be done about the movement and the class of Bukayo Saki, Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira, and rightly so. But the solid foundation that Granit Xhaca and Tomas Parti provide for Mikel Arteta’s side should not be overlooked. After returning from injury, Partey played the ball again and again, and Xhaka just kept the game going and was always an option for Martinelli and Tierney on the inside left flank. With Odegaard gone, Arsenal’s deeper central midfielders needed to step up and dictate the pace of this game and give the Gunners’ talented forwards a platform to wreak havoc. (Japan)

10. West Ham’s breakout run continues (Everton 1-0 West Ham): The Irons started the day with the expected 7.46 points, but only four in the table. Their three goals scored are 3.38 short of what xG said they could score. Add to that the expected draw against Chelsea and there’s no reason to think West Ham are any worse than a mid-table team, but that doesn’t change anything as West Ham fans spend the international break with their name under red line. (New Mexico)

BERLIN. Jordan Pefok’s bid for the World Cup helps Union Berlin have an unprecedented time at the top of the Bundesliga.

[ MORE: Jordan Pefok a massive snub from USMNT friendly roster ]

Pefok scored the opening goal in Union’s victory over Wolfsburg on Sunday, just four days after he was left off USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter’s 26-man roster for games against Japan and Saudi Arabia.

“Who doesn’t look forward to playing in the World Cup when their country qualifies?” Pefok asked.

Berhalter said he already knew what Pefok was capable of. But with only two months left before the tournament in Qatar, Pefok wants to make sure.

The 26-year-old forward tormented Wolfsburg’s defense, coming back time and time again, and then crowned his performance with a glancing header that took him to three goals in six Bundesliga games this season.

Union won 2-0, opening a two-point lead over Borussia Dortmund after seven matches. The club from Kopenick was at the top for the first time. Union was promoted to the Bundesliga only in 2019.

“I’d be lying if I said I knew how well things would go,” said Pefok, who joined Union in the off-season from Young Boys, with whom he was the top scorer in the Swiss league with 22 goals last season.

“I joined a fantastic group – the staff of the club, the fans, a really great environment. And I think that’s what makes us…



Source: soccer.nbcsports.com

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