Category Archives: Tuesday Roundup

TUE 29th OCT 2019

Reds serge past Spurs after Kane’s opener sends Chivers down Martin’s spine. Sterling’s scoring streak sees City home. Hungry Foxes feast on fallen Saints. Pulisic treble helps Chelsea capitalise on Barnes’ broken radar. Captain Granit crumbles. Penalty saves Krul comfort as Martial lays down the law in Norwich. Indignant Everton fall to first VAR pen in the Prem. Short shrift for Longstaff in Tyneside draw. Sheffield show steel to pick up a point at the Hammers. Hornets lacking sting, as Bournemouth draw blank.

Granada took full advantage of El Clasico’s postponement to claim a hugely improbable top spot with a win over Betis. Sociedad moved up to the third after sneaking a victory in Vigo at the death. Atletico beat Bilbao in a routine 2-0 home win, while Sevilla did the same to Getafe. Toko Ekambi’s fine scoring form continued as the Yellow Submarine downed Eibar 4-1. Osasuna made it 32 games unbeaten at home by defeating Valencia. Valladolid picked up a useful home win, while Mallorca failed to reproduce the form they showed against Real going down to Leganes, who remain bottom. Espanyol got a vital three points to make it a good week for the bottom two.

Serie A’s big hitters were pegged back this week, as Juventus were held at Lecce and Inter limited to a point at home to Parma. Sarri’s decision to rest Cristiano Ronaldo was not capitalised on by Napoli, though, who couldn’t get past SPAL in Ferrara. Atalanta, however, did not pass up the opportunity to close the gap on the top two as La Dea reached seventh heaven in a rout of Udinese. Goals from talismen Dzeko and Immobile saw both Roman clubs secure two-one wins at the expense of Milan and Fiorentina respectively. Cagliari picked up a point in Turin, Sassuolo got all three in Verona, whilst Genoa’s new boss Thiago Motta got off to a winning start at home. Ranieri’s Samp remain bottom after defeat at Bologna.

Monchengladbach extended their stay at the top of the table to 3 weeks with a 4-2 home win over the Eagles. Lewandowski netted again to make it 13 scoring games in a row in all competitions and a new Bundesliga record of 9 in a row to start the season. Bayern were made to sweat it out though and were grateful to Neuer for saving one of the two penalties they conceded against a feisty Union. Freiburg proved they are no flash in the pan by beating Leipzig to take third. Wolfsburg slipped to fourth after a disappointing goalless draw with Augsburg. The Revier derby also lacked goals, but Schalke were clearly the better of the teams on display. Bayer and Werder drew 2-2, and Hoffenheim made it 3 wins on the bounce at Hertha. In the basement, Mainz won to move out of the bottom three, whilst Paderborn got their first win of the season, but stay in last position.

As I hinted at previously, Ligue 1 is already over. If you were planning on betting against another PSG title, don’t. Marseille were the latest to be dispatched this week and, to make matters worse, Mauro Icardi is now firing on all cylinders. It just seems unfair. There was, however, a return to form for the other big guns as Lyon, Monaco and Lille all won. Pity they’re all so far behind already. Promoted Brest reached the dizzy heights of fifth with a win that put Dijon bottom, as Strasbourg vacated that position with victory over Nice. Elsewhere, Rennes pipped Toulouse in a 3-2 thriller, and Wahbi Khazri finally ended his goal drought as St Etienne drew with Amiens. Montpellier vs Angers and Reims vs Nimes yielded no goals.

TUE 22ND OCT 2019

Reds run ended by familiar foe. City polish off Palace. Foxes in the hunt for top four. Good times continue to roll for young Blues. Gunners can’t blast through Sheffield steel. Spurs slide continues, but Dele’s drought ends. Cherries and Canaries keep first clean sheets. Toffees come out of a sticky patch. Villa on Targett as they snatch a late win. Third time lucky for Jimenez.

The shock of the week occurred at relegation threatened Mallorca, where Real went down 1-0, further increasing the pressure on Zinedine Zidane. This slip-up allowed Barca to steal top spot after a routine 3-0 win at Eibar. Granada now sit an impressive third thanks to a home win over Osasuna. Sociedad won at home to go fourth, putting Betis into the relegation zone. Atletico were held at home by Valencia thanks to a late Dani Parejo goal, whilst Sevilla picked up 3 points beating Levante. Leganes are rooted to the bottom already seven points from safety after losing at Getafe. Espanyol gave the woodwork a hammering at home to Villarreal but succumbed 1-0 to stay 19th. Elsewhere, Alaves beat Celta to leave them on the brink of the bottom three.

The Old Lady held onto top spot with a narrow home victory over Bologna, but Inter managed to stay on their heels after a 4-1 lead turned into a nervy 4-3 win at mourning Sassuolo. Immobile fell over twice to help Lazio back to 3-3 from 3-0 down to Atalanta leaving La Dea’s Gasperini exasperated. A Milik double kept Napoli in fourth ahead of surprise package, Cagliari, who won against SPAL to go 5th. Claudio Ranieri has been deemed the man to rescue Samp, and he got off to a good start by holding Roma at home. Stefano Pioli’s reign at the Rossoneri started in a rather less commendable draw at home to Lecce. Elsewhere, Genoa’s season went from bad to worse, as a thunderous Cornelius hat-trick saw them thrashed 5-1 and manager Andreazzoli out of employment. Elsewhere, Udinese defeated Il Toro at home and Fiorentina played out a goalless draw at Brescia.

It’s absurdly tight at the top of the Bundesliga with the top 9 sides separated by just 2 points. Monchengladbach remain top, despite going down to a Marco Reus winner at Dortmund. They are joined on 16 points by undefeated Wolfsburg, who scraped a point at Leipzig through a late Wout Weghorst goal. Bayern are on 15 after throwing away a couple of points in Augsburg, who turned 2 shots on target into 2 goals, but Lewandowski’s incredible scoring run continued. Union got a win to move out of the relegation zone and keep Freiburg off an improbable top spot. Schalke and Bayer also missed the chance to move top after defeats to Hoffenheim and Eintracht respectively. Elsewhere, Werder drew with Hertha, Fortuna beat Mainz and Paderborn are now cut well adrift at the bottom after a 3-0 loss to the Billy Goats.

PSG moved an ominous 5 points clear in Ligue 1, despite only just starting to hit form. It seems that no side is properly equipped to mount a decent challenge to them this year, as their three closest challengers – Nantes, Bordeaux and Angers – all lost. Reims and Montpellier took full advantage to fill third and fourth place respectively. Toulouse got a new manager bounce as Antoine Kombouare took them straight out of the relegation zone with a win, but Rudi Garcia taking the helm at OL did not have the same effect as they failed to put away Dijon at home. Brest made it two wins on the bounce and move into the top half, whilst Monaco came out on top 3-2 in a topsy-turvy encounter with Rennes in the principality.

TUE 8TH OCT 2019

Sadio stumble sneaks Reds to seventeen. Traore trips up City on the counter. Shocking Spurs surrender as Connolly capitalises. Longstaff brothers beat up bleary-eyed Solskjaer. Wesley whips Canaries at Carrow Road. Frank feelgood factor continues to flow. Gunners pip the Cherries. Palace plunder 3 points to enhance Roy’s remarkable record. Hendrick hurts travelling Toffees. Wasteful Watford pick up a point.

Messi was back and straight on the scoresheet in a 4-0 victory over Sevilla, slightly marred by a couple of pointless red cards at the end. This put them just behind leaders Real, who got 4 of their own against Granada, including Eden Hazard’s first in La Liga. Atletico’s stutter continued with a draw in Valladolid, and it wasn’t a good weekend for the Basque country either, with Sociedad losing at home to Getafe, Athletic going down in Balaidos and Alaves doing the same in the Mestalla. Eibar at least managed a point at Betis. Elsewhere, there were good wins for Osasuna and Mallorca, whilst Leganes’ home loss to Levante sees them rooted to the bottom.

A thrilling Derby d’Italia saw the Old Lady ruin the Nerazzurri’s 100% record and take top spot with it. Atalanta kept hold of third as they returned home to a renovated and renamed stadium with a 3-1 win. Napoli played out a scoreless draw with Il Toro to fall further behind, whilst Roma were held by Cagliari. The Biancocelesti drew a bad-tempered affair in Bologna, with Rossoblu manager Mihajlovic returning to the bench after lengthy treatment for leukaemia. This game featured 2 red cards, but Milan’s bottom of the table clash with Genoa yielded 4. More importantly for the Rossoneri, it also yielded 3 points. Elsewhere, Fiorentina made it 3 on the bounce, Samp’s struggles intensified in Verona and SPAL got a crucial home win. Brescia and Sassuolo’s match was postponed following the passing of Sassuolo’s owner and president, for whom minute silences were observed across the country.

Bayern came down to earth with a bump, following up their Spurs trouncing with a home defeat to Hoffenheim. Monchengladbach took full advantage by seeing off Augsburg with a flurry of first half goals that sees them top the table. Bayer and Leipzig are level with Bayern on 14 after a draw in their encounter. Also on 14 are Schalke, who were pegged back by a late Koln equaliser, and Freiburg, who did the late pegging back themselves against Dortmund. Wolfsburg are up to second after seeing off Union, who slip into the bottom three alongside the other promoted sides, Koln and Paderborn. In the remaining games, Frankfurt drew 2-2 with Werder and Hertha continued their winning run at home to Fortuna.

PSG remembered where the back of the net was and reasserted their dominance in the league with a 4-0 win over their closest rivals, Angers, who were replaced in second by high flying Nantes. Bordeaux continue to impress with a win in Toulouse taking them up to fourth, just ahead of Lille, who were held at home by Nimes. St Etienne poached the Rhone-Alpes derby in the final minute to heap further woe on a beleaguered OL, whilst Marseille and Monaco’s recent resurgence was checked in 3-1 defeats at Amiens and Montpellier respectively. Reims continued their strong start at Rennes, and there were important home wins near the bottom for Dijon and Brest. Metz are now propping up the table.

TUE 1st OCT 2019

Reds make it a sweet sixteen in Sheffield. Mahrez magic baffles Blues. Foxes flay Magpies. Dire draw as Devils denied. Ten-man Tottenham save Serge’s blushes. Brighton beaten at the Bridge. Wolves devour Hart in basement battle. Hammers fashion a draw at Bournemouth. Clarets and Blues end up 2-2. Ailing Canaries can’t storm Palace fortress.

Barca turned things around this week with a couple of victories, but Messi is out injured again just after coming back. Real and Atletico battled to a goalless draw in the Madrid derby after midweek wins; this leaves Real top of the table after Sociedad and Athletic both missed the chance to lead after losing to Sevilla and Valencia respectively at the weekend. Granada continued their excellent early season form to sit second on 14 points, while Villarreal knocked in 5 against Betis after losing to Barca. At the bottom of the table, things are looking worrying for Leganes, Mallorca and Espanyol, with Celta a solitary point clear of the drop zone.

Inter Milan made it six wins from six as Conte’s charges continued their ominous early season form, but Juve are hanging onto their coattails; the top two are up against each other this coming weekend. Strong away wins at Roma and Sassuolo saw third-placed Atalanta return to free scoring form after their early season jitters, while Napoli lie fourth after a shock loss in Sardinia. Cagliari are up to seventh, just behind the two capital clubs in fifth and sixth. Fiorentina had a great week climbing out of danger as Franck Ribery excelled in the San Siro, condemning the 16th-placed Rossoneri to their worst start to a season since the 1930s. SPAL and Samp are at the foot of the table with 3 points apiece.

Leipzig were unceremoniously knocked off top spot as David Wagner’s Amine Harit inspired Schalke dominated in a 3-1 win at the Red Bull Arena. Bayern were made to sweat for a 3-2 away win at lowly Paderborn as Lewandowski made it 10 in 6 matches, a new Bundesliga record. Monchengladbach and Bayer enjoyed solid away victories to stay in touch, while Freiburg left it late before claiming the points in Dusseldorf to move up to third. Hertha, Wolfsburg and Eintracht also won on the road, with Borussia Dortmund the only home side not to lose, drawing 2-2 with Bremen. The Koln and Hoffenheim managers will be feeling the pressure to turn things around quickly, as will Mainz boss Sandro Schwarz, who became the first manager in Bundesliga history to be given a red card.

Neymar took a break from papering over the PSG cracks as they fell to Reims at home, before scoring the winner in Bordeaux on Kylian Mbappe’s return. Lyon are officially in crisis after taking just a solitary point against Brest and Nantes, the latter flying high in 3rd place with Angers a shock 2nd after four points from two matches. Monaco have finally woken up, scoring seven times in two games to garner six points and move out of the relegation zone. St Etienne managed a win in Nimes after falling to Metz, whilst Lille, Nice, Marseille and Rennes are all staying in the mix at the top. Dijon just aren’t cutting the mustard this season, and remain bottom.

TUE 24th SEP 2019

Firmino makes it fifteen as Chelsea youngsters can’t bridge the gap. Etihad first-class Silva service cuts short Quique’s honeymoon. Foxes win by a whisker. United’s defence Mina than Everton’s, but Billy’s not getting too wild. Villans robbed as ten-men Gunners have a Guendouzi of a second half. Great goal-line clearance means Gulls and Magpies schar the spoils. Eddie breaks away derby duck as Ralph rues Saints’ sloppiness. Canaries not up for the Clarets after last week’s feast. Weary Wanderers gifted a point at Palace. Hammers give Ole a pounding headache.

Barca got away with it against Dortmund, but Granada didn’t let them off so easily with a fully deserved 2-0 win that takes them third. Real managed to shake off their PSG humiliation with a classic Benzema header to win 1-0 at Sevilla to go second, while Athletic are the surprise early pacesetters after a 2-0 home defeat of Alaves. Kubo got his first assist as Mallorca lost 4-2 at Getafe, whilst a Santi Cazorla penalty helped Villarreal see off Valladolid 2-0. Sociedad took the points at Espanyol, Valencia were held at home to Leganes and the other three games finished goalless.

It was all about the Premier League exports this week. A Lukaku strike helped Inter continue their 100% start with a win in the Milan derby. Aaron Ramsey scored for Juve, who stay second after beating Hellas, whilst Fernando Llorente banged in a couple as Napoli won at Lecce 4-1 to go third. Fourth placed Roma relied on their former Man City Kolarov/Dzeko pairing to win at Bologna. Immobile was on target in a winning return to the Lazio line-up. Marco Gabbiadini helped Samp to their first points of the season as Caputo helped Sassuolo break SPAL in the Emiliano derby. Elsewhere, Atalanta recovered from an undynamic performance in Zagreb, Cagliari beat the boys from across the bay and Brescia won at Udinese.

Leipzig continue to lead the way after a comfortable 3-0 victory at Bremen. Lewandowski was extraordinarily magnanimous in passing up a hat-trick to allow Coutinho to score his first goal in a 4-0 rout of Koln. As was the case against Barcelona, Dortmund didn’t get their just desserts against Eintracht and had to settle for a draw. Harit continued to shine as Schalke saw off struggling Mainz. Paderborn lost the basement battle with Hertha and remain on a solitary point. Freiburg were held by Augsburg but remain fourth. Elsewhere, Leverkusen dispatched Union 2-0, the Foals fought back to beat Dusseldorf and the Wolves drew with Hoffenheim.

PSG are top thanks to Neymar, who continued his road to redemption with another spectacular late winner in Lyon. Surprise package Angers brushed aside St Etienne 4-1 thanks to a Ninga hat-trick to move up to second. Nice are in third after a home victory against Dijon, who remain bottom. Metz (home loss to Amiens) and Monaco (a draw in champagne country) join them in the relegation zone. Early pacesetters Rennes and Lille battled to a 1-1 draw while Marseilles and Montpellier finished honours even in a bad tempered game in the Velodrome that saw 3 players sent off. Elsewhere, there were home wins for Strasbourg and Nimes, while Bordeaux survived a scare against Brest as they drew 2-2.

TUE 17TH SEP 2019

Canaries claw a central defence shaped hole in City’s ship. Klopp’s red machine rolls relentlessly on. Sonsational Spurs back at it. David Luiz right at home in Arsenal’s crumbling defence as Quique’s Hornets rediscover their sting. Maguire repels the Foxes. Chelsea in danger of becoming likeable again for the first time since the Zola/Vialli era. Potter’s magic runs out in stoppage time. Cherries pick up points as Toffees’ sticky away form continues. Djenepo’s deft dribbling slices open the Blades. David Cameron derby about as interesting as his biography.

Sevilla moved to the top of the standings courtesy of a 1-0 win at Alaves as Atletico’s time basqueing at the summit ended in defeat to Sociedad. Elsewhere, Valencia’s new boss failed to prevent his side’s demolition at the hands of Barca with 16-year-old prodigy Ansu Fati once again on the scoresheet. Real did their best to throw away a three goal lead but held on for a 3-2 win over Levante. The Yellow Submarine sunk Leganes 3-0 away as Celta, reduced to nine men in the first half, succumbed to Granada at Balaidos. Espanyol won at Eibar and the remaining 3 fixtures ended in run of the mill draws.

Antonio Conte remains in first place in the battle to see who will be the best ex-Chelsea manager with his newly resilient Inter maintaining their 100% record. Ancelotti’s Napoli recovered from their disappointment against Juve with victory over Samp, while Juve’s newly recovered (from pneumonia) Sarri saw his side drop points in Florence. Zapata’s last minute screamer saw Atalanta pick up 3 points in Genoa. Roma saw off Sassuolo, but city rivals Lazio fell again to their SPAL bogeymen. Elsewhere, Milan ended Hellas Verona’s unbeaten start and there were excellent away wins for Lecce, Cagliari and Bologna.

Table toppers Leipzig fought back to secure a 1-1 draw against Bayern, while Dortmund put their shock slip-up against Union behind them in a 4-0 dismantling of Leverkusen. Union fell at home to the undefeated Wolves while the Foals bettered the Billy Goats in the Rhineland derby. David Wagner got more goals in a game than he normally got in a month at Huddersfield as Schalke smashed Paderborn 5-1. Freiburg humbled Hoffenheim 3-0 away in the Baden-Wurttemberg derby. Elsewhere, Mainz got their first points on the board, Augsburg downed the Eagles and Fortuna and Werder shared the spoils.

Neymar was harangued by the PSG faithful on his return but clinched the points with a late overhead stunner. Lyon’s profligacy cost them in Amiens. Osimhen continued his impressive start in another Lille victory. Nicolas who? Monaco were undone by a Marseille comeback in a 4-3 goalfest that leaves them in the relegation zone again. Second-placed Rennes were held at Brest in the Breton derby while Nantes moved up to third thanks to a strong Coulibaly finish. Elsewhere, there were home wins for Montpellier and Girondins, while both Dijon vs Nimes and St Etienne vs Toulouse ended up level.