When I was younger, the FA Cup was considered an incredibly prestigious competition capable of producing moments of magic. Ryan Gigg's goal against Arsenal in 1999 is one of the most memorable in modern football. FA Cup final day was always a special event, dominating the day's media coverage. Who remembers Roberto Di Matteo's wonder goal in the 1997 FA Cup final? Gerrard forcing extra time in 2006 from 35 yards? The Cardiff versus Portsmouth final in 2008? Now, however, it almost seems like the FA Cup has lost a lot of its value among Premiership teams.
Title holders Manchester City narrowly defeat Liverpool in thrilling encounter at the Etihad Stadium, narrowing Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table to four (4) points.
For starters, I am a Liverpool fan, so let me get that out of the way. I try to be as unbiased as a "Red" can be, but my team, at this moment, is clicking on all cylinders and flying high, so if I come across as boastful it's only because I take pride in what they have become. And how couldn't I get fired up after the display they put on the other day?
Prior to this game, the expected goal data from 2018/19 pointed towards a 2-0 win for Liverpool. Jürgen Klopp's team won by two goals in the end, but it was far from a straightforward, routine victory.
Being a dedicated iron, I am hardened to the disappointments of football, and the beginning of the West Ham Utds 18/19 season has provided plenty of that. I’m sure the majority of West Ham fans went into the season with expectations that knew no limits due to the investment from the board and the ambitious appointment of prestigious manager Manuel Pellegrini. But those hopes were quickly deflated by the thrashing at Anfield from a Liverpool side looking to win the title. The game featured many new West Ham signings including; Felipe Anderson, who signed from Italian side Lazio in the summer for a record fee believed to be around 40 million pounds. Ryan Fredericks, a free transfer from newly promoted side Fulham. Lukasz Fabianski, a steal from Swansea, and Fabian Balbuena who signed for a fee of around 3.5 million pounds from Brazil. The Paraguay international did not shine in the thrashing despite being dubbed the Brazilian Ramos by some foreign fans. The Liverpool beating was a kick back down to earth for the entire team and fans as the expectations got the better of them.
The number one question being asked about the Premier League 2018/19 season is, who will win the title?
Recently, Manchester United's team have not been performing to the expected standard of the fans and the board. They are now only eighth in the premier league table, which shocking for one of them, (if not the) most powerful clubs in the English Premier League. With four wins, a draw and three losses, fans are becoming aggravated with the current standard of United's side.
After a poor start to the season for Man Utd and vast criticism from mainstream media, pundits and fans alike questions are being asked of Jose Mourinho. Is he still the right man for the job or is it time for a change on the sidelines of Old Trafford?
AFC Bournemouth has made their best start to a Premier League campaign in their fourth Premier League campaign season by gaining 10 points from their opening five games in the Premier League, leaving them in a Europa League spot. Bournemouth's latest win came at home with a comfortable victory over the 2015/16 season champions, Leicester City, in a 4-2 thriller at the Vitality Stadium. The opening goals saw a brace from Ryan Fraser, followed by Josh King who converted from the penalty spot after a handball saw the Cherries go into the break with a 3-0 lead. Right back, Adam Smith added to the Cherries' tally, firing home into the bottom left-hand corner, giving the Danish keeper no chance. However, flashbacks from previous seasons saw the Bournemouth defence switch off as they conceded two late goals from James Maddison and Marc Albrighton in the space of two minutes.
After 104 Premier League goals in 224 games, Romelu Lukaku equalled Didier Drogba's league goal haul. However, it took the Ivorian 30 games more, leaving them both with just less than 0.5 goals a game. The Ivorian has 54 league assists, whilst Lukaku has 35. These stats show that Drogba was a slightly better creator than Lukaku, but Lukaku's finishing is his slightly superior talent.
After wins against West Ham, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Leicester City, Liverpool are actually off to the best start they've ever had to a Premier League season, much to the shock to many football fans around the world. The 2018/2019 season got off to a flyer for Liverpool, with a 4-0 routing of West Ham, before being followed with a 2-0 away win at Selhurst Park. A 1-0 win at home against Brighton, thanks to a Mohammed Salah goal, proceeded the record-securing game, a 2-1 win against Leicester City.