English Premier League Round up: Matches 10 of 38
A pall of gloom hovered over The English Premier League post the tragic death of Leicester City owner Billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, whose helicopter spiralled out of control and crashed just when it cleared the King Power Stadium. The crash that occurred at 20:30 BST on Saturday also killed two members of Mr. Vichai's staff – Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare – pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz. Vichai's moment of crowning glory was when his club sensationally won the English Premier League title for the 2015–16 season.
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Things are a lot different now in the current season with the Foxes struggling in the 12 spot, slipping a couple of places on the EPL table from the 10th a week ago. Leicester were almost undone by a lowly West Ham side on Saturday but for a late Wilfred Ndidi goal that saved the hosts the blushes after being down for most of the game to a Fabian Balbuena strike in the 30th minute. The draw has in a way helped the Hammers move to a more respectable 13th spot but with just 8 points their tally still is a distant 5 behind Leicester City.
Pep Guardiola's Manchester City hung on to an early 6th minute goal by Riyad Mahrez at the Wembley to overcome Tottenham Hotspur and remain at the top of the table with 26 points. The visitors had the upper hand in the Monday night game as far as opportunities went. City had 13 attempts and 6 shots on target compared to Tottenham's 4 and 1. The Spurs as a result are still rooted to the 5th spot with 21 points and a point behind Arsenal who couldn't hold on to their 1-2 second half lead at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace. A late penalty awarded to Luka Milivojevic in the 83rd minute gave the hosts the equalizer and deprived Unai Emery's side from what would have been their 11th consecutive win.
Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool ensured their position next to City at the top of the table with 26 points thanks to a clinical 4-1 home win over Cardiff City and riding on goals from Sadio Mane and one each from Mohammed Salah and XherdanShaqiri.
Meanwhile goals from Roberto Pereyra , Gerard Deulofeu and Isaac Success gave Watford a 3-0 win over relegation candidates Huddersfield Town, who still are in the search of their first Premier League win after as many as 10 games. Watford have moved up a notch to the 7th spot after that win and with 19 points are only 1 behind 6th placed Bournemouth who have come out of a 0-3 thrashing of another relegation potential, Fulham.
Manchester United are gradually beginning to move up the table and currently find themselves in the 8th spot after ages. The Red Devils starting off without their key striker, the off-color Romelu Lukaku, put in an impressive display with Marcus Rashford in the spotlight. The 20-year old forward had a hand in both the goals United scored in their 2-1 over Everton on Saturday.
Chelsea's 0-4 trouncing of Burnley helped the London club maintain a place in the Top Four, just a couple of points behind City and Liverpool's 26 after 10 games. Turf Moor was set ablaze on Sunday with goals coming from Alvaro Morata, Ross Barkley, Willian and Loftus-Cheek.
After a bright start to their Premier League debut, Wolverhampton have been slowly slipping downwards from the impressive 6th spot they held till a fortnight ago. A 0-1 loss to Brighton has pushed them down to the 10th place with even Everton having skipped over them to the 9th spot despite the latter's loss to Manchester United.
Fulham, Newcastle and Huddersfield Town are still not out of relegation territory and look cemented to the 18th, 19th and 20th spots for the time-being.