Footy Focus - October 22

There were so many goals in the Premier League this week! 40 of them in fact, the most in any weekend this season.

The first game set the trend. It was Manchester City against Spurs and it was a super fun game to watch. 5 goals, 4 penalties, 2 penalty saves and a red card! Sergio Aguero was the star of the show, he scored all four goals for City, who ended up winning 4-1.

Aguero only needed an inch or two too much space to score the opening goal, but Christian Eriksen immediately levelled for Spurs. Then things got crazy with penalties being awarded all over the place (all correct decisions, though). Sergio buried the first but hit the second one straight down the middle of the goal and Hugo Lloris batted it away with his feet. Tottenham had the chance to equalise again in the second half when Roberto Soldado stepped up to take a penalty of his own, but it was not a good one. He placed it well but he hit it too softly to beat Joe Hart. Federico Fazio then was sent off in his debut for Spurs for giving away another penalty and Aguero made no mistake this time. He scored a fourth goal a little later just for the icing on the cake.

That means that City does not lose any ground on Chelsea in the race for first place, remaining four points back. Chelsea missed the injured Diego Costa and had a few struggles in beating Crystal Palace. Both teams had a red card but a late Fraizer Campbell goal was not enough for Palace to get anything off the Blues, who won 2-1 thanks to goals from Oscar and Fabregas. No such luck for Arsenal, who were could only draw 2-2 at home against Hull City. Danny Welbeck scored very late in that one to save that point for the Gunners.

There were own goals galore in the QPR- Liverpool game, and regular goals galore when Sunderland and Southampton met. Liverpool were 1-0 up after 85 minutes (a Richard Dunne OG), only to leak an equaliser, score another through Coutinho, leak an equaliser, then win things with a sloppy OG from Steven Caulker.

But the goal of the week comes from Sunderland defender Santiago Vergini, who crushed this stunning volley past his own keeper Whoops!

It did not get any better than that for Sunderland, they lost 8-0. Seriously, 8-0. Dusan Tadic was the star of the show, setting up four goals and being generally brilliant. He grabbed a goal too, as did Graziano Pelle (2), Jack Cork, Victor Wanyama, and Sadio Mané. Liam Bridcutt also scored an own-ey.

Stoke won 2-1 at home to Swansea, who are now five games without a win after a hot start. Newcastle had their first win of the season, beating Leicester 1-0, while West Ham ran out 3-1 winners at Burnley (Yes! Winston Reid!). Everton found some form with Ross Barkley’s return too (coincidence?) with a 3-0 win over slumping Aston Villa. After Villa took 10 points from their first 12, they have now lost 4 in a row, conceding 11 and not scoring even once in that stretch. Check out Seamus Coleman’s hustle to get on the end of this cross from right back!

And then on Tuesday Man United had to come from behind twice for a point at West Brom. The home team only had 2 shots on target, Stéphane Sessegnon with the first, a blistering effort that curled into the top corner after a swift counter before Marouane Fellaini (a half time sub) scored his first competitive goal for United, a similarly effective driven shot. Saido Berahino slipped in behind the defence to slide one past David De Gea before Daley Blind smacked a goal in from the edge of the box with a few minutes remaining. Four superb goals in a decently entertaining game.