Round 10 of English Premier League has concluded and while it was an exciting round throughout it began with a fixture for the books, featuring Southampton and Leicester, who produced what is now the tied-highest win and the highest away win in the EPL history, in with Leicester crushing Southampton 0:9. While this fixture overshadowed everything that happened in the next two days, it’s worth noting Liverpool managed to keep their unbeaten run alive, with a close 2:1 win over Tottenham, while Man City produced a very solid 3:0 win over Aston Villa to keep up with the pace of the Klopp’s men.
Leicester trash Southampton in a nine-goal spectacle
On Friday, October 10, history was written, as we got to see Leicester completely crush Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium, where the Foxes produced a tied-highest win in the history of EPL and the highest away win in the history of the league. Many expected the fixture to end in Leicester’s favour, seeing how Southampton have not been faring too well this season, however, there are no one that expected the final result to show 0:9 in favour of the visitors. Leicester opened the scoring in 10th minute with Chilwell scoring his first goal of the season. Only two minutes later Bertrand earned himself a red card, leaving Southampton in an unenviable position as they were one goal down and with only 10 men left on the pitch. Tielemans received a great inside pass only seven minutes later and scored a goal to make it 0:2 for Leicester. But it did not stop there. Perez added one more goal to the scoreboard, putting his team three goals up only 19 minutes into the match. With three goals in the lead Leicester were more or less guaranteed to walk away with at least a point from this fixture, but the Foxes decided they will take no chances on that night. Perez added his second of the game in 39th minute, when he received a spectacular pass from Chilwell, pushing Foxes four goals up. It all seemed like Leicester would enter the second half with four goals lead, but Vardy had different plans as he managed to score a goal of his own in the stoppage time, sinking Southampton’s ship who were now in an unsalvageable spot, trailing by five goals even before the second half kicked off.
Leicester slowed down slightly in the second half, but not by much. Perez scored his third goal of the day in 57′, with Vardy adding his second only a minute later. Maddison scored a spectacular free kick in 85th minute, pushing the Foxes eight goals up and it was Vardy in the 90’+5 who converted the penalty to write history, as Leicester won 0:9, marking the highest away win in the EPL history and tied-first highest win in EPL’s history, matching a 24-year-old record set by Man United in 1995, when they defeated Ipswich 9:0.
Liverpool edge past Tottenham to continue their unbeaten run
Liverpool secure a hard-fought 2:1 win against the Spurs on Sunday, October 27, to keep their unbeaten run alive. Klopp’s men entered the match as favourites, yet they knew well Tottenham are not to be underestimated, seeing how the Pochettino’s men trashed Crvena Zvezda 5:0 in the Champions league barely five days prior. And the visitors made sure to show off their worth with an early goal. Son shot the ball from a distance, the ball ricocheted off the crossbar and landed directly in front of Kane who was waiting in front of Liverpool’s goal. Suffice to say, Kane took full advantage of the opportunity and scored the goal. Some luck played a part in that action, yet it’s safe to say Liverpool’s defence did not do their job in marking Kane as they should. After going down 0:1 in the opening minute of the match, Liverpool seemingly woke up and started performing up to par, took over the match and pushed for an equalizer. Despite having 76% possession of the ball, and shot the ball 5/10 in the first half alone, Klopp’s men failed to find the net, meaning the two sides entered the second half one goal apart. The second half continued in a similar fashion, or in other words, with Liverpool being the dominant side. At this point it’s worth noting Spurs came extremely close to scoring their second on several occasions, but luck was seemingly not on their side. Instead, it was the Red’s captain Henderson who scored a goal in 52nd minute, levelling the match at 1:1. In the 75th minute, Mane won his team a penalty, which was converted by Salah, getting his team in a 2:1 lead. The match played out without any surprises, meaning it was Liverpool who walked away with yet another win. While a well-earned win for the home side, they were (again) slightly lucky to win there.
With that, Liverpool managed to keep their 10-game unbeaten run alive, meaning they are still six points above Manchester City in the standings. While we talk about the Sky Blues, Guardiola’s men trashed Aston Villa last weekend (3:0), which marked their second consecutive win of the season and seventh win overall. Seeing how Manchester City are six points behind the league leaders, all they can do at this point is to keep up the pressure and hope Liverpool slips, however, Klopp’s men are in a terrific form, which raises some doubts they will let go of the league anytime soon.
Heading into round 11 of EPL, Liverpool sit first with 9-1-0 record and 28 points, Man City are second with 7-1-2 record and 22 points, Leicester and Chelsea are third with 6-2-2 record and 20 points, whereas Arsenal sit fifth with 4-4-2 record and 16 points, after failing to defeat Crystal Palace (2:2) this weekend. Crystal Palace are sixth with 4-3-3 record, while Man United started their climb with a win against Norwich (1:3) and are not seventh with 3-4-3 record and 13 points.