Skiddle's Open Goal: A Weekly Roundup of Football news and events

Let's go through all the biggest talking points from the latest weekend of football action.

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 24th Nov 2021

It was another weekend of stunning Premier League action with the Saturday seeing 30 goals in the 8 fixtures. We will start with the biggest talking point of the weekend though and that is Ole no longer being at the wheel. Yes, unfortunately for fans of Premier League sides they will no longer get to look forward to the visit of Ole's United as he was sacked following a 4-1 defeat to Watford.

It's been a long time coming as they've been on the receiving end of too many thrashings recently, Solskjaer simply hadn't delivered in the biggest games. They never looked like they were going to get a result at Watford and ended up getting a thrashing that was thoroughly deserved. 

Speaking of thrashings, Arsenal continued their tradition of turning up to Anfield and getting pummeled by a Jurgen Klopp side. They held on for over half an hour before being unlocked by a Sadio Mane header. The floodgates were opened in the second half as Liverpool outran Arsenal completely for a routine win. 

In this big scoring weekend, there were two 3-3 draws between Burnley and Crystal Palace and Newcastle and Brentford. With Eddie Howe unable to attend the game due to testing positive for COVID, he was giving instructions from a hotel room as Allan Sain-Maximin equalised in the 75th minute. In other Premier League news, Steven Gerrard's first game in charge of Aston Villa resulted in a 2-0 win over Brighton and both Chelsea and Manchester continued their title charges.

In The Championship, Fulham cruised to a 4-1 win over Barnsley whilst the upset of the weekend was recently point-deducted Derby County beating promotion favourites Bournemouth 3-2 in spite of the chaos going on behind the scenes.

If you're a footy fan then we have some events that you might be interested in...



John Hartson Q+A

When: Sunday 20th February

Where: Rosie Joe's, Londonderry

If you've watched a Wales game in recent years then it's highly likely that you've heard the voice of John Hartson, the Welsh legend who is one of the best pundits when it comes to his national side. Enjoying a hugely successful playing career with clubs such as Celtic, Arsenal and West Ham.

He'll definitely have a lot of stories to tell from his playing days, coming up against some of the most iconic players of all time. It's going to be a fascinating listen.


Find tickets for John Hartson Q+A here.




Hastings United vs Sittingbourne

When: Tuesday 23rd November

Where: The TGS Pilot Field, Hastings

Hastings United are looking to make it three wins on the bounce as they welcome a visit from Sittingbourne who sit just two points below them in the table. You'd expect this to possibly be a tight encounter as Hastings have the opportunity to put some space between themselves and Sittingbourne or risk being overtaken.

Get down to what looks like it'll be a spicy encounter, who knows which way it's going to go.


Find tickets for Hastings United vs Sittingbourne here.




Northwich Victoria vs Macclesfield FC

When: Saturday 27th November

Where: U Lock It Stadium, Northwich

Northwich Victoria will be welcoming the league leaders Macclesfield FC to their ground on Saturday for what will be a difficult game. Macclesfield have only lost twice this season whilst Northwich are sitting in a respectable but precarious 6th position. 

It's going to be a thrilling contest so make sure you don't miss out.


Find tickets for Northwich Victoria vs Macclesfield FC here.




Hanley Town vs Racing Club Warwick

When: Saturday 18th December

Where: Hanley Town Football Club, Stoke On Trent

In December Hanley Town will be playing Racing Club Warwick at home during the busy festive period. How about coming down to watch some Midland League action? Amateur football can be just as entertaining as the high profile Premier League games and have a community spirit that just gets lost n the higher echelons.


Find tickets for Hanley Town vs Racing Club Warwick here.




MUFC vs Burnley Hospitality

When: Thursday 30th December

Where: Hotel Football Old Trafford, Manchester

Hopefully, by the time Manchester United come to play Burnley they'll have a new manager now that Ole is no longer at the wheel. They'll be coming up against a Burnley side that whilst not having their best season are as resolute than ever. New signing Maxwell Cornet has been a breath of fresh air and always poses some danger.

You can watch what has the potential to be a tight game in hospitality where you'll be served free drinks and even a gorgeous three course meal. 


Find tickets for MUFC vs Burnley Hospitality here.



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