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Skiddle's Open Goal: A Weekly Roundup of Football news and events
Skiddle's Open Goal takes a look at a dramatic weekend of Premier League action.
Date published: 16th Aug 2022
The Premier League delivered yet again this week as we were treated to some more shocks. Manchester United played Brentford away and their early season misery continued. In an absolute rout, Jay Dasilva opened the scoring with David DeGea letting the ball go straight through him.
Yet the worst was yet to come for the Spanish keeper as he also produced a lazy pass which allowed Jensen in to score a second. Ben Mee scored from a corner before Bryan Mbuemo finished after a superb Ivan Toney pass. Manchester United were absolutely dominated to the point of sheer embarrassment, one of their worst performances in the Premier League it leaves them at the bottom of the table.
They'll be playing Liverpool next who have also had a dreadful start. Their first home game against Crystal Palace resulted in a 1-1 draw. Liverpool were the better of the two teams, clearly dominating but Palace took the lead through a quick break finished off by Zaha.
Then Darwin Nunez had the worst possible end to his Anfield debut after hitting the post and missing another sitter, he was sent of for headbutting Andersen who had been frustrating him all game. After a good game at Fulham, this was the complete opposite and he'll now be missing for three games.
If this is how easy it is to get under his skin then he'll be bullied relentlessly by defenders all season which will have rival fans brimming with glee. Liverpool clearly have something missing at the moment, their midfield looks flat, tired and old and Sadio Mane has definitely left a hole despite them bringing in Luis Diaz who scored a spectacular equaliser.
Fabinho is constantly left exposed and if you can get past him then you have a good chance of scoring, there are concerning early signs that they may struggle to even get top 4 nevermind fight for the title. Arsenal look to be in scintillating form, with Jesus bagging his first league goals on his home debut as they beat Leicester 4-2. Manchester City are at their unbeatable best with a comfy 4-0 win over Bournemouth.
On Sunday we got the best game of the season so far with Chelsea playing Tottenham. It was the battle of the bridge all over again as Tuchel and Conte tussled throughout and were both sent off at the end of the game. Spurs scored a late equaliser in controversial circumstances as Marc Cucurella was clearly having his hair pulled during a corner. Yet another corner was given that Spurs scored from. Yet again, we are still getting awful referee decisions and this season the standard seems all over the place already. No one has any idea what a foul is now.
Below you can check out some events that all footy fans will enjoy.
Paul Gascoigne is one of the most famous 90's footballers and not always for the right reasons. A clearly talented player he put in some incredibly memorable performances for England and his whirlwind career is something that any football fan would want to learn more about.
Find tickets for An Audience With Paul "gazza" Gascoigne - here
Hanley Town have made a strong start to the season and will be looking to carry on their early momentum. They will be playing against Newcastle Town who started their season with a draw and will be looking to pick up three points. Come dwon and watch some local football.
Find tickets for Hanley Town vs Newcastle Town - here
England will be playing Iran in one of their group games at this year's World Cup. Iran are one of the lowest-ranked sides in the tournament but that doesn't mean that they'll be easy to beat. England have fallen to similar teams in big tournaments before so will need all the support they can get.
Find tickets for England vs Iran Live Screening - here
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