EPL: Matchday 10 African Round Up
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal
Arguably Arsenal’s best players this season, Alex Iwobi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could not lift their team over the line and achieve a 12th straight win against their opponents. Crystal Palace had their Ivorian forward, Wilfried Zaha who gave the defenders a torrid time during the course of the match. The match ended in a 2-2 draw in the London derby with Aubameyang claiming a goal after a controversial hand of God by the French forward, Alexandre Lacazette. Wilfried Zaha had a hand on the final result as he won a penalty for Palace which eventually led to an equalizer.
Manchester United vs Everton
Jose Mourinho’s men claimed a 2-1 victory at home. The Red Devils continue to look like a team on the up with some decent performances of late. Eric Bailly, however, continued his exile as he watched the match from the stands with Mourinho preferring Smalling and Lindelof at the back. The club also received an injury boost with the return of Marcos Rojo which leaves the Ivorian further down the pecking order.
Chelsea vs Burnley
Maurizio Sari’s men were at their best against Sean Dyche’s Burnley on Sunday. They thumped the home team by 4 goals without return to stamp their authority in the title race. The former Nigerian international, Victor Moses could not make the bench even in the absence of the on-form Belgian international, Eden Hazard. It seems like history is repeating itself at the club for the African who was surplus to requirements to all the Chelsea coaches but Antonio Conte. The player was sent on loan countless times before the Italian showed faith in him. Victor Moses has to take some time to think about his situation at the club if he wants to save his career in football. The winger deserves better.
Tottenham vs Manchester City
Algerian forward Riyad Mahrez scored the only goal in the soccer match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Wembley Stadium on the 29th of October, 2018. The new Manchester City forward has been preferred on the right side of the midfield by Pep Guardiola ahead of the likes of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane. He has started the last 5 matches across all competitions with a total of 4 goals and 1 assist. Mahrez is starting to regain that fear factor he had in Leicester City’s title winning year. With him, Manchester City are even stronger.
Leicester City vs West Ham
Leicester City came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 against 10-man West Ham United. The away team lost their captain, Mark Noble to a red card after a reckless tackle in the second half. Nigerian defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi came to the rescue for Leicester and scored a deflected shot from 30 yards out. The result of the match was overshadowed by the events that followed shortly after full-time. A tragic accident occurred near the staff car park at the King Power Stadium. A helicopter with 5 passengers crashed and burst into flames after Leicester City’s match against West Ham. Among the deceased was the owner of Leicester City,