Who came out on top in European football this weekend? Were your predictions on point? Let’s see all the big results from the weekend.
Burnley vs West Ham United
West Ham were denied back-to-back victories, and Andy Carroll’s dramatic sending off after two late challenges invited upset from the crowd as it eventually cost West Ham the win. Chris Wood’s late equalizer resulted in points to be shared in a fixture some had dubbed “El Claretsico”.
The Sokkaa Boss Predicted a score draw; not a bad start!
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea
There weren’t many people expecting this; but that’s football! Crystal Palace deservedly claimed a first Premier League win of the season with a 2-1 victory over champions Chelsea at Selhurst Park. Chelsea who had been seeking to respond from the loss to Man City; are now nine points behind leaders City after a poor performance.
The Sokkaa Boss was way off with an away win predicted.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Everton
Everton managed to secure a late draw thanks to a Wayne Rooney penalty, but their display was so poor. However, despite a woeful performance, Rooney made history; Only Lampard (39), Andy Cole (38) and Shearer (37) have scored against more different clubs in the Premier League than Rooney.
The Sokkaa Boss said a narrow away win.
Southampton vs Newcastle United
Gabbiadini was making his first start in more than a month and no doubts, he was the saviour after scoring twice for Southampton in a 2:2 draw. For Rafael Benitez’s side, who stay ninth, this was an opportunity missed against a team struggling for goals and confidence.
However, the game might have been very different had DeAndre Yedlin been handed a second yellow card for a late challenge early in the second period.
The Sokkaa Boss predicted a narrow home win.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Bournemouth
Tottenham could be grateful to Christian Eriksen; they were desperate for a first Premier League win at Wembley. In this cagey game Tottenham were a long way from their best, but Eriksen’s smart finish swung the contest and it did not matter that Kane, unusually, was off-colour.
The Sokkaa Boss predicted a home win and got it.
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Watford vs Arsenal
Shockingly, Arsenal fell to a soft penalty and Tom Cleverley’s late winner for Watford. Hector Bellerín was adjudged to have brought down Richarlison as Watford fought back from Per Mertesacker’s headed opener. Arsène Wenger called the penalty “a creation of the referee”.
Tom Cleverley’s late winner lifted Watford to fourth in the table and gave them their first home victory over Arsenal since 1987.
Again, nobody saw this one coming, including the Sokkaa Boss who predicted Arsenal to win.
Liverpool vs Manchester United
Liverpool vs Manchester United again failed to live up to the hype as Jose Mourinho’s safety-first policy saw him once more frustrate the hosts at Anfield. David De Gea’s brilliant reaction save from Joel Matip deleted any chance from Jurgen Klopp’s side to break down their well-organised opponents.
The Sokkaa Boss went for an away win here.
The Rest of Europe
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona
Lionel Messi tested the Atletico Madrid defence on numerous occasions, including hitting the post in the second half and firing wide from close range, but it was Suarez’s 82nd-minute header that denied Atletico Madrid a first La Liga win over Barcelona in seven years.
The Sokkaa Boss predicted a low score draw and got it right.
AS Roma vs Napoli
Napoli’s stunning start to the season showed no signs of slowing down as they made it eight wins out of eight in their Serie A game against Roma. A first-half Lorenzo Insigne goal extended their lead at the Serie A summit to five points.
Sokkaa Boss thought it would be a home win.
Inter Milan vs AC Milan
AC Milan suffered derby day heartbreak after twice cancelling out Mauro Icardi goals, only for the Inter star to complete his hat-trick late in the game. Luciano Spalletti’s team remain unbeaten this season and move above defending champions Juventus up to second in the Serie A table.