Football surely comes with its surprises. Who would have known that football clubs will, in this century, get three penalties for a single match? The football world only imagined how one single club got ‘too many penalties’ in one single season but the Penalty FC tag can be shifted yeah?
Pep Guardiola would not have imagined a time when a club, in a single match, would trash a team he is managing 5-2, but it happened and Leicester City will live to remember the date, September 27, 2020. Leicester is also top of the Premier League table with a perfect start after three games; sharing points with Everton but have more goals.
Before then, Manchester United struggled to go home with three points and got a penalty after the final whistle. Brighton and Hove Albion thought they found a point until VAR joined the WhatsApp group and the conversation changed.
That event drew both ire and justifications, but we won’t forget how TSG Hoffenheim made the football world realise that Bayern Munich players are human after all. If you played a bet, you will surely be cursing now. In case you missed it, the German champions, Bayern Munich lost 4-1 to Hoffenheim, their first defeat in 32 matches. You will remember that it is the same team who won the Bundesliga for an eighth-consecutive season in June, also won the German Cup and Champions League to cap a memorable 2019-20 campaign.
They started this season with a thumping 8-0 victory over Schalke before adding the UEFA Super Cup to their trophy cabinet following a 2-1 victory over Sevilla in midweek.
Also in Bundesliga, Dortmund lost 2-0 to Augsburg, and are tenth on the table after 2 games. Felix Uduokhai and Daniel Caligiuri made the win possible for Augsburg.
Meanwhile, in the Spanish La Liga, Atletico Madrid, who now have Luis Suárez in their squad thumped Granada 6-1. Diego Costa opened the scoring and Suárez scored two goals towards the end of the match to make it 6. They are probably now stronger favourites to be La Liga champions this season.
In Italian Serie A, Juventus and AS Roma locked horns but shared the points at the end. Jordan Veretout and Cristiano Ronaldo each scored one penalty and one goal to make it 2-2.
Meanwhile, 2019/20 Ligue 1 champions, Paris Saint Germain are seventh on the table after 5 games but won their game against Reims. However, the manager, Thomas Tuchel, hints at a Neymar injury and says he will speak with doctors on the condition of the injury, also admonished the players for a second-half poor performance.
In another conversation, football fans have questioned the value of VAR that created more controversies than imagined in the 2019/20 season across all top five leagues. But that’s not our conversation here.
There’s a big game today in the English Premier League. A newly improved Arsenal team are looking to stop the 2019/20 champions, Liverpool, for a bit, after only flashing the FA Community Shield in their faces and going home with it in August.
The Premier League game scheduled to start 20:00 at Anfield already has the football world favouring Liverpool to win. Football has its pecks, so our prediction is…
Liverpool 4 – Arsenal 2.
Before then, Aston Villa, who beat Sheffield United last week are looking to go home with three points again. They are facing Fulham and the match starts 17:45.
Omoleye Omoruyi… an apprentice web/game developer, novelist, sensitive to happenings in the world. Meet him @Lord_rickie on Twitter/Instagram