Bournemouth holds on to top Huddersfield Town

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  • Terriers outshoot Cherries 23-6
  • Cherries score with both shots on target
  • Huddersfield sits 17th

Bournemouth curbed a four-match losing streak with a 2-1 defeat of Huddersfield Town at the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday.

The Cherries got goals from Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser, who improved his league-leading assist total to seven on Wilson’s goal. They have 23 points, good for sixth.

Huddersfield Town lost its second straight league match and remains 17th with 10 points.

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The Terriers had the first shot on target through Florent Hadergjonaj, but Bournemouth got on the board moments later through Wilson.

The 26-year-old headed home a Ryan Fraser corner kick and Bournemouth was ahead in the fifth minute.

Wilson returned the favor when Joshua King slipped him the ball, turning to find Fraser for 2-0.

Town got a goal back when Kongolo met a headed clearance with his noggin, sending it over Asmir Begovic to make it 2-1 before halftime.

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What have we learned about each PL club?

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As we are now a third of the way into the 2018-19 Premier League season, now seems like a good time to take stock of each team ahead of the busy festive period.

And that is exactly what we shall do ahead of a busy festive period which will help to define their campaigns.

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Below are 20 searingly hot takes on each PL club and what we’ve learned from their opening 13 games of the season.


Arsenal: They have more grit than the last decade, Lucas Torreira is the central midfield player they’ve been missing for the last decade and Unai Emery isn’t scared to drop big names: we’re looking at you, Mesut. Top four seems genuinely achievable and that would be a remarkable first season for Emery who has already changed the philosophy of this team.


Bournemouth: Callum Wilson, David Brooks, Josh King and Ryan Fraser are the best attacking foursome outside of the top six and Eddie Howe‘s side are set for a top 10 finish. The Cherries are also one of the most wasteful teams in the PL despite


Brighton & Hove Albion: Glenn Murray is a machine and the 35-year-old seems to be actually getting younger, as his seven goals so far show. We’ve learned that Brighton remain great at home and terrible on the road.


Burnley: That they’re relegation candidates and are leaking goals like a shoddy sieve. Sean Dyche can point to the Europa League hangover, but their incredible 2017-18 campaign seems like it was a flash in the pan. The Clarets are now returning to their mean of being the plucky underdogs.


Cardiff City: Harry Arter personifies this Cardiff team and they are horrible to play against, especially at home. Neil Warnock‘s men aren’t pushovers and won’t go down without a huge fight. Plus, they’re better going forward than we previously thought. Also, Warnock remains must-see in his pre and post-match interviews.


Chelsea: Jorginho is the man their team is built around and also their kryptonite. If you can shut him down like Spurs did, you can shut down Sarri-ball. Perhaps not genuine title contenders after all, unless Eden Hazard goes on another tear. Also, figuring out the best place to play N'Golo Kante is vital as he just isn’t dominating games in a more advanced role like he was as a true defensive midfielder in the past.


Crystal Palace: Without Wilfried Zaha they may never score a goal, but even with him they don’t seem as fluid as last season. Zaha seems to be battling small injuries constantly and that is not good news for Palace. Roy Hodgson may not last the season despite his incredible turnaround in 2017-18.


Everton: Marco Silva‘s revolution is coming along quicker than we thought after a slow start and the Toffees have finally found a way to get Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Walcott and Bernard all into the team at the same time. We’ve also learned that the $55 million spent on Richarlison was a bargain. Sixth place is achievable and their defense is now stronger with the additions of Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina, plus Jordan Pickford and the resurgence of Michael Keane.


Fulham: Claudio Ranieri has the ability to save their season after Jokanovic’s gung-ho approach left them bottom of the table. We’ve already seen it from their nail-biting 3-2 win against Southampton: Fulham haven’t got the players to implement Ranieri’s defensive strategy. Expect plenty of moves in the January window to add defensive reinforcements. Going forward they’re more than fine as Aleksandar Mitrovic and Andre Schurrle are delivering the goods.


Huddersfield Town: We’ve all written them off incorrectly. A striker still hasn’t scored for David Wagner‘s side but they are more than capable of picking up points at home. A relegation scrap is on its way and the Terriers are looking forward to it.


Leicester City: Their kids are more than alright as Chilwell, Maddison and Gray are all now regulars in the starting lineup. Jamie Vardy is still plugging away but other veterans from their title-winning season are finding it tough to get minutes. They are now a solid, steady midtable team and Claude Puel should be applauded for steering the players through a tough time off the pitch.


Liverpool: That they are the real deal and the only genuine contenders to Man City for the title. That is due to their newfound defensive solidity as Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk must start together each week at center back. We’ve also learned that Jurgen Klopp has tweaked his “full throttle” style slightly and they are capable of picking and choosing their moments better.


Manchester City: They may be better than last season. It will be tough for them to surpass their record 100 point tally, but across the board they’ve improved drastically. In defense the partnership between Laporte and Stones looks formidable and City’s attackers have all upped their game after Riyad Mahrez‘s arrival.


Manchester United: Top four is as good as it will get and they still don’t have a long-term plan in terms of player recruitment or a playing style. In Jose Mourinho’s third season, it’s crazy they are this far off the title contenders and some of their defeats and performances this season have been way below what should be expected. That said, the old United spirit of launching late comebacks has returned.


Newcastle United: Whatever happens, Rafael Benitez deserves the freedom of Newcastle for working for Mike Ashley given the restraints placed upon him. With little money to spend, the Magpies have hit form in recent weeks after a poor start. Rafa never stopped believing and they should pull clear of the bottom three in the next few months.


Southampton: They’re in a mess. Off the pitch former chairman Les Reed has been fired, leaving them without a figurehead and on the pitch they’ve won just once. Although they’re playing well in stages, Mark Hughes‘ defense are making basic errors and his attack are missing big chances. Not a great combination as Saints’ player recruitment has once again failed to live up to is previous high standards. Another relegation battle awaits.


Tottenham Hotspur: That Mauricio Pochettino can work miracles and improve players quickly. We all know they didn’t sign anyone over the summer, but Poch has improved Moura, Foyth and Sissoko so they could come in and help Spurs deal with injuries. They are third, have had their best-ever start to a PL season and have a chance of reaching the UCL last 16. It hasn’t been pretty at times, but Spurs have a nice habit of grinding out wins. Not quite title contenders, but closer than anybody else to Man City and Liverpool.


Watford: Their model isn’t for everyone but it works and Javi Gracia has brought a calmness to the club. Constantly chopping and changing bosses and players, Watford often start the season superbly and then falter. Gracia has them inside the top 10 and they’re genuine contenders for a Europa League spot if they can have a solid second half of the season. A robust midfield and defense has allowed Pereyra and Deulofeu to express themselves in attack.


West Ham United: We haven’t learned a lot, in all honestly. We know they have quality players but this squad is unbalanced and it is down to Marko Arnautovic and Felipe Anderson to create the goals which will get them out of trouble. Under Manuel Pellegrini they haven’t improved defensively, which will be a concern given the big bucks they’ve spent.


Wolverhampton Wanderers: We’ve learned that we can expect inconsistency from a team back in the top-flight with plenty of expectation on their shoulders. After their heavy-spending in the summer, they have lots of players still getting used to the PL. An incredible start has given way to a wobble in recent weeks. A midtable finish should be easily achievable. We’ve also learned that Matt Doherty may be one of the best right wing backs in the PL.


Arsenal breaks through at Bournemouth

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  • Kolasinac, Aubameyang team up winner
  • Arsenal a point back of 4th
  • Cherries lose third-striaght

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang‘s league-leading 8th goal gave Arsenal a 2-1 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.

A Jefferson Lerma own goal put Arsenal in front, but Josh King gave Bournemouth a deserved deadlock before halftime.

Bournemouth remains eighth with 20 points, while Arsenal’s 27 points is one back of fourth-place Chelsea and three behind Spurs ahead of the North London Derby on Dec. 2.

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Bournemouth started well, and David Brooks had the ball in the goal from an offside position before Arsenal launched its first real foray forward through Lucas Torreira‘s ninth minute striking of the post.

Callum Wilson nodded a Simon Francis cross into Bernd Leno‘s hands, as the Cherries continued to have more dangerous moments than Arsenal.

Leno made an outstanding flying save on Ryan Fraser‘s whirling free kick in the 27th, and Arsenal took the lead through an own goal in the 30th.

Ryan Gosling gave away the ball and Jefferson Lerma’s slide to clear the ball rocketed past Leno.

Bournemouth was justly rewarded for its attacking ways with a stoppage time equalizer. Fraser sprang a counter attack from his own box, with David Brooks playing a role in finding King on the right side of the box.

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Torreira saw a deflected rip from the right of the box pop over the bar for a corner in the 58th minute, but no one met Henrikh Mkhitaryan‘s ensuing invitation via corner kick.

Arsenal found its lead when Sead Kolasinac‘s low cross evaded a sliding clearing bid to meet Aubameyang inside the six for a quick punch-in. 2-1.

Junior Stanislas had a low shot attempt turn off a defender’s leg to make Leno’s collection bid easy in the 81st as Bournemouth sought an equalizer. And Lerma hit the post three minutes later.

Bournemouth won a free kick just outside the 18 at the edge of stoppage time, but Stanislas gunned it over the bar.

Manchester United win late on at Bournemouth

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  • Man United have won 3 of last 4 PL games
  • Bournemouth took lead through Wilson
  • Martial now has 5 goals in last 4 PL games
  • Rashford scores winner in stoppage time

Manchester United beat Bournemouth 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, with Jose Mourinho’s men rallying from a goal down to win the game in stoppage time.

Callum Wilson put Bournemouth ahead but Anthony Martial equalized before half time and then Marcus Rashford won it in the 92nd minute for United.

With the win United move on to 20 points, level with Bournemouth, as they’re now just six points off top spot in the Premier League and two points out of the top four.

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Early on Ryan Fraser was set free but he couldn’t quite get his feet sorted out and his effort was saved by David De Gea down low.

And after a bright start Bournemouth did take the lead. Lewis Cook played a brilliant ball into Juniot Stanislas and his cross was tapped home by Wilson to give the home side a perfect start and a deserved lead.

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Bournemouth continued to pin United back with Stanislas testing De Gea, while at the other end United struggled to put together a meaningful attacks. Eventually they got going as Fred got on the end of a cross from Anthony Martial, but he got his finish all wrong. Moments later they were level as Alexis Sanchez crossed Martial slotted home to make it 1-1.

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In the second half Bournemouth almost went ahead after a superb run down the left from Fraser found David Brooks but his clever flicked finish was saved at the second attempt by De Gea.

Luke Shaw then had a golden chance to put United ahead as he raced into the box but Asmir Begovic raced off his line to close the angle and save. Ander Herrera then came on as a sub and drilled just wide as United cranked up the pressure on Bournemouth late on.

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Ashley Young‘s free kick then hit the crossbar and the rebound found Rashford but his shot was brilliantly blocked by Nathan Ake, then David Brooks cleared Pogba’s effort off the line as Mourinho looked on in disbelief. Herrera flashed another shot just wide as United looked likely to grab all three points.

Brooks forced De Gea into a save in the closing stages and then United won it. Pogba worked his way down the left and clipped in a delightful ball for Rashford who knocked home under pressure.

There were wild scenes in the away end after the game as United snatched a win and their momentum continues.

Bournemouth smash Fulham

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  • Bournemouth one point off top four
  • Wilson scored twice
  • Fulham have conceded 28 goals in 10 PL games

Bournemouth beat Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage on Saturday, as Eddie Howe‘s side continued their fine start to the season and piled more pressure on Slavisa Jokanovic.

Callum Wilson scored twice for the Cherries and David Brooks grabbed another as Fulham were reduced to 10 men late on after Kevin McDonald picked up a second yellow card.

With the win Bournemouth are now on 20 points for the season and sit in sixth place, while Fulham remain in 18th place on five points and have just one win on the board.

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Wilson went close early on through a header and at the other end Aboubakar Kamara also saw a header fly just inches other Asmir Begovic‘s crossbar.

Bournemouth then won a penalty kick as Andre Marriner believed Wilson had been fouled by Timothy Fosu-Mensah in the box and the Englishman picked himself up to slot the spot kick home down the middle. 1-0 to the Cherries.

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Fulham tried to get back on level terms and Aleksandar Mitrovic set up Andre Schurrle but his shot was straight at Begovic. At the other end Wilson nodded over as the end-to-end nature of the encounter continued.

Fulham pushed hard to get an equalizer but Denis Odoi nodded wide as Bournemouth took a lead into the break.

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Fulham started the second half well but Bournemouth almost went 2-0 up but Sergio Rico saved superbly from Simon Francis‘ long-range effort.

Bournemouth doubled their lead with 20 minutes to go as Ryan Fraser played in Brooks and the youngster fired home for his third goal in four games.

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Macdonald brought down Brooks soon after and Fulham’s skipper was shown a second yellow card as the Cottagers finished the game with 10 men.

And it got even worse as Wilson grabbed his second and Bournemouth’s third of the game after being played in by Fraser.