Saturday, October 3, 2015

It Happened in England: Chelsea continues their freefall

Crystal Palace 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
A header from Yannick Bolasie in the 68th minute and a Yohan Cabaye goal from the spot give Palace all three points at home. West Brom never looked interested in a victory here, They defended their way through the match against the only slightly superior Palace. While it held up for over an hour, it was inevitable undone by some nice passing work between Bolasie and Cabaye. Wilfried Zaha drew the penalty for the Eagles at a time when it should have been Albion pressing forward for a tying goal.

Manchester City 6-1 Newcastle
Manchester City has had a bit of a rough go in the Premier League over the last couple weeks. Losses at home to West Ham and away to Spurs have left them a bit rattled in the league. Newcastle kept that going here with a rare goal at the Etihad in the 17th from Aleksandar Mitrovic, but that wouldn't last all that long. City righted the ship in the 42nd with David Silva providing the pass to Fernandinho, the then headed to a rushing Sergio Aguero for the goal. In the second half, Aguero went off on a Robert Lewandowski like rage. He scored four times between the beginning of the half the 62nd minute for five total on the game. The sixth came from Kevin de Bruyne in the 53rd.

Norwich City 1-2 Leicester City
Jamie Vardy put the visiting Foxes ahead from the spot in the 28th minute. A couple of goals from either side were the story of the second half. Leicester got a second goal, this one from Jeffery Schlupp, in the 47th. Norwich was on the front foot the rest of the way, they got their goal in the 68th from Dieudonne Mbokani, but nothing else would show up for them.

AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Watford
Glenn Murray headed home a floating cross from Matthew Ritchie in the 28th minute to put the Cherries in front. Odion Ighalo gave Watford their answer in the final minute before the halftime whistle. The second half bore no fruit as both sides had to settle for a point a piece.

Aston Villa 0-1 Stoke City
Marko Arnautovic scored the game's lone goal in the 55th minute. Glen Johnson had no trouble picking him out in a gaping hole in the Villain defense for the easy goal. Stoke earns their first win of the season and now sits in 14th with nine points.

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham
I just can't seem to figure out West Ham. one week they look brilliant on a road trip to Manchester, the next, they look like crap against relegation bound Sunderland. Steven Fletcher scored ten minutes in for the Black Cats and Jermaine  Lens doubled the advantage in the 22nd. Seconds before the halftime whistle, Carl Jenkinson put West Ham on the board to head into the break. Lens had more to say in the match, but it was far from good for Sunderland. In the 57th minute, he was sent off for his second yellow card. Three minutes later, Dimitri Payet leveled for West Ham, who failed to find a winner with the man advantage.

Chelsea 1-3 Southampton
Another week, another Chelsea debacle of failure. The much maligned John Terry was back in the starting lineup again. All their offensive playmakers were present and accounted for. They had the early lead. Willian scored on a free kick for them in the tenth minute of the match. But Steven Davis got Saints on the level in the 43rd minute. Sadio Mane put them in front in the 60th. Graziano Pelle made it a two goal lead in the 72nd and the Blues' collapse was more than complete.

Nothing seems to be more humorous than watching the defending champions screw up match after match. They seem to find ways to look nothing short of inept in games they very well should be winning. They now have two wins and four defeats in eight matches played and are spiraling out of control quickly. they are in 18th place, a far cry from any form of title defense. I keep thinking to myself that this cannot last forever. Chelsea will recover and show us all that they can at least challenge for a spot in Europe next year. However, as each game goes on I believe that to be less and less the case. This team has internal problems that are actively sabotaging any attempt at winning and it gets worse every day.

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