Burnley 0 Chelsea 3 & Liverpool 2 West Ham 1 Match Reports
2020-21 English Premier League match report – Burnley v Chelsea – Turf Moor – Saturday, October 31, 2020
Burnley 0 Chelsea 3
Ziyech gets his first Premier League goal as Chelsea power past Burnley
Ajax import Hakim Ziyech scored his maiden Premier League goal as Chelsea cruised to a 0-3 win against Burnley at Turf Moor.
The visiting Blues were not off to the best of starts as forward Christian Pulisic had to pull out early in the 10th minute with an injury.
Timo Werner who came in to replace the injured American combined well with Ziyech upfront with some cool touches.
In one particular move, Werner set up Tammy Abraham to feed Ziyech who wrong-footed Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and got one past him to give is club the opener in the 26th minute.
Having gone goalless in his first three Chelsea appearances, Ziyech has now scored two in two, the one before this one being against Krasnodar in the Champions’ League.
With the score going into half-time reading 0-1, Burnley boss Sean Dyche tried to get Burnley further up the pitch by sending on Jay Rodriguez with the Clarets beginning to somewhat test the Chelsea defense.
Ashley Barnes tried one from 25-yards, but that was the only effort from the hosts as Chelsea doubled their lead. Mason Mount’s corner from the right found an unmarked Kurt Zouma, who rose high to power in a header past Pope to make it 0-2 in the 63rd minute.
The Chelsea attack toyed with the Burnley defense after that as they found their third in the 70th minute when Reece James pounced on a mispass and relayed a ball for Ziyech to open up space for Werner.
The ex-Leipzig forward darted into the box and released a shot to the far corner for his fifth goal from his last seven games for the Blues.
Chelsea ended a run of back-to-back goalless outings with the Krasnodar and Burnley wins and maintained their 4th clean sheet in succession. While Frank Lampard’s men moved momentarily into the top four of the table, Burnley finished at the bottom of the table after their Saturday loss.
Chelsea’s six key summer signings, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Edouard Mendy, Thiago Silva, Ziyech and Werner all started for the first time after Werner replaced Christian Pulisic who limped out with a pulled hamstring very early in the game.
2020-21 English Premier League match report – Liverpool v West Ham United – Anfield – Saturday, October 31, 2020
Liverpool 2 West Ham 1
Late Diogo Jota goal seals win for champions
Diogo Jota scored for the third game in a row as Liverpool came from behind to beat David Moyes’ West Ham in a tight encounter at Anfield on Saturday evening.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were on the back foot in the early stages as Arthur Masuaku was afforded enough space to cross from the left.
A poor clearance of the Masuaku cross by Liverpool centre back Joe Gomez fell to Pablo Fornals whose deft finish clipped the post on the way in for the visitors’ opening goal in the 10th minute.
The Reds had much more of the ball after that and were rewarded for their efforts when Masuaku brought down Salah in the box and the Egyptian forward converted from the spot to draw level in the 42nd.
Jota who came in for Roberto Firmino with 25 minutes of the second half gone, thought he had scored but VAR ruled out the goal for a Sadio Mane infraction on goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
But the £41m signing from Wolves did not have to wait long for a goal. Xherdan Shaqiri who was introduced along with Jota injected life into the proceedings as he nutmegged Hammers centre-back Fabian Balbuena on the way to deliver a perfect ball for Jota to tuck one past Fabianski for the winner with only 5 minutes to go.
The Reds without the formidable duo of Virgil Van Djik and Fabinho at the back, handed a Premier League debut to 23-year old Nathaniel Phillips.
The young centre-back displayed no nerves and was easily the best defender on show, making a series of headed clearances during a commanding debut performance.
Question marks still remain over the Reds’ defence, which has now conceded 27 in 14 matches since they were declared Premier League champions in June.
As for West Ham, it was gutsy performance as they attacked in numbers and gave their rivals gave a lot to worry about. They arrived at Anfield unbeaten in their previous four games against sides who all finished in the top seven last season.
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