If you had told me that two of England’s most famous football clubs had suffered widespread COVID19 positive tests and had to field their Academy sides this weekend, then I would have had no problems accepting that the last two matches of this Premier League weekend, which involved these team, would involve 16 goals and 13 of them were conceded by the ‘afflicted’ teams.
But, that wasn’t the case, though one Liverpool player was self-isolating (Mané, Liverpool) and Allison (Liverpool) was injured. But, for Manchester United to lose 1-6 at Old Trafford to Spurs (after taking the lead via a penalty conceded within 30 seconds) was astonishing. Anthony Martial did the dumb thing of having an altercation in his team’s penalty area—an absolute no-no from the time you are playing under-9 football. The referee sees the ‘slap’ on Llamela (not his initial push) and he falls like a sack of potatoes and off goes Martial after 28 minutes. That was when the score was 2-1 (with3 goals in the first 7 minutes). Solskjaer’s head is now clearly back on the chopping block:
Liverpool—reigning champions—were at Aston Villa, barely survived the drop last season, but showing good form, were 1-0 down within 4 minutes because Adriàn decided to pass across his area to a waiting Villain—Watkins, who went on to score a hat trick. From what I read, it was a total shambles after that. Credit Villa. It’s often the case that a near drop is cathartic and catalytic: remember Leicester barely survived then won the league the next year. Improbable, but now in the history books.
I don’t think these two team have ever both conceded at least 6 goals and lost by at least 5 goals on the same day, in the same division.
Villa are now unbeaten in 3 games and 2nd in the table; early days, but… Leicester lost 3-0 at home to usual strugglers West Ham, after pasting Manchester City at the Etihad last week 5-2 (inflicting the first ever 5-goal concession by a Pep Guardiola team). But, now Klopp gets a ‘worst ever’ defeat:
It looked like a team effort in defeat, especially in defence:
Hoodoo going on?