Spurs lack of quality exposed by Chelsea

20th Sept 2021

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There are many London derbies in the Premier League and one of the big ones was played out at the weekend when Tottenham met Chelsea. It was also an incredibly emotional game given the terrible news of football great Jimmy Greaves passing the morning of the game. Given that Greaves had played for both clubs there was also an incredible coincidence to proceedings. As for the match there was an incredible predictability to it, we all believed that Chelsea would win and win they did. By far the superior team the Blues who are after the league title this season cruised to a 3-0 victory. However Romelu Lukaku who has been on fire for Chelsea since they re-signed him did not score. Instead it was the unlikely pair of Thiago Silva and N'Golo Kante.

A penny for your thoughts Harry Kane because surely while the forward has said he has moved on from a near transfer to Manchester City as the England international seeks trophies, his side have just been beaten by a team who are also adept at winning silverware. Kane is not playing well and he will have to some how dig deep and trudge on with this season as he reflects Tottenham's 2nd defeat in a row.

Emotions were running high and there is no doubt that Greaves passing was all over this derby game. As much as Sky Sports would love you to know all about Alan Shearer's goalscoring record of 260 goals, take a moment to take in that the all time top flight goal scoring record in England is held by Greaves and stands at 357. Before the game Kane couldn't help saying that one day he would love to pass that record, he needs just under 200 to do so, at this rate it seems unlikely.

The Cristiano Ronaldo show continues at Manchester United, who, to be fair, were not wholly convincing in their 2-1 victory over West Ham, but were the better side. Ronaldo equalised for the Red Devils, he has now scored 4 goals in his first 8 days back. Jesse Lingard on loan to West Ham last season scored a beauty to win the game. However the Hammers were awarded a penalty at the death, who to take it? Manager David Moyes decided that Mark Noble would, but Noble was on the bench and so in a moment that felt like an American Football quarterback coming on for one job Noble was sent on, of course his penalty was then saved. The decision seemed wrong, however had Noble scored who would have been complaining?

The champions Manchester City had some VAR decisions to thank for not losing at home to Southampton. As it appeared that Kyle Walker tackled harshly but VAR overruled for what would have been a penalty. Later on City were denied a goal by VAR which was rightly chalked off for offside. After scoring 6 goals in midweek against RB Leipzig, City couldn't score once against the Saints, and at home this has to be considered as two points dropped.

Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United all have the same points with 13 going into the sixth game of the season, though the Blues are in 1st place because of goal difference. With 3 wins in a row Manchester United have the best form.

Premier League champions latest odds: Manchester City 2.75, Chelsea 3.00, Liverpool 3.00, Manchester United 6.00, Tottenham 151.00

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