2021/22 Premier League Review: Matchday 7

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2021/22 Premier League Review: Matchday 7

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What a weekend of football we have just witnessed. Kicking off the Premier League Review Matchday 7, attention must be centred on the titanic clash at Turf Moor. Neither Burnley nor Norwich pulled their punches in a nuclear chess match. Despite the best efforts from titans of the game such as Chris Wood, Joshua Sargent and Matej Vydra, neither side was able to edge ahead. With all the eyes of the world on Dyche’s Spitfires, the lesser-known Liverpool and Man City match slipped under the radar.

Catch up on the preview and predictions of Premier League: Matchday 7 Predictions if you haven’t already, and have a good old laugh at our expense.

More interested in number crunching? Find out how each Pintsized predictor ranked this weekend on Premier League Statistics: Matchday 7.

Norwich's drip? Dead. Norwich's PL survival? Dead. | Premier League Review: Matchday 7
Norwich’s drip? Dead. Norwich’s PL survival? Dead. | Premier League Review: Matchday 7

The Good

Match of the Week

Liverpool 2 – 2 Man City. Two managers with huge egos, a fired-up Anfield and a dreadful referee all combined for the game of the week. Paul Tierney bottled sending off James Milner twice – in the first half for chopping Phil Foden and second half for knocking Bernardo Silva onto his head. Exquisite goals from both sides kept the ebb and flow of the match constantly shifting, with City perhaps happy to receive a point in uncomfortable, unfavourable circumstances.

Player of the Week

Hee-Chan Hwang (2 Goals, 2/4 Dribbles, 1 Key Pass, 1 Big Chance Created). What a signing Hwang was been so far for the Wolves. On a season-long loan from RB Leipzig, the South Korean international has immediately taken to life in the Premier League. Building on his debut goal against Watford, Hwang bagged a lethal brace in a much-needed win. Clever positioning and wicked finishing saw Hwang thread the ball in twice from cute angles.

Honourable Mention

Mohamed Salah (1 Goal, 1 Assist, 2 Key Passes, 2 Big Chances, 10/15 Ground Duels Won, 1 Clearance, 1 Interception, 4 Tackles). Cometh the hour, cometh the man. The Egyptian magician loves a big match and there isn’t a grander scale than an early title contender showdown. After setting up Mane for the first, Salah then finished an exquisite effort to keep himself in the running for Golden Boot. He’s only 29…

Is it finally time for South Korean football to emerge as a leading power? | Premier League Review: Matchday 7
Is it finally time for South Korean football to emerge as a leading power? | Premier League Review: Matchday 7

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The Bad

Match To Forget

Burnley 0 – 0 Norwich. The first stinker of the 21/22 Premier League season. Two relegation candidates keen for three points ended up locking heads in a stalemate. Burnley could feel themselves hard done not to receive a couple of penalty shouts, yet that was the only spice in an otherwise drab affair. Mathias Normann looked decent to be fair.

Performance to Forget

Fabinho (0 Key Passes, 0/2 Long Balls, 1 Big Chance Missed, 2/8 Ground Duels, 6 Times Possession Lost, 1 Foul). A rotten performance from Pool’s Brazilian dynamo in midfield. Not only was Fabinho regularly outmuscled in the centre of the park, but he also missed the game’s prize chance. Rodri’s stoppage was spectacular, but Fabinho needs to be criticised for bottling an open net.

Dishonourable Mention

Fred (1 Key Pass, 1 Big Chance Created, 3/7 Ground Duels, 10 Times Possession Lost, 1 Foul). A dishonourable mention from predictor and die-hard United fan, Ryan! Misplaced passes, sloppy first touch, erratic decision making. What links these things together? If you said Fred’s performances for United this season, you’d be spot on. The only way you know he’s Brazilian is by checking his passport because he doesn’t possess that traditional flair of yesteryear. He topped off what is fast becoming a typical stinky performance by being bullied by Demarai Gray in the build-up to the Everton equaliser. Ole’s obsession with him is baffling and will most likely cost him his managerial post in the future.

This photo is far more forgiving than the reality of the chance, Fabinho missed. | Premier League Review: Matchday 7
This photo is far more forgiving than the reality of the chance, Fabinho missed. | Premier League Review: Matchday 7

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The Ugly

Top Prediction

Steviano (Crystal Palace 2 – 2 Leicester). The only spot-on score prediction of the weekend. Steviano has already shown a canny knack for nailing the hardest fixtures.

Predictor of the Week

Steviano (4/10 Results, 1/10 Scores). Don’t let the big man know it, but Steviano is starting to tear away from the predicting pack.

Dunce of the Week

Pintsized/Ryan (4/10 Results, 0/10 Scores). Two dossers in the corner. Punishment of 50 lines of ‘must try harder’.

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