Soccer Insights – September Vol. 4

Lewandowski on fire, Barcelona shocked and mixed feelings for Arsenal. This is what a new week left behind for our Soccer Insights:

Premier League

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Results

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal
Manchester City 1-2 West Ham
Southampton 2-3 Manchester United
Liverpool 1-1 Norwich
Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace
Aston Villa 0-1 West Brom
Bournemouth 2-0 Sunderland
Newcastle 1-2 Watford
Stoke City 2-2 Leicester City
Swansea 0-0 Everton

Table

1 Manchester City 15pts
2 Manchester United 13pts
3 West Ham 12pts
4 Leicester 12pts
5 Arsenal 10pts

Talking points

  • Chelsea claimed victory in the North London Derby against Arsenal and seem to have recovered confidence towards the rest of the season. The Gunners ended the game down by two goals and two men.
  • West Ham put and end to Manchester City’s unbeaten record. The Hammers have won in their visits to Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City. Now they’re targeting Chelsea and Manchester United.
  • Manchester United  came back from an early 2-0 to win their game against Southampton. Anthony Martial scored twice to complete three Premier League goals for United.

Capital One Cup

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Arsenal had a bit of fresh air after their polemic fall against Chelsea by defeating big rivals Tottenham to qualify to the next round of the Capital One Cup. Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United also won, and Anthony Martial scored yet again to sum four goals in four games with the Red Devils.

La Liga
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Results 

Celta de Vigo 4-1 Barcelona
Athletic Club 1-2 Real Madrid
Atlético de Madrid 2-0 Getafe
Espanyol 1-0 Valencia
Málaga 0-1 Villarreal
Real Betis 1-2 Deportivo de La Coruña
Levante 2-2 Eibar
Rayo Vallecano 2-1 Sporting de Gijón
Granada CF 0-3 Real Sociedad
Las Palmas 2-0 Sevilla

Table

1 Real Madrid 13pts
2 Celta de Vigo 13pts
3 Villarreal 13pts
4 Atlético Madrid 12pts
5 Barcelona 12pts

Talking points

  • Celta de Vigo surprised everyone, overwhelming FC Barcelona and defeating them by a 4-1 score.
  • Real Madrid stepped up to the top of the league after defeating Athletic Club with a brace from Karim Benzema.
  • This edition of La Liga has had one of the most battled starts from the last few years, with few points of difference between the top teams and others that are not used to feature so prominently.

Bundesliga
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Results

Bayern Munich 5-1 VFL Wolfsburg
Hoffenheim 1-1 B. Dortmund
B. Leverkusen 1-0 Mainz 05
B. Mönchengladbach 4-2 FC Augsburg
Schalke 04 2-0 Frankfurt
Hannover 96 1-3 Stuttgart
Ingolstadt 04 0-1 Hamburger SV
Hertha BSC 2-0 FC Köln
SV Darmstadt 98 2-1 Werder Bremen

Table

1 Bayern Munich 18pts
2 Borussia Dortmund 16pts
3 Schalke 04 13pts
4 VFL Wolfsburg 11pts
5 FC Köln 11pts

Talking points

  • Robert Lewandowski blown everyone away by scoring five goals in less than 10 minutes, breaking a lot of records and firing up the internet.
  • Borussia Dortmund dropped their first points of the season, and also lost the first place to Bayern Munich.
  • Stuttgart finally managed to win their first game of the season and left the relegation zone in hopes to never com back down.

Serie A
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Results 

Inter Milan 1-0  Hellas Verona
Udinese 2-3 AC Milan
 Juventus 1-1 Frosinone
Lazio 2-1 Genoa
Sampdoria 2-1 Roma
Empoli 0-1 Atalanta
Chievo Verona 1-0 Torino
Fiorentina 2-0 Bologna
Carpi 0-0 Napoli
Palermo 0-1 Sassuolo

Table

1 Inter Milan 15pts
2 Fiorentina 12pts
3 Sassuolo 11pts
4 Chievo Verona 10pts
5 Sampdoria 10pts

Talking points

  • Inter Milan have extended their perfect run to five games. Mauro Icardi scored a lonely goal to secure victory against Hellas Verona
  • Francesco Totti hit the 300 goal mark with AS Roma last weekend. He’s one of the few players that have remained loyal to one club during his entire career.
  • Juventus has only won one of five games, and despite a positive start in the Champions League, some are starting to feel worried about their local run.

Ligue 1
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Results

PSG 3-0 Guingamp
Montpellier 2-3 Monaco
Troyes 0-1 St. Etienne
Lyon 2-0 Bastia
Toulouse 1-1 Marseille
Ajaccio 1-1 Rennes
Lorient 2-0 Caen
Nice 6-1 Bourdeaux
Angers 0-0 Reims

Table

1 PSG 17pts
2 St. Etienne 16pts
3 Reims 15pts
4 Rennes 14pts
5 Lyon 12pts

Talking points

  • Javier Pastore, Angel Di Maria and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in Paris Saint-Germain’s 3-0 victory over Guingamp. The Parisian club still sits atop of the league.
  • St. Etienne is just one pint behing PSG and are dreaming with claiming the first spot if the current leaders stumble at some point in the season.
  • Montpellier has had an awful start, earning just one point from 21 played. They’re sunk in relegation zone along with Troyes and Ajaccio.

MLS
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Results 

Philadelphia Union 2-0 Houston Dynamo
D.C. United 1-2 Columbus Crew SC
New York City FC 3-2 San Jose Earthquakes
Vancouver Whitecaps 0-3 Seattle Sounders FC
Montreal Impact 3-0 New England Revolution
Chicago Fire 0-1 Orlando City SC
Real Salt Lake 3-0 LA Galaxy
Portland Timbers 0-2 New York Red Bulls
Sporting Kansas City 3-1 FC Dallas
Toronto FC 3-1 Colorado Rapids

Thursday, September 24

Montreal Impact 2-1 Chicago Fire
Houston Dynamo 1-0 Sporting Kansas City

Tables

Eastern Conference

1 NY Red Bulls 48pts
2 Columbus Crew 47pts
3 New England Revolution 46pts

Western Conference

1 Vancouver Whitecaps 48pts
2 FC Dallas 47pts
3 LA Galaxy 47pts

Talking points

  • Didier Drogba scored his fifth goal in four starts and helped extend Montreal Impact’s unbeaten run to five games.
  • All of the three top teams from the Western Conference lost their respective games this week.
  • LA Galacy have not won a single match in September, and the game against FC Dallas on Sunday will be their last chance to change that.

Liga MX
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Results:

Tigres 3-1 Monterrey
Cruz Azul 2-1 Pumas UNAM
Chivas 2-1 Querétaro
Morelia 0-3 América
Veracruz 2-1 Puebla
Santos 0-2 Atlas
 León 2-1 Tijuana
Dorados 1-2 Pachuca
Toluca 1-1 Chiapas

Table

1 León 21pts
2 UNAM 18pts
3 América 18pts
4 Tigres 16pts
5 Veracruz 16pts
6 Toluca 16pts
7 Chiapas 14pts
8 Atlas 13pts

Talking points

  • Monterrey fell to Tigres in the Clásico Regio despite being the ones to open the score. Rayados fell to the 12th place, while Tigres occupies the 4th position
  • Cruz Azul and Chivas won their respective games and cut their negative streaks in the league.
  • Santos Laguna, current title holders, went down to the bottom of the table after losing to Atlas.

What to look out for this weekend

Premier League: Tottenham vs Manchester City – Saturday, September 26 on NBCSN/NBC Universo at 7:45 a.m. ET.

La Liga: Real Madrid vs Málaga – Saturday, September 26 on beIN Sports/beIN Sports en español at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Bundesliga: Mainz 05 vs Bayern Munich – Saturday, September 26 on Fox Sports 2 at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Serie A: Inter Milan vs Fiorentina – Sunday, September 27 on beIN Sports at 2:45 p.m. ET.

Ligue 1: Nantes vs Paris Saint-Germain – Saturday, September 26 on beIN Sports Connect at 11:30 a.m. ET.

MLS: New York Red Bulls vs Orlando City SC – Friday, September 25 on Univisión Deportes at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Liga MX: América vs Chivas – Saturday, September 26 on Univisión Deportes at 6:00 p.m ET.

UEFA Champions League

  • FC Barcelona vs Bayer Leverkusen – Tuesday, September 29 at 2:45 p.m. ET.
  • Porto vs Chelsea – Tuesday, September 29 at 2:45 p.m. ET.

UEFA Europa League

  • Monaco vs Tottenham – Thursday, October 1 at 1:00 p.m. ET.
  • Celtic vs Fenerbahçe – Thursday, October 1 at 3:05 p.m. ET.
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