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Soccer Insights – Nov Vol. 2

With another international break on the horizon it was an important week for all leagues around the world as clubs looked to go into the break on a high note.

Premier League

Burnley 1-0 Hull
Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea
Manchester United 1-0 Crystal Palace
QPR 2-2 Manchester City
Southampton 2-0 Leicester
Sunderland 1-1 Everton
Swansea 2-1 Arsenal
Tottenham 1-2 Stoke
West Brom 0-2 Newcastle
West Ham 0-0 Aston Villa

1. Chelsea 29pts
2. Southampton 25pts
3. Man City 21pts
4. West Ham 18pts
5. Swansea 18pts

Talking points
• Is the title race already a foregone conclusion? Chelsea came away from Anfield with three points and look formidable this season. Their only dropped points have been away to the two Manchester clubs.
• The Saints go marching on! Southampton continue their stunning start to the season, despite predictions of a struggle after their summer of upheaval. The Saints have only conceded five goals in 11 games.
• Manchester City’s poor form continues, as they twice had to come from behind to draw with QPR. Sergio Aguero was their saviour with both goals.

La Liga

Almeria 1-2 Barcelona
Celta Vigo 0-0 Granada
Cordoba 0-0 Deportivo
Espanyol 1-1 Villarreal
Getafe 0-0 Elche
Malaga 2-1 Eibar
Real Madrid 5-1 Rayo Vallecano
Real Sociedad 2-1 Atletico Madrid
Sevilla 1-1 Levante
Valencia 0-0 Athletic Bilbao

1. Real Madrid 27pts
2. Barcelona 25pts
3. Valencia 24pts
4. Atletico Madrid 23pts
5. Sevilla 23pts

Talking points
• Barcelona surprising left Neymar and Suarez on the bench, but trailing at half time brought them both on. Suarez claimed two assists and Neymar one goal as Barca won late on.
• Real Sociedad have won just two league games this season – against both the Madrid teams! They have also appointed a new manager, form Man United boss David Moyes.
• Real Madrid crushed city rivals Vallecano as Ronaldo broke more records – he became the first Madrid player in La Liga history to score in ten consecutive games.


Augsburg 3-0 Paderborn
Dortmund 1-0 Monchengladbach
Frankfurt 0-4 Bayern Munich
Freiburg 2-0 Schalke
Hertha Berlin 0-2 Hannover
Hoffenheim 3-4 Koln
Leverkusen 0-0 Mainz
Werder Bremen 2-0 Stuttgart
Wolfsburg 2-0 Hamburg

1. Bayern Munich 27pts
2. Wolfsburg 23pts
3. M’gladbach 20pts
4. Hannover 19pts
5. Hoffenheim 17pts

Talking points
• Dortmund ended their run of five straight league defeats thanks to an incredible own goal by Monchengladbach, Kramer lobbing his own goalkeeper from over 40 yards out!
• Thomas Muller scored a hattrick in an easy away win for Bayern. The reigning champions are yet to lose and have conceded just three goals.
• Wolfsburg are leading the chase for Bayern and notched a sixth consecutive win against struggling Hamburg.

Serie A

Cagliari 1-1 Genoa
Chievo 2-1 Cesena
Empoli 2-1 Lazio
Juventus 7-0 Parma
Palermo 1-1 Udinese
Fiorentina 0-1 Napoli
Inter 2-2 Verona
Roma 3-0 Torino
Sassuolo 0-0 Atalanta
Sampdoria 2-2 Milan

1. Juventus 28pts
2. Roma 25pts
3. Napoli 21pts
4. Sampdoria 20pts
5. Lazio 19pts

Talking points
• Juventus put seven past bottom-placed Parma, with Llorente, Tevez and Morata all helping themselves to braces.
• After missing so much time through injury, Stephan El Shaarawy scored a fantastic opener for Milan, who ultimately had to settle for a draw.
• Inter’s indifferent start continued with a home draw with Verona; after playing much of the second half with 10 men, Inter conceded an 89th minute equaliser.

Ligue 1

Bastia 2-0 Montpellier
Caen 1-2 Nantes
Evian 1-0 Nice
Lens 1-2 Bordeaux
Lyon 3-1 Guingamp
PSG 2-0 Marseille
Reims 2-0 Lille
Rennes 1-0 Lorient
St Etienne 1-1 Monaco
Toulouse 3-0 Metz

1. Marseille 28pts
2. PSG 27pts
3. Lyon 26pts
4. Bordeaux 24pts
4. Nantes 23pts

Talking points
• PSG took the spoils in Le Classique, in a game that saw the return on Zlatan from the bench. PSG are not just one point behind Marseille in the table.
• Lyon racked up a fifth consecutive win and are hot on the heels of the top two.

Liga MX
Atlas 1-1 Tijuana
Cruz Azul 0-2 Pumas
Guadalajara 0-0 Tigres
Leon 0-0 Puebla
Monterrey 1-2 Chiapas
Queretaro 2-0 Morelia
Santos 2-1 Pachuca
Toluca 2-2 America
Veracruz 0-1 U. de G.

1. America 31pts
2. Toluca 29pts
3. Tigres 28pts
4. Atlas 28pts
5. Chiapas 25pts

Talking points
• A win for Ronaldinho’s Queretaro against bottom team Morelia leaves them just one point outside the play-off places.
• The top two fought out a draw, with Oribe Peralta scoring a very late equaliser for the league leaders.


DC United 2-1 NY Red Bulls (agg 2-3)
NE Revolution 3-1 Columbus (agg 7-3)
LA Galaxy 5-0 Real Salt Lake (agg 5-0)
Seattle 0-0 Dallas (agg 1-1, Seattle win on away goals)

Play-off tree
Eastern Conference final – NY Red Bulls v NE Revolution

Western Conference final – Seattle v LA Galaxy

Talking points
• In his final season before retirement, Landon Donovan netted a hattrick as the Galaxy thrashed Salt Lake to reach the Western Conference final.
• Fierce rivals NY and DC both finished win ten men as the Red Bulls advanced to the Eastern Conference final.

What to look out for this week
Euro 2016 qualifying
As is usually the case, most of the games are mismatches, but a few to look out for are:
Germany v Gibraltar
Scotland v Republic of Ireland
Italy v Croatia

International friendlies
There are also a host of international friendlies, including:
Turkey v Brazil
Netherlands v Mexico
USA v Colombia
Argentina v Portugal
Spain v Germany
Scotland v England

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