Matchday 23 brings us the Premier League’s biggest fixture in recent seasons. Manchester City travel to Anfield to face their main challengers in this season’s title race, Liverpool. The game kicks off Sunday at 11:30 AM EST, and we have the Super Bowl in the evening. It’s going to be a fantastic day of sport.
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SOUTHAMPTON LOSE 9-0……..AGAIN!!!!
Ralph Hasenhüttl watched his side take a 9-0 thrashing for the second time in 15 months. The last one was back in October 2019 against a rampant Leicester City, who made the most of their one-man advantage when Ryan Bertrand was sent off in the 12th minute. This latest 9-0 loss against Manchester United started in a similar fashion.
Southampton went into this game with a big injury list. Jannik Vestergaard, Kyle Walker-Peters, Theo Walcott, Oriol Romeu, and Ibrahima Diallo all out. The only recognizable player on their bench was Nathan Redmond. With limited options, Hasenhüttl gave 19-year-old Alexandre Jankewitz his first Premier League start.
Less than 90 seconds into the game, he wiped out Scott McTominay with a late and dangerous high foot challenge. Mike Dean wasted no time in brandishing the red card, and Hasenhüttl looked on in disbelief. It is one of the worse challenges you will see all season, and he will be remembered for this for a long time.
Alex Jankewitz is shown a straight red card after his challenge on McTominay. pic.twitter.com/wcLaKI1bzF— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) February 2, 2021
Playing 88 minutes with 10 men against Manchester United must be a horrible experience. 6-0 up Anthony Martial anticipated Jan Bednarek’s challenge and was going down before contact was made. VAR couldn’t make a decision so sent Dean to the pitchside monitor but it wasn’t working. They decided to award a penalty and give Bednarek his marching orders. The Saints defender could be heard protesting his innocence. “Martial said it’s not a foul.” Shocking decision making from the officials and a complete and utter farce.
Bruno Fernandes scored the penalty to make it 7, and Southampton downed tools in exhaustion and disbelief. They went on to concede 2 more in the 90th and 93rd minute. No matter what the circumstances no team at any level should be losing 9-0, let alone a professional one in the richest league in the world. I feel for Southampton’s fans who have to endure this kind of result again so soon.
Manchester United put NINE goals past Southampton. 😳— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) February 2, 2021
What was your favorite goal? pic.twitter.com/pnq2YPPrkG
MOUTINHO WONDER STRIKE
João Moutinho’s 49th-minute rocket is one of the purest strikes you’ll see all season. The ball flies past Bernd Leno from 30 yards out, who, in fairness, never stood a chance. The Portuguese veteran’s goal was enough to end Wolves 8 game run without a win.
There was more VAR controversy in this game on the stroke of half-time. The rules were changed so that if a player commits an accidental foul that denies a goalscoring opportunity, they will receive a yellow card. Deliberate fouls will still receive a red card.
When you watch it back in slow motion, the bottom of Willian José’s boot strikes David Luiz’s knee as he pulls his foot back to shoot. It’s not deliberate, and referee Craig Pawson made a clear and obvious error. Luiz should have stayed on the pitch, and the bettors that backed Arsenal will be furious. The Gunners were dominating up to that point and looked good for the 3 points.
Here are the 2020-21 Premier League Matchday 23 Betting Lines.
PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHDAY 23 BETTING LINES
ODDS & ENDS
- On recent form and injury lists, you have to side with Manchester City, and they’re good value at +135.
- I like Aston Villa at +133. Arsenal will be without Bernd Leno and David Luiz. They are both serving one-match suspensions after being sent off in the 2-1 defeat to Wolves.
- You can get Chelsea at +160 if you handicap them by -1.5 Goals.
WHERE TO BET THE PREMIER LEAGUE IN THE US
In the US, you can legally bet on soccer in New Jersey, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.