Week 35--Scoreless at the Molineux: Wolves 0-0 Brighton

By Juan Aguerrevere

Brighton & Hove Albion failed to score for the 6th consecutive meeting in all competitions. But grabbing 1 point left them 3 points clear from relegation despite a goalless draw against Wolves.

Nuno Espiritu Santo looked to go back to winning ways after an away defeat at St. Marys' last weekend. In effect, Nuno started Ryan Bennet for Romain Saiss who was to blame for 2 goals last time out. The Portuguese also gave 19-year-old, Morgan Gibbs-White a start over Leander Dendoncker. Nuno stuck with his (3-5-2) formation. 

 Chris Hughton also made some tweaks to his line-up amid Brighton's worst run of the year. The Colombian Jose Izquierdo replaced Alireza Jahanbakhsh while Gaetan Bong featured for the first time since December over Bernardo. Hughton stayed with his favored (4-3-3) formation again. 

Wolves looked as if they would have a great morning during the first minutes of the game. But as the game went on, maximum points became harder to achieve. 

Matt Doherty who's had a breakout season playing in the wing-back position brought constant danger in the right flank. He even had Wolves' first real go at goal heading a ball close to the post. 

Corners started mounting from headed clearances and deflections from Brighton's defended due to the dangers posed by Wolves' wider positions.  

The away team was forced to make its first change when David Propper went down grabbing his hamstring and asked for a sub. Kayal was the man who replaced Propper in the 10th minute of the game.

Screams rang around the Molineux as Pascal Gross slid in the box dispossessing Diogo Jota in the 23rd minute. Referee Craig Pawson didn't even flinch leaving the game to play on. Jota had a good chance that went wide 10 minutes after the penalty cries. 

The last 15 minutes of the half were instrumental for the Seagulls. Lewis Dunk and captain Bruno Saltor injected belief as they placed their bodies in the line for every header or tackle. 

Luckily for the away team, Jota hit the crossbar during the added time. Brighton had survived the first half. 

In the second phase, Brighton began going forward. In the 53rd minute, Kayal had a solo attempt from 30 yards out that passed freakishly close to the frame of the goal. 

Matthew Ryan was called for action at the one-hour mark by stopping Jota's close-range shot after Joao Moutinho's corner lingered on the 6-yard line. 

Ruben Vinagre and Dendoncker had positive impacts after being subbed in the 67th and 72nd minutes, respectively. 

Raul Jimenez helped set up Wolve's closest chance by chipping a ball from outside of the 18 toward Jota. The Portuguese striker redirected the ball to the second post and came back right into action after hitting it. As a result, Dendoncker put his foot through the ball, but Ryan never lost sight of it closing down space and sending it over the bar. 

Dendoncker tried Ryan once again in minute 87, but the Aussie was set on claiming his 5th clean sheet of the season. 

Wolverhampton kept the pressure up till the last second but couldn't break Brighton's wall. Lewis Dunk was proud of the squad during the post-game interview.

Juan is a senior at the University of Florida. He is an aspiring sports writer, analyst, and commentator.

Arsenal Win Away From The Emirates: Watford 1-0 Arsenal

By Juan Aguerrevere

Monday's lone fixture featured Watford hosting Arsenal. And it turned out to be a peculiar one. The strange chain of events started ahead of the game when Watford's manager, Javi Gracia expressed that captain Troy Deeney is England's best no. 9.

"There are good English players in that position, but in my opinion, Troy is the best one," said Gracia. 

Coming of a stunning FA Cup semi-final comeback against Wolverhampton last weekend, Gracia had to make some changes in the line-up. Ben Foster, Daryl Janmaat, and Adam Masina returned, while Roberto Pereyra (hip) and Gerard Deulopheu (ankle) missed the game due to injury. 

Arsenal played last Thursday, beating Napoli at home in their Europa League quarter-final first leg. Concerns over the Gunners' recent away form (1W, 1D, 3L) was their main worry before the game.

The Hornets swarmed the Gunners in the opening minutes of play. German goalkeeper Bernd Leno was pressed by Andre Gray and was just fast enough to release the ball for a throw-in before being robbed.

Things were looking fine for Watford until Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang chased down a horizontal pass directed to Foster. Watford's goalkeeper wasn’t able clear his lines the way Leno did a few minutes before. Arsenal's ace, Aubameyang, was able to block Foster’s clearance right into the net.  

A minute later, in a late challenge Deeney clashed with Lucas Torreira. Craig Pawson, the center referee, was alerted to a high elbow from Deeney by one of his assistants. Deeney was sent off for this infringement. And Pawson became public enemy number 1 at Vicarage Road after leaving Watford crippled for the remaining 80 minutes.

Shortly after the break, Henrikh Mkhitaryan's close-range effort was denied by Foster before Adam Masina cracked a long shot against the crossbar on the other end.

Attempts from Andre Gray and Will Hughes came close to drawing Watford level. But the North London team was able to find its first away clean sheet of the season and take back fourth place.

Watford faces Huddersfield on Saturday hoping to keep adding points to its already best Premier League season ever. 

Juan is a senior at the University of Florida. He is an aspiring sports writer, analyst, and commentator.

Brighton Self-destructs: Brighton 0-5 Bournemouth

By Juan Aguerrevere

Brighton and Bournemouth have struggled since the turn of the year. Since December, and despite a strong run in the FA Cup, the Seagulls had only secured eight out of thirty-six points. Bournemouth have managed to take twelve out of thirty-nine possible points. Eddie Howe went with a 4-4-2 formation instead of three in the back for more stability while Chris Hughton chose a 4-3-3. Not many expected what happened next.

Dan Gosling started the goal fest in the thirty-third minute. After a series of quick passes, Callum Wilson easily plays a ball across the Seagulls' box to Gosling who calmly controlled the ball and tucked it past Mathew Ryan.

In the second half, Anthony Knockaert's frustrations began to show after his giveaway leads to Ryan Fraser scoring Bournemouth’s second with a looping ball over Ryan.

Desperate to gain possession and likely still fuming about his poor giveaway for the second, Knockaert slid viciously taking Adam Smith's leg with him leaving Kevin Friend without any other option than to show a straight red.

Fraser then turned provider, for youngster David Brooks’s goal in the 74th minute. The third goal saw some of the home fans heading toward exit.

Wilson finally found his deserved goal after assisting on two earlier in the game. Substitute Junior Stanislas scored the fifth and last goal of the match.

Juan is a senior at the University of Florida. He is an aspiring sports writer, analyst, and commentator.

At Last, Fulham Wins: Fulham 2-0 Everton

By Juan Aguerrevere

Scott Parker can officially say he’s won a Premier League match and kept a clean sheet. This was Fulham's first win since late January and its first clean sheet since December. Parker replaced Claudio Ranieri just over six weeks ago.

Cottagers took advantage of a yet another lack-luster Everton performance, controlling most of the game’s offensive attempts. Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic proved to be a handful most of the first half and was unlucky to not be on the scoresheet.

Fans at Craven Cottage were loud and demanded a win and the players delivered it in the second half. Less than a minute after the restart, Tom Cairney finished off a centered pass from Ryan Babel.

Everton had its best time of the game after Fulham went up 1-0. Dominic Calvert-Lewin missed the Toffees' best chance of the game by just inches.

Then Babel, who assisted the first, sped past Everton’s backline latching on to a through ball from Mitrovic and doubling the lead.

Fulham will have gone home with something to be happy about. 

Juan is a senior at the University of Florida. He is an aspiring sports writer, analyst, and commentator.

Spurs Keep Another Clean Sheet At The New White Hart Lane: Spurs 5-0 Huddersfield

By Juan Aguerrevere

Mauricio Pochettino had to make some changes to his squad after a well fought mid-week Champions League win over Manchester City. Harry Kane (ankle), Harry Winks (groin) and Delle Alli (wrist) came out of the game with injuries.The Spurs’ manager also rested a few players, featuring birthday boy Kyle Walker-Peters, Juan Foyth, Victor Wanyama, Fernando Llorente and Lucas Moura against relegated side, Huddersfield.

Jan Siewert's side featured 3 changes from last week along with a very tight 4-5-1 formation. Juninho Bacuna, Elias Kachunga, and Florent Hadergjonaj started leaving Alex Pritchard, Aaron Moy and Tommy Smith on the bench.

Huddersfield looked strong defensively in the first 20 minutes shutting down Tottenham through the middle. But the North London side, were just too much.

Ben Davies' pass to Llorente ended up as a perfect weighted through ball for Wanyama who was originally crashing the box looking to connect with Llorente. Wanyama rounded the keeper and tapped it in for his first Premier League goal this season. Just two minutes later, Wanyama's midfield partner, Moussa Sissoko charged forward and flicked the ball on to Moura, who had spun in behind his defender. Moura fired an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner.

After the second goal, Llorente had 4 close attempts at goal including a magnificent volley that struck the crossbar. Siewert's late formation change and subs made the Terriers more dynamic going forward, but also it also left space for Tottenham to exploit. Assisted by Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son, Moura was able to complete his first Premier League hat-trick late in the game. Fans and Moura celebrated the special moment with his baby showing his serious tekkers on the field. Another game and another clean sheet for Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Juan is a senior at the University of Florida. He is an aspiring sports writer, analyst, and commentator.

Newcastle Win Away from Home: Leicester 0-1 Newcastle

By Juan Aguerrevere

Rafa Benitez' last away win was back in December when Newcastle took down Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium. Since Miguel Almiron’s arrival just over two months ago, the Tyneside club has looked much more dangerous. But, Friday night's match away at Leicester City wouldn’t be easy.

Jamie Vardy has scored 6 goals in 5 games since Brendan Rodgers took over at the King Power Stadium. Like Vardy, Youri Tielemans has also found his best form, scoring and assisting from the midfield. Harry Maguire returned to the line-up after welcoming his newborn daughter Lily. There were also changes in the Magpies' line-up-- Paul Dummett for Florian Lejune after his horrific knee injury last week and Javier Manquillo replacing DeAndre Yedlin.

Leicester's left side had an electric start to the game. Ben Chillwell and young standout Harvey Barnes connected well for a couple of chances. An early mistake by Maguire led to a free-kick 25 yards away from goal. Solomon Rondon’s ensuing pixel perfect free kick left the goal post shaking.

The Foxes created more chances in the first half-hour. But it was Newcastle that struck first. Leicester’s defenders failed to clear after stopping Alimiron from dribbling into the box. The ball fell right to Matt Ritchie, who beats a defender and whips in a driven ball to Ayoze Perez making a run at the near post. Perez beats Wes Morgan, gets a slight touch with his head on the ball, and using the power from Ritchie’s cross angles the ball to the far post past Kasper Schmeichel.

Almiron, who remains goalless in the Premier League, had numerous chances in the second half, but remained goalless. Schmeichel skillfully denied Perez after he slalomed in the box for a close-quarters 1v1 opportunity. Vardy missed the Foxes' best chance of the game by scooping an excellent through ball from Tielemans over the bar.

Newcastle United win means they no longer face relegation and the fans celebrated every second of it staying after the match.

Juan is a senior at the University of Florida. He is an aspiring sports writer, analyst, and commentator.