Wk 8 table, reports, results

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Chelsea hammered by four; Vardy hits jack-spot.

The HPL result shown in brackets, with official real-life score first.

Games with an HPL scoreline change in red.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Aston Villa 0-1 Stoke City (0-1) Referee: Mike Jones
Arnautovic seems to be dead level with defender when his opener is disallowed. The slide-rule check works perfectly here, though, because on closer slow-motion inspection the evidence seems to show the edge of the Austrian man’s head, shoulder and knee are each a fraction beyond the Villa defender’s left foot, meaning, of course, it is not a goal, after all. There really should be no need for that ‘benefit of the doubt’ nonsense. As for the otherwise excellent Richards’ penalty claim at 0-1 in second half….hahahahaha….one of the great dives. To be fair, he doesn’t appeal.

Bournemouth 1-1 Watford (1-1) Referee: Michael Oliver
Ref’s penalty award at the death was a great call – even if Gomes was equal to it.

Chelsea 1-3 Southampton (1-4) Referee: Robert Madley
Shearer and Jenas both disagreed with Jose Mourinho’s verdict that Falcao should have received a penalty, rather than his yellow card, when the Colombian went down under the keeper’s challenge – long before the challenge and minimal contact was made. It was 1-1 at the time. However, both of the MOTD pundits reckoned the Saints should have had two spot kicks in the first half, when Mane was tripped by Ramires and, prior to that, van Dyke virtually has the shirt ripped off his back by Branislav Ivanovic at a corner. The Mane one was a bit of a dive, so we are going with Stan Collymore on this one and wave play on. The TalkSport co-commentator actually reckoned all three decisions were good calls by the man in yellow but is heavily outnumbered on van Dyke.

Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom (2-0) Referee: Jonathan Moss
Palace’s late penalty that killed off game was one of those when the player, Saha in this case, goes down because the defender, Brunt, has gone to ground needlessly and, thus, is asking for trouble. So sticking with it. As for Craig Gardner’s apparent handball from Johan Cabaye free kick at 1-0, that is 50-50. So go with the umpire’s decision.

Manchester City 6-1 Newcastle (6-1) Referee: Kevin Friend

Norwich 1-2 Leicester (1-1) Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Vardy goes down with Bassong behind him, but it does not look like a penalty to HPL. The England striker really buys it rather than attempts to bury his chance. The pundits seem to agree. However, good shout to deny the Foxes a late ’third’ (now second) when Robert Huth shoves the keeper.

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham (2-2) Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United (4-0) Referee: Anthony Taylor.
Smalling hauling down Gabriel at 0-0 proves of no consequence whatsoever but did appear a blatant penalty.

Everton 1-1 Liverpool (1-1) Referee: Martin Atkinson
Nothing to save Brendan Rodgers here. Let’s face it when the Kop has bayed for the manager’s blood recently it has usually been spilt. King Kenny. Roy. Now Brendan.. Klopp seems like a very good appointment, mind. How Lucas was not sent off for a second bookable offence, a blatant cynical trip, defied belief yet is forgotten instantly amid the sacking of the one-time Swansea City boss. Let’s hope he finds the right platform soon to weave his purist spell.

Swansea 2-2 Tottenham (2-2) Referee: Mike Dean

 

HPL Table Week 8

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD Pts PLPos (Pts)
1 Manchester City 8 6 0 2 17 5 12 18 1 (18)
2 Arsenal 8 6 0 2 17 7 10 18 2 (16)
3 West Ham United 8 4 3 1 17 11 6 15 6 (14)
4 Crystal Palace 8 5 0 3 11 8 3 15 4 (15)
5 Southampton 8 3 4 1 13 9 4 13 9 (12)
6 Everton 8 3 4 1 12 8 4 13 7 (13)
7 Tottenham 8 3 4 1 9 6 3 13 8 (13)
8 Manchester United 8 3 3 2 11 10 1 12 3 (16)
9 Leicester City 8 2 5 1 17 17 0 11 5 (15)
10 Bournemouth 8 3 2 3 12 13 -1 11 15 (8)
11 Norwich City 8 2 4 2 13 12 1 10 13 (9)
12 Watford 8 2 4 2 6 7 -1 10 12 (10)
13 Swansea City 8 2 3 3 10 11 -1 9 11 (10)
14 Stoke City 8 2 3 3 8 10 -2 9 14 (9)
15 Chelsea 8 2 2 4 12 17 -5 8 16 (8)
16 West Brom 8 2 2 4 6 11 -5 8 17 (8)
17 Liverpool 8 2 2 4 7 13 -6 8 10 (12)
18 Aston Villa 8 1 2 5 9 13 -4 5 18 (4)
19 Sunderland 8 1 2 5 9 17 -8 5 19 (3)
20 Newcastle United 8 0 3 5 6 18 -12 3 20 (3)

 

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