Premier League action this week…09/07/2020

The hectic Premier League schedule continued on Thursday evening for Everton and Southampton who met at 6pm in Goodison Park where Seamus Coleman started for the hosts in a contest that ended in a one all draw. Shane Long, Michael Obafemi, Will Ferry and Will Smallbone were named on the ‘Saints’ substitute bench with Long on 70 minutes and Smallbone on 88 minutes gaining some match time. Relegation threatened Aston Villa went down to a three nil defeat by visitors Manchester United at Villa Park where Conor Hourihane was a 58th minute substitute for the hosts.

Bramall Lane hosted the Premier League meeting of Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at 6pm on Wednesday evening. The hosts  included John Egan and Enda Stevens in their starting eleven but David McGoldrick missed out through injury. Matt Doherty was in his regular wing back position for the visitors. A fairly even encounter was decided in the third minute of added time when Egan powered home a header following a corner kick, his second goal in four days following his equaliser at Burnley on Sunday. Kevin Long was again in the starting eleven for Burnley who scored the only goal to defeat their hosts West Ham United at the London Stadium. Jimmy Dunne and Robbie Brady were unused substitutes for the ‘Clarets’ while Darren Randolph was unused on the ‘Hammers’ substitute bench.  Aaron Connelly was a 71st minute substitute while Shane Duffy remained on the Brighton & Hove Albion substitute bench for the  visit of champions Liverpool who prevailed by three goals to one.

Selhurst Park hosted the meeting of Crystal Palace and Chelsea in the Premier League at 6pm on Tuesday evening which ended in a three two victory for the visitors. James McCarthy was an 80th minute substitute for the hosts. At Vicarage Road, Adam Idah was a 76th minute substitute for Norwich City who went down to a two one defeat by their hosts and fellow strugglers Watford.

Club captain Seamus Coleman and his Everton colleagues journied to face unpredictable Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League at 8pm on Monday evening with both sides still harbouring hopes of European involvement next season. The hosts prevailed with the only goal, an own goal, in a dull encounter which saw Coleman withdrawn on 77 minutes.

Burnley included Kevin Long in their starting eleven with Robbie Brady and Jimmy Dunne on their substitute bench for the Premier League visit of Sheffield United and their Irish trio of John Egan, Enda Stevens and David McGoldrick at noon on Sunday. The contest ended in a one all draw with Egan scoring a fine equaliser for the ‘Blades’.  Newcastle United played out a two all draw with visitors  West Ham United at St James Park where Darren Randolph was again on the ‘Hammers’ substitute bench. Conor Hourihane was an unused substitute for Aston Villa who went down to a two nil defeat at champions Liverpool. Shane Long was a 70th minute substitute for Southampton who defeated Manchester City with the only goal at St Mary’s Stadium. Will Smallbone was introduced for the final few seconds while Michael Obafemi and Will Ferry were unused on the Southampton substitute bench.


The Premier League continued at 12.30pm on Saturday afternoon with Norwich City playing host to Brighton & Hove Albion. The visitors eased their relegation worries with a one nil victory and almost certainly condemned their hosts to relegation. Adam Idah was a 67th minute substitute for the ‘Canaries’ while Aaron Connelly started and Shane Duffy was a 94th minute substitute for the visiting ‘Seagulls’. James McCarthy was a 69th minute substitute for Crystal Palace who went down to a three nil defeat by Leicester City at the King Power Stadium while Matt Doherty was withdrawn on 72 minutes by Wolverhampton Wanderers who went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Arsenal at Molineaux.