Good Monday morning, TSFers. It’s a federal holiday today in the U.S. — Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service. Too often, people have the wrong idea of what today is about and get the message wrong. I’d encourage all who are interested to do some reading about good ways to observe the holiday. Here and here are good places to start.
We also had half a weekend of Premier League fixtures.
Burnley 1 - Luton Town 1
One of those relegation six-pointers turned into a relegation two-pointer. Zeki Amdouni scored for Burnley towards the end of the first half. Carlton Morris equalized for Luton in second half added time. Both clubs look likely to go down. Opta has Sheffield United at 97%, Burnley at 92%, and Luton Town at 65% to be relegated.
Chelsea 1 - Fulham 0
Cole Palmer converted a penalty for the Blues at the end of the first half. Chelsea’s run of form is a mirage. They’re still not a good football team. They put together periods of good play but those spells come amidst long stretches where they look listless. Malo Gusto was lucky to avoid a straight red for a challenge on Willian. Gusto is a reckless player.
Newcastle 2 - Manchester City 3
Eddie Howe’s side took a 2-1 lead in at the half, with quick goals from Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordon overtaking Bernardo Silva’s opener for City. But Kevin De Bruyne’s introduction as a substitute made the difference, although City were already dominating the match. KDB scored shortly after coming on and assisted Oscar Bobb’s added time winner. There are people online who are trying to use Bobb as a stick with which to beat Mikel Arteta for not playing young players. Bobb is 20 years old and a full Norwegian international. He’s closer in age to Bukayo Saka than Ethan Nwaneri. Don’t take the bait.
Everton 0 - Aston Villa 0
I watched this entire match and have very little to say about it. Aston Villa are solidly in the second tier of teams in the Premier League. They’re not elite. Everton are a stubborn side, better than their deduction-affected points total shows. Jordan Pickford now leads the Premier League in clean sheets.
Manchester United 2 - Tottenham 2
After watching this match, you should have an increased appreciation for Mikel Arteta’s insistence on controlled, defensively solid football. Neither United nor Spurs can defend worth a lick. It makes for incredibly volatile matches and a significant amount of outcome variance. At least Spurs have a good attack. United are mediocre all over the pitch.