Premier League: 10 Talking Points From Gameweek 6

Premier League Gameweek 6 was full of action as teams continued to stake their claim in the title challenge. It was a week with mixed results, especially for Betway English Premier league bets, as there were some surprising results. In this article, we take a look at ten major talking points. 

Patrick Bamford Scores Hat-Trick to Prove His Premier League Quality

After being let go by Chelsea, Bamford has had to work hard to prove his quality as a top striker. Many soccer pundits and punters on Betway believed he wasn’t good enough for the Premier League. However, his performances so far this season have silenced his critics. 

Bamford scored a hat-trick at Villa Park as Leeds saw off Aston Villa 3-0. His three goals made his tally for the season to six goals in six matches. He should be expecting a call up by Southgate for the national team. 

Pep’s Uncertain Future Threatens to Derail City’s Season

There was a lot of speculation about Pep’s future, but he has proven to be a man of his word, and he is seeing his final year of his contract. However, the uncertainty surrounding his future is affecting the mood at The Etihad. 

Manchester City look shaky defensively and have had a stuttering start to the season. Injuries to Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have also not helped their course. But the uncertain future of their manager also seems to be weighing heavy on the team.

Moyes Proves You Can Teach Old Dog New Tricks

So far this season, David Moyes has transformed from an old school manager to a tactical genius. He has led West Ham to back-to-back wins against Wolves and Leicester and a thrilling comeback against Tottenham Hotspur to draw 3-3 in gameweek 5. 

He used his tried and tested 5-4-1 formation to take a point from Manchester City. Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice are thriving in midfield while Michail Antonio leads the line spectacularly. 

Solskjaer and Lampard Yet to Prove Their Credentials

Solskjaer and Lampard looked out of depth on the touchlines as their teams played to a barren draw. The two rookie managers looked more like High school P.E. teachers than elite tacticians. 

None of the two teams offered anything special going forward. It was a game with few chances despite the array of attacking talent on display. So far this season, bookmakers believe the two managers will not survive to the end of the season. 

Firmino Ends Goal Drought

Roberto Frimino scored his first goal of the season against Sheffield United in a game that he was deployed in a deeper role. However, it is unusual for a player of his quality not to score more regularly. 

The striker has often been helped by the goal-scoring prowess of Sadio Mane and Mo Salah. The addition of Diogo Jota has also helped ease the pressure from the Brazilian. 

Saints End Toffees Unbeaten Run

This season Everton under the leadership of Carlo Ancelotti, have taken the Premier League by storm as the other “big teams” stumble. The introduction of James Rodriguez and English forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin hitting form has helped Everton to a good start. 

As for Saints, they’ve had a difficult start, but the strike partnership of Che Adams and Danny Ings showed what they are capable of in gameweek six when they teamed up to see off the Toffees.

Wolves’ Toothless Attack Is a Matter of Concern

Wolves Nuno Espirito Santo has created a reputation in English football as a counter-attacking manager. His preferred formation of 3-5-2 is thought to be too defensive-minded. Many pundits argue that the manager has enough personnel at his disposal to loosen the shackles and use a more attacking formation like 4-3-3. 

He has one of the EPL’s leading marksmen at his disposal, Raul Jimenez, supported by Pedro Neto and Adama Traore. Wolves should be offering more in attack, especially now that they’ve not been able to keep clean sheets.

Arteta Rues Ozil Exclusion

Many commentators have expressed their disappointment in the way Arsenal have handled the Mesut Ozil saga. Their lack of creativity in attack has shown how it was a poor decision to leave out the German playmaker. In gameweek six, it was evident that Arteta could benefit from Ozil’s creativity. 

Brendan Rodgers set up his team with five at the back and played on the counter. This left Arteta’s team to shift the ball sideways without creating any chances. Ozil would have been the key to unlocking the organized Foxes’ defense. 

Vardy Ends Arsenal Record

Leicester had never beaten Arsenal at home since 1973. A Jamie Vardy header ended that poor run as it was enough for the Foxes to beat Arsenal. Vardy enjoys playing and scoring against Arsenal as that was his 11th goal in 12 matches against The Gunners.

It was another display of Brendan’s tactical genius as he won when punters on Betway expected him to lose. The win came after they has suffered consecutive home defeats to Aston Villa and West Ham. 

Kane and Son Continue Their Double Act

Kane and Son managed a goal and an assist again in gameweek six. Despite the arrival of Gareth Bale in the summer, Spurs seem to be doing just fine without him. Kane has so far managed more assists than he’s ever managed in any other season with only six matches played. 

The two Spurs players have combined for 29 goals in the EPL to date. Only Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard have a better record of 36 goals.