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Premier League: Talking Points from the Midweek Fixtures

Matchday 12 of the Premier League 2022/23 continued to bring the excitement and drama. Here are the key talking points from Premier League matchday 12.

Manchester United players in a file photo, Credit: Twitter/@ManUtd
By annirudh bhalla | Oct 21, 2022 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Matchday 12 of the Premier League 2022/23 continued to bring the excitement and drama associated with league. Even though, the matches were played during midweek and the highly anticipated game between Manchester City and Arsenal was called off, there was no shortage of curiosity and high quality football. With the World Cup break coming closer day by day, each matchday now holds extra importance. Here are the key talking points from Premier League matchday 12.

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Manchester United put on a solid display against Spurs

It would have been quite brave to call Manchester United the favourites to earn the three points against an in-form Tottenham Hotspur. However, Erik Ten Hag and his men put on a performance that deserved a win. Second half goals from Fred and Bruno Fernandes ensured United earned their sixth victory of the season. This result means that the Red Devils are just four points off Tottenham in the table with a game in hand too. The manner in which United proceeded to earn their victory has surely sent a statement across the league.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Problems Continue

In what was otherwise a terrific day for Manchester United fans, the end of the game brought some troubles amongst the United bench. Already a big surprise with Cristiano Ronaldo not starting the game against Spurs, the Portuguese was seen leaving the ground and heading straight to the dressing room before the final whistle was blown. This situation is for sure going to cause some unrest as far as Manchester United are concerned. Ronaldo has been excluded from the squad to face Chelsea on Saturday as a result of his actions.

Brighton’s struggles in the final third continues

Brighton & Hove Albion were left disappointed after they failed to convert a plethora of chances against Nottingham Forest and had to settle for a draw. Roberto De Zerbi’s men had total 19 shots, seven on target and yet couldn’t find the back of the net. This has been the story for Brighton in their recent games where they have shown lack of confidence in the final third of the pitch. The result means that Brighton are now without a win in their last four matches.

Steven Gerrard’s journey at Aston Villa is over

In what was a decisive game for Steven Gerrard’s job at Aston Villa, the iconic midfielder ultimately had to face the sack. Already in a lot of pressure for underachieving with a more than decent Villa squad, Gerrard’s last game ended with a 3-0 defeat to Fulham. Aston Villa are currently are just a place above the relegation zone at 17th with a mere nine points to their name. It remains interesting to see who will be the next man to take charge at Villa with lots of exciting candidates in prospect.

Chelsea held to a stalemate by Brentford

Chelsea and it’s fans were left disappointed as they failed to beat Brentford and possibly climb up the Premier League table. The London side were far from their best and in some cases would consider themselves lucky not to have been on the losing side. Brentford had quality chances overall and had the opportunities to hurt the capital club. However, the result means that Chelsea are still unbeaten under Graham Potter with five wins and two draws.



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