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October 30, 2018

Premier League Goals of the week

A lot more thought goes into my goals of the week other than just how fantastically beautiful a goal seems to be. Some of these goals are just pure individual ability, while others are a combination of beautiful team play, passing, runs and execution. I tried to narrow down the list to just 5 goals, which wasn’t easy to do on an especially high scoring, busy weekend in the best league in the world! Being the Liverpool fan that I am, it may be a bit surprising to find the list doesn’t contain a single one of the 4 we put past Burnley this weekend! And even more surprising, a goal from that man Raheem Sterling has popped up on here so I don’t want anyone thinking I have been even a little bit biased while judging these goals… however hard it may have been for me!

The first, and technically the “worst” goal on my top 5 list this week goes to Tottenham’s number 10, Harry Kane. The Englishman looked very lively in the opening minutes of the game, having a couple of chances that he probably felt he should have made more of before capitalizing on a great ball in from teammate Dele Alli in the 26th minute to open the scoring. Kane’s goal this weekend against Southampton epitomizes his ability to make runs in behind defenders as well as having the composure and calmness in front of goal needed to bury his chance. The ball from Dele Alli was quite impressive as well so a shout out to him for the assist.

I won’t go into much detail about the next goal on the list, mainly because I am not a fan of the player who scored the goal! Leaving Liverpool to go to Manchester City, Raheem Sterling has done very well to go on and achieve what he has so far for Pep Guardiola. On his hat trick clinching goal against Watford, Sterling displays thoughtful patience, perfect timing and brilliant calmness on his way to another great goal. The space

that Sterling opens up for himself by recycling his run made it easy for his star midfielder, David Silva, to perfectly weight a thru-ball in behind the Watford defense. From there, Sterling still had much to do cutting inside and past a defender before calmly dinking the ball past the keeper into the net.

Eden Hazard is brilliant. Usually, whenever he scores, Hazards done something pretty special to earn Chelsea a goal and I’d go ahead and say that his goal against Wolverhampton was a pretty good example of that. His strength and explosive acceleration are just a few of his qualities that have some of the powerhouse clubs all over the world so interested in his big price-tag. Receiving the ball at the top corner of the box, cutting inside and skipping past a pressuring defender, Hazard delivers a stunning strike to the far bottom corner that somehow made it through a sea of players securing a point against a good and stubborn Wolverhampton.

Set pieces can be the difference between winning and losing. They can be the reason teams so far below high level teams can compete and even beat top tier

sides. Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse proves how vital having a set piece king is to their efforts to stave off relegation with his magical free kick against Tottenham. Reminiscent to the infamous David Beckham with his style, James Ward-Prowse scored the game winner in spectacular fashion.

The goal of the week was honestly a no brainer. Having said that, the man who scored it, Anthony Knockaert, probably shouldn’t have even been on the field to have the opportunity to score that amazing goal after his shocking and dangerous tackle 10 seconds into the game didn’t earn him the red card he most likely deserved.

5) https://www.nbcsports.com/video/tottenhams-harry-kane-makes-it-1-0-v-southampton-0

4) https://www.nbcsports.com/video/man-citys-raheem-sterling-scores-his-third-goal-v-watford-fc

3) https://www.nbcsports.com/video/chelseas-eden-hazard-scores-late-equalizer-v-wolves

2) https://www.nbcsports.com/video/southamptons-james-ward-prowse-scores-fantastic-free-kick-v-tottenham

1) https://www.nbcsports.com/video/brighton-fcs-anthony-knockaert-scores-stunner-v-crystal-palace