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EPL Match Day 29 Review

Aston Villa v Sheffield United

The re-opening match of the Premier League between Aston Villa and Sheffield United was an odd one. No goals but plenty of controversy. In the 42nd minute, strong build up play from the visiting Blades resulted in a header on goal from striker Oliver Norwood. Villa keeper Orjan Nyland saved the ball but, in doing so, fell back into his own net. Video replays clearly showed the keeper holding the ball into his own side netting, the complete ball appearing to cross the line. But a goal was not granted for the 7th place Sheffield side because referee Michael Oliver’s watch did not indicate the ball had crossed the line. After the match, the Goal Decision System announced its technology had failed due to too many bodies around the Villa keeper, and the goal should have been awarded. The error will be a blow not only to United’s points total, but to proponents of ever-increasing technological presence in the beautiful game. Remember this day if the Blades end up 2 points shy of a European qualification berth! The point for Sheffield boosted them up past Wolves into 6th. While Aston Villa remain in 19th, they are just 1 point shy of safety. Keep up with Sheffield and Aston Villa week to week with BetQL’s Premier League predictions, where you can find a prediction on the top matches each week.

Manchester City v Arsenal

The rain poured down in Manchester as the hosts City triumphed 2-0 over visitors Arsenal. The first chapter of the match was withdrawn and subdued. Both sides looked to be having a tough time readjusting to top flight competition. Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno arguably had a Man of the Match performance and made a few key saves to keep the Citizens at bay. But all that changed in the first half stoppage time as Arsenal substitute center back David Luiz misread the ball and allowed it to bounce off his hip directly into the path of City attacker Raheem Sterling. The England international struck a cool volley to the far post and the score was 1-0 at the half. Arsenal were struggling to cope with the loss of two injuries in Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari and the late goal did not help matters. Early in the second half, Luiz compounded his first half error by pulling down City winger Riyad Mahrez in the box, earning a red card in the process. City’s Belgian prince Kevin DeBruyne calmly slotted the penalty into the lower right corner. City saw out the game with ease and homegrown talent Phil Foden emphatically sealed the victory with a 91st minute strike. The win sees City maintain their cushion in 2nd place and Arsenal remain 9th. If you are a big EPL fan and need help deciding which side to bet week to week check out BetQL’s EPL picks. BetQL has picks for every game and every match during the rest of the EPL season.

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