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A Bank Holiday Weekend of Sport

As we head into this May Bank Holiday weekend, the weather doesn’t seem to be living up to the idyllic Mediterranean climate we’ve grown accustomed to over the past few weeks. Although beer gardens and leisurely country walks may be off the cards, that’s no reason not to enjoy yourself, and a jam-packed weekend of sport is just the thing to take your mind off the miserable weather.

Kicking off the weekend is the continuation of the Giro d’Italia. After a gruelling three weeks of racing, the prestigious tour finishes on Sunday 27th May with a parade through the streets of Rome. Before then however, is a final punishing mountain stage on Saturday.

British rider Simon Yates went into Friday as leader, with the thought he could do well here after making up much of his lead in similar previous stages. But after getting his lead slashed in half by Tom Dumoulin on Thursday, and a failure to perform in the mountains on Friday coupled with a spectacular return to form from icon of the sport Chris Froome resulting in a stage win, its looking to be a tussle between Froome and Dumoulin in the closing days of the tour.

The first of the three European Grand Tours, the Giro is also the perfect preview for the Tour de France. 

Continuing the racing theme, this weekend also sees the running of the 76th Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. A perennial favourite of the sport, it sees racers flying round a demanding street circuit, while guests and attendees relax and enjoy the race in the glamorous city.

Lewis Hamilton will be looking to continue his run of good form this season, saying ‘We’ve got some things to work on and we’re not completely in the dark, much better than we were last year. But we’ve got a lot of ground to cover and pick up if we want to be in the fight for the win’ in the face of stiff competition from Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel. Red Bull driver’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Riccardo will also be looking to make waves at the race, and if their fiery rivalry in the tournament so far is anything to go by, it should be an exciting race. The Grand Prix starts on Sunday 27th May at 14:10 GMT, with qualifying taking place on Saturday.

Take a look at our Monaco GP hospitality, and secure your place for 2019 today.

Moving on to football, this Saturday sees the Championship Play-Off Final between Aston Villa and Fulham at Wembley. Dubbed ‘the richest game in football’, potentially worth up to £160m to the winners, this game will determine who takes a place in the Premier League next season.

Fulham have been on great form this season, with 18-year-old Ryan Sessegnon being a particular stand-out, as well as taking the win the last time these teams met, so go into the game many people’s favourites. But with a team as steeped in experience as Aston Villa, stewarded by veteran player John Terry, its sure to be close.

The play-off final acts as the perfect appetiser for the main course of a Saturday of football; the Champions League Final.

Real Madrid and Liverpool are currently out in Kiev preparing to battle it out for the title. The Spanish side go into the game the favourites, looking to make it a third win on the trot and their 13th overall. However, with neither team on home turf and Jürgen Klopp’s side intending to play in their usual attacking style while pulling on the immense talent of players like Golden Boot winner Mo Salah, the Reds aren’t going to make it easy for them.

Liverpool are also hungry for the win after going without the trophy for over a decade and it clearly means a lot to the Merseyside team; forward Sadio Mane has gifted 300 Liverpool shirts to his hometown in Senegal to celebrate the game.

If the poor weather has got you pining for sunnier days, and a scintillating weekend of sport has you in the mood for more, take a look at the VIP hospitality at an exciting summer of lawn tennis at the Nature Valley Classic Birmingham and Nature Valley Open Nottingham, and the iconic tournament at Wimbledon.

Midlands Championship Season Review 17/18

It has been a mixed season for the Midlands in the Championship this season. The only universal theme was that bar Nottingham Forest, all teams had something to fight for entering the final weekend of the season. It was a season that saw Wolves win the league title at a canter. In the case of Birmingham City and Burton, it was a fight for survival at the foot of the league, while for Derby and Villa, a season-long pursuit for promotion is still on going via the Play-offs.

Eventmasters Midlands Season Awards

Player of the year: Ruben Neves (Wol)
Young Player of the year: Ruben Neves (Wol)
Rising Star Award: Che Adams (Bir)
Club of the Year: Wolves (Wol)
Coach of the Year: Nuno Esparito Santo (Wol)
Midlands Team of the year:TOTY Formation


Wolves

*Stats before the final game of the season*
2017/18 Championship Winners.

Points: 99
Goals scored: 78
Clean sheets: 22
PPG: 2.2

Best wins:
• Cardiff 0 Wolves 1
• Wolves 5 Bolton 1
• Wolves 2 Fulham 0
• Derby 0 Wolves 2

Form: DWWWW
Top Scorers:
• Jota (18)
• Bonatini (12)
• Cavielero (9)

It’s fair to say it’s been a whirlwind few years for the Black and Gold. The takeover by Chinese consortium Fosun group, headed by chairman Jeff Shi in the summer of 2016, did not garner instant success for the club. The managerial stints of the Zunga and Paul Lambert were brief and unremarkable, so credit must go to Nuno (who arrived this summer), for turning around the fortunes of Wolves. High prolife signings this summer have certainly made their mark, the 18 goals from winger Jota (who is on loan) and the sheer class of former Porto player Ruben Neves in midfield have taken their football to a whole new level. Wolves were confirmed as champions with 3 games to spare and have sat at the top of the table virtually all season. Congratulations are in order for this all-conquering Wolves side, who will surely fancy their chances in the Premier League given the incredible campaign they have had this year.

Future Superstar?
In Ruben Neves, Wolves seem to have a genuine future superstar at their disposal. The Portuguese sensation arrived from Porto this summer for £16m. as the youngest Portuguese player to score in the Champions League, its fair to say he is not your average Championship player. At the age of 21 Neves still has a lot more room for improvement, a scary proposition when you consider he already bolsters exceptional shooting and passing ability in what is a dynamic repertoire. Numerous reports have linked him with a big move away, with virtually all of the big 6 Premier League sides rumoured to be interested. The future is bright for Wolves’ midfield maestro, and If they can fight off the circling vultures, he could be the difference maker for wolves in what will be a long Premier League season.


Aston Villa
*Stats before the final game of the season*

Top Scorers:
• Adomah (15)
• Hourihane (11)
• Hogan (9)
• Grabban (8)

PPG: 1.84

Games against playoff opponents:
• Darby (H) 1-1
• Cardiff (H) 1-0
• Fulham (H) 0-2
• Boro (A) 0-1

Aston Villa - Football Hospitality

There will surely be a slight sense of regret amongst Villa fans that they just couldn’t bridge the gap to Cardiff and Fulham. But they head into the playoffs, after finishing 4th, with some good recent form, and as the team with arguably the best record against the top teams. Victories at Villa Park against Cardiff and Wolves will surely give the fans some belief that their team can step up on the big occasion. Buoyed by a recent surge in attendances at home games, and by the goals scoring form of Lewis Grabban, Villa seem to be well placed going into the lottery that is the playoffs. We wish them the best of luck in the weeks to come.


Derby County

*Stats before the final game of the season*

Top scorers:
• Vydra (21)
• Nugent (8)
• Winnal (6)

PPG: 1.60

Form: DWLLL

Best Wins:
• Derby 5 Hull City 0
• Middlesborough 0 Derby 3
• Derby 2 Villa 0
• Derby 3 Cardiff

Qualifying for the playoffs is very least fans would have expected this season, especially as they just scraped in by finishing 6th. But entering the playoffs, Derby will no doubt be quietly confident, as your finishing position in the playoffs is scarcely relevant. The playoffs are the ultimate equaliser, the more relevant factors will possibly be their experience at this level, and their good recent form against potential opponents. Victories against Middlesborough away (3-0) and Villa at home (2-0) will prove to the Pride Park faithful that they can go all the way. We wish Derby all the best in the weeks to come.

Wembley Stadium - Championship Play-off Final - Football Hospitality

Who will make it to this year’s Championship play-off final at Wembley?


Birmingham City

*Stats before the final game of the season*

Top Scorers:
• Che Adams (8)
• Gallagher (7)
• Jutkiewitz (5)
• Maghoma (5)

PPG: 0.96

Form: LWLLD

Best wins:
• BCFC 1 Cardiff 0
• BCFC 3 Hull City 0
• Bolton 0 BCFC 1
• Sheff Wed 1 BCFC 3

Much like Burton Albion, at one stage of the season it looked as if relegation was all but confirmed for Blues this year. An admirable, albeit futile performance at Cardiff saw them slip to a 3-2 defeat, extending a 7-game losing streak. And with just 8 games remaining it seemed as if all hope was lost; but they were able to rally with three back to back wins, the last of which being a crucial relegation 6 pointer against strugglers Bolton.

That victory, alongside a recent home win against Sheffield United, almost assured them of Championship football next season, but it wasn’t until this weekend that their status in the second tier of English football was confirmed with an impressive 3-1 win at home to promotion-chasing Fulham. Credit must go to Garry Monk, who played a vital role in turning the club’s fortunes around, to the players, for grinding out the big wins, and to the city fans, who sold out St Andrews this weekend, and turned it into a real cauldron of noise. Congratulations to everybody at Birmingham City Football Club.


Burton Albion

As many people’s pre-season favourites for relegation, Burton Albion knew they would be in a battle for survival. Under the stewardship of beloved manager Nigel Clough, arguably as revered at Albion as his father was at Forest, at times this season it looked like he would achieve the impossible for the second year in a row and somehow keep them up.
In the end, Burton weren’t quite able to rescue themselves from the drop, but the fight showed this season against all the odds, indicates they’ll hopefully be back sooner rather that later.


Nottingham Forest

It has been a quiet season for Nottingham Forest. While they did flirt with the idea of relegation at one stage this season, for the most part it has been a task to consolidate a midtable finish. In a disappointing campaign, the performances of some of the youngsters at the club will go down as one of the biggest positives. The youthful nature of the side under the guidance of Aitor Karanka, will give Forest fans hope that they can put the turbulent last few years behind them, and kick on next season.

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Premier League News: Weekend Review

 

Man United 2 Arsenal 1

In what was a crucial round of Premier League games, the standout fixture, Man United vs Arsenal, had a far more gentile feel than in years gone by. There have been plenty of dust-ups between the pair, but this was not a day for recrimination.

Arsene Wenger’s old foe Sir Alex Ferguson was in a generous mood as the Frenchman was rightly lauded at Old Trafford for all he has done for football. And while the Gunners won the title there in 2002, this time it was United triumphant 2-1 on the day.

Both teams have been eclipsed by ‘noisy neighbours’ Manchester City this season, United at least though had the opportunity to cement second place and claim the “best of the rest” prize.

Sir Alex was master of ceremonies in a pre-match presentation to Wenger who will leave Arsenal at the end of the season after 22 years as manager. The crowd applauded as Wenger received a silver vase and the pair embraced in what Wenger would later call a “classy” touch. It was a sign of the enduring respect the former rivals hold for one another.

When play got underway it was United who opened the scoring when a header from former Arsenal player Alexis Sanchez was knocked on to the post by Hector Bellerin, Paul Pogba then stabbed home the rebound.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan equalised, gifted plenty of space to weave and strike through the legs of Victor Lindelof.

But United had the last laugh with an injury-time winner from Marouane Fellaini. The bruising midfielder was a constant threat in the air as United bombarded the Arsenal penalty area, and the pressure finally paid off with two minutes remaining.

It felt almost like a testimonial game, with Arsenal playing mostly reserves, resting the first team ahead of the Europa League semi-final second leg.

 

Fellaini Premier League review

Fellaini’s game winning header all but assures United of second place

West Ham 1 Man City 4

Manchester City’s Premier League victory celebrations continued with a comprehensive 4-1 demolition of West Ham.

And in the process, they hit another milestone – 100 Premier League goals for the season. History was also made, as they became only the second Premier League side to win 30 league games in a campaign.

The champions took the lead when Leroy Sane’s shot deflected off the head of Patrice Evra and wrong-footed Hammers goalkeeper Adrian.

A comedy of defensive errors culminated in a Pablo Zabaleta own goal for their second.

Aaron Cresswell pulled one back with a sumptuous free kick. However, not long after Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho finished off the hopeless Hammers, who are still in danger of being dragged into a late relegation battle.

Cresswell Premier League Review

Aaron Cresswell’s brilliant Free-Kick turned out to be nothing more than a consolation.

Liverpool 0 Stoke City 0

Following their great Champions League feats in the week, a tired-looking Liverpool could only manage a 0-0 draw against relegation-haunted Stoke at Anfield.

The Reds goal machine Mo Salah for once misfired in a rare off game for the PFA player of the year, while the Potters feeble attack line has been misfiring all season.

Swansea 0 Chelsea 1

Chelsea, hanging on the coattails of Tottenham in the race for a Champions League place next season, scraped a 1-0 victory away to Swansea.

In the process, Cesc Fabregas notched his 50th Premier League goal, a wonderfully improvised finish that turned out to be enough on the day, as Swansea failed to make their few chances count.

But troubled manager Antonio Conte admitted that the “situation is not in our hands”, as even if Chelsea manage to beat Liverpool next weekend, the Reds need only a win at home to Brighton to confirm Champions League football for another year.

Swansea meanwhile are back deep in the relegation mire.

Southampton 2 Bournemouth 1

Speaking of the relegation dogfight, Southampton triumphed in the South Coast derby against Bournemouth, who have already assured their Premier League status for another year.

A Dusan Tadic doubled inspired the Saints to a crucial victory, which leaves them just a point behind Swansea in 18th place.

Crystal Palace 5 Leicester 0

Palace meanwhile are all but safe after a stunning 5-0 victory over seemingly ‘on the beach’ Leicester. Wilfried Zaha was the catalyst, contributing a goal of his own early on, with MacArthur, Loftus-Cheek and Van Ahnholt compounding the misery.

A late penalty by Christian Benteke ended the Belgian’s long goal drought, to round off a thoroughly convincing win at Selhurst Park.

Huddersfield 0 Everton 2

Huddersfield might just be looking over their shoulder, as a home defeat to Everton leaves them on 35 points, just three above the drop zone.

Newcastle 0 West Brom 1

Many would have labelled Saturday’s encounter on Tyneside this weekend as a bit of damp squib but try telling that to Albion fans. A 1 -0 win at Newcastle courtesy of winger Matt Phillips, means they aren’t relegated – for now at least.

Burnley 0 Brighton 0
And finally, Europe chasing Burnley took on Brighton at Turf Moor, with the two sides playing out a 0-0 draw. It leaves Burnley still in the hunt for Europa League qualification, but the less said about this one, the better.

 

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With the season drawing to an end and much still to be decided, make sure you book now for the ultimate Premier League experience.

Savour England v Belgium in Style with Eventmasters’ Live Screening

Join Eventmasters at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham this June for a marvellous live screening as England face Belgium in their final World Cup group fixture. Enjoy the game in fine style as you and guests sit down to enjoy a sumptuous four-course luncheon along with fabulous entertainment from Eventmasters’ Sporting Ambassador Gary Newbon.

The popular Sky Sports Presenter will be joined by a number of esteemed football legends, including England’s most capped International, Peter Shilton, who will be on hand to make your day a memorable one. Be sure to enjoy one of the football highlights of the year with our splendid hospitality package.

Peter Shilton - England v Belgium Live Screening Hospitality

Rub shoulders with England Legend, Peter Shilton.

Details of this year’s Live Screening hospitality package can be found below:


  • Superb four-course luncheon
  • Entertainment from Eventmasters Sporting Ambassador, Gary Newbon, with Guest of Honour, Peter Shilton OBE
  • Live screening of World 2018 fixture: England vs Belgium
  • Cash bar
  • Silent auction in aid of a nominated charity
  • Individual places – private tables also available

Sample Menu

The football action certainly won’t be the only thing whetting the appetite this year; our fabulous four-course luncheon menu will be sure to satisfy even the most refined palate. A sample menu can be seen below:

Starter
Free range chicken and pistachio terrine, apricot jam and toasted crostini

Main
Sirloin of Finest 21 day aged Scottish beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables

Dessert
Sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and ice cream

To Finish
Platter of cheese and biscuits


Those looking to book hospitality for a larger corporate group can be accommodated on tables of 10 and 12. Alternatively, places can be booked on a shared table basis, within a minimum booking of 2.

Make it an experience to remember this June with our fabulous Live Screening hospitality packages. Please click here for further details.

 

Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks to Kick-Start the NFL’s New Deal with Tottenham

An exciting new era of sport looks set to grace Tottenham Hotspurs’ new stadium in October as two of America’s signature NFL sides lock horns in the brand new state-of-the-art arena.

The NFL announced their London fixtures on Thursday 11th January for 2018 with the Oakland Raiders playing host to the Seattle Seahawks in Week Six of the NFL’s 2018/19 season.

Having won the Super Bowl on three separate occasions, the Raiders will certainly represent a formidable opponent for the Seahawks, who themselves claimed the coveted accolade in 2014.

The teams play host to some of the biggest names in the NFL with honourable mentions including quarterbacks Derek Carr and Russell Wilson as well as running back Marshawn Lynch and cornerback Richard Sherman.

The hotly anticipated NFL London 2018 fixture is set to mark the start of an exciting 10-year partnership between Spurs and the NFL.

The game will represent the NFL’s inaugural game at the new London venue – a setting which will feature an array of impressive purpose-built facilities.

The deal, which was initially announced in 2015, will see regular season games staged at Spurs’ new stadium from 2018 onwards. The new state-of-the-art arena, scheduled to officially open in the summer, will feature a retractable grass field with an artificial surface underneath, a feature which has been created specifically for NFL games. Customised designs for the NFL, including a dedicated entrance, purpose-built dressing rooms as well as media and medical facilities will also prominently feature.

Tottenham Hotspur Chairman, Daniel Levy, stated his delight at the deal and the progress made by the Club recently by saying: ‘This is a milestone year for the Club as look ahead to the opening of our new stadium and all that it will bring to the area of Tottenham.

‘The NFL will bring a whole new audience to the local area, showcase Tottenham and bring further economic and social benefits with truly global coverage and attraction’.

Tottenham’s temporary home, the Wembley Stadium, will also play host to the NFL this year, with the Jacksonville Jaguars facing the Philadelphia Eagles and the LA Chargers hosting the Tennessee Titans. The two exciting fixtures will commence on the weekends of October 21st and 28th respectively. It certainly makes for a thrilling International season!

Prepare Yourself for a Fabulous Festive Period of Football

The Barclay’s Premier League season has certainly kicked off in style in 2017, with fans having already enjoyed a feast of fascinating fixtures this year. With the latest International break having ended, fans can now relish goals, gaffs and unmissable drama as they witness an action-packed festive period of Premier League football. Eventmasters are delighted to offer the finest football hospitality packages for the thrilling 2017/18 season. Treat your esteemed clientele to a match day unlike any other with our unrivalled corporate entertainment facilities.

In preparation for what promises to be a thrilling December period, we highlight four of the showcase fixtures to follow this term.

Arsenal v Manchester United – Saturday 2nd December 2017

Fixtures between these two Premier League giants always promise to be highly charged. With thrilling drama, splendid goals and a fierce managerial rivalry to match, fans can certainly relish a pulsating 90 minutes of unrivalled action. It was Arsenal who stole the bragging rights when last the two met at the Emirates Stadium, with two quick-fire goals from Granit Xhaka and former Red Devil, Danny Welbeck, securing a famous victory to halt United’s impressive 25-match unbeaten run.

This term Arsene Wenger’s Gunners must rediscover the form that saw them conquer Jose Mourinho’s high-flying side, but with the latter currently jostling for position at the very top of the table, it will certainly prove to be a challenging ordeal. United hope to welcome back midfield maestro, Paul Pogba, to their ranks in the coming days following his recovery from injury, and will also call on Belgian hitman, Romelu Lukaku to supply an imposing attacking threat. Arsenal on the other hand will have an array of offensive options available, with Frenchman, Alexandre Lacazette, who currently boasts 6 Premier League goals, likely to lead the line. It should make for a fascinating encounter.

Liverpool v Everton – Sunday 10th December 2017

The pulsating Merseyside derby barely needs any introduction. With a match-day atmosphere unrivalled by most, fans can certainly relish a fixture brimming with passion and ferocity. Last season the Liverpool faithful were treated to a footballing masterclass at Anfield, with goals from Messrs Mane, Coutinho and Origi dispatching their Evertonian rivals with consummate ease. It will certainly be a fixture to excite the masses this year with Jurgen Klopp’s man eagerly eyeing a place in the coveted top four.

Everton on the other hand are enduring a difficult period of form. Having sacked Dutchman, Ronald Koeman, following a poor run of results that has seen them exit Europe and drop to the lower reaches of the Premier League table, they are in desperate search of some positive results. A vital win at home to Watford on November 5th will have lifted the side’s spirits no-end but with no permanent managerial appointment currently on the horizon, it remains a period of uncertainty for Everton fans.

Manchester United v Manchester City – Sunday 10th December 2017

Immediately following the captivating Merseyside Derby comes the fixture that sits at the very forefront of the English footballing calendar. Two sides. Two managers. One unparalleled rivalry. The two Premier League giants last met at Old Trafford in September 2016, with the Sky Blues stealing a 2-1 victory from the desperate clutches of their Manchester rivals. Goals from the ubiquitous Kevin De Bruyne and Kalechi Iheanacho were enough to claim the spoils despite a late surge from Mourinho’s men to snatch an equaliser.

This season, Pep Guardiola’s City side appear to be in rampant form, having only dropped two points from 11 games all season. With a devastating attacking arsenal which includes the talismanic De Bruyne, the lightening-quick Sane and ever-prolific Aguero, City will be vying to dominate from the first whistle.

Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur – Saturday 16th December 2017

As Christmas draws ever nearer, fans can tide their impatience with a trip to this captivating Premier League encounter. With both sides jostling for the top position in the league this season, there will certainly be a great deal at stake. Fans were treated to a fascinating spectacle at the Etihad Stadium in January as the league’s high-fliers played out a pulsating 2-2 draw. Despite Guardiola’s men racing into 2 goal lead after half time, courtesy of Leory Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, it was Pochettino’s men who demonstrated their resilience, pulling two back swiftly to bring the game level.

This term, the playing field looks to be finely poised with both sides enjoying some fine form so far. Will Tottenham’s boy wonder, Harry Kane, be on hand to put a spanner in Guardiola’s seemingly faultless plan, or will City’s Sergio Aguero claim the bragging rights? There’s not long to wait!

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England hold Germany and see off Argentina

England v Germany at football and England v Argentina at rugby – never has it been more fitting ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

Yet performances never quite rose to the levels we might have expected.

As 0-0 draws go, the England/Germany one was reasonably exciting.

England had the best of the chances but couldn’t make any count.

Jesse Lingard had a glorious opportunity in added time but ballooned it over the bar. And that sort of summed up the match.

Both sides were missing loads of first choice players and it showed.

But there were successes – Ruben Loftus-Cheek looked completely at home and a real talent. Has a presence about him. Looks a big game player.

As for their rugby equivalent … they beat Argentina comfortably enough 21-8 but it was far from convincing.

England coach Eddie Jones was tearing his hair out at some of the sloppiness.

Argentina were a stuffy side who came with a limited game plan but a sound defence. They offered little in attack.

But for much of the match the home side seemed devoid of ideas.

Not even Nathan Hughes’ first-half try got them going and they were lucky to get even this breakthrough given the visitors were down to 14 men after a harsh yellow card for Joaquin Tucalet.

Semesa Rokoduguni’s third international try with 14 minutes left finally eased the nerves.

Yet Nicolas Sanchez kept the score presentable with a late score. And along the way Argentina contrived to miss four kickable penalties and a conversion.

Considerable improvement is required when England come up against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

That should be a cracker given the extra significance of an Ashes cricket series about to start Down Under.

The Premier League’s Ones To Watch

The Barclay’s Premier League season has certainly kicked off in style in 2017, with fans having already enjoyed a feast of fascinating fixtures this year. Eventmasters are delighted to offer the finest football hospitality packages for the thrilling 2017/18 season. Treat your esteemed clientele to a match day unlike any other with our unrivalled corporate entertainment facilities.

As we all look ahead to more frenzied football action in the months to come, why not whet the appetite with our chosen ‘ones to watch’ for 2017/18?

Manchester City – Kevin De Bruyne

The ubiquitous Belgian midfielder, who is already staking a formidable claim for player of the season, appears to be going from strength to strength under the watchful eye of Pep Guardiola. De Bruyne, who endured a frustrating three year spell at Chelsea previously, has dazzled the City faithful with his intricate passing range and keen eye for goal. The City talisman, who boasted the highest assist rate in the 2016/17 campaign has certainly started the new season in the same vein, having already added 5 assists and a goal to his impressive tally.

His skilful showcase on the pitch appears to be matched only by his refreshing modesty and attitude demonstrated off it, and Manchester City fans are surely savouring every moment. The Sky Blues must have one eye over their shoulder however; as when the January Transfer Window looms, Europe’s elite will undoubtedly be keeping tabs on the gifted playmaker.

Manchester United – Romelu Lukaku

The Red Devils’ record signing has certainly lived up to expectations thus far, registering an impressive 7 goals in 8 appearances this season. The towering Belgian has posed as a constant menace to Premier League defences this year with his fantastic aerial presence and devastating pace proving too much for most to handle.

At just 24, United’s striking sensation is undoubtedly an early frontrunner for the 2017/18 Golden Boot Award, having narrowly missed out on the distinguished accolade the previous season. If his tremendous early-season form continues to blossom, there is no reason why Jose Mourinho’s side couldn’t realistically challenge for the title.

Tottenham Hotspur – Harry Kane

The prolific English hitman certainly requires no introduction. Having secured the coveted Golden Boot award for the previous two successive seasons, Spurs’ in-form striker is undoubtedly the one to watch this year. Following his recent captaincy for the National side during the World Cup Qualifiers, the 24 year old is consistently demonstrating maturity beyond his years, acting as an inspirational figurehead for fans and players alike.

With a keen eye for goal, a terrific right foot and an aptitude for finding space in a heavily congested penalty area, Kane is undoubtedly one of the Premier League’s most lethal strikers. His recent nomination for the prestigious Ballon d’Or Award only serves to highlight his fantastic contribution to the sport. Whether Spurs can keep hold of him in the summer remains to be seen.

Chelsea – Alvaro Morata

Antonio Conte had made it no secret that he was keen to add to his attacking arsenal before the beginning of the new season. Having deemed Diego Costa surplus to requirements in the summer, the animated Italian was desperate to see a new talisman to lead the line, with Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata becoming the subsequent choice.

The prolific front man does appear to represent a fine acquisition for Chelsea so far, with the Spanish International already netting 6 Premier League goals for the Blues in just 7 appearances. He played a pivotal role in Chelsea’s Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid, scoring the all-important equaliser to give the visitors a much-needed foothold in the game.

Boasting a fabulous skillset which includes, pace, precision and a strong aerial presence, Morata is considered an excellent replacement for the recently departed Diego Costa. Whether he will surpass the Spaniard’s impeccable goal-scoring record is another question however.

Arsenal – Alexandre Lacazette

Joining the Gunners from Olympique Lyonnais in the summer, the talented Frenchman is widely viewed by critics as a deadly attacking outlet. Having amassed a phenomenal 129 goals in 275 appearances for the Ligue 1 side, Arsene Wenger will be relishing the thought of having a prolific goal-scorer amongst his attacking arsenal. The French International has already netted on four occasions for the London club following his move to the Emirates Stadium and fans will surely be relishing what is to come from the frontman in the future months.

With blistering pace, a lethal right foot and a commendable goal-scoring record, Lacazette certainly looks to be a coup for Arsenal; could the Frenchman be in contention for the Golden Boot award this year? Time will tell.

Liverpool – Mohammed Salah

Mohammed Salah, has seamlessly settled into life at Anfield following his substantial £34 million move from Serie A stalwarts AS Roma in the summer. With blistering pace, a flawless positional sense and a keen eye for goal, the Egyptian winger has a skillset craved by many. Forming the formidable right arm of Liverpool’s devastating attacking trio, Salah has made a considerable contribution to Liverpool’s offensive outlet, chipping in with 4 goals in just league 8 games.

His electrifying turn of pace and willingness to run in behind has allowed Liverpool to adopt an exciting style of counter-attacking football, and with Messrs Mane and Firmino also in fine form, the Reds have become a real force to be reckoned with. Can they win the Premier League? That remains to be seen.

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Premier League Gameweek 6 Review

All the Premier League big boys proved big winners.

Proof of just how much money counts in football.

Manchester City thumped Crystal Palace 5-0 and Chelsea put four on Stoke away without reply.

Also victories for Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham.

For City, the goals were spread around with Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling (2), Sergio Aguero and forgotten man Fabian Delph.

And the records keep falling.

This was Manchester City’s best goal return after six league games (21).

They are the first side to score 5+ goals in three consecutive top-flight games in the same season since Blackburn did so in 1958-59.

Meanwhile Palace became the first team in English Football League history to start a season with six defeats and no goals.

A terrific hat-trick from Alvaro Morata helped champions Chelsea to an easy win over a depleted Stoke City missing five centre backs.

Pedro got the other.

Morata, a £60 million signing from Real Madrid, has now scored six league goals this season.

With Diego Costa finally off to Atletico Madrid after his fall-out with manager Antonio Conte, it was proof that Chelsea remain a very, very good side, Costa or no Costa.

Liverpool did their best to throw it away at Leicester but managed to grab all three points with a 3-2 win.

Philippe Coutinho set up Mohamed Salah for the opener and then swept a great free-kick into the net.

At that point the game started swinging wildly.

Shinji Okazaki poked home from close range, Jordan Henderson capitalised on a Liverpool counter attack to make it 3-1 but Jamie Vardy got another back, heading into an empty net after Simon Mignolet pushed Demarai Gray’s shot into his path.

Vardy then earned a penalty when he was brought down by Mignolet, but the Belgian kept out the England striker’s spot-kick.

The stopper has saved seven of the 15 Premier League penalties he’s faced; more than any other keeper.

Romelu Lukaku was the man who mattered as Manchester United edged a tough contest at Southampton 1-0.

But a stuffy Saints made it hard, so hard in fact that United ended the match with six defenders on the pitch and manager Jose Mourinho sent to the stands.

Old story for Southampton – simply could not score.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino said: “We did well, we played a good game but you have to score goals.

“We gave everything but one action changed the game. It is the most difficult thing in modern football to score.”

In contrast Harry Kane finds it easy, notching a double as 10-man Tottenham hung on to beat West Ham 3=2.

Christian Eriksen fired home the third.

Yet from there the fightback began.

Former Man Utd forward Javier Javier Hernandez nodded in from close range.

Then Tottenham wing-back Serge Aurier was shown a second yellow card 20 minutes from time for a late tackle on Andy Carroll.

West Ham made their numerical advantage count when Cheikhou Kouyate powered in a cross from substitute Arthur Masuaku.

But the Hammers couldn’t manage an equaliser.

Premier League Gameweek 5 Review

It’s all Manchester at the top of the Premier League.

United thrashed Everton 4-0 while City hit Watford for six without reply.

United and City have an identical record, both on 13 points after five games.

At Old Trafford, it was a tale of two old boys.

Romelu Lukaku, who left Everton to join United for £75 million in July, scored against his former employers while Wayne Rooney, back at his boyhood love after a distinguished career at United, drew a blank.

Antonio Valencia smashed a shot past Jordan Pickford from 25 yards to put Jose Mourinho’s side into an early lead.

Then, late on, Everton got the old 1-2-3 treatment.

Lukaku found Henrikh Mkhitaryan to steer home before the Belgium striker bundled in the third himself at the far post, and substitute Anthony Martial added a stoppage-time penalty.

Confirmation that United are going to be right up there after failing to challenge since Sir Alex Ferguson stood down.

But for Everton another big setback after a summer spending spree which is yet to pay off.

The Toffees have not scored a goal in any of four successive defeats in all competitions. They currently lie in the relegation places, third from bottom.

Manchester City’s imperious form continues – inflicting the home side’s heaviest ever top flight defeat.

Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick and there were goals from Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi and a Raheem Sterling penalty.

That sent Pep Guardiola’s men top and pundits who tipped them for the title must already be savouring cleaning up.

It was sublime football, another clean sheet and Watford had no answer to it.

An excellent few days coming on the back of a 4-0 win at Feyenoord in the Champions League.

“It was so good,” said Pep. “The way we played as a team, we are so happy.

“I was lucky to manage Barcelona with many outstanding performances but this week has been a lot of goals. We have found our game.”

Was this the same Arsenal? Surely not.

A team full of steel and discipline as well as attacking intent … yes, it was the very same Emirates side who sometimes look as if they have never met each other.

Held Chelsea 0-0 at Stamford Bridge and probably had the best of the chances.

Aaron Ramsey struck a post and Alexandre Lacazette fired the rebound over an open goal.

Indeed, so frustrated the home team that David Luiz was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Kolasinac late on.

Liverpool’s Achilles Heel emerged yet again – no, defensive frailty is taken for granted, but an inability to beat so-called lesser teams.

Held 1-1 by Burnley at Anfield.

Had it been a boxing match it would have been stopped by half-time, so dominant were the home side.

The Reds racked up 35 efforts at goal to the Clarets’ five, but could have lost had Joel Matip not cleared Ben Mee’s free header off the line late on.

Burnley went ahead through Scott Arfield. Mohamed Salah equalised.

Former Chelsea starlet Dominic Solanke’s instinctive side-foot volley against the bar was as close as Liverpool came to a winner.