Premier League 21-22 Round 6 is a review of the sixth weekend of matches in the 30th edition of the Premier League, season 2021 – 2022. A feature where Power of Pop returns to a sports focus – viz. football – in our musings on pop culture. This weekly review will feature our observations of the various encounters amongst the twenty English clubs that make up the Premier League.
Premier League 21-22 Round 6 Saturday, 25 September 2021.
Some have argued that the Premier League is still the most competitive in the world and will no doubt point to the two major BIG 4 shocks witnessed this match day. But seriously, the tile race has only two-horses and at Stamford Bridge, Man City narrowly defeated Chelsea 1-0 in the battle of the billionaire boys club to gain a psychological advantage. Long way to go but Citeh is looking good for another title. Sigh.
Oh yeah back to those shocks we mentioned earlier. Brentford and Liverpool fought out a six-goal thriller to share the spoils. While over at Old Trafford, United manager OGS suffered a 2nd home defeat in a row (after Carabao Cup loss to the Hammers in midweek) this time to Aston Villa. Worse still, Fernandez missed a last minute penalty to tie up the game. Should Ronaldo have taken it instead? The doubts will certainly linger. These two results confirm our belief that while United and Liverpool will finish in the top 4, they are not title contenders at all.
Elsewhere in the 2nd tier, West Ham had Antonio to thank for a late victory at Leeds while Everton condemned bottom club Norwich to yet another defeat. Meanwhile, at King Power Leicester lost ground again, failing to beat Burnley, with the real story being Jamie Vardy’s hattrick of sorts – unfortunately for him, one of them was an own goal!
Last but not least, relegation battlers Watford and Newcastle thrashed out a 1-1 draw with the Hornets denied (correctly) a late late winner by VAR.
All in, an exciting bunch of games!
Premier League 21-22 Round 6 Sunday, 26 September 2021
Arsenal and Spurs have literally swopped places after six games. After three games, Spurs were on top and Arsenal were bottom – now the rivals are tied with identical points and goal differences. Guess the season begins now! Heh.
Arsenal will be thankful that Spurs have such a woeful record at the Etihad. And for the first half-hour, the Spurs players hadn’t even turned up! Game over very quickly. Spurs only started playing in the last 15 minutes and not much even then to grab a consolation. Looking at the inconsistent starts of both clubs, it’s no wonder that Champions League qualification is well and truly beyond both of them. Will they even make the top 6? Unlikely.
Over at St. Mary’s, Wolves striker Raul Jimenez celebrated his first goal since suffering a horror skull fracture last year, to earn a precious win for the Midlands club.
Premier League 21-22 Round 6 Monday, 27 September
Final match of Premier League 21-22 Round 6 witnessed a 1-1 draw in the M24 derby between Crystal Palace and Brighton. Both teams demonstrated why they will continue to be in the third tier. Brighton – surprise package this season so far – would have gone top (!) if they had won but did not do enough.
However, the Seagulls did snatch an unlikely equaliser when the Palace defence was caught napping in the final minute of the game.
Wilfred Zaha’s earlier penalty seemingly enough for all three points but not to be.
At the end of Premier League 21-22 Round 6, top four places occupied by the Big 4 of Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United. So what’s new, eh?
… still there’s more …