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That was a pretty depressing week for Irish football. Defeats to England (3-0) and Wales (1-0), and a dour 0-0 draw with Bulgaria, sees the Republic of Ireland slip further down the world rankings and into pot three for the December draw of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Round seven concluded at Elland Road on Monday night when Leicester gave league new boys Leeds, a reality check with a 4-1 thumping. The game summed up another game week packed with goals.
Round six of the Premier League is done and dusted and I think it is fair to say that no one would have predicted Everton, Aston Villa, and Leeds being in the top six and Man City and Man United in the bottom seven at this stage of the season but this is the unpredictable beauty that is football.
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It was not a great week for Irish fans as their dreams of participating at next year's European Championships ended in penalty shootout heartache in Bratislava against Slovakia. And the results did not improve with a drab 0-0 draw coming against Wales in Dublin on Sunday and another 1-0 defeat to Finland in Helsinki on Wednesday afternoon.
Game week three brought 36 goals, thrillers, and upset; it really had it all. Result of the round came at the Etihad Stadium where Leicester City thumped Man City 5-2.
Another round of the Premier League has come and gone and a clear picture is already developing. Liverpool look the team to beat as they swept aside 10 men Chelsea in south west London on Sunday, West Brom and Fulham look certain to go straight back down after defeats to Everton and Leeds respectively, and Ole Gunnar Solskjær looks set for another tough season as Man United fell to a disappointing 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace.
Round one of the Premier League is done and dusted and we got good value from our eight games with 23 goals scored. There were no shocks on the opening weekend as Fulham and West Brom fell to 3-0 defeats to Arsenal and Leicester City respectively with Chelsea securing three points away to Brighton.
This Sunday will see the Premier League season of 2019/20 brought to conclusion, 353 days after it kicked off on August 9 2019. It is unlikely that many would have foretold what the campaign would entail when Michael Oliver blew his whistle to open proceedings at Anfield last year but we are nearly there and what a day we have in store.
There are only two rounds of the Premier League left and while the race for Champions League remains no clearer and the fight to stave off relegation continues, what we do know is that Liverpool will not reach the magical 100 point mark because of a 2-1 defeat away to Arsenal on Wednesday night.