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The Premier League takes centre stage soon with newly promoted Brentford hosting Arsenal in the season opener on Friday August 13.
With the Premier League season more that 25 per cent complete, the runners and riders for this year's title are starting to pull away from the chasing pack. Spurs and Chelsea underlined their credentials as champions Liverpool's biggest challengers with comfortable victories over Arsenal and Leeds respectively. Leicester kept in touch with a last gasp winner against bottom side Leicester City and the much maligned Man United moved within five points of the summit with a come from behind win at West Ham.
For the first time in a long time, a Premier League round did not have any real headline news apart from Spurs defeating Man City 2-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday evening. Champions Liverpool soundly beat Leicester City 3-0 at Anfield, Chelsea cruised to a 2-0 win over Newcastle, and Man United's most important asset, the penalty, earned them the three points over struggling West Brom.
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.
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.
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.
The Champions League and Europa League campaigns may have given us our football kick right up until the end of August but there is nothing that replaces Premier League football and more importantly Fantasy Football.
And so after 38 rounds, 380 games, and 354 days, the Premier League for the 2019/20 season has finally been concluded.
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.