VAR Takes Centre Stage in Matchweek Nine of Premier League

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: VAR is displayed on the screen next to the Tottenham Club badge ahead of the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 19, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Welcome to the latest in our Premier League review series, this week looking at some of the key talking points from matchweek nine. The top-flight saw a number of close encounters over the weekend, and also sprung major talking points on fans, particularly surrounding the use of VAR.

VAR Takes Centre Stage on Matchweek Nine

Tottenham Hotspur Scrape a Point at Home to Watford

Tottenham Hotspur survived yet another humiliating defeat with an 86th-minute equaliser at home to Watford.

The Hornets, who are still yet to win in the Premier League season, took the lead in the sixth minute through Abdoulaye Doucoure. It was the result of an excellent move by the visitors, as Daryl Janmaat received the ball on the right-hand side and then placed a perfectly weighted cross into the box for Doucoure to hit home.

Tottenham’s search for an equaliser was faltering, as they created very few chances. The home side only had two shots on target in the entire game, paying testament to their current fortunes.

However, controversially, Dele Alli equalised four minutes before injury time. Watford failed to clear their lines, which gave the 23-year-old the opportunity to equalise at the death. After VAR checks concluded a dubious handball by Alli, the goal was given.

Leicester City Maintain Their Top Four Position

Leicester City maintained their top-four position by coming from behind to beat Burnley 2-1 at the King Power Stadium.

The visitors took the lead in the 26th through a Chris Wood header. A ball into the box from Dwight McNeil found the towering Wood, who beat his competitors to head past Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester then equalised on the cusp of half-time. In similar fashion to the opening goal, a ball into the box found Jamie Vardy, who rose above Ben Mee to place his corner into the right-hand corner of the net.

Buoyed with confidence, Leicester went searching for their second as the second half began. In the 74th minute, it was found as Youri Tielemans, in acres of space in the box, hammered home past Nick Pope.

LWOF Predicts

Each week we take a crack at predicting the results of each fixture. How did we do on matchweek nine? Actual results are shown in bold, whereas our predictions are shown in italics.

Everton 2-0 West Ham Everton 1-2 West Ham

Aston Villa 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion – Aston Villa 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Bournemouth 0-0 Norwich CityBournemouth 1-1 Norwich City

Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle United  Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle United 

Leicester City 2-1 Burnley – Leicester City 2-1 Burnley

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Watford – Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Watford

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Southampton Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Southampton 

Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City – Crystal Palace 1-1 Manchester City

Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool – Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool

Sheffield United 1-0 Arsenal – Sheffield United 2-1 Arsenal

Up Next

The next round of Premier League fixtures kicks-off on Friday 25 October. All kick-offs are 3pm unless stated.

Southampton v Leicester City – Friday 25 October, 20:00pm

Manchester City v Aston Villa – Saturday 26 October, 12:30pm

Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton

Watford v Bournemouth

West Ham United v Sheffield United

Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers – Sunday 27 October, 2:00pm

Arsenal v Crystal Palace – Sunday 27 October, 4:30pm

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur – Sunday 27 October, 4:30pm

Norwich City v Manchester United – Sunday 27 October, 4:30pm

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