VAR in controversy again this weekend after only two weeks in the Premier League as Man City have last-minute goal questionably ruled out!
Man City took on Spurs this weekend is a big game for the defending champions. Last season they won the league by one point and proved that every point does count. Liverpool had already won there match against Southampton 2-1 and the pressure was on Man City to not fall behind already.
City took the lead early on through joint-top goalscorer Raheem Sterling. This was his fourth of the season after getting a hat-trick at West Ham. Spurs though didn’t take long to reply, Erik Lamela getting the equaliser three minutes later from outside the box.
The hosts were in control for the majority of the game and Spurs were creating many chances. Aguero then restored their lead in the 35th minute and the Champions went in 2-1 at half time. Pep knew though his side would have to get another goal in order to win this game as Spurs could still score with the attack they have.
After the break Lucas Moura got an equaliser, heading in from a corner. City then went on the search for a third goal and what would be the winner. They dominated and had 30 shots in total compared to Spurs’ three. Jesus thought he had won it in the last minute when the ball fell to him from a corner and he slotted it in.
However, 90 seconds and a Jesus dance later VAR disallowed the goal. The replays showed that the ball had touched Laporte on the way through. Citys fans and players were furious and man pundits agreed with them.
The new rule states that any goal that is scored from a handball, be it accidental or otherwise, it has to be disallowed! This rule has come under much criticism, especially given that nothing happen to defenders for accidental handball.
Premier League Betting
Liverpool now sit top of the league along with Arsenal. They are two points ahead of the Man City who are the favourites on Bet365. Peps side are priced at 1/2 with Klopps at 5/2.
This weekend Liverpool take on Arsenal in a top of the table clash. Arsenal don’t have much luck when visiting Anfield. Last season they took the lead but ended up losing 5-1. Liverpool are at 9/20 and Arsenal at 19/4 on Bet365. For both sides to keep their unbeaten streaks and draw is 4/1. This will be a big game for both sides. They both need to win it to make their mark on the league early on in the season.
Man City will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Bournemouth away on Sunday, hoping VAR doesn’t get involved! City won this fixtures last season 1-0 thanks to a second-half goal from Riyad Mahrez. The current Champions are the heavy favourites for this fixtures on Bet365 at 2/11. You can get Bournemouth at 12/1 to cause a huge upset so early on in the season.
Bet365 has odds available on all Premier League games each week, along with many markets including First Goalscorer, Both teams to score, Anytime Goalscorer and more.