Leicester City was stout on defense last season, launching clinical counter attacks out of its 4-4-2 system and watching Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez punish teams. The key to that, however, is strong defense. Wes Morgan and Robert Huth holding it down while everyone else picks up marks and remains keenly aware of every opposing movement. That didn’t happen on Saturday, and the moldy cherry on top of the spoiled cream was a cute corner that ended with Juan Mata finding Marcus Rashford for a tap-in through the six. From the BBC: “It is not possible to concede three goals from corners. That means you are not concentrating, We are usually very solid at corners and free-kicks, it was very strange.
The Hammers are in a bad spot. Five matches into the season, they have just three points – one third their haul at this point last season. They host Southampton at the Olympic Stadium at 11am E.T. live on NBCSN or live online at NBCSports.com. Southampton isn’t in much better shape. They own just five points thus far and sit in 14th, and manager Claude Puel has slotted in-form striker Charlie Austin into the starting lineup looking to build on a pair of wins over the last week. Austin scored the only goal in Saints’ 1-0 win over Swansea last weekend, their first of the league season, and then scored again in the 2-0 win over Swansea in the EFL Cup midweek. That gives Austin four goals in his
In today’s early Serie A game, Joe Hart and Torino held down Roma to win 3-1 at Stadio Olimpico to move into the top half of the table. Roma dominated the stat sheets, holding 69% possession and out-passing Torino 466-174, but were wasteful in front of net, only able to put just five of their 21 their shots on target. Andrea Belotti scored just eight minutes in to put Torino ahead, and Iago Falque bagged a brace with goals 13 minutes apart in the second half to seal it. For all its possession and movement in the attacking half, Roma could only manage a goal on a penalty, scored by Francesco Totti, his 250th career goal, all coming for one club. Manchester City loanee Joe Hart commanded a solid