Results: AFC Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester United, Cardiff City 0-1 Leicester City, Everton 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion, Newcastle United 1-0 Watford, West Ham United 4-2 Burnley, Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City 6-1 Southampton, Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town 1-0 Fulham
The start of November 2018 saw two sides still chasing their maiden victory in the Premier League for the season and three clubs still possessing an unbeaten record in the top-flight. However, football results took a secondary importance following the recent tragedy at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.
The helicopter crash that occurred in a car park outside the stadium just over an hour after their home match against West Ham United a week earlier had claimed the lives of five people, including the club’s popular owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Leicester was plunged into a state of shock and sadness. The man who had given hope to many footballing teams after the miraculous title victory of 2016 was suddenly no longer with us. The floral tributes outside the ground showed how much Vichai meant to the people of Leicester and to the game as a whole.
Leicester’s midweek’s League Cup tie against Southampton was understandably cancelled but the players elected to play on for their owner in their next Premier League match which was away at Cardiff City. Cardiff played their part in paying tribute to the man affectionately known as ‘Kung Vichai.’ The Foxes won the match 1-0 thanks to a second half goal from Demarai Gray in a fitting tribute to their late owner. The majority of the players and manager Claude Puel all then headed to Thailand for his funeral with heads held high after putting in a performance Vichai would have been proud of.
Going into the weekend, both Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town were awaiting that elusive victory in the season. Both though were able to break their duck at the 11th attempt. Newcastle beat Watford 1-0 on Tyneside, courtesy of a second half header from Ayoze Perez. Two nights later, Huddersfield scored their first home goal of the campaign in their 1-0 defeat of fellow strugglers Fulham. It wasn’t a Huddersfield player though who scored the goal. It was an opposition player with Timothy Fosu-Mensah the unfortunate player to put past his own goalkeeper in the 29th minute. The result pushed Fulham to the bottom of the table and now on a worrying run of five successive defeats. The pressure was growing on their manager, Slavisa Jokanovic.
At the top of the table, Manchester City maintained their two-point lead over the chasing pack after dismantling Southampton 6-1 at The Etihad Stadium. Raheem Sterling was the star player, scoring twice and creating two further goals for Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane. The Saints still had only one victory to their name and were just a point outside the relegation zone.
Although they were pegged back briefly in the second half by Crystal Palace, Chelsea eventually saw off their London rivals 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. Alvaro Morata enjoyed one of his better days as a Chelsea player. The Spaniard scored twice to ensure Maurizio Sarri’s side remained unbeaten in their pursuit of the reigning champions. Liverpool FC lost a bit of ground after drawing 1-1 at The Emirates with Arsenal. Alexandre Lacazette scored a superb equaliser with eight minutes left, cancelling out James Milner’s 50th Premier League goal.
Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspur held off a late fightback from Wolverhampton Wanderers to beat the newly-promoted side 3-2 at Molineux and inflict a third successive loss on Nuno Espirito Santo’s side. Manchester United were outplayed for large periods away at AFC Bournemouth but stole a 2-1 victory on the south coast, thanks to Marcus Rashford’s late winner. The win took Jose Mourinho’s side level on points with the Cherries, but still behind Bournemouth on goal difference and down in seventh position.
What else happened in November 2018?
- The world marks the centenary anniversary of the end of World War I with a host of services, commemorations and ceremonies.
- At the age of 94, the former Republican US President George Bush dies. He was President from 1989 to 1993.
- An embattled Theresa May wins Cabinet support within her government for her Brexit Withdrawal agreement. However, this announcement leads to the resignation of Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey.
- With government support, May then heads to Brussels and agrees the EU Withdrawal Agreement with the 27 nations of the European Union after 18 months of protracted negotiations.
- 33-year-old Ross Edgley becomes the first-ever person to swim around the entire coast of Great Britain. His journey lasted 157 days.
- NASA’s InSight probe lands on the surface of Mars.
- The last-ever series airs of Big Brother after 19 years on UK screens. Cameron Cole wins the last series, becoming the youngest-ever winner in the show’s history.