The Saturday afternoon games in the Premier League have provided much drama.
No less than four red cards were issued in the four games played at 3 o clock, wreaking havoc for managers.
First up was the straight red card for the in-form Richarlison in Everton’s game against Bournemouth. Fantasy football players mourned in unison as the Brazilian was dismissed for headbutting Adam Smith.
While it wasn’t a Zidane-type infringement, the strike could be deemed worthy of a sending off per the rules, and the winger is now likely to miss Everton’s next three games.
In the second half, Adam Smith himself was dismissed for denying Theo Walcott a clear goalscoring opportunity as the last man back. This type of challenge only warrants a one game ban, however. The game ended 2-2.
Jonathan Hogg of Huddersfield Town was given his marching orders in a similar fashion to Richarlison. Another push of the head towards Harry Arter during a dispute led to a straight red, with Arter receiving a booking for his role and the game finishing scoreless.
Southampton’s poor start to the season continues – the Saints now have just one point from their first three games.
At one apiece in the second half, Pierre Hojbjerg got a second yellow card for diving in the Leicester City box in an attempt to win a penalty. Wilfred Ndidi came across to challenge, and when no contact was made, Hojbjerg decided to focus his attention on Daniel Amartey, but was given short shrift by referee Jonathan Moss.
A late Harry Maguire goal condemned Southampton to defeat.