The Blues See Red | Case of the Mondays
Here's who's having the worst #CaseOfTheMondays this morning.
What everyone was expecting to be an easy win for Chelsea didn’t quite pan out, but the man feeling the worst at the end of the day will be Blues defender David Luiz, who was sent off in the 87th minute for a high, dangerous tackle on Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac. He also possibly could’ve gotten sent off earlier for a high boot on Laurent Koscielny during an attempted bicycle kick, where he escaped with only a yellow.But because the eventual dismissal was a straight red rather than a second yellow, Chelsea will be without Luiz for a bit longer than they’d like.
The MLS playoff race is quite tight in the Western Conference, with one point separating 5th through 8th place, and the Houston Dynamo are caught in the thick of it. This weekend, after their 1-0 loss away to the San Jose Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake’s win, they fell below the red line into 7th place (on 38 points) as both the Earthquakes (also 38 points) and Real (39 points) jumped above them. Rivals FC Dallas are also close behind, also on 38 points but with one fewer win.Saturday’s loss also continues the Dynamo’s terrible away record this season; they’ve only one won away match, losing nine and drawing five. But luckily they only have two away games left, so their much improved home form — they’re 9-1-3 at BBVA — will lend them a big hand as they look to climb back into a playoff spot.
The week went from bad to worse for Everton after they followed up their midweek 3-0 loss to Atalanta in the Europa League with an even harsher 4-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United on Sunday.Everton also hasn’t scored since their 1-1 draw with Hajduk Split in the Europa League playoffs at the end of August; that’s four straight matches, across the Premier League and Europa League, in which they’ve been held scoreless. And in that time, they’ve conceded a combined 12 goals. It’s easy to point to losing Lukaku this summer as a main source of their woes, and that’s certainly been a reason for the continuous shutouts, but of course there are plenty of questions to be asked about their back line as well. It’s hard to believe they’ll stay hovering in and around the relegation zone for very long, but there’s loads to address if they want to be any semblance of truly competitive this season.
Koln also followed up a poor midweek performance — a 3-1 loss to Arsenal, despite being up 1-0 at one point and their fans essentially turning it into a Koln home match — with another loss, this time a 5-0 smashing at the hands of Dortmund. Koln are last in the Bundesliga after the first four matches. They are not the only team with no wins — Werder Bremen and Freiberg have that in common with them — but they are the only team who have outright lost all four. After all, it’s hard to win when you’ve only scored one game all season — two, if you’re counting all competitions! — and have conceded 12.In their own words…It could be worse, though; they could be Crystal Palace.