ePL Preview: Maddison-Obafemi clash in quarters

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Last Updated: 07/05/20 8:36pm

Leicester’s James Maddison sauntered into the quarter-finals of the ePL Invitational with two wins on Thursday. What can we look forward to on Friday?

What’s happening on Friday?

Quarter-finals – Friday, May 8

  • Leicester (James Maddison) vs Southampton (Michael Obafemi) – 3pm
  • Burnley (Charlie Taylor) vs Aston Villa (Keinan Davis) – 4pm
  • Sheffield United (John Egan) vs Brighton (Aaron Connolly) – 5pm
  • Norwich (Max Aarons) vs Chelsea (Emerson Palmieri) – 6pm

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What happened on Thursday?

On the third day of the competition, James Maddison blasted his way into the last eight with two victories having kicked off proceedings with his rearranged first-round match with Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson. The Leicester ace was one of four players to book their place in Friday’s quarter-finals.

Leicester (James Maddison) 8-1 Bournemouth (Callum Wilson)

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Highlights from Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Leicester’s James Maddison’s ePL invitational game
Highlights from Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson and Leicester’s James Maddison’s ePL invitational game

Wilson was no match for Maddison, who booked his place in the last 16 with an 8-1 win over Bournemouth.

The former Norwich midfielder was 4-0 up at the interval courtesy of a hat-trick from Kelechi Iheanacho and a sublime finish from his own in-game character.

Jamie Vardy got in on the act late on after further strikes from Iheanacho and Maddison before Wilson grabbed a late consolation through Joshua King.

Norwich (Max Aarons) 4-1 Tottenham (Ryan Sessegnon)

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Highlights from Tottenham’s Ryan Sessegnon’s defeat to Norwich’s Max Aarons in their ePL invitational match
Highlights from Tottenham’s Ryan Sessegnon’s defeat to Norwich’s Max Aarons in their ePL invitational match

Norwich’s Max Aarons secured a convincing 4-1 win over Ryan Sessegnon’s Tottenham to book a quarter-final showdown with Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri.

Onel Hernandez put the Canaries in front before Teemu Pukki tapped into an empty net to double Aarons’ lead – and Hernandez scored his second before the break.

Harry Kane pulled a goal back for Sessegnon but any hopes of a comeback were dashed when Emiliano Buendia restored the Norwich right-back’s three-goal lead.

Burnley (Charlie Taylor) 4-3 Manchester City (Phil Foden)

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Burnley’s Charlie Taylor is through to the ePL Invitational quarter-finals after beating Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden 4-3
Burnley’s Charlie Taylor is through to the ePL Invitational quarter-finals after beating Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden 4-3

Jack Cork scored twice to seal a narrow 4-3 win for Burnley’s Charlie Taylor over Manchester City representative Phil Foden.

Foden, one of the pre-tournament favourites, cancelled out Chris Wood’s opener through a powerful Riyad Mahrez strike.

Cork headed in from close range to restore Burnley’s lead only for Foden to equalise for a second time through Sergio Aguero.

But there would be no denying Taylor, who established a 4-2 lead through Cork’s left-footed drive and a fine Jay Rodriguez finish. A second for Aguero came too late as Foden exited the competition.

Sheffield United (John Egan) 4-3 Manchester United (Jofra Archer)

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John Egan claimed a dramatic 4-3 win over Manchester United and England cricketer Jofra Archer to take Sheffield United into the quarter-finals of the ePL Invitational
John Egan claimed a dramatic 4-3 win over Manchester United and England cricketer Jofra Archer to take Sheffield United into the quarter-finals of the ePL Invitational

In one of the games of the tournament, Sheffield United’s John Egan came from behind to defeat England cricketer and Manchester United fan Jofra Archer in a seven-goal thriller.

Paul Pogba struck to hand Archer an early lead but Lys Mousset equalised almost immediately for Egan.

Sheffield United led shortly before half-time through David McGoldrick but Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes scored to turn the game on its head for Archer.

Egan was not to be denied, however, as Oliver Norwood made it 3-3 before McGoldrick’s superb second with a minute of normal time remaining.

Leicester (James Maddison) 3-2 Crystal Palace (Max Meyer)

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Leicester’s James Maddison completed a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace’s Max Meyer in their ePL Invitational clash
Leicester’s James Maddison completed a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace’s Max Meyer in their ePL Invitational clash

Harvey Barnes and Ayoze Perez strikes helped James Maddison complete a 3-2 comeback win over Crystal Palace’s Max Meyer as Leicester booked their place in the last eight.

Andros Townsend’s cute free kick was cancelled out by Jamie Vardy before Maddison missed from the penalty spot as his own in-game character.

Meyer took full advantage when Wilfried Zaha put Palace back ahead but Maddison levelled for a second time through a superb Barnes finish.

And Perez’s close-range winner put Leicester into the quarter-finals where Maddison will meet Southampton’s Michael Obafemi on Friday.

What happened on Wednesday?

On the second day of the second week of the tournament, which provides the unique opportunity to see Premier League players put their FIFA 20 skills to the test against one another on the big stage, four teams progressed to the quarter-finals.

Liverpool (Jose Enrique) 1-6 Aston Villa (Keinan Davis)

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Keinan Davis put Aston Villa into the last eight with a 6-1 victory over former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique
Keinan Davis put Aston Villa into the last eight with a 6-1 victory over former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique

Keinan Davis scored a hat-trick with John McGinn as the Aston Villa man secured a convincing 6-1 win over former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique to reach the quarter-finals.

McGinn himself was knocked out in the first round as Villa’s representative in the inaugural ePL Invitational last month, but the Scot gave Davis an early lead thanks to a brilliant strike.

Roberto Firmino equalised for Enrique’s Liverpool, but a Jack Grealish double put Villa in control before half-time. The game slipped away from the Spaniard in the second period as Davis struck with his own character before McGinn completed his hat-trick with two late strikes.

Wolves (Morgan Gibbs-White) 0-3 Brighton (Aaron Connolly)

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Brighton’s Aaron Connolly reached the quarter-finals of the ePL Invitational as he beat Morgan Gibbs-White 3-0 to knock out reigning champions Wolves
Brighton’s Aaron Connolly reached the quarter-finals of the ePL Invitational as he beat Morgan Gibbs-White 3-0 to knock out reigning champions Wolves

Aaron Connolly ended Wolves’ title defence as he beat Morgan Gibbs-White 3-0 to knock out the reigning champions.

Glenn Murray’s fine early strike put Brighton in front and Connolly soon doubled his advantage with an effort from his own in-game character. A second goal of the match from Murray late on sealed the win.

Everton (Tony Bellew) 0-7 Southampton (Michael Obafemi)

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Southampton’s Michael Obafemi enjoyed a 7-0 victory over former boxer Tony Bellew, who was representing his beloved Everton
Southampton’s Michael Obafemi enjoyed a 7-0 victory over former boxer Tony Bellew, who was representing his beloved Everton

Michael Obafemi scored a remarkable five goals with his in-game player as Southampton booked their place in the last eight with a 7-0 win over Everton’s Tony Bellew. The former boxer was no match for Obafemi, who took just 17 minutes of the FIFA 20 match to complete a hat-trick with himself.

Southampton went into the break 5-0 up over ‘The Bomber’, and while the former WBC cruiserweight champion improved in the second period, Obafemi and Danny Ings added to Saints’ tally.

Chelsea (Emerson Palmieri) 4-2 Watford (Andre Gray)

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Chelsea wing-back Emerson beat Watford forward Andre Gray 4-2 win in their ePL Invitational clash.
Chelsea wing-back Emerson beat Watford forward Andre Gray 4-2 win in their ePL Invitational clash.

Watford’s Andre Gray suffered a 4-2 defeat to Emerson as Chelsea booked their place in the quarter-finals.

Gray’s in-game player handed Watford an early lead, but Emerson equalised through Olivier Giroud before a Jorginho penalty completed the turnaround.

Mateo Kovacic scored a third for the Blues and while Troy Deeney pulled a goal back, Emerson restored his two-goal lead through Willian.

What happened on Tuesday?

On the first day of the second week of the tournament, Callum Wilson’s tie with James Maddison was postponed due to technical issues – but there were plenty of thrills and spills in the first round…

West Ham (Spencer Owen) 1-3 Tottenham (Ryan Sessegnon)

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Tottenham’s Ryan Sessegnon beat YouTuber and West Ham supporter Spencer Owen in their first-round match
Tottenham’s Ryan Sessegnon beat YouTuber and West Ham supporter Spencer Owen in their first-round match

Two goals from team-mate Harry Kane put Ryan Sessegnon into the last 16 of the ePL Invitational, in a game of clinical finishing from the visitors.

Despite having 11 shots to West Ham’s eight, Sessegnon’s Spurs recovered from Manuel Lanzini’s equaliser on the stroke of half-time, cancelling out Kane’s opener, to bounce back with another from Kane after the break, before Heung-Min Son’s third set up a last-16 tie with Max Aarons on Thursday.

Burnley (Charlie Taylor) 2-1 Arsenal (Micheal Ward)

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Burnley defender Charlie Taylor earned a narrow 2-1 victory over Top Boy actor Micheal Ward representing Arsenal
Burnley defender Charlie Taylor earned a narrow 2-1 victory over Top Boy actor Micheal Ward representing Arsenal

Late pressure from Top Boy actor Micheal Ward was not enough to earn the Arsenal fan anything more than an early exit from the ePL Invitational, as Charlie Taylor’s Burnley enjoyed a Chris Wood-inspired victory to reach the last 16.

Wood fired Taylor’s Clarets in front but an Alexandre Lacazette strike just before the break levelled things up, only for Wood to be denied – perhaps ironically – by the woodwork after half-time, allowing Jay Rodriguez to tap home a winner which sets up a clash between Taylor and Manchester City’s Phil Foden on Thursday.

Newcastle (Rolando Aarons) 1-4 Manchester United (Jofra Archer)

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England bowler Jofra Archer showed off his gaming skills as his Manchester United side beat Newcastle’s Rolando Aarons in the ePL Invitational
England bowler Jofra Archer showed off his gaming skills as his Manchester United side beat Newcastle’s Rolando Aarons in the ePL Invitational

Jofra Archer enjoyed the result of the day – and revenge for Manchester United’s 1-0 Premier League defeat at Newcastle earlier this season – with a 4-1 thrashing of Magpies winger Rolando Aarons.

Anthony Martial set the tone with a fine strike but Aarons’ side pegged their visitors back before half-time when Dwight Gayle netted a rebound.

Nemanja Matic proved an unlikely scorer after the break to restore Archer’s lead, before Marcus Rashford and a Martial second put him through to face Sheffield United’s John Egan on Thursday.

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