ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 3

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

ASTON VILLA 2 V 0 EVERTON

Aston Villa collected their first Premier League points of the season as goals from Wesley and Anwar El Ghazi gave them victory over Everton. After a poor start to the season and having spent over £140 million on transfers, this was a much needed three points.

Brazilian Wesley, who arrived from Club Bruges for a club-record fee, opened his account in English football with a close-range effort from Jota’s incisive pass, El Ghazi sealed victory late on after collecting John McGinn’s pass and sliding a shot underneath Jordan Pickford from six yards out.

The result lifts Dean Smith’s side up to 11th in the table and gives Villa their first win in the top flight since February 2016.

Substitute Alex Iwobi went closest to scoring for Everton, driving a low effort against the right-hand post at 1-0.

However, it was a largely frustrating evening for Marco Silva’s side with Theo Walcott also spurning a glorious 89th-minute chance to equalise with a right-foot volley.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHbIBNiL1Aw

NORWICH CITY 2 V 3 CHELSEA

Tammy Abraham repaid Lampard’s faith in youth as his two goals, his first for the club, helped the Blues to their first win of the season at Carrow Road, with Mason Mount also on the scoresheet.

In a frantic first half, Norwich twice equalised through Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki, who scored his fifth goal of the season, but the Canaries struggled against a dominant Chelsea side after the break.

Lampard made two changes to the side that drew with Leicester last weekend, bringing in Abraham and Mateo Kovacic for Giroud and the injured N’Golo Kante, but he was forced to make another change after Pedro picked up a hamstring problem in the warm-up, replacing him with Ross Barkley.

His trust in his younger players paid dividends inside the opening 20 minutes, with Abraham finishing off Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross with a sweet finish into the bottom right-hand corner in the opening stages of the match.

Just 11 minutes after Cantwell’s equaliser for Norwich, Mount cut inside the host’s defence and unleashed an unstoppable shot high into the net for his second goal of the season.

Despite Norwich’s second leveller, Chelsea continued to pressure their opponent’s shaky defence and Mount and Christian Pulisic both saw efforts go wide within moments of the second half getting underway.

Abraham’s second goal saw him twisting and turning and tying Grant Hanley and Jamal Lewis in knots before firing an unstoppable drive past Tim Krul.

The Blues thought they had scored again when Kurt Zouma poked a loose ball home, but it was ruled out by the video assistant referee after substitute Olivier Giroud was judged to have fouled the Norwich keeper.

The only downside to Chelsea’s victory came late on as Mason Mount hobbled off injured, with the way he has started the season, Lampard

will be hoping for a speedy recovery.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4fijYCDcw4

BRIGHTON 0 V 2 SOUTHAMPTON

The game was over once Florin Andone was shown a straight red card on the half-hour mark following a high, rash challenge on Saints defender Yan Valery, Brighton was in control of the game with Neal Maupay and Martin Montoya going close to breaking the deadlock in the first half, before the defender’s stupidity.

A sumptuous strike from Moussa Djenepo and a late Nathan Redmond goal secured the points for Southampton.

Lewis Dunk thought he had given the hosts the lead eight minutes after Andone’s sending off, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside against defender Dan Burn.

Substitute Jurgen Locadia struck the post for Brighton late on, but Redmond slid home Sofiane Boufal’s cross in second-half stoppage time to seal the win for the away side.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWL2JEF7w8I

MANCHESTER UNITED 1 V 2 CRYSTAL PALACE

The shock of the week came at Old Trafford, where Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson hailed the win as “heroic victory” after his side stunned Manchester United with an injury-time winner to record their first victory at Old Trafford since 1989.

Full-back Patrick van Aanholt netted in the 93rd minute, thumping in as the ball broke loose following Wilfried Zaha’s burst forward.

Daniel James thought he had rescued a point for United when he curled in a delightful equaliser in the 89th minute following neat build-up from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

But Rashford will rue striking the post from the penalty spot earlier in the second period, the second spot-kick the Red Devils have missed this week after Paul Pogba had one saved in the 1-1 draw at Wolves on Monday.

Jordan Ayew had scored the opener in the first half against the run of play, latching on to Jeffrey Schlupp’s flick-on and coolly converting Palace’s first goal of the campaign, before the late drama.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSb4DkeUYdU

SHEFFIELD UNITED 1 V 2 LEICESTER CITY

Substitute Harvey Barnes majestic strike helped Leicester City inflict a first Premier League defeat of the season on Sheffield United in an entertaining game at Bramall Lane.

Six minutes after coming on, Barnes fired a half-volley from the edge of the box which flew past home keeper Dean Henderson to dampen what had been a spirited United fightback.

The superb finish came just eight minutes after the home side had cancelled out Jamie Vardy’s first-half opener, when record signing Oliver McBurnie found a first goal for the club after coming off the bench.

McBurnie’s header, low into the bottom corner, sent Bramall Lane into raptures and United appeared to have momentum.

But Barnes then lashed in to give Leicester a first league win of the season and Chris Wilder’s side only their second defeat in 21 matches.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTvrKzCi4i4

WATFORD 1 V 3 WEST HAM UNITED

Sebastien Haller, who arrived in a deal worth up to £45m from Eintracht Frankfurt in July, scored twice as Manuel Pellegrini’s side consigned Watford to a third straight defeat this term, leaving them bottom of the table with zero points.

Haller, who missed last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Brighton, opened his West Ham account with a tap in from Felipe Anderson’s cut-back.

And he then acrobatically turned the ball home with an overhead kick from three yards after following up from a corner.

Mark Noble’s third-minute penalty set West Ham on their way to their first win of the season after Manuel Lanzini had been fouled by Abdoulaye Doucoure.

But Watford responded to level with a well-worked Andre Gray goal, with the forward drilling home a right-foot shot from Will Hughes pass.

However, the Hornets were punished for their wastefulness in front of goal with just three of their 23 shots finding the target.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgRIyFw0elE

LIVERPOOL 3 V 1 ARSENAL

Liverpool was completely dominant over their opponents, but it was not a bad performance from Arsenal, they gave it all in the effort, but the extra qualities that Liverpool had, were too much for the Gunners. Liverpool also preserved their 100% start to the Premier League season as Mohamed Salah scored twice to add to Joel Matip’s first-half header in an exciting game at Anfield.

The Gunners, the only other side in the top flight to have won their first two games, had opportunities to shock Liverpool in a tight first half, especially when record £72m signing Nicolas Pepe shot straight at keeper Adrian after running clear.

Liverpool took control when Matip put them ahead with a powerful header from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner four minutes before the interval.

And any hopes manager Unai Emery had of watching his side mount a recovery were snuffed out in the 49th minute after a moment of madness from new signing David Luiz, who needlessly dragged Salah back in the area.

Liverpool’s Egyptian attacker drilled home the penalty and then embarrassed Luiz again out on the touchline at the start of a dazzling run that ended with a low, curling finish into the bottom corner just before the hour.

Arsenal substitute Lucas Torreira pulled one back late on, but nothing was getting in the way of Liverpool’s 12th successive league victory.

A great performance from Liverpool, whilst for Arsenal, their front line of Pepe, Aubameyang and Lacazette will cause trouble for most Premier League defences.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_9KC6KRX_k

BOURNEMOUTH 1 V 3 MANCHESTER CITY

David Silva, made his 400th appearance for City, and he again demonstrated his enduring quality as the champions moved up to second in the Premier League, two points behind leaders Liverpool.

The 33-year-old began the move for Sergio Aguero’s opener and then provided assists for Raheem Sterling and Aguero to add to the Blues tally.

Despite an occasional defensive lapse, it proved a largely comfortable afternoon City who quickly established control and went in front when Argentina forward Aguero turned Kevin de Bruyne’s cross into the bottom left corner from eight yards.

Sterling then doubled their advantage with his fifth goal in as many matches, flicking a shot beyond Cherries keeper Aaron Ramsdale after a fine Silva pass.

While Bournemouth rallied and substitute Harry Wilson’s superb 25-yard free-kick raised hopes of a fight-back, Aguero pounced for City’s third after more good work from Silva.

Bournemouth, drop to 10th place.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_8PeE_gP2w

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0 V 1 NEWCASTLE UNITED

I was at the Spurs new stadium to see a lacklustre performance from the home side, the star of the day wasNewcastle’s new signing £40m Brazilian striker Joelinton from Hoffenheim in July

Club record signing Joelinton’s first goal in English football gave Newcastle United a surprise win at Tottenham and Steve Bruce his first Premier League points as their manager.

The Brazilian striker took advantage of sleepy Tottenham defending to control substitute Christian Atsu’s through pass beautifully before drilling past Hugo Lloris.

Atsu, sent on after Allan Saint-Maximin had to go off with an early hamstring injury, provided the assist with his first significant contribution.

Spurs lacked the creativity to break down a resolute Newcastle side, whose four-man midfield spent a large chunk of the contest sitting deep in front of a back five.

Newcastle parked the bus and Spurs had no invention throughout the game to break them down.

All Spurs fans look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-lzahH7BDA

WOLVES 1 V 1 BURNLEY

Raul Jimenez scored a stoppage-time penalty to salvage a point for Wolves and deny Burnley victory at Molineux.

Ashley Barnes looked to have won it for the Clarets after scoring his fourth goal in three Premier League games, it came from a wonderful strike from around 25 yards.

Wolves beat Torino in a Europa League play-off match on Thursday after drawing with Manchester United last Monday, and their hectic schedule appeared to have caught up on them as they struggled for long periods.

Burnley was denied a second goal when Rui Patricio produced an excellent save to keep out Chris Wood while Ben Mee headed against the bar with the rebound coming off Wolves defender Ryan Bennett and hitting the post.

However, Wolves were awarded a penalty in the dying moments when Erik Pieters fouled Jimenez.

After a video assistant referee check, Jimenez stepped up to calmly roll the ball past Nick Pope and earn Wolves a third successive Premier League draw.

In my predictions I got five correct results with two spot on.

Please see following my predeictions for week four.

Southampton 1 v 2 Manchester United

Chelsea 3 v 1 Sheffield United

Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Aston Villa

Leicester 2 v 1 Bournemouth

Manchester City 3 v 1 Brighton

Newcastle 2 v 1 Watford

West Ham United 2 v 1 Norwich City

Burnley 1 v 3 Liverpool

Everton 2 v 1 Wolves

Arsenal 1 v 2 Tottenham Hotspur

 

Have a good week,

Gary

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