ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 4
MANCHESTER CITY 5 V 0 LIVERPOOL
Manchester City gave Liverpool a lesson in football as they sent out an ominous message of intent to their Premier League title rivals.
Liverpool were already trailing to Sergio Aguero’s cool finish when Sadio Mane was sent off eight minutes before half-time for a high challenge on Ederson.
City took ruthless advantage of their numerical advantage, adding a second before the break through Gabriel Jesus’s header, sometimes teams with 10 men raise their game but Liverpool appeared to lose to will to fight and got their just desserts. Aguero set up Jesus for his second after the break before substitute Leroy Sane added two late goals to give City their biggest win over Liverpool for eighty years, sweeping home Benjamin Mendy’s cross at the near post and curling a left-foot finish high beyond keeper Simon Mignolet to complete the rout. This was Liverpool’s first defeat of the season, but lessons need to be learned if this Liverpool side is serious about being challengers this season.
Mark and Jason Taylor and all Liverpool fans, look away – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAZUwYUQiZ8
ARSENAL 3 V 0 BOURNEMOUTH
Bournemouth fans will be in for a long season if they cannot defend better, four games played, four defeats and zero points was not the start to the season they were looking for, as they were put to the sword by a rampant Arsenal side, Danny Welbeck scored twice as Arsenal returned to winning ways after of two costly defeats by Stoke and Liverpool, but made the perfect start when Welbeck headed them in front after six minutes, record signing Alexandre Lacazette doubled the lead on 27 minutes, bending a shot past Asmir Begovic from the edge of the area.
Welbeck then added a third just after half-time, scoring from a tight angle into Begovic’s far corner.
Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-S8sMdlJPY
BRIGHTON 3 V 1 WEST BROM
Two good friends of mine came up against each other in this game at the AMEX Stadium, both teams managers Chris Hughton and Tony Pulis were both teammates of mine and good friends. I was absolutely delighted as Chris Hughton’s Brighton recorded their first top-flight win for 34 years as two goals from Pascal Gross helped them to an emphatic victory over West Brom. The German’s twin strikes and an effort from Tomer Hemed were also the first goals scored by Chris Hughton’s side since their promotion to the Premier League.
It was an exemplary attacking display against a West Brom side who pride themselves on their defensive abilities and who had only conceded one league goal in their first three matches this season, Gross scored the opener just before the break when he converted Solly March’s cross from close range, three minutes after the restart the 26-year-old made it 2-0 when he drove forward before sending a tame strike past the reach of Ben Foster and Hemed, who fed the pass for Gross’ second, then had the favour repaid when he headed in an inch-perfect cross from the German. West Brom finally woke up in the closing moments and broke Brighton’s resistance when substitute James Morrison squeezed his shot past defender Shane Duffy on the line.
Click here for Brighton’s first win of the season – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95gIC0kwuwE
EVERTON 0 V 3 SPURS
Everton failed to show up for this game, as Spurs totally dominated the game from start to finish and the scoreline was flattering to Everton as Spurs deserved to have won by six or seven goals. Harry Kane admitted his 100th goal for Tottenham was a fluke as his attempted cross from the right looped over home keeper Jordan Pickford and found the net. Christian Eriksen scored Spurs’ second from close range before Kane sealed the game with his 101st goal a neat finish, 47 seconds after the break.
Spurs now have seven points and have moved up to fifth on the table, for Everton, after their loss at Chelsea in their previous game, this is another heavy defeat against a top-four side they aspired to match following a summer of heavy spending in the transfer market.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gql98pTEPB4
LEICESTER CITY 1 V 2 CHELSEA
This was a very even game with both sides struggling to gain the advantage until Alvaro Morata nodded in Cesar Azpilicueta’s searching pass to put Chelsea ahead before half-time. The visitors pressed home their advantage after the break as former Foxes midfielder Kante, gifted time and space, drilled home low from 30 yards. N’Golo Kante says he did not celebrate after scoring against Leicester out of respect for his former side, Chelsea appeared to be cruising to the points after Kante’s strike but a foul by Thibaut Courtois saw Leicester awarded a penalty that Jamie Vardy converted, sparking the hosts into life in a frenetic final half-hour.
Leicester, who slip to 17th, have now lost six of their last seven home games against Chelsea and Chelsea move into third place.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ykMSLworHw
SOUTHAMPTON 0 V 2 WATFORD
Watford scored two spectacular goals as they deservedly won away at Southampton to move up to fourth in the Premier League table. Abdoulaye Doucoure put the Hornets ahead with a sweet, low half-volley from 25 yards to beat Fraser Forster at the end of the first half. Substitute Daryl Janmaat had only been on the pitch for four minutes before he made it 2-0 with a fine 30-yard strike.
Click here for two fine goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy88oJOc0Ec
STOKE CITY 2 V 2 MANCHESTER UNITED
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored twice as Stoke ended Manchester United’s 100% start to the new Premier League season. Summer signing Choupo-Moting put Stoke ahead in the 43rd minute, powerfully finishing a fine team move for his first goal for the club. That was the first goal United had conceded in 535 minutes of league football, a run stretching back to last season, but Jose Mourinho’s side equalized less than three minutes later.
Paul Pogba headed towards goal from a corner and the ball was inadvertently directed into the net off the back of Marcus Rashford’s head. Romelu Lukaku put the Red Devils in front shortly after the break but Choupo-Moting leveled in the 63rd minute, heading in Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner at the back post. The draw ends a run of three consecutive victories for United although they do return to the top of the table on goal difference from Manchester City.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzc_q2biPOI
BURNLEY 1 V 0 CRYSTAL PALACE
An excellent home win for Burnley, but an injury to keeper Tim Heaton could cost them dearly, as he has been inspirational this season so far. Chris Wood scored on his full debut as Burnley beat Crystal Palace to move into the top half of the Premier League table, Clarets record signing Wood, who scored the equaliser at Tottenham after coming on as a substitute two weeks ago, seized on a horrendous back-pass from Lee Chung-Yong before shooting past Wayne Hennessey in just the third minute at Turf Moor. Palace remains without a league goal or point this season under Dutchman De Boer, chronically short of confidence and second bottom of the division.
They are also the first side in 93 years to lose the first four matches of a top-flight season without scoring a goal, the consequence of which is that Frank De Boer has become the first manager to be sacked this season.
WEST HAM 2 v 0 HUDDERSFIELD
Pedro Obiang’s heavily deflected goal was the moment of luck West Ham needed to set them on the way to their first points of the Premier League season as Huddersfield suffered their first defeat, The Hammers, whose manager Slaven Bilic was under pressure after three successive league defeats. The breakthrough came in the 72nd minute when Obiang’s 25-yard strike hit Mathias Jorgensen’s back and looped over keeper Jonas Lossl.
It was the first goal that Huddersfield have conceded in their first season back in the top flight, and the second came five minutes later when substitute Andre Ayew, turned the ball home from three yards out.
I got six correct results this week, not a bad start to the season
Please see following my week five predictions:
Bournemouth 2 v 1 Brighton
Crystal Palace 1 v 2 Southampton
Huddersfield 2 v 1 Leicester
Liverpool 3 v 1 Burnley
Newcastle 2 v 1 Stoke
Watford 1 v 2 Man City
West Brom 2 v 1 West Ham
Tottenham 3 v 1 Swansea
Chelsea 2 v 1 Arsenal
Man United 2 v 1 Everton
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Have a good week