ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND-UP WEEK 5
CHELSEA 0 V 0 ARSENAL
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said his side produced a “great response” to their thrashing at Liverpool as they earned the first point at Chelsea in six years.”It was a good, open game with both teams trying to win,” added Conte. “Every game against Arsenal is always very tough. We knew very well what type of game we would face. Both teams are great teams. it’s a good draw.”
Pedro missed Chelsea’s best chance in the first half when he raced clear but was blocked by Arsenal keeper Petr Cech. Arsenal, however, had arguably the better opportunities as Danny Welbeck headed wide from in front of goal and Aaron Ramsey struck a post, Alexandre Lacazette firing the rebound over an open goal.
MANCHESTER UNITED 4 V 0 EVERTON
Romelu Lukaku scored against his former club as Manchester United thrashed Everton to move joint top of the Premier League. Wayne Rooney’s return to Old Trafford ended in a dismal defeat, although the scoreline was flattering to United, however, it has sent Everton into the bottom three. Antonio Valencia smashed a shot past Jordan Pickford from 25 yards to put Jose Mourinho’s side into an early lead which rarely came under threat.
Rooney, United’s record goalscorer, had Everton’s two best opportunities but once he left the pitch with nine minutes to go his former employers hit overdrive. Lukaku found Henrikh Mkhitaryan to steer home before the Belgium striker bundled in the third himself at the far post, and substitute Anthony Martial added a stoppage-time penalty.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMZOczM4jdc
AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2 V 1 BRIGHTON
Another game where two of my mates came up against each other, Chris Hughton the Brighton manager and Jermaine Defoe for Bournemouth and it was Jermain’s well-taken winner that separated the sides at the end. Bournemouth came from behind to claim their first Premier League win of the season, Defoe turned in the box and drilled home a clinical finish, his first goal since joining the Cherries in the summer, after being put through by substitute Jordon Ibe. Winger Ibe has struggled since arriving at Bournemouth from Liverpool for £15m in 2016, but he also made the first goal with a clever backheel to Andrew Surman, who coolly stroked in.
CRYSTAL PALACE 0 V 1 SOUTHAMPTON
Ex England Manager Roy Hodgson’s return to club management did not go as planned as Crystal Palace became the first club in top-flight history to lose their opening five games without scoring a goal. The Eagles paid for slack defending in just the sixth minute when a Dusan Tadic cross-shot was parried to the feet of Steven Davis, who side-footed home from 10 yards.
HUDDERSFIELD 1 V 1 LEICESTER CITY
Jamie Vardy’s second-half penalty earned Leicester City a point against a dominant Huddersfield Town at John Smith’s Stadium. Andy King won the spot-kick for the Foxes after he was tripped from behind by Chris Lowe inside the box. The subsequent goal was the first that Jonas Lossl has conceded at home in the Premier League this season. Huddersfield led through Laurent Depoitre, who scored the opener in the first minute of the second half on his full debut in the top flight.
LIVERPOOL 1 V 1 BURNLEY
A disappointing result for Liverpool fans, after the drubbing at Man City, they needed to bounce back with a convincing win over Burnley, but it was not to be and the Reds were frustrated by a Burnley side who last season only got two points away from home for the whole season, now have a victory over Champions Chelsea, a draw at Spurs and now a draw at Liverpool, five points from their first three tough away games, quite remarkable !! Liverpool had thirty-five shots at goal but only one of them counted. Burnley went ahead through Scott Arfield’s crisp finish on a rare foray forward in the 27th minute, Mohamed Salah swiveled to dispatch a shot, past goalkeeper Nick Pope three minutes later, but the seemingly inevitable second never arrived for the hosts.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZopxSk8flA
NEWCASTLE 2 V 1 STOKE CITY
Captain Jamaal Lascelles scored his second goal in as many games as Newcastle beat Stoke City to record their third successive Premier League win and climb into the top four. Christian Atsu put the hosts in front from a wonderful Matt Ritchie ball in the first half, before Xherdan Shaqiri curled in an equalizer from long range. But Lascelles, who headed wide from a similar opportunity before the break, met another Ritchie delivery to win it.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMdElY0hCN0
WATFORD 0 V 6 (Yes Six) MANCHESTER CITY
Manchester City is on fire, five goals last week against Liverpool and now six against Watford, who were unbeaten in the Premier League this season. Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as Manchester City moved top of the table and handed Watford their heaviest ever top-flight defeat. Pep Guardiola’s side, have now scored 15 goals in three matches. Aguero headed home a Kevin de Bruyne free-kick before tapping in from close range four minutes later, after brilliant build-up play from Gabriel Jesus and a final pass from David Silva, Jesus added a third before half-time when he drilled home from Aguero’s cut-back after the break City continued to push forward and added three more. Nicolas Otamendi headed in David Silva’s corner before Aguero completed his hat-trick when he poked home after a pulsating solo run into the box. Raheem Sterling completed the route from the penalty spot after he was brought down by Christian Kabasele.
The odds on Man City being champions has been drastically cut!
Click here for the goals (all six of them) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7gKmJstBhE
WEST BROM 0 V 0 WEST HAM
There were two contenders for the bore draw of the week, the first came at the Hawthorns where there were only two shots on target in the 90 minutes. West Ham’s Pedro Obiang provided the only real moment of quality, catching Ben Foster off his line and hitting the crossbar from just outside the center circle. The result moves West Brom into the top half of the table, while the Hammers remain in the bottom three on goal difference.
TOTTENHAM 0 V 0 SWANSEA CITY
I was at Wembley for the second contender for bore draw of the week, the first half was dire, but Spurs had numerous chances throughout the game, but due to excellent goalkeeping from the Swans keeper Fabianski and poor refereeing from Mike Dean, Spurs could not break the deadlock and had to settle for a point.
I got five correct scores this week so, not doing too badly so far this season.
My week 6 predictions
West Ham 1 v 3 Tottenham
Burnley 2 v 1 Huddersfield
Everton 3 v 1 Bournemouth
Man City 3 v 1 Crystal Palace
Southampton 1 v 2 Man United
Stoke 1 v 2 Chelsea
Swansea 2 v 1 Watford
Leicester 1 v 2 Liverpool
Brighton 2 v 1 Newcastle
Arsenal 3 v 1 West Brom
Have a good week,