ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND UP WEEK 5

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

This weekend showed why the English Premier League is the best league in the world, excitement, passion, goals,

giant-killing performances and Spurs putting four past Crystal Palace 🙂

Liverpool 3 v 1 Newcastle

Liverpool brushed Newcastle aside with ease, after coming from behind giving Newcastle a one-nil start, to maintain their 100% start to the season. Sadio Mane scored twice in the first half after Jetro Willems fine first goal for Newcastle had given Steve Bruce’s side a shock early lead. Mohamed Salah added a third after the break, with the third member of Liverpool’s attacking trinity Roberto Firmino providing two brilliant assists and stealing the show with a superb performance from the bench.

The Reds have now won 14 league games in a row in a run that stretches back to a draw at Everton in March and go five points clear at the top after second-placed Manchester City lost to Norwich in the evening game.

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

Brighton 1 v 1 Burnley

Substitute Jeff Hendrick fired in a stoppage-time equaliser to earn Burnley a point and deny Brighton their first home victory since 2 March. The Seagulls were set to win it when Neal Maupay volleyed in Solly March’s cross at the start of the second half.

The summer signing struck after March and Glenn Murray tested Burnley keeper Nick Pope just before the break. But Hendrick drilled in a 20-yard strike to keep both sides looking for their first win since the opening day.

Manchester United 1 v 0 Leicester City

Manchester United returned to winning ways and ended Leicester’s unbeaten start to the season by edging to a Premier League victory in an exciting game at Old Trafford.

After thrashing Chelsea 4-0 on the opening day, United had failed to win any of their last three games but took all the points to inflict Leicester’s first defeat of the campaign.

Marcus Rashford scored the only goal from the penalty spot in the eighth minute after being tripped by Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu.

Rashford could have got another in the second half, but his wonderful free-kick from 30 yards curled over the wall and onto the angle of crossbar and post.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSRkNeXi4xs

Sheffield United 0 v 1 Southampton

Saints summer signing Moussa Djenepo scored the deciding goal as he brilliantly weaved through the Blades defence before firing home midway through the second half. United have now won just one of their opening five games on their Premier League return and are already looking over their shoulders.

Tottenham Hotspur 4 v 0 Crystal Palace

I was at the New Tottenham Hotspur stadium to see an outstanding display of attacking football from Spurs, they got at Palace from the first whistle and cut them apart with their movement and passing. A guest of ours at the game was David Beckham, I spoke to him after the game and he would have been impressed with our incisive fast-moving display.

All four Spurs goals came before the interval, with Son Heung-min the shining light in a scintillating attacking display.

South Korean forward Son capitalised on a defensive lapse from returning Palace defender Mamadou Sakho to fire the hosts into an early lead, before visiting left-back Patrick van Aanholt inadvertently directed a cross from right-back Serge Aurier into his own net.

Son connected beautifully with another Aurier cross to make it 3-0, and Erik Lamela finished off another flowing move involving Son and Harry Kane to complete the scoring.

I presented Son with his well deserved Man of the Match award after the game, in my opinion he has been our best player over the last couple of seasons and he is a great lad, playing the game with a smile on his face and enjoying every minute.

Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQ-5JlD5DmI

Wolves 2 v 5 Chelsea

Tammy Abraham scored a brilliant hat-trick as Frank Lampard’s young side destroyed Wolves at Molineux.

The England striker, 21, scored his treble in the space of 21 minutes to make it seven goals in his past three appearances and is the joint leading scorer in the Premier League with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.

Abraham scored twice in the space of seven first-half minutes after Fikayo Tomori another had opened the scoring with a stunning 25-yard finish, Abraham doubled the lead with a shot on the turn after referee Graham Scott had played an advantage following Conor Coady’s foul on Mason Mount, Wolves, who remain without a win this season, fell further behind when Abraham headed home, before the striker delivered a superb finish after beating Coady.

In an eventful game, Abraham then scored an own goal as Romain Saiss’ header struck his right hand before crossing the line, before Patrick Cutrone added a second Wolves goal from close range.

Mount, 20, added Chelsea’s fifth goal with virtually the last kick of the game.

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

Norwich 3 v 2 Manchester City

Norwich City produced an all-round magnificent performance to inflict Manchester City’s first Premier League defeat since January at an ecstatic Carrow Road. The Champions were caught with their pants down, unrecognisable from the Man City that we have got used to, their poor defending allowed Norwich to exploit them, their cutting edge midfield and front line were anonymous, until Kevin De Bruyne came on for the last 20 minutes.

Norwich were 2-0 ahead within 30 minutes after Kenny McLean rose unmarked to meet Emiliano Buendia’s corner and then Todd Cantwell finished a flowing move involving Marco Stiepermann and Teemu Pukki, Sergio Aguero’s header just before the break hinted at a Manchester City comeback but a misunderstanding between John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi saw Buendia rob the Argentina defender and set up Pukki to score. Rodri scored his first goal for Manchester City with two minutes left before referee Kevin Friend’s final whistle was the cue for wild celebrations for the home side.

The rare defeat, meanwhile, leaves Pep Guardiola’s side five points behind Liverpool.

Click here for the highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4tgcRRXh80

Bournemouth 3 v 1 Everton

Having lost their previous two league games, against Leicester and Manchester City, Bournemouth came out with purpose and got themselves deservedly back on track with their first home league win, lifting them to eighth in the table.

England forward Callum Wilson nodded Bournemouth into the lead after Joshua King’s close-range miss. Dominic Calvert Lewin equalised with a towering header, his first league goal since March, before two goals in five second-half minutes sealed the victory for Bournemouth.

Substitute Ryan Fraser made it 2-1 from a low free-kick which appeared to come off Fabian Delph on its way into the net before Wilson made it three goals in two games with a delicious lob past Jordan Pickford.

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

Watford 2 v 2 Arsenal

I have already commented this season about my surprise that Arsenal did not look to strengthen their midfield and defence more, the players brought in are not the answer for Arsenal and if they continue to leak goals so easily, it could be an interesting season for them.

Arsenal were two goals up at half-time, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the visitors in front when he collected Sead Kolasinac’s pass on the turn before firing past Ben Foster, Arsenal doubled their lead as Aubemeyang finished a sweeping team move,

but a Watford side brimming with attacking intent fought back from two goals down to get the draw in Quique Sanchez Flores first match since being reappointed as the Watford manager.

Watford had in 31 shots, a club record for a Premier League game, continually asking questions of the shaky Arsenal defence

Tom Cleverley reduced the deficit when Gunners defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos gave away possession inside his own area, and then Roberto Pereyra salvaged a point for Watford from the penalty spot in the 81st minute, to secure only their second point of the season.

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

Aston Villa 0 v 0 West Ham United

The bore draw of the week came at Villa Park, Aston Villa moved out of the relegation zone by drawing against a West Ham side who finished with 10 men after Arthur Masuaku’s red card, Masuaku was dismissed with 23 minutes left after picking up two bookings, but Villa could not capitalise. Villa’s John McGinn had plenty of the game’s better chances, forcing Lukasz Fabianski into two saves.

Both sides had frantic attacks late on, with penalty shouts at both ends, but neither could find the decisive touch.

In my predictions, I only got four correct results, not good enough 🙁

Please see following my predictions for week 6

Southampton 2 v 1 Bournemouth

Leicester 1 v 2 Spurs

Burnley 2 v 1 Norwich

Everton 2 v 1 Sheffield United

Manchester City 3 v 1 Watford

Newcastke United 2 v 1 Brighton

Crystal Palace 2 v 1 Wolves

West Ham United 1 v 2 Manchester United

Arsenal 2 v 1 Aston Villa

Chelsea 1 v 2 Liverpool

Have a good week,

Gary

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