ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP WEEK 3 REVIEW

 In Gary Mabbutt Blog

TOTTENHAM 1 V 1 LIVERPOOL

It was a tense afternoon at White Hart Lane for the home supporters, but Danny Rose’s second-half strike gave Tottenham a point after Liverpool looked on course for a second successive away win in north London, after defeating Arsenal 4-3 on the opening day of the season, The Reds were in control through James Milner’s penalty, scored just before the break after Erik Lamela fouled Philippe Coutinho. Tottenham goalkeeper Michel Vorm had earlier saved brilliantly from Coutinho, and Joel Matip had glanced a header off the bar, as Liverpool tried to make the most of their superiority. Fortunately Mauricio Pochettino’s side finally roused themselves and after Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet saved superbly from Toby Alderweireld’s header, Rose arrived at the far post to take Eric Dier’s cross under control and drive in a low finish to earn Spurs a point.Liverpool could have won it, but were unlucky to have a goal ruled out after a controversial offside decision against Sadio Mane.

CHELSEA 3 V BURNLEY 0

Chelsea continued their perfect start to the season with a comfortable victory over Burnley at Stamford Bridge, Eden Hazard ran the Chelsea show and opened the scoring when he burst forward from halfway early in the first half before finishing low into the corner.Willian then added a second just before the break with a clinical strike before Victor Moses wrapped up the win by sliding home a late finish.

CRYSTAL PALACE 1 V 1 BOURNEMOUTH

Scott Dann’s injury-time equaliser gave Crystal Palace their first point of the season against Bournemouth.The Eagles looked like falling to a third successive defeat before Dann headed home Jason Puncheon’s cross to give them a deserved leveller.

Josh King gave the visitors an early lead when he finished well from Harry Arter’s pass.Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye saw a penalty well saved by Artur Boruc in the first half after Christian Benteke was pulled back on the edge of the area but Cabaye put his spot kick too close to the Polish keeper.

HULL CITY 0 V 1 MANCHESTER UNITED

Substitute Marcus Rashford scored an injury-time winner as Manchester United finally overhauled a stubborn Hull in aawful conditions at the KCOM Stadium.

The 18-year-old – making his first appearance of the season.steered home Wayne Rooney’s cross to spark wild celebrations from the travelling United fans

Moments earlier, David Meyler had blazed over in a rare Hull attack.

It was a deserved win for United, who had gone close though Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, This United team are looking very impressive at the moment.United, Man City and Chelsea are now the only Premier League sides with a 100% record from three games.

WATFORD 1 V 3 ARSENAL

Arsenal comfortably beat Watford to earn their first victory of the season.

Both sides had one defeat and a draw from the opening two league matches but Arsenal’s impressive first-half performance earned them three points.

A Santi Cazorla penalty, Alexis Sanchez’s fumbled effort and Mesut Ozil’s header gave the Gunners a 3-0 lead at half-time. Substitute Roberto Pereyra scored for the Hornets on his debut but it was too little too late..

SOUTHAMPTON 1 V 1 SUNDERLAND

Southampton and Sunderland drew to remain in search of their first Premier League ins of the season. Ex Spurs player Jermain Defoe opened the scoring for Sunderland smashing in a penalty after being brought down by Jose Fonte. Home striker Charlie Austin forced Jordan Pickford into a low save, while the Sunderland goalkeeper also kept out Shane Long and Nathan Redmond strikes, but his luck ran out as he was at fault for the equaliser, letting Jay Rodriguez’s long-range shot squirm under his body.

LEICESTER CITY 2 V 1 SWANSEA CITY

Jamie Vardy scored his first goal of the season to help champions Leicester record their first win of the season with victory over Swansea in very wet conditions.

The England striker fired in off the post from Danny Drinkwater’s ball before Wes Morgan volleyed in from a right-wing corner after the break. Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez had a penalty saved by Lukasz Fabianski, who also blocked Shinji Okazaki’s follow-up. Swansea pulled one back when Leroy Fer headed in from Modou Barrow’s cross.

EVERTON 1 V 0 STOKE CITY

Ronald Koeman maintained his unbeaten start as Everton manager as his team defeated a Stoke side that remain without a league win this season. The Everton chairman Bill Kenwright is a friend and I am delighted that the Toffees have had such a good start to the season. Everton had efforts from Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Williams cleared off the line before they got a penalty when Williams was tripped by Phil Bardsley. Shay Given pushed Leighton Baines’ spot-kick on to a post but the ball then rebounded off Given’s head and in.

Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic hit the crossbar, but Everton held on to win.

MANCHESTER CITY 3 V 1 WEST HAM UNITED

Manchester City continued their 100% start to the season with a victory over West Ham that took them to the top of the Premier League. City scored first when Raheem Sterling finished off a superb team move and Fernandinho headed in a second from Kevin de Bruyne’s free-kick.West Ham pulled a goal back in the second half when Michail Antonio nodded in Arthur Masuaku’s cross. Sterling added his second late on when he stroked home from a tight angle.

WEST BROM 0 V 0 MIDDLESBROUGH

the bore draw of the week came at the Hawthorns where Middlesbrough maintained their unbeaten Premier League start in a dull goalless draw at West Brom.

Home left-back Brendan Galloway had the best chance of the first half, surging forward but striking tamely at Boro goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Albion’s Craig Dawson headed just wide from a corner after the break, and Boro’s Cristhian Stuani shot straight at Ben Foster from a tight angle..

Not a bad week for my predictions with five correct results.

Please see following my prediction for week four of the Premiership.

  • Man Utd 2 V 1 Man City
  • Arsenal 3 V 1 Southampton
  • Bournemouth 2 V 1 West Brom
  • Burnley 2 V 1 Hull
  • Middlesbrough 2 V 1 Crystal Palace
  • Stoke 1 V 3 Tottenham
  • West Ham 3 V 1 Watford
  • Liverpool 2 V 1 Leicester
  • Swansea 1 V 3 Chelsea
  • Sunderland 1 V 2 Everton

Have a good week

Gary

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