Written by Harvey Camp (@Harvey_Camp10)
Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool
Spectators predicted a game full of quality prior to kick off and despite the low end scoreline the game did not disappoint.
A match that consisted of end to end goal mouth action sprung into life on the 25th minute mark as Eden Hazard raced onto Mateo Kovacic’s precise through ball to firmly place past the onrushing Alisson and give the home side an arguably deserved lead at the interval.
The tempo of this top of the table clash was pretty consistent for the remainder of the contest, but the introduction of Daniel Sturridge saw the ex-Chelsea man take one touch and pull the trigger from 25 yards, taking the Chelsea backline by surprise and beating Blue gloveman Kepa to find the top corner. An absolute wonder strike that all but secured the point for Liverpool on a busy evening at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester City 2-0 Brighton
Chelsea and Liverpool fans would have dreaded reading a City win prior to their evening clash, but the Sky Blues showed no pre-match nerves whatsoever as they comfortably disposed of Brighton at the Etihad.
The Seagulls’ backline were resilient until the half hour mark, as the superb on the day Raheem Sterling latched on to fellow winger Leroy Sane’s low cross to slide in from close range and give the home side a deserved lead at the break.
Despite City’s dominance it took them until the 65th minute to add a second through an outstanding individual effort from Sergio Aguero, which Sterling again had a huge part to play with a precise cut back to the Argentine 12 yards out. All in all a walk in the park for the champions as they look ahead to the Liverpool clash next weekend.
West Ham United 3-1 Manchester United
West Ham certainly had a spring in their step following their midweek 8-0 demolition of Macclesfield Town in the Carabao Cup and it began to show crystal clear as Zabaleta’s low cross from the by line set up new signing Felipe Anderson to slot home with a superb flick just after five minutes of play.
Manchester United struggled for rhythm for the entire 90 minutes and their luck only worsened when Andriy Yarmolenko’s left footed strike took a huge deflection off Victor Lindelof, wrong footing David De Gea and nessling into the bottom corner of the United net.
The away side managed a consolation goal when Marcus Rashford flicked home Luke Shaw’s corner at the near post but nothing could prevent it being West Ham’s day as Marko Arnautovic took advantage of a poor United defensive shape and commandingly slotted past De Gea to end the game 3-1.
Questions and fingers point towards United boss Jose Mourinho as the Red Devils continue to struggle for momentum.
Wins for Arsenal and Spurs
North London ruled the roost in this weekend’s Premier League fixtures as both Arsenal and Spurs ran out 2-0 winners respectively against high-flying Watford and Huddersfield Town.
The Gunners left it late at the Emirates against the Hornets, but a Craig Cathcart own goal in the 81st minute followed by a Mezut Ozil strike two minutes later was eventually enough for Arsenal to collect all three points and move confidently on to their Europa League fixture against Qarabag on Thursday. That indeed makes it five wins on the bounce for the Gunners under new manager Unai Emery.
As for the opposite side of North London, a Harry Kane double was the source of Spurs’ three points at Huddersfield – the first being a headed effort from a precise Kieran Trippier cross, later followed by a penalty when Rose was clipped from behind in the box. Tottenham now move on to potentially one of their biggest fixtures in recent years as they host Barcelona in the Champions League this coming Wednesday.
Everton, Leicester and Wolves all victorious as Cardiff and Burnley play out draw
Alternate fixtures saw Everton commandingly see off Fulham at Goodison Park through a Gylfi Sigurdsson double either side of a Cenk Tosun bullet header, leading the Toffees to a comfortable 3-0 victory.
Leicester City also triumphed 2-0 at Newcastle, with the goals coming from a Jamie Vardy spot kick and a Harry Maguire header from a James Maddison delivery. This leaves the Toons winless in seven Premier League games and manager Rafa Benitez finds himself under increasing pressure.
Newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers continue to impress in the top flight as two late goals from the outstanding Ivan Cavaleiro and Jonny saw them see off Southampton 2-0 at Molineux. This leaves Wolves with only one loss to their name all season, a remarkable start from a newly promoted side with Saints lingering around the bottom of the table in 16th.
The Sunday fixture may not have had the stature as next weeks Super Sunday will produce, but we were all treated to goals at both ends as Burnley grinded out a 2-1 win at winless Cardiff. The away side took the lead against the run of play on the 51st minute mark, as Johann Berg Gudmundsson snuck a header past Cardiff gloveman Etheridge at his near post; however the Welsh side responded almost immediately as some graceful build up play was rounded off by Josh Murphy. Despite this Burnley did find a way, as they did last season, to grind out the result and the source of this was frontman Sam Vokes, who nodded home for the visitors on the 70th minute mark.