The Premier League action returned after the International break. Some eye-catching results and drama unfolded as we look back at all the matches which took place today.
Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United: –
A much anticipated clash at Anfield gave us a dull 0-0 draw. A defensive tactic deployed by Jose Mourinho was enough to stifle the Liverpool attack. United’s lack of ambition in a big game was a cause of worry. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp was happy with his side’s performance but lack of cutting edge in front of goal cost the Reds again. A point gained by the away side.
Crystal Palace 2-1 Chelsea: -`
In the shock of the day, Crystal Palace beat Chelsea 2-1 at Selhurst Park. Prior to this game, the Eagles had no goals and points in seven league games. Though, the return of Wilfried Zaha was a welcome boost.
Palace scored a scrappy opening goal (which was an own goal) to kick start their season. Their joy was short-lived as champions equalised through Bakayoko. But, at the stroke of half-time, Sakho caught Willian sleeping with the ball and set up Zaha to score the eventual winner. Back to back defeats for Conte’s Chelsea. A much deserved win for Hodgson’s men.
Manchester City 7-2 Stoke City: –
Manchester City continue their dominating start to the season with a resounding 7-2 win over sloppy Stoke City. A brace from Jesus and goals from Sane, D. Silva, B. Silva, Fernandinho and Sterling capped off a fabulous performance. Kevin de Bruyne was a major part in 5 of those 7 goals. The Belgian has taken his game to another level this season.
In reply, Stoke did well to pull things back after being 3-0 down early. They scored either side of half-time to make it 3-2 and stun Etihad a bit. But, a barrage of City attack and some sloppy defending meant the comeback was not even in the picture.
Burnley 1-1 West Ham: –
Burnley and West Ham played out a decent 1-1 draw at Turf Moor. An early goal by Antonio set the game up, but two back to back yellow cards for Andy Carroll meant the visitors were always struggling to hold their lead. Five minutes from time, Chris Wood headed home an equaliser much to the relief for the home support.
Tottenham 1-0 Bournemouth: –
Spurs finally open their account at Wembley with a scratchy 1-0 win over struggling Bournemouth. A Christian Eriksen finish two minutes into the second half was enough for the North Londoners. Cherries, on the other hand, had chances to further dent their opponents but lack of cutting edge forced them off it.
A much needed win for Pochettino’s men before epic clashes away to Real Madrid and at home to Liverpool coming up. Bournemouth have to sharpen up their finishing in order to have a better chance of playing Premier League next season.
Watford 2-1 Arsenal: –
Watford beat Arsenal 2-1 in a game bereft of constant quality. A superb header from Per Mertesacker put the visitors ahead in a first half lacking pace. The home side came back well in the second half with influential substitutions from Marco Silva. Troy Deeney made the difference scoring the penalty and involving himself for the Cleverly winner.
Arsenal were poor in their finishing, just before Deeney’s penalty, Ozil had a chance to wrap up the victory only to tamely hit it straight at Gomes. Back to the drawing board for the Gunners who are yet to win away from home this season. Watford are flying at the moment with three stoppage time goals propelling them in the last three games.
Well, that was all for the match snippets of today’s games. Let’s see where does it leave us in the Premier League table as of now: –