Chelsea 1 – 3 Liverpool
Chelsea suffered yet another disappointing afternoon when they hosted a Liverpool side who came from a goal behind to secure their first Premier League victory under Jurgen Klopp.
Chelsea went a goal ahead after just four minutes when Ramires headed in the opener. But Jugen Klopp’s new team continued to work hard and didn’t let their heads drop. First half stoppage time saw Phillipe Coutinho score a typically spectacular equaliser for the visitors, and he added another 15 minutes before the final whistle after his shot deflected in off Chelsea captain John Terry. Christian Benteke put the icing on the cake for the animated Jurgen Klopp and secured a very deserved win for Liverpool.
Jose Mourinho looked defeated throughout the match, and with a one match stadium ban to serve and an incoming lawsuit from ex-physio Eva Carneiro, it really hasn’t been a good weekend for him. This leaves Chelsea 15th in the table, whilst Liverpool move up to 8th position.
Crystal Palace 0 – 0 Manchester United
Another lacklustre performance saw Manchester United fail to score for the 3rd successive game as they came away from Selhurst Park only a point better off.
Manchester United’s possession based tactics failed to impress yet again, with the slow and laboured build up play failing to produce any clear cut chances. The closest the visitors came was a Wayne Rooney free kick being saved in the first half. This was their only shot on target, whilst Crystal Palace hit the bar through Yannick Bolasie and also saw Yohann Cabaye and Scott Dann go close. Ultimately, Crystal Palace’s marauding wingers couldn’t provide a goal for the hosts and it was a disappointing game.
This sees Manchester United slip four points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, whilst Palace drop to 10th position.
Manchester City 2 – 1 Norwich
A late flurry of goals saw Manchester City narrowly beat the struggling Norwich to remain top of the Premier League table.
It was hard work for Manchester City on Saturday. Norwich came out well organised at the back and it made for a very frustrating afternoon for the title contenders. Eventually the visitors succumbed though, with Nicolas Otamendi heading the hosts in front before an uncharacteristic fumble from Joe Hart allowed Camerona Jerome to equalise. A hand ball inside the box from Russell Martin saw him sent off in the 89th minute, with Yaya Toure stepping up to convert. It could have been another for City as well, but Aleksandar Kolarov missed an injury time penalty.
This took Manchester City’s unbeaten streak to seven games in all competitions, and they staved off the Arsenal chase for another weekend. Norwich’s loss sees them remain in 16th position after a poor run of form.
Newcastle 0 – 0 Stoke
An outstanding performance from Jack Butland saved Stoke’s blushes as they came away from St James’ Park with another point to their tally.
Newcastle undoubtedly had the better of this encounter on Saturday, with Aleksandar Mitrovic, Moussa Sissoko, Jamaal Lascelles all being denied by the excellent Jack Butland. Stoke were laboured going forward, and for the second week in a row Newcastle can feel hard done by. However, their performance was impressive following their derby defeat last weekend and they are certainly showing signs of improvement under Steve McClaren.
This point moved Newcastle to within a point of safety, with Bournemouth sitting above them on eight points. Stoke are in 14th position with a total of 13 points.
Swansea 0 – 3 Arsenal
Arsenal continued to impress in their Premier League title chase as they overcame a disappointing Swansea side with a clinical second half showing.
The out of form Bafetimbi Gomis let a golden chance slip through his fingers halfway through the first half as he rounded Petr Cech and failed to convert the chance. This was their best chance of the game by far, and despite a positive first half performance Swansea couldn’t keep it up after the break. Arsenal produced a clinical display as Olivier Giroud, Lauren Koscielny, and Joel Campbell put the ball in the back of the net to give Arsenal an impressive three points despite their growing injury concerns.
This kept the pressure on the Premier League leaders, with them and Manchester City both sitting on 25 points after 11 games. Swansea slip to 13th position after they failed to win for the 7th time in eight games.
Watford 2 – 0 West Ham
West Ham’s excellent away record in the Premier League came to an end as they were dismantled by an impressive Watford.
Andy Carroll’s shocking defensive work allowed Nathan Ake to cross for the in form Odion Ighalo to prod home the opener. The striker doubled his and Watford’s tally shortly after the break, making it seven goals for him this season. He has also been involved in all of Watford’s last nine goals. He was also the provider for James Collins’ red card after the West Ham defender fouled him.
This piled yet more mystery on a West Ham side who produce some fantastic football against the top teams but seem to struggle in matches they are expected to win. They slip to 6th after this result, whilst Watford move up to 11th after picking up their second win on the bounce.
West Brom 2 – 3 Leicester
Leicester showed their determination yet again as they came from behind at West Brom to maintain their top four position in the Premier League.
Salomon Rondon opened the scoring half an hour in with yet another headed goal, but you are never safe from a Leicester comeback it seems. A double after half time from the exceptional Riyad Mahrez put the visitors ahead before Jamie Vardy scored in his 8th consecutive game to seal the victory. Rickie Lambert gave the hosts hope with an 84th minute penalty, but Leicester hung on for the win. Vardy’s goal took him level with Daniel Sturridge’s tally of eight consecutive Premier League games scored in, and only two behind Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of ten games.
This moves Leicester above Manchester United up to 3rd position in the Premier League, a ridiculous position for a team who were rock bottom of the league ten months ago. West Brom move down to 12th after this result.
Everton 6 – 2 Sunderland
Sunderland couldn’t build on their derby day win last weekend as they were thrashed at Goodison Park by a rampant Everton side.
Sunderland hit the post twice in the early stages of the match before Everton got a foothold, and from then on they never looked like letting it slip. Arouna Kone began an excellent individual performance by putting Gerard Deulofeu through on goal to score the opener. Kone scored his first of the afternoon 12 minutes later to double Everton’s lead. A quickfire double from Sunderland after the break levelled matters, but Everton weren’t going to give up that easily. Sebastian Coates’ own goal five minutes later put the hosts back in front before Romelu Lukaku and Kone scored soon after to wrap the match up. Kone completed his hat trick 15 minutes before full time to make it four goals for Everton in 20 minutes.
This moved Everton up to 9th in the Premier League after a tough spell of fixtures, and they will be looking forward to a more comfortable run of games in the coming couple of months. Sunderland’s shocking defensive performance keeps them in 19th position, and Sam Allardyce will be looking at ways to sure up this calamitous back line.
Southampton 2 – 0 Bournemouth
The first Premier League south coast derby ended in the hosts’ favour as the out of form Bournemouth succumbed to a quickfire double from Southampton.
A close range volley from Steven Davis opened the scoring half an hour in as he converted an excellent Ryan Bertrand cross, and another brilliant delivery from Dusan Tadic gave Graziano Pelle the space he needed to head in Southampton’s 2nd goal. Bournemouth improved after the break, especially after Victor Wanyama was dismissed, but they couldn’t find the breakthrough they needed.
Southampton’s unbeaten run stretches to seven games with this result and moves them up to 7th in the Premier League. Bournemouth’s injury woes have left them just a point above the relegation zone in 17th position.
Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 1 Aston Villa
The new Aston Villa manager Remi Garde watched on as his new side suffered their 7th straight Premier League defeat against an in form Tottenham Hotspur.
It took just three minutes for Moussa Dembele to make his way through the Villa defence to open the scoring, and Dele Alli doubled the hosts lead 45 minutes in from the edge of the area. Jordan Ayew gave Aston Villa hope with 11 minutes remaining but a late strike from Harry Kane sealed the points for the hosts.
This equalled Aston Villa’s record of seven straight Premier League losses, and it is now their worst ever start to a Premier League season. They sit rock bottom of the table with just four points from their opening 11 games. Spurs move up into 5th place after their good run of form.