It was another exciting weekend in the Premier League, with four games now being played in the 2018/19 campaign so far.
We’re starting to see which teams look likely to be doing their business at the right end of the table and which teams aren’t, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t one or two shock results once again. Let’s take a look at who impressed this weekend and who will be left to rue missed chances.
Leicester 1-2 Liverpool
Liverpool headed to the King Power in brilliant form and they had also managed to keep three successive clean sheets, a great achievement for a side plagued by defensive and goalkeeping issues over recent times. Goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino put Jurgen Klopp’s men in control but a mistake by Alisson saw Leicester pull one back.
Everton 1-1 Huddersfield
Everton managed to maintain their unbeaten start to the new campaign against the Terriers, but manager Marco Silva is likely to be unhappy at just a single win from their opening four games. They dominated the play against David Wagner’s side but fell behind to a Philip Billing goal. Dominic Calvert-Lewin managed to equalise just two minutes later, but the Toffees only managed one shot on target throughout the whole game.
Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton
There’s always been a suggestion that Palace struggle without Wilfried Zaha and that certainly proved to be the case against Southampton. Palace lacked cutting edge, failing to convert any of their six strikes on target, while a goal from a rejuvenated Danny Ings, and a late strike from Pierre-Emile Hojberg, wrapped up the first victory of the season for Mark Hughes and the Saints.
Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth
Chelsea are already starting to look really good under new manager Maurizio Sarri and they managed to maintain their 100% start to the campaign with relative ease against the Cherries. They racked up a whopping 73% of the possession, with Pedro and Eden Hazard goals ensuring victory and another three points for one of the best sides in the division so far.
Brighton 2-2 Fulham
Both Brighton and Fulham probably envisaged a slightly better start to the season, especially the latter who pumped millions into recruiting new players this summer. In fact, it was two of those players, Andre Schurrle and Aleksander Mitrovic, who saw them race into a 2-0 lead at the AMEX, before a Glenn Murray double saw the Seagulls back on level terms.
West Ham 0-1 Wolves
It’s been a disastrous start to the new campaign for West Ham and new manager Manuel Pellegrini, and things didn’t get any better against newcomers Wolves. The home side had already lost their opening three games of the season, with Adama Traore grabbing a late winner to make it four straight defeats.
Man City 2-1 Newcastle
Rafa Benitez had been criticised by many for playing a defensive game against Chelsea last time out, but he did the same against City and at one stage was on course for a shock result. Guardiola’s side raced into an early lead thanks to a goal from Raheem Sterling but against the run of play Newcastle levelled through DeAndre Yedlin. However, City’s dominance paid off with Kyle Walker grabbing all three points less than ten minutes after half time.
Cardiff 2-3 Arsenal
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock has previously stated teams will find it hard to take points from them at the Cardiff City Stadium and that proved to be the case in a thrilling encounter with the Gunners. Arsenal led twice through goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyag, but the hosts hit back, first through Victor Camarasa and then Danny Ward. A late goal by Alexandre Lacazette broke Cardiff hearts in the 81st minute, with all three points heading back to London.
Burnley 0-2 Manchester United
It was a turbulent week for Manchester United and Jose Mourinho and you could say they needed a result against Burnley at Turf Moor to calm the choppy waters. They never looked like losing this game as Romelu Lukaku put United 2-0 up before half time. Paul Pogba missed from the spot to extend the margin of victory, while a Marcus Rashford red card overshadowed a good day for the away side.
Watford 2-1 Spurs
Watford have been flying under Javi Gracia so far this season, with Spurs deemed a real test of their credentials. Spurs had gone ahead through a somewhat fortuitous goal, with Abdoulaye Doucoure scoring at the wrong end, but Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart completed a remarkable turnaround for the Hornets. Watford head into the break joint top, taking maximum points alongside Liverpool and Chelsea, who are first and second respectively.