Liverpool’s perfect start to the campaign continues unabated, Man City romped to victory, Arsenal’s winning streak continues, and Manchester United thwarted on Sir Alex’s return.
Fulham 1-1 Watford
Saturday’s early kickoff saw Fulham grab a late equalizer to secure a point in their game against Watford at Craven Cottage. Watford went ahead early in the game, in the second minute, through Andre Gray but failed to convert subsequent chances. Fulham punished that profligacy with a goal in the 78th minute by Mitrovic, and went close to securing all three points when Mitrovic hit the bar late in the game.
Liverpool 3-0 Southampton
Liverpool’s flying start to the season shows no sign of coming to an end as they make it six wins out of a possible six in the campaign by seeing off Southampton. Xherdan Shaqiri proved his worth on his first premier league start for the club in a dominant display that saw him have a hand in two of Liverpool’s three goals. With Mo Salah also back among the goals, the only worry for Klopp would be an injury to Van Dijk.
Manchester City 5-0 Cardiff
Manchester City put the ghosts of their lethargic champions league display behind them with a five-star performance against Cardiff. Aguero marked his 300th club appearance – and celebrated his new contract –with his 205th goal to give City the lead. Record signing Riyad Mahrezfinally got in on the act with two goals to cap the show. While Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan also put in goal scoring performances, on a glorious day for Pep Guardiola’s side, to keep up the pressure on early pacesetters Liverpool.
Manchester United 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sir Alex Ferguson’s return to his previous stomping ground and fortress Old Trafford, for the first time since his emergency brain surgery four months ago, was marred by a trepid United’ display. After taking the lead through summer signing Fred’s first goal in a United shirt, they were back on level terms eight minutes into the second half with Joao Moutinho grabbing the equalizer for Wolves. Both goalkeepers had work to do to ensure their teams went home with some of the spoils as Wolves showed they truly belong in the Premier League.
Burnley 4-0 Bournemouth
At the sixth time of trying, last season’s surprise package Burnley finally made away with their first win of the new season to take some pressure off Sean Dyche. And it was as emphatic as it could get. Nathan Ake’s shot which was deflected onto the crossbar was the closest Bournemouth came to scoring before the Clarets seized control with two quickfire goals in the last six minutes of the first half through Matej Vydra and Aaron Lennon. The rout was complete in the final ten minutes of regulation time with Ashley Barnes scoring twice to kill the Cherries hope of a comeback.
Leicester City 3-1 Huddersfield
Leicester City may be struggling so far this season, but they did enough to ensure Huddersfield’s wait for a first premier league win of the season goes on. The Terriers early lead through Mathias Jorgensen was quickly cancelled out by Kelechi Iheanacho before the 20th minute. Young England hopeful James Maddison put the Foxes ahead in the 66th minute, with Jamie Vardy sealing the victory from an Iheanacho assist.
Crystal Palace 0-0 Newcastle
Newcastle’s early season troubles showed no signs of coming to an end, but they will have few complaints after escaping London with a point in the bag. Crystal Palace dominated proceedings with Mamadou Sakho guilty of a terrible miss as Palace failed to convert their dominance into a win. Newcastle had a penalty appeal turned down, but still, find themselves down in the bottom three.
Brighton 1-2 Tottenham
After recording three defeats on the bounce, Tottenham desperately needed a win to bounce back and keep their Premier League aspirations alive. Harry Kane’s goal through a penalty – from a Glenn Murray handball – which ended his four-game goalless run put them ahead in the 42nd minute of the game. Erik Lamela made sure of the points with a sweeping finish in the 76th minute. Brighton’s fightback eventually bore fruit when Anthony Knockaert scored a fine goal into stoppage time, but it was too little too late as Tottenham held on for a morale-boosting win.
Arsenal 2-0 Everton
Unai Emery’s men continued their fine showings in recent weeks with their fifth consecutive win, and a fourth consecutive Premier League win. With their two most expensive strikers out on the field together, Arsenal have proven to be a deadly force, and Everton’s expensively assembled squad had no answer to their probing as Alexandre Lacazzette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in quick succession to give Arsenal a two-goal lead. Despite Richarlison’s return to the fold, this was not to be the day when Marco Silva’s men bounced back from their winless run since the second week of the season.
West Ham 0-0 Chelsea
Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri finally saw their 100 percent start to the season grind to a halt as West Ham secured a vital draw. With Liverpool going ahead on Saturday, the Blues were looking to join them back at the top with a win, but could only settle for a spot with Man City after a difficult London derby. Hazard’s presence in the side after his refreshing midweek rest hardly changed anything as West Ham avoided a third consecutive Premier League defeat at the hands of Chelsea.