- Mourinho’s side easily dispatches Swansea
- Jese’s strike downs Arsenal at the Bet 365 stadium
- Alonso’s double seals victory for the defending champions and more…
The top flight division has kicked into gear! The action so far has not failed to impress the fans around the world and even more is expected in 8 months of competitive English football. Manchester United have been the best so far, leading the pack as we enter match day 3. Will the Red Devils go all the way? Will the others usurp Mourinho’s men as time goes on? Let’s take you through the action in the last match day.
Swansea City 0-4 Manchester United
The Red Devils made yet another big statement after their opening game and this time it was at the Liberty Stadium. They recorded a comfortable 4-0 victory over the Swans.
Eric Bailly scored his first Premier League goal in the 45th minute, turning in Pogba’s initial effort.
Jose Mourinho’s side struggled afterwards to extend their advantage until Romelu Lukaku found the net in the 80th minute.Paul Pogba made it three with a delightful dink over the keeper in the 82nd minute.
Substitute Anthony Martial rounded off the scoring in the 84th minute with a low strike. Manchester United sit comfortably at the summit of the standings and Paul Clement’s men are now in 15th place.
Leicester City 2-0 Brighton and Hove Albion
The Foxes got back to winning ways with a fairly comfortable 2-0 victory over newcomers Brighton at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Shinji Okazaki continued his fine form with a goal inside a minute after kickoff.
The hosts had to wait until the 54th minute to double their lead and it was Henry Maguire who headed home from Riyad Mahrez’s corner. Brighton are finding it hard to score in recent times.
The Seagulls have failed to find the net in four of their last five league games (Championship and Premier League). The result leaves Leicester in 9th place and the newcomers find themselves in 18th place.
Stoke 1-0 Arsenal
The Potters managed to cause an upset in their second league game in the new season when they faced Arsenal at the bet 365 stadium. The score line was 1-0 and it was Jese Rodriguez who got the solitary goal just two minutes after the restart.
Jese was put clean through by Saido Berahino and he managed to cooly slide it in past Petr Cech from a tight angle.
Arsene Wenger’s men will be disappointed by the performance as they had 77.3% possession in the match, the highest recorded in the top flight division since the 2003-04 season.
The Gunners also recorded 732 attempted passes, 520 more than Stoke City on the day. Arsenal drops down to 11th after the result and Stoke moves to 14th place.
Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace
The Reds battled hard to grab a solitory goal win over the Eagles in their first home game of the new season. Sadio Mane was the hero of the encounter with his goal coming in the 73rd minute.
The Senegalese forward was quick to react to a lose ball to give a huge relief to the home fans. Mane looks prepared for the new season as he has scored in both games for Liverpool already.
Jurgen Klopp will be happy with the result and the clean sheet as it is the first clean sheet against Crystal Palace in 14 competitive matches. Liverpool places 6th so far in the standings and Palace places 19th.
Southampton 3-2 West Ham United
The Saints avoided a shock turnaround to grab a 3-2 win over the Hammers in their second league game this season. Manolo Gabbiadini registered the first of the encounter with a side footed effort past West Ham’s goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Things got worse for the away side 22 minutes later. Marco Arnautovic was given his marching orders for elbowing Jack Stephens leaving his side to cope with a man down.
Dusan Tadic capitalized five minutes later from the penalty spot after Stephen Davis was brought down by former Southampton player Jose Fonte.
New signing Javier Hernandez pulled one back for Slaven Bilic’s men with a close range effort in the 45th minute. The Mexican poacher scored again to give the fans a huge boost with another close range effort in the 74th minute.
Those hopes were shattered by Charlie Austin from the spot in injury time after Paulo Zabaleta fouled Maya Yoshida. Southampton places 7th after the win and West Ham places 20th.
Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea
The Blues recovered from their defeat last time out to record a well deserved 2-1 victory over Spurs at Wembley. Marcos Alonso was the one to break the deadlock with an expertly taken free kick in the 24th minute.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men threw a barrage of attacks at the Blues afterwards and got their reward in the 82nd minute. Substitute Michy Batshuayi headed Christian Eriksen’s free kick into his own net to bring things back to square one.
The away side never gave up however and Marcos Alonso provided the finishing touch to a counter attack in the 88th minute to seal all three points for Antonio Conte’s men.
The result solidifies Chelsea’s superiority over Tottenham at the famous ground. Chelsea places 12th and Spurs place 10th.
Manchester City 1-1 Everton
Pep Guardiola’s men fought back from a goal down to salvage a 1-1 draw when they faced Everton at the Etihad Stadium. Wayne Rooney was the one to strike for the visitors in the 35th minute with the help of Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s square pass.
The Cityzens were reduced to 10 men nine minutes later. Kyle Walker was shown his second yellow card after colliding with his national team compatriot Leighton Baines.
The shortage of numbers did not stop Manchester City from trying and they got their answer in the 82nd minute. Raheem Sterling fired home after a failed clearance from Everton’s defense.
Ronald Koeman’s side were also reduced to 10 men in the 88th minute after Morgan Schneiderlin earned his second yellow card for fouling Sergio Aguero. Manchester City takes 5th place and Everton move to 8th place.