- City puts six past helpless Watford
- Lukaku on target again as the Red Devils beat Everton
- Liverpool frustrated at home to Burnley and more….
The Premier League action continues and it is nothing short of exciting. There is a struggle for power at the top now and it is the Manchester Clubs in the lead with identical points, wins, draws and goal differences. Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho will surely be excited at the prospect of challenging each other to the end. Will one of them emerge victorious? Will we see a different team in the mix? Let us take you through the action last weekend.
Tottenham 0-0 Swansea
Spurs were held down by a resilient Swansea side in their encounter at Wembley Stadium in the weekend. Tottenham dominated proceedings and their 75% possession is a testament to that fact.
That turns out to be their highest possession figure since Opta began recording data in the 2003-04 season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men managed 26 shots in comparison to Swansea’s 4 with 8 on target to none. The hosts will be disappointed with the result due to them losing some ground in the title race.
The result should be seen as a blip as Tottenham oozes quality all round to find goals in similar situations in the coming weeks. Spurs move down to 5th place and Swansea places 14th.
Huddersfield 1-1 Leicester
The battle between newcomers Huddersfield and the 2016 champions Leicester ended up with points shared at Kirklees Stadium. The hosts were the ones to draw first blood through Laurent Diapoitre in the 46th minute.
Jamie Vardy responded for the Foxes four minutes later from the penalty spot. Huddersfield scored again a few minutes later but had it ruled out for offside.
The Terriers have so far shown their drive to stay in the top flight division with impressive displays.
Leicester coach Shakespeare stated that his side were second best on the day which proves how well Huddersfield are doing so far and more of this should be expected in the coming weeks. The Terriers place 6th in the standings and Leicester places 15th.
Liverpool 1-1 Burnley
Jurgen Klopp’s men had a disappointing game against Burnley at Anfield during the weekend. The encounter ended 1-1.
Scott Arfield finished excellently to give Burnley a shocking lead in the 27th minute. Mohammed Salah levelled matters for Liverpool with his finish coming in the 30th minute.
The hosts turned out to be wasteful in front of goal, ending up with 72% possession and making 35 attempts with 9 on target but only found the net on one occasion.
This will be a cause for concern for Klopp and the German tactician will hope to prevent that from happening on future occasions. Liverpool places 8th on the standings and Burnley places 7th.
Newcastle 2-1 Stoke
Newcastle United continued their recent upturn in form with a deserved 2-1 win over Stoke City at St. James Park during the weekend. Christian Atsu scored the first for the Magpies, turning it in from close range in the 19th minute.
Xherdan Shaqiri produced a moment of brilliance to level the scores in the 57th minute, curling it into the net in the 57th minute. Newcastle regained their lead afterwards and it was Lascelles who headed it past Jack Butland to seal the deal in the 68th minute.
The hosts have been impressive so far this season under the guidance of former Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez.
It is expected that they produce more of the same at the business end of the campaign. The Magpies place 4th after their win and Stoke places 13th.
Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal
The North London derby on Sunday between the defending champions Chelsea and Arsenal ended in a 0-0 draw when all was said and done. The match turned out to be competitive with Chelsea recording 51% possession to Arsenal’s 49%.
The number of attempts were not far off either with Chelsea making 13 attempts (4 on target) and the opponents making 11 attempts with 2 finding the target.
The major highlight of the game however was the straight red card shown to David Luiz for the reckless challenge on Saed Kolasinac in the 87th minute.
Antonio Conte should have cause for concern as two of his players have been red carded in the league this season already with 33 other fixtures to play.
That will have to be curbed to avoid dropping points. The Blues now place 3rd on the log and the Gunners find themselves in 12th place.
Watford 0-6 Manchester City
The Cityzens had an outing to remember during the weekend with a massive 6-0 victory over Watford at Vicarage Road. Sergio Aguero started the rout by heading in Kevin de Bruyne free kick in the 27th minute.
The Argentine added to his tally four minutes later, tapping it in after a brilliant build-up from his team mates. Gabriel Jesus made it three in the 37th minute with the help of Aguero’s feed.
Otamendi then increased the tally to four, heading in David Silva’s corner in the 63rd minute. Aguero then crowned his excellent outing with his hat trick, providing the finish from a solo run in the 81st minute.
Raheem Sterling rounded off the scoring from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the 89th minute. The Cityzens move to the top of the standings and Watford places 11th.
Manchester United 4-0 Everton
The Red Devils got themselves back to winning ways against Everton at the Theatre of Dreams. Antonio Valencia was the first to get on the score sheet, volleying past Pickford from long range in the 4th minute.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan made it two for the hosts, making good of Romelu Lukaku’s feed in the 83rd minute. Romelu Lukaku was the next player to find the back of the net, converting from close range in the 89th minute.
Anthony Martial put the cherry on top of a fantastic performance, converting a penalty in stoppage time.
The win will be welcomed by the supporters after the slight setback at the bet 365 stadium last weekend. The Red Devils share top spot with Manchester City so far and Everton now places Everton.