There is a lot of action to cover from this past weekend, so let’s just jump right into it! Everton traveled to Villa Park on Friday, ending in a 2-0 defeat for the visitors. Villa looked to be quick on the counter, scoring the opener on a quickly taken free-kick. Jota played in new signing Wesley, who coolly slotted past […]
There is a lot of action to cover from this past weekend, so let’s just jump right into it!
Everton traveled to Villa Park on Friday, ending in a 2-0 defeat for the visitors. Villa looked to be quick on the counter, scoring the opener on a quickly taken free-kick. Jota played in new signing Wesley, who coolly slotted past Pickford to net his first Villa goal. Everton struggled to find opportunities going forward, with Alex Iwobi hitting the post in the second half. Everton desperately needs to start new striker Moise Kean and hope they can create more chances for the young Italian next week against Wolves at home.
Chelsea traveled to Carrow Road to face Norwich in the early game on Saturday in a five-goal thriller. Chelsea managed their first win of the season under new boss Frank Lampard, which will take a lot of pressure off. Tammy Abraham netted twice and celebrated emotionally after facing some racial abuse on social media. Teemu Pukki scored yet again, taking his tally to five in three games this season. The game ended with both teams having a lot of shots on target. Chelsea edged the possession with 53.4 % and managed eight shots on target. Norwich will look to get more consistency in their results next week against a leaky West Ham defense.
Brighton hosted Southampton on Saturday, with the visitors snatching three points on the road. Florian Andone got sent off in the 30th minute after a miserable challenge and Brighton struggled the rest of the match. While they managed to play their style, they didn’t get on a scoresheet. Moussa Djenepo scored a world-class strike after coming on as a sub, as Southampton won 2-0. Brighton looks a completely new side under Graham Potter this season, playing a very progressive style in a 3-4-3 formation. Southampton will look to continue their success next week against Manchester United.
Speaking of Manchester United, they hosted Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday. Palace did a smash and grab job on the Red Devils, stealing the three points in a 2-1 win. Palace scored with two shots on target, with David De Gea having a howler for Patrick Van Aanholt’s stoppage-time strike. Man United controlled the game with 71.3% possession and had more than double the number of passes, but only managed three shots on target. Aaron Wan-Bissaka continues to look good for United, with 16 tackles completed after three matches. He definitely is an improvement on the right flank for the Red Devils. They’ll look to improve next week.
Sheffield United hosted Leicester City on Saturday, with the visitors winning 2-1 on the day. Jaime Vardy opened his account in the traditional Jaime Vardy way, smashing past Dean Henderson to take the lead. Sheffield’s club-record signing Ollie McBurnie scored a header to level the score in the 62nd minute. Harvey Barnes scored a screamer of a half volley to break the deadlock and take a 2-1 lead eight minutes later. James Maddison continues to impress for Leicester, with the young Englishman assisting the opening effort. They will look to keep him long-term for sure, but for now, they will look to continue to win next week. Sheffield will look to grab all three points on the road against an erratic Chelsea side on the 31st.
West Ham faced off with Watford on Saturday, Both teams are struggling early on this season, with West Ham getting their first win on the road this season. Club record signing Seb Haller scored a brace, looking clinical in the box. Watford continues to struggle in front of the net, scoring one goal in three matches so far. While they had 54.9 % possession, Watford only registered three shots on target out of a staggering 23 shots. They need to be more solid defensively since the chances aren’t being created. Hopefully, they will create more clinical chances in the weeks to come.
The marquee match of the week was Liverpool vs Arsenal at Anfield. The Reds controlled the game, with Mo Salah netting a brace in a 3-1 win. Nicola Pepe looked dangerous on the counter, with his electric pace and trickery causing some problems for Liverpool’s defense. Arsenal scored late on, but it was merely a consolation goal. The main takeaway for Arsenal is the tactical decisions from Unai Emery, with Alexandre Lacazette sitting on the bench until late on. With a potential front three of Lacazette, Aubameyang, and Pepe, Arsenal could be extremely dangerous in attack. They will look to beat their North London rivals in the North London Derby this upcoming match week.
Manchester City bounced back from their 2-2 draw against Spurs to beat Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium 3-1 on Sunday. City controlled the game as per usual, having 73.8 % of the ball. Sergio Aguero scored a brace and Raheem Sterling got on the scoresheet as well for the Cityzens, While Harry Wilson for Bournemouth scored an absolute gem of a free-kick. He bent it into the top right corner late in the first half with excellent technique. Bournemouth did create chances but was not clinical enough on the day. Ederson looked a bit shaky but managed to help his side in a 3-1 away win. They host Brighton next week at the Etihad and will be looking to continue their quest for a third successive Premier League title. Eddie Howe will be looking to continue his side’s decent start against Leicester this weekend, perhaps they will steal a point at the KP Stadium.
Tottenham lost surprisingly to struggling Newcastle, who snatched all 3 points on the road. Record signing Joelinton bagged his first for the club, as his side had a whopping 19.8% possession and 3 shots on target. Steve Bruce’s side has not been the most entertaining this season, but they will have a huge weight lifted off their shoulders after stealing all 3 points on the road. Spurs will feel hard done by the result, generating only two shots on goal from 17 total. They will need to find the quality in attack if they want to win the North London Derby this weekend.
Burnley traveled to Molineux on Sunday, taking an early 1-0 lead thanks to a marvelous strike from Ashley Barnes. His total is now 4 for the season, proving to be a real pain for defenders. Burnley continues to have success playing their 4-4-2 system, knocking the ball long for Chris Wood and feasting off the second ball. Wolves equalized late into stoppage time, thanks to a Raul Jimenez penalty. Wolves will be looking to create more chances this season, as they have drawn all 3 matches this season. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side looks good, with Adama being an impact sub down the right flank. They need to find the goals to win games in the league, as they are battering sides in the Europa League qualification. Surely they won want to pull a Burnley, who had European football a couple of seasons ago and saw their league form plummet.
The season is providing some interesting headlines so far, with the Golden Boot race between Raheem Sterling and Temu Pukki. It’s early days, but there will be other players who will excel this season. The next match week is just before the international break, so we will be hoping that the games will be action-packed this upcoming weekend.