The Latest Top-Flight Football Highlights
This weekend’s top-flight football started dangerously down-south as Guardiola’s bench was brimming with more than £202m worth of talent, but that didn’t stop the Citizens extending their unbeaten record to 11 matches. Howe handed Defoe his first PL start for Bournemouth and at 12 minutes in, City looked shell-shocked as The Cherries rattled an early half-volley from the edge of the area. Eight minutes later, Silva crafted a fine equaliser, picking out Jesus with a perfectly weighted pass for the Brazilian to roll the ball home. After his deflected shot looped in to secure a 2-1 victory, Raheem Sterling was shown a second yellow card for excessive celebration.
Despite failing to break down 10 men at Vicarage Road, Brighton claimed their first ever PL point. In a game of few clear-cut chances, Brighton came closest to making their breakthrough with both Knockaert and Tomer Hemed hitting the post. Both sides battled for a win, but the red card changed everything. Uruguayan defender Miguel Britos protested his 24-th minute dismissal on Frenchman Knockaert, which Gary Linekar described it as “the most horrendous tackle”.
Newly promoted Newcastle recorded their first points of the PL season with an impressive win. With both teams battling a war of attrition, Joselu poked in a great ball after good work from Merino and Atsu. The Geordies grew in confidence after the interval and it was 2-0 when Matt Richie found Ciaran Clark in the box, but it didn’t stop there. In the closing moments, Mitrovic made sure of the three points when he slotted the ball in past Joe Hart. The Hammers remain rooted to the bottom of the table.
Unbeaten and yet to concede a ball, Huddersfield Town continue to defy pre-season forecasts of doom. With Mounie, Kachunga and Rajiv van la Parra all having opportunities, The Terriers looked to extend their 100% start to the season. With three games into their first PL season, Huddersfield are ahead of the Citizens on goal difference but have Tommy Smith to thank for saving a point with a goalline clearance. Meanwhile, Saints have made an unbeaten start to the campaign.
Swansea picked up their first PL win with a well-deserved victory at Selhurst Park as Tammy Abraham put the visitors ahead seconds before half-time. Post-interval, Kelly tamely headed Palace’s first effort on target from a corner, before his mistake led Swansea 2-0. Palace are yet to gain a point under new boss Frank de Boer, conceding 5 in two matches – hopefully we’ll see a different Palace after the International window.
Although Mourinho’s side applied incessant pressure on the Foxes from kick-off, Romelu Lukaku missed a second-half penalty and it took 70 minutes and two substitutes to secure they’re third win this season. Shakespeare’s side’s valiant defensive display was reminiscent of those during the PL winning-campaign two seasons ago – it was the other end which disappointed. Foxe’s star striker, Jamie Vardy and Okazaki were both ineffective, while Mahrez teased the Reds without an end product.
The Baggies 100% winning start came to an end as a terrible defensive mix-up gifted the Potters a draw at The Hawthorns. On course to join Manchester United on nine points at the top of the PL after Rodriguez’s first league goal, West Brom’s unguarded net led the Baggies to fifth position. Stoke remain at home against early leaders Manchester United after the International break – but will the Red’s clean sheet continue?
The Toffees have now failed to win in their past 23 PL matches at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea produced a dominant home performance to comfortably gain their second win of the top-flight season on Sunday. Fabregas opened the performance with a coolly clipped ball into the bottom corner, while Morata’s thumping headed doubled the Blues lead before half-time – the perfect follow-up to last week’s impressive victory at Wembley.
An injury time equalizer denied Tottenham their first PL win at the national stadium. Spurs looked on course after Deli Alli’s calm finish, although club record £15m Wood ensured the Clarets left with a point. The 25-year-old previously played in the PL with Leicester and West Brom but struggled to convince he was top-flight level – what’s changed?
Arsenal completely arsenalled it at Anfield, where Liverpool produced a dazzling display that ended in a final scoreline which flattered The Gunners. Firmino headed in Gomez’s cross, Mane curled in the second, Salah ran half the field on the break to stroke home the third and Sturridge headed home the fourth – maybe it would have worked out differently is Sanchez hadn’t spent the last twelve months ogling other clubs. Has Liverpool found Suarez’s replacement?