Action packed Merseyside derby: The Merseyside derby had it all! From goals including Mohamed Salah’s 100th in a Liverpool shirt, a contentious tackle and subsequent injury to a key Liverpool player, a record-setting Everton goal, a red card and of course a controversial decision by VAR to rule out what looked like a perfect late match-winner.
The game might have ended in a draw but it was the perfect tonic to get game-week 5 matches underway.
First barren draw: It took five matchday’s, 49 games before the first barren draw of the 2020/21 English Premier League season happened, West Bromwich Albion and Burnley with the honours at the Hawthorns. It was an ideal conclusion to a match which had few clear-cut goal scoring chances and on evidence of both teams’ displays on Monday evening, they will struggle to stay up this campaign.
Big win margin fails to mask United’s struggles: Manchester United secured what looked on paper an emphatic away win at Newcastle United but in actual fact, the victory was mainly made possible due to a bizarre decision by the Magpies to show too much respect to their opponents.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing by the Red Devils, who fell behind after two minutes to Luke Shaw’s own-goal before taking advantage of Newcastle’s naivety to secure the maximum points in a game Juan Mata rolled back the years with an assured performance.
Master gets the upper hand against pupil: Pep Guardiola must have adequately prepared against any eventualities as he faced former assistant Mikel Arteta for the second time in three months.
On the first occasion, an FA Cup semi-final, Arsenal beat Manchester City and Guardiola must have learnt a valuable lesson or two from that encounter about his former right-hand man’s growing confidence in his first managerial role. City lined-up in an unfamiliar formation against the Gunners, clinched the match-winner through Raheem Sterling and extended Arsenal’s winless away streak against the top six to 2015.
London derby was lit! The London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United on Sunday night was lit!
From taking a three-goal lead inside the opening 16 minutes, Harry Kane only denied a hat-trick by the post, Gareth Bale almost the match-winner on his return to the club after seven years and then a three-goal fight back by the Hammers in the final eight minutes to force a draw!
It was an unusual meltdown for a Jose Mourinho team, who surprisingly remain winless after three home league games and while a few have tried to lay the blame at the feet of the legendary Portuguese manager for his substitutions, West Ham’s tenacity and never-say-die attitude should be acknowledged.
Individual errors costs Chelsea: Frank Lampard would sit back, review the home draw against Southampton and ask himself, how did that happen?
We think we have a clue, individual errors cost your team, Frank! After racing into a two-goal lead and were cruising to what looked like a second successive home win, Chelsea were pegged back by the Saints no thanks to a series of individual mistakes.
Kai Havertz carelessly lost the ball in a dangerous area for the build-up to the first goal, Kurt Zouma and Kepa Arrizabalaga combined to concede a comical second and then in added-time, Chelsea failed to concentrate and needlessly gave away a free-kick through which Southampton duly punished Lampard’s expensively assembled team to level up with the third goal.
Villa’s dream campaign consumes second big casualty: Aston Villa’s dream start to the season continued on Sunday, as Ross Barkley’s late match-winner sealed maximum points away at Leicester City and a third clean-sheet of the campaign for Emiliano Martinez.
It was yet another big performance and result by the Villains, perhaps unsurprising after humiliating the champions before the international break. To think that this Villa team only preserved their Premier League status on the final day of last season, kudos Dean Smith.
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