City Lead The Way In Premier League Goal Fest
An impressive thirty-four goals were scored across the Premier League in match week six, the joint highest total so far this season.
Included among the goals were big victories for Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, while West Ham United’s horrendous start to the season continued with a 3-0 defeat against Southampton at the Olympic Stadium.
The action kicked off at Old Trafford in Saturday’s early kick off where United hosted Leicester City hoping to end a poor run of form. Jose Mourinho’s side stormed into a 4-0 first half lead courtesy of goals from Chris Smalling, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and a first Premier League strike from Paul Pogba. An out-of-form Wayne Rooney watched from the substitutes bench and many outsiders felt that his side’s improved performance coincided with him being dropped by Mourinho. Leicester winger Demarai Gray netted a superb effort in the second half having cut inside from the left flank to give Foxes fans something to cheer.
Liverpool stood out as the best side among the 3pm kick offs, easing to a 5-1 win in a fairly one sided affair against ten man Hull City. A brace from James Milner, both coming from the penalty spot, and goals from Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho ensured the Reds secured the three points. The Tigers, who had Ahmed Elmohamady sent off in the lead up to the first penalty, scored a consolation through David Meyler early in the second half with the score already 3-0 to the hosts.
Arguably the biggest game of the weekend came at the Emirates Stadium where Arsenal hosted Chelsea. Many people expected Chelsea to return to form following a short blip, however, they were completed torn apart by the hosts whose 3-0 half time lead remained intact until full time. Goals from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil secured the victory, although the Gunners could have added further goals late in the game against a very poor Blues side. Arsene Wenger’s men have turned a corner following their worrying start to the campaign and their new players have settled in straight away.
Arsenal’s North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, are another side having a very good start to the season. Heung-min Son’s brace put the Lillywhites into a 2-0 lead at Middlesbrough, although Ben Gibson, who has been tipped for an England call up recently, headed home his first Premier League goal to halve the deficit.
Another English centre back tipped for a call up recently is Scott Dann, but the Crystal Palace captain missed his side’s terrific comeback at the Stadium of Light through injury and would be a doubt for the upcoming internationals should Gareth Southgate consider him for the next squad. The Liverpool born defender appeared to be a big miss when the Eagles fell 2-0 down through two goals from Jermain Defoe, but two goals in twelve minutes from Joe Ledley and James McArthur equalled the score line. The game seemed to be heading towards a draw but Christian Benteke powered home a header four minutes into added time to extend Palace’s winning run to three games. Alan Pardew’s side are also unbeaten in their last four, a stark contrast to even just a couple of months ago.
Manchester City are setting the pace at the top of the table this season and brushed aside yet another team as they storm into a substantial lead over their title chasing rivals. Swansea City were Pep Guardiola’s side’s latest victims but actually found themselves level after Fernando Llorente cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s opener. The Argentine netted again midway through the second half before Raheem Sterling continued his good form by adding a third late on.
West Bromwich Albion left it late to snatch a draw against struggling Stoke City in Tony Pulis’ 1000th game in football management. Fellow Welshman Joe Allen put Stoke, Pulis’ former club, ahead early in the second half but Salomon Rondon scored in added time to give his side a point. Meanwhile, Junior Stanislas’ superb strike ended up being the only goal of the game as Bournemouth saw off Everton at the Vitality Stadium.
Sunday’s only action saw Southampton ensure West Ham’s start to the season gets even worse as they left the Hammers’ new ground with a comfortable 3-0 win. Goals from Charlie Austin, Dusan Tadic and James Ward-Prowse went in without even a glimpse of a potential reply from the hosts who appear to be taking time adjusting to their new era.
The final game of the weekend was far from spectacular, but Burnley managed to secure their second victory of the season against Watford. Goals from Jeff Hendrick and Michael Keane earned all three points for the Clarets, who will hope to have a much more successful top flight campaign than their previous two attempts.