Manchester Duo Lead The Way In Premier League
The Premier League entered its fifth week at the weekend and the table is beginning to take shape with the two Manchester sides leading the way having both recorded big victories.
Manchester City remarkably hit Watford for six as they smashed the Hornets at Vicarage Road. Sergio Aguero netted a hat-trick in the six-nil victory, with strike partner Gabriel Jesus and fellow South American Nicolas Otamendi also got themselves on the score-sheet. England winger Raheem Sterling scored a late penalty as Pep Guardiola’s side remain level on points at the Premier League summit with rivals Manchester United.
The Red Devils dispatched Everton by four goals to nil at Old Trafford as Wayne Rooney and Romelu Lukaku, most notably, faced their former sides. Antonio Valencia’s wonderful swerving half-volley gave Manchester United an early lead before another late onslaught secured the victory. Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the second eight minutes from time before Lukaku – cupping his ears to Toffees fans in celebration – and an Anthony Martial penalty added gloss to a perhaps undeserved scoreline.
Meanwhile, AFC Bournemouth earned their first points of the season having come from behind to beat Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday night. Solly March headed the Seagulls into the lead midway through the second half in a game that was low on quality, with both sides appearing nervy and desperate for points. However, a Jordon Ibe-inspired performance saw the Cherries go on to win the game, with the former Liverpool wide man setting up goals for Andrew Surman and then Jermain Defoe.
Roy Hodgson began his tenure at Crystal Palace with a defeat at home to Southampton. Steven Davis scored the only goal just five minutes into the game as the Eagles once again missed a host of chances. Palace are still without a point or even a goal this season and face both Manchester clubs and Chelsea in their next three games. No side has ever lost all five of their opening games and stayed up, while the fact that the South Londoners are both goal-less and point-less means they have made the worst-ever start by anyone in Football League history.
Newcastle United recorded their third-successive victory as they begin find their feet in the top-flight once again following promotion. The Magpies defeated Stoke City by two goals to one at St. James’ Park and perhaps should have won by more. Christian Atsu opened the scoring for Rafael Benitez’s side, although were forced to respond after conceding an equaliser from Xherdan Shaqiri. The winner finally came moments after Atsu felt he should have had a penalty having been tripped while running through on goal, when Jamaal Lascelles headed in his second goal in as many games from a Matt Ritchie corner.
Liverpool’s season is at risk of stalling early on after last week’s heavy defeat at City, while this weekend they were held to a point at home to Burnley. Scott Arfield scored the opening goal of the game, only for Mohamed Salah to equalise moments later. Substitute Dominic Solanke hit the bar in the second half but the points were eventually shared between the Reds and a Burnley side that have now collected five points on the road this season, compared to the seven they earned across the whole of the previous campaign.
Newly promoted Huddersfield Town responded to their first Premier League defeat on Monday with a one-all draw at home to Leicester City. The Terriers led through Laurent Depoitre, who was deputising for the injured first choice striker Steve Mounie. However, the lead didn’t last long as Jamie Vardy converted a penalty that had been won by Andy King.
Amazingly, there were three goalless draws across match week five. The first came at the Hawthorns where West Bromwich Albion held West Ham United to a much-needed point for both sides. Swansea City then earned a credible draw at Wembley Stadium against Tottenham Hotspur, although Spurs had two strong arguments for penalties – each after Jonas Olsson handled in the penalty area. The final stalemate came on Sunday where David Luiz’s red card for a poor tackle on Sead Kolasinac was the main talking point of Chelsea’s draw at home against Arsenal.