Manchester Flexes Muscles At Premier League Summit
The Premier League entered its tenth week last weekend and battles at the top and bottom of the division are beginning to form.
Two of the early season candidates to be involved in a relegation fight at the end of the season were involved in a thriller at Selhurst Park. Wilfried Zaha’s 97th minute equaliser completed Crystal Palace’s sensational comeback against West Ham United. The Hammers took a two-goal advantage into half-time before Luka Milivojevic pulled a goal back shortly after the break, but Eagles talisman Zaha stole the headlines with his late goal to give Roy Hodgson’s side a boost following their poor start to the campaign.
At the other end of the table, Manchester City’s assault on the Premier League continued as they beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2. The Citizens were 2-1 up inside fifteen minutes thanks to strikes from Leroy Sane and Fernandinho either side of a Jay Rodriguez goal. Raheem Sterling added a third after half-time and Pep Guardiola’s side held on despite Matt Phillips’ injury time consolation.
Manchester United recorded the weekend’s biggest shock as they beat high-flying Tottenham Hotspur. Anthony Martial scored the game’s only goal with ten minutes remaining against a Spurs side that desperately missed Harry Kane’s presence after the England striker was ruled out with a hamstring strain.
Meanwhile, Liverpool finally earned three points against Huddersfield Town having failed to win any of their previous three league matches. The Reds appeared nervy in the first half and this was summed up when Mohamed Salah saw his penalty saved by Jonas Lossl. However, Daniel Sturridge eventually opened the scoring five minutes into the second half, before Roberto Firmino and Giorginio Wijnaldum added goals of their own.
Arsenal recorded a 2-1 victory over Swansea City but were forced to come from behind. Sam Clucas handed the Swans a surprise lead at the Emirates, but goals from Sead Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey ensured the Gunners did not suffer another shock defeat.
David Unsworth’s audition for the Everton job continues to disappoint as the caretaker boss oversaw another defeat. Unsworth took over following Ronald Koeman’s sacking but is unlikely to get the job on a full-time basis following the Toffees’ latest defeat to Leicester City. A 2-0 victory for the foxes, including goals from Jamie Vardy and Demarai Gray, leaves Everton in the bottom three.
Brighton and Hove Albion continued their impressive form with a 1-1 draw against south coast rivals Southampton. Steven Davis opened the scoring early on, heading in the rebound after James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick struck the post. However, Glenn Murray’s header ensured the points were shared.
Elsewhere, Darren Fletcher scored the only goal of the game as Stoke City stunned Watford. The Potters were winless in three games and this victory will ease the pressure on boss Mark Hughes.
Chelsea’s poor form now appears to be behind them as they followed the previous week’s victory against Watford with a narrow 1-0 win against AFC Bournemouth. Eden Hazard scored the only goal as the Blues remain fourth.
Finally, Jeff Hendrick scored the only goal of the game as Burnley’s good start to the season continued with a 1-0 win against Newcastle United.