Friday, May 25, 2018

Premier League Review – Gameweek 4

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 13 Sep 2016

De Bruyne - Man of the Match in Manchester Derby / Image via

De Bruyne – Man of the Match in Manchester Derby / Image via

Manchester City are the only club with a one hundred percent record after four games after beating rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

First half goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho gave the visitors a 2-0 lead while Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulled one back for the hosts just before the break, capitalising on one of a number of errors made by debutant Claudio Bravo.

The Chilean looked shaky throughout the game though Pep Guardiola’s side hung on to clinch both the points and the bragging rights with the return fixture at the Etihad scheduled for February 25th.

Chelsea are in second place but dropped two points from their trip to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Costa double

A Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty and a goal from Leroy Fer gave the hots a 2-1 lead after Diego Costa had but the Blues in front and it was the Spanish international who salvaged a point with his fourth goal of the season – the joint best record in the division.

Romelu Lukaki broke his duck for the season against Sunderland on Monday evening and ended the game with the match ball as his hat-trick secured a 3-0 win for Ronald Koeman’s side, who are now level on points and goal difference with Chelsea.

Spurs rout

Tottenham Hotspur are now just a point off the top four after thumping Stoke City 4-0 – the goals coming from Heung Min-Son (2), Dele Alli and Harry Kane – the latter being the striker’s first of the season.

Liverpool are sixth after they themselves bagged four against champions Leicester City in Saturday’s late kick-off while Arsenal are hot on their heals after a Santi Cazorla penalty secured all three points for Arsene Wenger’s side against Southampton.

Tiger charge

Along with Liverpool and Arsenal, Hull City are on seven points and too left it late with Robert Snodgrass bagging a free-kick deep into stoppage time to salvage a point against fellow newcomers Burnley.

Caretaker manager Mike Phealen did look set to be the latest victim of the Manager of the Month curse though they hung on to maintain their impressive start to life back in the top flight and can now be backed at a price of 5/6 to stay up.

Fellow new boys Middlesbrough lost for the first time this season with Crystal Palace taking advantage and the Eagles have rocketed up to eleventh place following that 2-1 win with new signing Christian Benteke getting on the score-sheet.

Like the Eagles, Bournemouth got their first win of the campaign beating West Bromwich Albion by a goal to nil.

Callum Wilson was the match winner as he scored his first goal in almost a year, and the Cherries are now level on points with the Baggies.

West Ham United suffered a shock defeat at their new home, squandering a two goal lead against Watford who hit four to register their first win under Walter Mazzarri.


Deke Hardman

Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both and, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.



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