Saturday, May 26, 2018

Premier League Review – Gameweek 5

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 20 Sep 2016

Manchester City extended their winning run with victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.

Manchester City extended their winning run with victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.

Manchester City made it five wins from five on Saturday afternoon after thumping Bournemouth by four goals to nil.

Kevin De Bruyne starred for the Citizens, having a hand in all four of their strikes, opening proceedings himself on the fifteenth minute.

Kelechi Iheanacho, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan – the latter making his Premier League debut also got on the score sheet as Pep Guardiola’s side secured a 4-0 win for the second time in four days.

They are just two points clear at the top of the table as Everton maintained their unbeaten run with a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough at Goodison Park in Saturday’s late kick-off.

Toffees triumph

A Marten Stekelenburg own goal put the visitors ahead on twenty-one minutes but goals from Gareth Barry, Seamus Coleman and Romelu Lukaku, all before the break, secured the points for Ronald Koeman’s men.

Tottenham Hotspur are third, and complete a trio of teams yet to lose in the top flight after beating lowly Sunderland by a goal to nil with Harry Kane scoring before being stretchered off with an ankle injury.

Arsenal are one place and one point behind their North London rivals after thumping Hull City by four goals to one while Chelsea and Liverpool are fifth and sixth respectively following the sides meeting at Stamford Bridge on Friday night.

It was Jurgen Klopp’s men who inflicted defeat on the Blues who remain above the Reds on goal difference.

United lose again

Manchester United, who were joint on points with their neighbours ahead of the Manchester derby kicking off earlier this month are now down in seventh place after suffering a shock loss to Watford.

Jose Mourinho’s men began the season as second favourites to win the league though they can now be backed at a price of 12/1 to take the title.

Etienne Capoue continued his fine start to the season with his fourth goal in five games before Marcus Rashford equalised just past the hour mark.

However, Camilo Zuniga and a stoppage time penalty from captain Troy Deeney wrapped up with win for the Hornets who are now just two points behind the Red Devils in ninth position, just behind Crystal Palace who hammered bottom of the table Stoke City 4-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Hammers hammered

West Bromwich Albion piled more pressure on West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic after the Baggies were the second successive opponents to put four past the Hammers with those back-to-back defeats seeing them slip into the relegation zone.

Champions Leicester City eased past Burnley, securing a 3-0 win on Saturday afternoon to move them up to eleventh place while finally a Charlie Austin goal was enough to see Southampton beat Swansea City.


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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