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Premier League Review: Matchday Five

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 18 Sep 2017

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It was just ten goals from the two Manchester clubs this weekend as the two favourites for the Premier League title continued their impressive starts to the campaign.

Pep Guardiola’s City drew first blood as they ended Watford’s unbeaten start to the campaign in brutal fashion, slamming six past the Hornets without conceding.

Sergio Aguero stole the headlines with his sixth hat-trick in England’s top division – three goals that took his tally for the season to six in six games in all competitions.

Gabriel Jesus and Nicholas Otamendi also got on the scoresheet before Raheem Sterling wrapped things up from the penalty spot late on.


Manchester United had to wait until Sunday’s late afternoon until they could respond, and do so in fine fettle thumping Everton by four goals to nil at Old Trafford.

Antonio Valencia opened the scoring with a thunderous strike early on and the hosts had to wait until the eighty-third minute to extend that lead through Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Romelu Lukaku added a third while they themselves got a late penalty to add further emphasis to the victory – Anthony Martial converting to make his side’s record identical to that of their city rivals.

Chelsea are third but only managed a goalless draw from their clash with Arsenal on Sunday, and their disappointment of dropping two points was compounded by the late dismissal of David Luiz who saw a straight red card following a reckless challenge on Sead Kolisinac.

Newcastle United are up to fourth after beating Stoke City 2-1, with captain Jamaal Lascelles grabbing the winning goal for the second time in seven days.

Flying high

That makes three wins on the bounce for Rafa Benitez’s side who were among the preseason favourites to be relegated back to the Championship and while thoughts of a top four finish might be a little bit farfetched you may be tempted to back them to end the season in the top half at 13/8 with Bet Victor.

Tottenham Hotspur head a list of seven teams tied on eight points after drawing 0-0 with Swansea City in Saturday’s late kick-off while two more of those sides played out a 1-1 draw at Anfield with Burnley taking a share of the spoils from their clash with Liverpool.

Huddersfield Town are in sixth after drawing 1-1 with Leicester City, West Brom are eleventh after their stalemate with West Ham United and Southampton move up to ninth after condemning Crystal Palace to their fifth straight league defeat and first under new manager Roy Hodgson.


The 1-0 loss also means that Eagles broke a Premier League record of the most minutes played into a new season without scoring and they are now odds on favourites for relegation.

Finally the weekend’s action kicked off on Friday evening with Bournemouth getting off the mark by coming from behind to beat south coast rivals Brighton and Hove Albion.


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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