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Premier League Review – Matchday Four

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 3 Sep 2018

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Liverpool remain top of the Premier League after surviving a scare to beat Leicester City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino had put Jurgen Klopp’s side comfortably in control ahead of the break though an embarrassing error by Reds’ keeper Alisson gifted Leicester a way back into the game.

The Brazil number one attempted a Cruyff turn when clearing the ball away seemed a far simpler option, only for Kelechi Iheanacho to pounce – the ball eventually ending up at the feet of Rachid Ghezzal who duly scored.

However, Liverpool held on to make it four wins from four and keep themselves top of the pile, ahead of Chelsea and Watford on goal difference.

The Blues and the Hornets maintained their one hundred percent starts to the campaigns after home wins against Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.

Perfect

Pedro and Eden Hazard netted in the second half at Stamford Bridge to keep Maurizio Sarri’s perfect start in England intact while Javi Gracia’s side came from a goal down to take the points at Vicarage Road.

An own goal from Abdoulaye Doucoure put the visitors ahead eight minutes into the second half only for Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart turned the game on its head.

After their incredible start, Watford can be backed at a price of 1/1 to finish the season in the top half of the top flight – something which they haven’t managed in over thirty years.

Champions

The result ends Spurs’ winning run and they drop out of the top four, with champions Manchester City replacing them after beating Newcastle United 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium in Saturday’s late kick-off.

England pair Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker scored either side of DeAndre Yedlin’s reply to seal the points for the Citizens, while their city rivals returned to winning ways after beating Burnley by two goals to nil at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon.

Romelu Lukaku’s first half brace was enough to clinch the points for Jose Mourinho’s side, though they missed a penalty and finished the game with ten men after Marcus Rashford was shown a straight read following an off the ball altercation with Phil Bardsley.

Arsenal followed up their first win of the season with another triumph though Cardiff City didn’t go down fighting in Sunday’s early kick-off.

Off the mark

The Bluebirds twice drew themselves level with their first strikes of the season, only for Alexandre Lacazette to cap off a fine personal performance with the winner nine minutes from time.

Everton remain unbeaten but only managed a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town while Wolverhampton Wanderers piled more misery West Ham United after Adama Traore scored a stoppage time goal to nick the points at the London Stadium.

Elsewhere, Brighton and Hove Albion came from two goals down to salvage a point against Fulham while Southampton secured an impressed win at Crystal Palace.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 SoccerNews.com and FreeBetting.com, 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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