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Premier League Review: Matchday Four

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 12 Sep 2017

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Matchday four in the Premier League began with a bang as Manchester City thumped Liverpool 5-0 in Saturday’s early kick off at the Etihad Stadium.

Sergio Aguero gave the hosts the lead on twenty-one minutes before the games big talking point eight minutes before half time – the sending off of Sadio Mane.

The division’s Player of the Month for August went for a 50/50 ball with City keeper Ederson, leading with a high foot leading to a collision which left the Brazilian in hospital, where his face was stitched back together.

Definite Red

Whilst there was clearly no intent on Mane’s part to hurt his opponent a red card was justified and duly given and then the floodgates opened.

Gabriel Jesus bagged a brace and was then replaced by Leroy Sane who helped himself to two goals to complete the rout and send Pep Guardiola’s side to the top of the table, until Manchester United reclaimed their place at the summit later in the day.

The Red Devils did however drop their first points of the season as they only managed to draw at Stoke City.

Goals from Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku were bookended by a brace from Eric Chuopo-Moting, his first goals since signing from Schalke in the summer.

Champions Chelsea are up to third after winning 2-1 at Leicester City with Alvaro Morata opening the scoring four minutes before half time and former Fox N’Golo Kante making sure of the points soon after the restart.

Watford are in fourth after continuing their unbeaten start to the season with a fine win at Southampton while both North London sides secured 3-0 wins with Arsenal easing past Bournemoth, who remain pointless and Tottenham Hotspur thumping Everton.

Off the mark

Elsewhere on Saturday Brighton and Hove Albion scored their first ever Premier League goals as they beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 at the Amex Stadium.

Goals either side of half time from new signing Pascal Gross got the Seagulls on their way before Tomer Hemed made absolutely sure of the points before James Morrison’s consolation.

Both of Sunday afternoon’s fixtures boasted just one goal with Burnley edging past Crystal Palace in a result that saw Frank De Boer’s time in charge of the Eagles cut short.


The former Ajax boss failed to oversee a single goal in his four games in charge and was not given the change to improve things despite being appointed just seventy-seven days earlier.

Roy Hodgson is poised to take charge at Selhurst Park with the South London side currently 13/10 joint favourites to be relegated.

A Jamal Lascelles goal was enough to see Newcastle United take the points from their trip to Swansea City while West Ham United got their first points of the season as they beat Huddersfield Town 2-0.


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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