Sunday, September 15, 2019

Premier League Review: Matchday Three

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 29 Aug 2017

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Sunday afternoon’s clash between Liverpool and Arsenal didn’t fail to live up to the hype with all that watched surely entertained – unless you follow the Gunners of course.

Once again there were plenty of goals with Jurgen Klopp’s side putting four past Petr Cech to secure the joint biggest victory of the season while the German will also be impressed with four different names getting on the scoresheet.

Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah all netted, just as they did in the opening day draw with Watford while Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to score only his third goal of the calendar year.

Only bottom of the table West Ham United have leaked more goals than Arsene Wenger’s side in three games so far this season and fans of the North London club are crying out for their boss to make additions before the transfer window slams shut on Thursday evening.

Having slipped out of the top four for the first time in two decades last season the Gunners are odds on at a price of 4/9 to finish fifth or lower once again.

Wembley worries

Arsenal’s fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur saw their winless run at Wembley continue as they only managed to draw with Burnley.

Dele Alli had given Spurs the lead four minutes into the second half only for the Clarets’ record signing to score an injury time equaliser to give his side a share of the spoils.

Earlier on Sunday Chelsea beat Everton with first half goals from Spanish duo Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata secured the points for the champions with the Toffees losing for the first time in five games.

West Bromwich Albion maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign but had to settle for a point from their match with Stoke City with Peter Crouch cancelling out Jay Rodriguez’s opener.

Leaving it late

Saturday’s action kicked off with Manchester City coming from behind to beat Bournemouth by two goals to one at the Vitality Stadium.

Charlie Daniels had put the Cherries in the lead with arguably the goal of the season so far, hitting a thunderous strike from the edge of the eighteen yard box on the angle.

Gabriel Jesus drew the Citizens level with the game looking to be heading for a draw before Raheem Sterling bagged a winner in injury time though his over exuberant celebrations saw him gain a second yellow card.

Clean sheets aplenty

In the 3 o’clock kick-offs only two of the eight teams playing managed to hit the back of the net with Swansea City and Newcastle United beating pointless duo Crystal Palace and West Ham United respectively while there were clean sheets all round as Huddersfield hosted Southampton and Brighton and Hove Albion travelled to Watford.

Saturday’s action concluded with Manchester United maintaining their 100% start to the campaign by beating Leicester City 2-0 at Old Trafford.

Romelu Lukaku saw his fifty-third minute penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel before substitute duo Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini secured the points for the leaders to leave them two points clear at the top heading into the international break.


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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