Hi everyone and welcome to this, the third Premier League Weekly of the season! The Premier League is taking shape nicely after three games and now we are heading in to the first international break of the 2016/17 season. Take a look at the league table by clicking here. Transfer deadline day is tomorrow, so on Thursday I will be updating all of the squads on my teams pages. You can follow deadline day with me, by looking at my ‘deadline day’ post that will be on my menu and home page tomorrow morning. I will update it with transfers and rumours as they happen.
Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool
Tottenham broke their home goalscoring duck against Liverpool with Danny Rose’s 72nd minute equalizer that was their first goal at White Hart Lane against Liverpool since November 2012 and earned them a point in this match on Saturday lunchtime. Liverpool took the lead two minutes before half time, when James Milner scored a penalty after Erik Lamela had fouled Phillipe Coutinho. Rose’s equalizing goal was scored when he took Erik Dier’s cross under control and drove a low shot past Simon Mignolet. The draw meant that Milner has now scored in 42 matches, without losing any of them, showing that he only scores in easy matches more than anything else, really.
Chelsea 3-0 Burnley
Chelsea played their best football of the season on Saturday, when they beat Burnley 3-0 at Stamford Bridge. Hazard’s curling shot after nine minutes, Willian’s low drive into the far corner with four minutes left of the first half and Victor Moses’ cool finish in the 89th gave Chelsea three points and continued their 100% start to the season.
Crystal Palace 1-1 Bournemouth
Scott Dann’s injury time equalizer gave Crystal Palace their first point of 2016/17. The Eagles were behind for 82 minutes following Joshua King’s goal in the 11th minute for Bournemouth, but after a full second half of pressure they finally got the goal that they deserved in the third minute of added time when auxiliary striker Scott Dann headed the ball into the net.
Everton 1-0 Stoke
Shay Given’s unfortunate own goal took Everton on to seven points out of nine for the season as they moved themselves into fourth place in the Premier League. In the 51st minute Everton were awarded a penalty for Phil Bardsley ‘pushing’ Ashley Williams from a corner, and Leighton Baines’ shot hit the post but Given had gone the right way and it bounced back to hit him on the head and trickle in. It was an unlucky way to lose, but on the balance of play Everton deserved to win.
Leicester 2-1 Swansea
The Premier League champions got their first win of the new season at the third attempt with a 2-1 victory over Swansea City at the King Power Stadium. They scored first, when Danny Drinkwater’s beautiful lobbed pass found Jamie Vardy who then scored a typical Leicester goal to get his account for the season open. The second was scored by Wes Morgan 20 minutes later but after that Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty, followed shortly by a Leroy Fer goal in the 80th minute, but it was too little too late for the Swans and the match finished 2-1.
Southampton 1-1 Sunderland
Jay Rodriguez’s first goal in two and a half years rescued a point for Southampton against Sunderland. The game came to life in the 80th minute, when Jermain Defoe converted a penalty to get the Black Cats ahead with not long to go. However, five minutes later came the moment that Jay Rodriguez must have been dreaming about through the last two and a half years of constant injury hassle; he received the ball on the edge of the area and struck it cleanly towards goal and it went in to the goal to equalize the match. The goal was Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s mistake, but it will only help the promising 22-year-old in the future.
Watford 1-3 Arsenal
Arsenal got an easy win to kick their season into full swing against Watford at Vicarage Road. The three goals all came in a blistering first half; first Santi Cazorla scored a penalty in the 9th minute, then Sanchez scored in the 40th, followed by a goal in added time by Mesut Ozil. It was a great performance in that half, but they lost the second half 1-0, due to a goal by new signing from Juventus Roberto Pereyra, who looks like a midfielder with a very good eye for goal- like the Yaya Toure of a few seasons ago.
Hull 0-1 Man United
Fergie Time is back! Manchester United left it until added time to break down a resolute Hull defence and keep their 100% record this season under Jose Mourinho. After 91 minutes of United domination and Hull’s dogged defending, Hull went up the other end and should have made something better out of David Meyler’s missed shot. There was still enough time left, however, for United to go up the other end, Rooney to reach the byline and for his cross across the face of goal to be tapped in by new hero Marcus Rashford, to win them the game. Cue mad scenes in the away end.
West Brom 0-0 Middlesbrough
If there was one match over the weekend to be dull, it would be this one. And so it proved. A very close encounter saw Middlesbrough have the best of the action, but chances were few and far between, the best coming to Middlesbrough centre back Daniel Ayala from close range but his poked shot was saved by Ben Foster.
Man City 3-1 West Ham
Manchester City regained their place at the top of the Premier League with a fairly comfortable, but nerve-wracking towards the end, win over West Ham who were without Andy Carroll, Dimitri Payet, Sofiane Feghouli and Andre Ayew. The first half was an absolute passing masterclass by City, with the 2-0 score line at half time not really doing the performance a full amount of justice. The goals were scored by Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho, the first in the 7th minute and the second in the 18th. In the second half Michail Antonio caused City fans half an hour of panic by scoring a header on the hour mark, but in the 92nd minute Raheem Sterling wrapped up the three points with a composed finish from an acute angle. I said it earlier, but forget Fergie Time! It’s now Conte, Mourinho and Guardiola time! So far this season, Cheslea have scored three goals after the 87th minute(2 winners, 1 to make it 3-0), Man United have scored a last minute winner and Man City have scored four in the 90th+ minute(1 winner, 2 to make it 3-1 and 1 to make it 4-1).
Team of the Week
- Artur Boruc
- Wes Morgan
- Scott Dann
- Curtis Davies
- N’golo Kante
- David Silva
- Danny Drinkwater
- Alexis Sanchez
- Raheem Sterling
- Eden Hazard
- Marcus Rashford
Thanks for reading! Remember to check out my deadline day stuff tomorrow, and Premier League Weekly will be back on Wednesday 14th September, because this week is an international break, don’t forget! Goodbye!