Hi everyone! Just like in last week’s version, today I will be writing match reports from all of last weekend’s fixtures, as well as publishing my Team of the Week.
Swansea 0-4 Manchester United
Man United won their second game in a row at the start of the season, with both of them dominant 4-0 victories. They struggled in the first half, but from a corner in the 45th minute Paul Pogba hit the bar, with Eric Bailly following up to give them the lead. In the last ten minutes, Mourinho ‘let the horses run freely’ and Romelu Lukaku doubled their lead in the 80th minutes. They went on to score another two, with Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba both scoring their second goals of the season.
Bournemouth 0-2 Watford
Watford put in a solid performance to earn a very good away victory at the Vitality Stadium. They dominated the game in terms of chances created and shots on target, but it took them until the 73rd minute to get the lead, when new winger Richarlison scored an easy tap in. Then with five minutes to play Etienne Capoue scored an amazing half volley from 25 yards out, but Bournemouth will be annoyed because they failed to close him down.
Burnley 0-1 West Brom
This game was all about Hal Robson-Kanu as the substitute spent twenty minutes on the pitch, scored the winning goal and then got sent off. The game was all Burnley, with the hosts clocking up 20 shots, but the Baggies’ defence stood very firm as usual. However, the key stat is that there was only one shot on target in the game, and that was when Robson-Kanu out-strengthed Ben Mee and finished past Tom Heaton. Stupidly though, in the 83rd minute he elbowed Matt Lowton in the neck and was shown a straight red deservedly. Despite being a man short, the Baggies held on for the win.
Leicester City 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Leicester were too good for Premier League new boys as they dominated a 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium. They were all over the Seagulls from the get go and their tireless striker Shinji Okazaki gave them the lead within a minute. They then had to wait until five minutes into the second half to put the cherry on top of their cake, when new signing from Hull Harry Maguire doubled the lead. On the day, they were too good for Brighton who I could see struggling this season.
Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace
Liverpool won what is usually a difficult game for them in seasons gone by to get them their first victory of this campaign. They struggled to break through the backline of Crystal Palace effectively for large parts of the game, but had 72% possession and had 23 shots, compared to Palace`s 4. However, it was the Londoners that had the first glaring opportunity, but Christian Benteke skied a sitter in the second half. Then Sadio Mane turned up to the show, showing great strength to hold off 2 defenders and he finished with aplomb.
Southampton 3-2 West Ham United
The most eventful match of the weekend was played out at St Mary’s where Southampton took a very well fought victory against visitors West Ham. The first half was terrible for the Hammers, as Manolo Gabbiadini scored after only 11 minutes, then Marko Arnautovic was sent off for a terrible elbow on Jack Stephens in the 33rd minute. Five minutes later and Southampton rubbed salt into the wounds when Dusan Tadic scored a penalty past Joe Hart, who got a toe on it. However, in the 45th minute Javier Hernandez scored a tap in to get them back in the game. The ‘Little Pea’ then added his second goal of the game to miraculously equalise, but in the 93rd minute of the match there was one more piece of devastation for West Ham as Charlie Austin scored another penalty.
Stoke City 1-0 Arsenal
Stoke defeated Arsenal by a single goal in what seems to be the worst fixture of the season for the London club. The Gunners dominated the game, but were not clinical enough with their 18 shots, compared to the 11 that Stoke mustered on the day. The winning goal came from their debutant Jese, who they signed on loan from PSG this summer on a one year contract. His goal came on the 47th minute as he found space towards the edge of the box and finished expertly.
Huddersfield Town 1-0 Newcastle United
Huddersfield defeated Newcastle in their first home game ever in the Premier League in a tense match in which neither team went all out for the win. The game, shots wise, was dominated by Newcastle, weighing in at 13 shots to 7. However, the Terriers’ goalkeeper Jonas Lossl was phenomenal, especially in tipping Matt Ritchie’s shot from outside the box just past the post when it would have given the Magpies the lead. Aaron Mooy, in the 50th minute, lifted the roof of the stadium when he curled a right footed shot into the far right corner to continue Huddersfield’s incredible 100% start to the season.
Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea
A Marcos Alonso double gave Chelsea their first points of the 2017-18 season with an incredibly important win at Tottenham’s new home, Wembley. The visitors are no stranger to playing at the ground, but had previously lost both of their last two matches their. Alonso opened the scoring with a free kick in the 25th minute, but that led to the onslaught from Tottenham that lasted until the 82nd minute. Spurs had 68% possession and 18 shots(6 on target) compared to Chelsea’s 9(2 on target). Then, Michy Batshuayi headed in an own goal from a free kick to level the game, and it looked like this would inspire the hosts to get the winner. However, the opposite happened and Alonso, on the counter attack, finished from a tight angle in the 88th minute through Hugo Lloris’s legs who should have done better with it.
Manchester City 1-1 Everton
Man City scored a late equaliser to gain a deserved point against Everton after both teams were down to 10 men by the end of the match. The whole game was dominated by City who were continually on the front foot, but Everton’s back five and in particular Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka were excellent at stopping them from scoring. In the 34th minute David Silva hit the post from close range, just after Sergio Aguero had uncharacteristically missed an easy opportunity as well. Then the game took an unexpected twist as Wayne Rooney gave the Toffees an undeserved, yet hard earned, lead. The goal, as expected these days, was a fault by City goalkeeper Ederson. Just before half time things went from bad to worse for the Blues as Kyle Walker was give two yellow cards in two minutes, somewhat unfairly, and was dismissed. In the second half Man City showed character to come back from a difficult situation, when Raheem Sterling scored a thumping volley with their 19th shot of the game after Danilo’s cross was headed into his path by Mason Holgate. In the last few minutes Morgan Schneiderlin was given his marching orders, again unfairly, for sliding in on Sergio Aguero but getting the ball. When Danilo played David Silva in in the 93rd minute it looked like he had scored, but Davy Klaasen made a phenomenal overhead kick interception to save a point for Everton.
Team of the Week
- Jonas Lossl
- Mason Holgate
- Eric Bailly
- Phil Jagielka
- Harry Maguire
- Marcos Alonso
- Paul Pogba
- Nemanja Matic
- Javier Hernandez