Saturday 31st August 2019
Southampton 1 – 1 Manchester United
It’s only 4 games into the premier league season, and already Manchester United have dropped 7 points. They briefly made it into the top 4 thanks to their 12:30 kickoff time, however as soon as the 3 o’clock games came around, they were back to hovering just above mid-table.
Nevertheless is FAR too early to make any sort of definitive statements about Man United’s future, it’s not looking great for Ole Gunnar Solskaer’s side.
One shining light in the dark of all of this though is Daniel James, who opened the weekend’s scoring for his 3 Premier League goal of the season. He has already matched what Alexis Sanchez managed to reach in his whole Man United career, assuming his loan move to Inter Milan doesn’t materialise in a spectacular Old Trafford return.
Southampton on the other hand were a lot more of a handful for united in the second half and a towering header from Vestergaard gave Southampton the point that I’m sure most people would argue, they deserved.
Chelsea 2 – 2 Sheffield United
For us, Sheffield United have been the surprise team on how they’ve began this season, and much can be said about their resilience in how they can go to Stamford Bridge and gain a point after being 2-0 down at half-time.
The blades manager Chris Wilder summed it up perfectly after the game when he said: “Three years ago we were bottom of League One and now we have come away from Chelsea with a result”. It just goes to show what can happen in a short amount of time in football.
This young Chelsea side however, seemed to show the lack of experience to be able to see out a game. However much their sheer amount of talent and potential is clear, at the end of the day, to play for a team like Chelsea, you have to be able to win a football match. This is something I’m sure however that Blues Boss Frank Lampard will be able to drill into them, given time. How much time though? That is the question…
Crystal Palace 1 – 0 Aston Villa
Aston Villa needed to accept coming away with no points from the match at Selhurst Park, after Trézéguet was sent off 9 minutes into the Second Half.
Jordan Ayew’s finish put the hosts one up to see the match off and collect all 3 points and continue Palace’s fantastic start of the Premier League season.
Meanwhile Aston Villa continue their dismal away form, now losing their last 9 premier league away games in a row.
Leicester City 3 – 1 Bournemouth
Jamie Vardy was at his absolute best again during Saturday’s match against Bournemouth. The Leicester City number 9 scored twice, including a fantastic lob over the ‘keeper, and provided for the 3rd goal to comfortably take all 3 points.
Bournemouth on the other hand had a very inconsistent game. While Callum Wilson had a fairly decent game, the majority of the South Coast side just seemed lack any sort of creativity.
Brendan Rodgers will be very happy about the steps Leicester City are making, and will be hoping they can keep this up throughout the season to challenge for the Top 6.
Manchester City 4 – 0 Brighton & Hove Albion
As you would possibly expect, the Blue boys from Manchester brushed aside Brighton and Hove Albion comfortably. Kevin De Bruyne opened up the scoring 2 minutes in, and from there on out Manchester City were very comfortable.
A Man-of-the-Match performance from Sergio Agüero saw him score 2 as Manchester City score 14 in the first 4 matches of the season, as Bernardo Silva scores the 4th.
A huge shame from the match though was the injury of Aymeric Laporte, after he was stretchered off and is likely to be out for a good few months, leaving Manchester City with only 2 choice central Defenders.
Newcastle United 1 – 1 Watford
Watford secured their first Premier League point of the season after battling their way through a lacklustre Newcastle performance at St. James’ Park.
Breaking a run of 3 straight defeats leaves Watford at the bottom of the table, however the performance in and of itself will give them hope they will be able to move further up as the season progresses.
Newcastle United however were without any sort of magic and sparkle whatsoever and will need to have a quick shift in thinking if they are to get past Liverpool after the International Break without any sort of embarrassment,
West Ham United 2 – 0 Norwich City
West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini called Sebastien Haller a “complete player” after he scored a 3rd goal in 2 games during their win against Norwich City.
This was a performance to inspire confidence in front of West Ham’s vociferous home support and their side now look in better shape than they did this time just 12 months ago.
Despite going in 1-0 down at the break, Norwich fared well against an organised West Ham side. They did well to dictate the flow of the game in the early stages of both halves, but 24th-minute goal shifted the game in favour of the hosts.
Burnley 0 – 3 Liverpool
The Clarets had fought toe-to-toe with last season’s runners-up until the 33rd minute when Trent Alexander-Arnold’s seemingly intended cross to the far post brushed the back of Chris Wood and sailed over the head of the stranded Nick Pope in goal.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp also played down striker Sadio Mane’s reaction after being substituted, and then praised his forward line for helping the club achieve a 13-match winning run in the Premier League.
His Reds go into the international break with as many points and in the same position as the corresponding period last season.
Sunday 1st September 2019
Everton 3 – 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Richarlison opened the scoring in the fifth minute, converting from 16 yards, following defensive miscommunication between Conor Coady and Rui Patricio, to spark a flurry of goals in the opening stages.
Wolves thought they had earned a point when Raul Jimenez bravely headed home in the 78th minute, but Richarlison showed his own aerial prowess two minutes later to rise above Willy Boly and give Everton all three points.
With Wolves needing to rotate players to cope with the demands of Europe, they will require regular positive contributions from players like Traore if they are to be successful this season.
Arsenal 2 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs looked to be in complete control when Christian Eriksen put them ahead in the 10th minute, and Harry Kane slotted from the penalty spot after Son Heung-min was brought down by Granit Xhaka in the area.
Arsenal started the revival when Alexandre Lacazette pulled one back on the stroke of half-time before before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang showed the poacher’s instinct to turn home the equaliser with 19 minutes remaining.
Spurs were grateful for a superb display of shot-stopping by Lloris but Pochettino will be frustrated that his side looked to have Arsenal where they wanted them before the break, then ended hanging on for long periods in the second half.