The Premier League continued over the weekend and it sure sprung up a couple of surprises as usual, with the new boys particularly putting up performances that reeked of resilience, determination and character.
Here are the outcome of every of the 10 fixtures.
Man Utd 2 – Southampton 0
Stoke 1 – Man City 4
Burnley 2 – Liverpool 0
Swansea 0 – Hull 2
Tottenham 1 – Crystal Palace 0
Watford 1 – Chelsea 2
West Brom 1 – Everton 2
Leicester 0 – Arsenal 0
Sunderland 1 – Middlesbrough 2
West Ham 1 – Bournemouth 0
4 days of football look to be the newest addition to the EPL package this season as Friday night saw Southampton visit Old Trafford in what was the official first of its type.
Manchester United dominated the game from start to finish with both Pogba and Zlatan combining to shred the visitors. The Red Devils look like the team to beat this season and it shouldn’t be surprising if they stroll comfortably to a title win given the depth and quality of their squad.
Their city rivals also made their own statement of intent with an emphatic win over Mark Hughes side on Saturday. It was the first time away from home that Manchester City defeated Stokes in recent seasons, and much more will be expected of their away form after failing to win 12 times away from the Etihad last season.
Premier League basement boys, Burnley and Hull proved they can keep up with the big boys by handing Liverpool and Swansea 2 – 0 defeats respectively.
Klopp’s Liverpool once again flattered to deceive despite brushing past Arsenal last weekend. 81% possession wasn’t enough to prevent the Reds from losing or at least getting a single point, and Sean Dyche’s men definitely did a great job putting their lives on the line to defend their first half lead.
Despite still in managerial and squad disarray, Hull continued their impressive form on the pitch, making it 2 wins out of 2. With just 34 more points to battle for over the course of 36 more league games, The Tigers seem to have survived any forthcoming relegation battle.
Tottenham did great to see off a spirited Crystal Palace side at the White Hart Lane, with summer signing Victor Wanyama getting the only goal of the game towards the end. It makes it 2 losses out of 2 for Alan Pardew, and the English manager will hope new signing, Christian Benteke is able to help start with the wins asap.
Chelsea continued to exhibit their fighting spirit while away from the Stamford Bridge to come back from a goal down and seal a great victory at the Vicarage Road. Conte’s men look to have taken a bite from their manager’s pie in terms of never say die, but they will need much more than that as things get tougher.
Everton also battled from an early goal down to pull off a comeback as Ronald Koeman’s magic looks to be producing the desired results. The former Southampton manager might just be the answer to the question the club is asking at the moment.
However, that can’t really be said of Sunderland’s David Moyes. The Black Cats couldn’t see off newly promoted Middlesbrough despite getting close to pulling off a comeback having been 2 goals down at first half. Without a win in 2 games, the Stadium of Light outfit are in a very familiar position on the log, and escaping relegation might be harder this term.
Leicester City will have to look forward to winning against Arsenal another day after a stalemate at the King Power Stadium. (Details here )
West Ham finally found their rhythm with a late win over Bournemouth thanks to the header of villain turn hero Michail Antonio. The win was a perfect way to start life at the new stadium, however, injuries to Ayew, Payet and Carroll could hamper their chances during the first half of the season.