Never a dull weekend with the English Premier League up and running, and match day 3 definitely had a lot of goals, frills and thrills to entertain every of its ardent followers.
There weren’t any surprises this weekend but only 3 clubs could maintain an 100% win record as we head into the international break, and that could have a say on the title race.
Here are the results from the games that went down on Saturday and Sunday.
Tottenham 1 – Liverpool 1
Chelsea 3 – Burnley 0
Crystal Palace 1 – Bournemouth 1
Everton 1 – Stoke 0
Leicester 2 – Swansea 1
Southampton 1 – Sunderland 1
Watford 1 – Arsenal 3
Hull 0 – Man. United 1
West Brom 0 – Middlesbrough 0
Manchester City 3 – West Ham 1
For a 3rd time running, Liverpool and Tottenham played out a draw in the league in what was a yellow cards flying game. (Click here for further details)
Having shockingly defeated Liverpool by 2 goals last weekend, Burnley looked like the new surprise packages, but Chelsea quickly brushed that notion aside with an emphatic victory at the Stamford Bridge to make it 3 wins out of 3 league games.
Hazard was particularly mesmerizing and went ahead to put the hosts ahead within 6 minutes. The quality in attacking depth within the squad came to fore with the trio of Pedro, Batshuayi and Victor Moses coming on to make an impact off the bench. The Nigerian international made it 3 goals from a great Pedro assist after Willian had made it 2 before half time.
Elsewhere, Bournemouth struggles continued as they failed to hold on to a crucial lone goal lead at the Selhurst Park. The hosts grabbed an equalizing goal at the death to avert a 3rd consecutive loss after a dismal start to the new season. A penalty miss from Yohan Cabaye earlier on the game did put a lot of pressure on Crystal Palace, but they finally carved out that winning goal.
Everton continued their fine form by making it 2 wins and 1 draw after getting lucky with a questionable penalty call against the visitors. Koeman will hope to see his side keep the form going for much longer as the new project at Goodison Park takes shape.
Stoke on the other hand will rue their poor attacking form as they failed to register a single shot on target all game. As a result, they currently lie at the bottom of the table.
It was familiar scenes at the King Power Stadium with Jamie Vardy finally getting off the mark in Leicester City’s counter attacking style following a Drinkwater long-range assist. Wes Morgan made it 2 by the 2nd half after squeezing in the ball from a corner kick. Swansea attempted to start a comeback as Leroy Fer got a goal, but the defending champions withstood any pressure to snatch their first win of the season.
Southampton were another side to secure a draw at the weekend. Sunderland were up by a goal with 10 minutes to go after Defoe coolly converted a spot kick, and the Black Cats were on their way to record a first win after 2 losses before the out of favour Jay Rodriguez pulled a goal back 5 minutes to the end of regulation time.
Arsenal also finally found their feet with a great win over Watford to further compound the woes of the Hornets. The Gunners were at their attacking best at the Vicarage Road with the Cazorla, Sanchez and Ozil registering their names on the goal sheet to further extend the hosts winless run to 3 games.
Hull City held Manchester United down for more than 90 minutes before Rashford found the net with few seconds to the end of extra time. The newly promoted side were at their defensive best as they continually frustrated the Red Devils before giving in at the death. It showed how Hull will frustrate many teams like they did Leicester, while United also proved they could get needed victory in “Fergie” time.
Another new comer, Middlesbrough continued to show why they are in the top flight to stay after giving a great account of their abilities against West Brom, and they sure would be happy to have left with a point as their unbeaten run continued into the international break.
Manchester City and West Ham wrapped up proceedings for the fixtures with a great match. Guardiola’s tactical ingenuity was highlighted as his side brushed aside a tough West Ham, thanks to the resurgence of Sterling who has become a finer finisher under the guidance of the Catalan manager. 2 goals either side of a Fernandinho header helped secured a comfortable victory after Antonio’s header threatened to launch a Hammer’s comeback.