The 4th round of games in the top flight was eye-watering as far as goals are concerned, and it’s safe to say players are already settling well into the 2016-17 season.
Here are the results of all 10 games that took place over the weekend and on Monday night.
Man Utd 1 – Man City 2
Arsenal 2 – Southampton 1
Bournemouth 1 – West Brom 0
Burnley 1 – Hull 1
Middlesbrough 1 – Crystal Palace 2
Stoke 0 – Tottenham 4
West Ham 2 – Watford 4
Liverpool 4 – Leicester 1
Swansea 2 – Chelsea 2
Sunderland 0 – Everton 3
There wouldn’t have been a better way to kick off an action packed weekend than with a Derby, and Manchester’s was as exciting as they have always been.
The fact that it was between eternal rivals, Jose and Pep further made it a cracker. (Detailed review here )
Later in the day, the Gunners secured their 2nd win of the season with a narrow win over Southampton at the Emirates.
Koscielny got the first goal with a spectacular overhead kick, but an own goal from Cech cancelled that out and it was an injury time penalty which Cazorla calmly converted that ensured all 3 points at the death.
Bournemouth finally picked up a first win this season as they held on to a lone goal lead over a struggling West Brom side.
Callum Wilson eased the host’s tension by getting the goal in the 79th minute of the game. The win got them out of the relegation zone after 2 weeks of being there.
The new boys, Burnley and Hull City settled for the share of the spoils at Turf Moor.
The hosts had gotten the first goal of the game via Defour at the 72nd minute, and at the 90th minute, it looked like they were set to get their 2nd win of the season until Robert Snodgrass secured a last-gasp equalizer with a stunner of a freekick.
However, their fellow top flight newcomers, Middlesbrough couldn’t maintain their unbeaten streak, with the visitors edging them to victory with a slight margin.
Benteke had put them ahead as early as the 16th minute before Ayala struck back to restore parity for the hosts.
It wouldn’t last for long as Zaha settled it all 2 minutes after the break to finally hand Palace their first league win.
Stoke City suffered the heaviest defeat of the weekend as Tottenham struck 4 unreplied goals.
It was definitely all Dejavu for both teams as that was the exact scoreline the last time they met.
Kane finally got off the mark while a brace from Son and a Dele Alli strike saw the Spurs remain unbeaten.
Tipped by many (including me) for relegation, Watford produced a great comeback display against West Ham right at the Olympic Stadium.
A double from Antonio had put the hosts in a commanding lead within 33 minutes of play.
However, goals from Ighalo and Deeney restored parity before the break. Capoue and Holebas finished the job for the Hornets as they secured their first win of the season in grand style.
Leicester City were also subject to a heavy drubbing at the hands of Liverpool.
The Reds were the other team that could defeat the defending champions last season, and they did it this time around in grand style.
Early goals from Firmino and Mane saw the host in early control, but an error from Lucas gifted Vardy with a goal heading into half time.
The visitors continually searched for an equalizer but it wasn’t to be as Lallana struck a goal to put the game to bed while Firmino completed the rout with another in the 89th minute.
Swansea held Chelsea to a draw at home to prevent a 3rd consecutive loss of the season.(Full details here)
Sunderland’s woes continued on Monday night as Everton took them to the cleaners at the Stadium of Light courtesy of a Lukaku 2nd half hat-trick (scored in 11 minutes 37 seconds- 12th quickest in Premier League history).
The win sees Koeman’s tactics taking shape gradually as Everton remain unbeaten in 4 league games.