It was no doubt an exciting round of games in the EPL between all 20 teams as 34 goals were scored in the 6th round, with only 5 teams failing to have a share in the goals.
The results went thus :
Man Utd 4 – Leicester City 1
Bournemouth 1 – Everton 0
Liverpool 5 – Hull 1
Middlesbrough 1 – Tottenham 2
Stoke 1 – West Brom 1
Sunderland 2 – Crystal Palace 3
Swansea 1 – Man City 3
Arsenal 3 – Chelsea 0
West Ham 0 – Southampton 3
Burnley 2 – Watford 0
The Red Devils bounced back from their back-to-back EPL defeats in grande style by tearing the reigning champions apart. For the first time in 2001, United scored 4 goals in first half, and that was all they needed to get all 3 points against a lackluster Leicester side.
The Toffees suffered their first loss of the season, and it came unexpectedly against a Cherries team that had won just once in 5 league games prior to that. It’d be interesting to see how Everton react, and more importantly, how they fare against the big teams as Koeman turns them into a solid side.
Liverpool continued to dominate the headlines as they ran riot over Hull City. A red Card in the first half definitely compounded the woes of the former championship side, enabling the Reds great advantage and enhancing an emphatic victory. However, it’s how the Reds defence has been able to keep a clean sheet just once this term that would worry Klopp.
Tottenham once again proved their title credentials by getting all 3 points against a tough defensive side, and they have an unlikely hero, Son to thank for that. His brace made sure any comeback wasn’t possible for the host, and the Spurs might consider the future of the South Korean after almost letting him go in the summer transfer window.
Stoke’s search for a first league win continues. But for a moment, it seemed they had sealed one with Allen’s goal, only for a Salomon Rondon’s header at the death to deny them such crucial win. The pressure definitely took a whole new turn for Hughes and his men. Relegation battle in sights?
The Black Cats suffered an identical fate, only that theirs was worse. Defoe’s brace looked to have finally broken their curse this season, but Palace got back, and a Benteke header with few seconds to play ruined what would have been a first win party celebrations at the Stadium of Light.
Manchester City made it 6 wins out of 6 league games, and 10 out of 10 in total. Despite playing so badly, they still managed to come out tops with Aguero bagging a brace upon his return from a 3-match ban. Losing De Bruyne could definitely change everything for the Cityzens, especially with a tough test coming against Tottenham by weekend.
Chelsea got the shock of their life as Arsenal ran riot in the first half to get a first league win over them since 2011. With this type of performances, the Gunners can’t go wrong in their title ambitions, but can they repeat such heroics when they need it most?
West Ham have lost 5 games and won just once in the league this season. Nobody could have seen that coming. Many however insists it’s a new stadium syndrome, and just maybe they’d wish they never left Upton Park at the end of the season. But that isn’t to take anything away from a Southampton side that deserved the resonant win.
Watford’s defensive woes were once again exposed, and Burnley rightly got the better of them at the Turf Moor.