Premier League Gameweek 6 Review

All the Premier League big boys proved big winners.

Proof of just how much money counts in football.

Manchester City thumped Crystal Palace 5-0 and Chelsea put four on Stoke away without reply.

Also victories for Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham.

For City, the goals were spread around with Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling (2), Sergio Aguero and forgotten man Fabian Delph.

And the records keep falling.

This was Manchester City’s best goal return after six league games (21).

They are the first side to score 5+ goals in three consecutive top-flight games in the same season since Blackburn did so in 1958-59.

Meanwhile Palace became the first team in English Football League history to start a season with six defeats and no goals.

A terrific hat-trick from Alvaro Morata helped champions Chelsea to an easy win over a depleted Stoke City missing five centre backs.

Pedro got the other.

Morata, a £60 million signing from Real Madrid, has now scored six league goals this season.

With Diego Costa finally off to Atletico Madrid after his fall-out with manager Antonio Conte, it was proof that Chelsea remain a very, very good side, Costa or no Costa.

Liverpool did their best to throw it away at Leicester but managed to grab all three points with a 3-2 win.

Philippe Coutinho set up Mohamed Salah for the opener and then swept a great free-kick into the net.

At that point the game started swinging wildly.

Shinji Okazaki poked home from close range, Jordan Henderson capitalised on a Liverpool counter attack to make it 3-1 but Jamie Vardy got another back, heading into an empty net after Simon Mignolet pushed Demarai Gray’s shot into his path.

Vardy then earned a penalty when he was brought down by Mignolet, but the Belgian kept out the England striker’s spot-kick.

The stopper has saved seven of the 15 Premier League penalties he’s faced; more than any other keeper.

Romelu Lukaku was the man who mattered as Manchester United edged a tough contest at Southampton 1-0.

But a stuffy Saints made it hard, so hard in fact that United ended the match with six defenders on the pitch and manager Jose Mourinho sent to the stands.

Old story for Southampton – simply could not score.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino said: “We did well, we played a good game but you have to score goals.

“We gave everything but one action changed the game. It is the most difficult thing in modern football to score.”

In contrast Harry Kane finds it easy, notching a double as 10-man Tottenham hung on to beat West Ham 3=2.

Christian Eriksen fired home the third.

Yet from there the fightback began.

Former Man Utd forward Javier Javier Hernandez nodded in from close range.

Then Tottenham wing-back Serge Aurier was shown a second yellow card 20 minutes from time for a late tackle on Andy Carroll.

West Ham made their numerical advantage count when Cheikhou Kouyate powered in a cross from substitute Arthur Masuaku.

But the Hammers couldn’t manage an equaliser.

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