After the return of European football during the week Premier League clubs were back in domestic action at the weekend as the Premier League entered game week 5 of action. Read our review of all the big game action from the world’s most exciting competition.
City continue perfect start to Premier League season – but United slip up again
Two sides of the Manchester coin left City fans overjoyed but United supporters dismayed.
Manchester City march on as they made it five wins out of five in the Premier League, thumping Bournemouth 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester United went down 3-1 at Watford, their third defeat in a week.
For the leaders, Kevin de Bruyne smacked a low free-kick under the wall, swift counter-attacks produced easy goals for Kelechi Iheanacho and Raheem Sterling, while Ilkay Gundogan slotted in a fourth.
— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) September 17, 2016
The only downside was Nolito being sent off late on for an attempted head-butt. City’s passing and movement led by Kevin de Bruyne was simply sublime.
For Bournemouth, Jack Wilshere made his first start of the season following his loan move from Arsenal, not that you would have known it such was his inability to impose himself.
United suffered as late goals from Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney gave Watford victory.
The hosts led when Etienne Capoue converted Daryl Janmaat’s cut-back, only for Marcus Rashford to level from close range. At one point the Red Devils were all over Watford and it looked as though there could be only one outcome, but the Watford players weren’t having it.
They dug deep and got their reward. Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and £89 million Paul Pogba all had ordinary games. United are already six points behind City – at this rate Jose Mourinho will find himself compared with the shambolic Louis van Gaal regime.
Tottenham Hotspur bounceback from Champions League disappointment with win over Sunderland
Tottenham remain unbeaten – winless Sunderland were never going to trouble them at White Hart Lane.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 18, 2016
Spurs, who enjoyed 73.8 per cent possession, battered the visitors. The Black Cats held out until the 59th minute when Harry Kane scored with his team’s 22nd attempt. Sunderland are yet to win in the league this season.
Arsenal impress as they take three points from Hull City
Hull went down 1-4 to Arsenal and that surprise early season form is fast evaporating.
Alexis Sanchez scored twice and missed a penalty, failing from the spot after Jake Livermore handled and was sent off. Theo Walcott and Granit Xhaka were also on the scoresheet. Robert Snodgrass pulled one back for the hosts with a penalty.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 19, 2016
It was a third consecutive Premier League win for the Gunners. Hull fought hard but Arsenal had the class.
Liverpool end Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season after Henderson thunderbolt
Liverpool seem to be coming together under Jurgen Klopp.
Of course we have said that before and then they go and lose to the Burnleys of this world, but slowly they seem to be getting more consistent, the defence is looking more solid, and the attack is formidable.
And there is a fluency about the side that Klopp is building. All too much for Chelsea as the Reds turned them over 1-2 at Stamford Bridge in a deserved victory. Dejan Lovren was in acres of space to direct in Liverpool’s opening goal. Jordan Henderson’s smashed a spectacular 25-yard strike into top corner to make it two.
Starting the weekend with a bang! 💥
Morning, Reds! pic.twitter.com/1e6I6J2E7O
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 17, 2016
And although Diego Costa got one back Chelsea never deserved anything out of the game. For Liverpool, the arrival of Sadio Mane provides pace and guile while Georginio Wijnaldum is a calming influence and an intelligent performer.
Having played most of their games away so far due to the improvements to the Main Stand at Anfield, Liverpool are well placed just behind the Premier League front runners. And they don’t have to worry about Europe midweek which most of their rivals do.
It was Antonio Conte’s first loss as Chelsea manager. John Terry was out injured and it showed. Chelsea missed his organisation. Yes, they have had a good start but somehow the magic is elusive.
They are sure to be up there at the season’s end but there is plenty of work to do on the training ground if they are to win trophies.
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