Premier League action is back
After the long international break, I am pleased to say the domestic action is back again on our screens and the action carried on where we left off. Judging by what was on display it was clear to see that the players were fully motivated and ready for kick off (this excludes the whole Tottenham team).
The weekend’s action was kicked off by the home game between Spurs and Liverpool (I almost missed this game due to over scheduling). Liverpool and Mane were in a no nonsense mood and quickly set about with forward intentions. Whilst Spurs dominated possession early on and had a fairly decent first half, it was Liverpool who broke the deadlock in the second half from a goal through Wijnaldum. The ball was judged to have crossed the line after Vorm’s attempt to prevent the effort. Spurs soon had a chance after an optimistic run from Moura, dragging his shot just wide of the post.
Liverpool took the initiative and were later rewarded by Firmino’s tap in from close range. I am not a massive fan of the Spurs goal keeper (Vorm) but you can’t help but wonder what the outcome would have been had Lloris been between the sticks. Nevertheless it is unfair to assign blame on Vorm alone as Tottenham were poor collectively across the park. Spurs did manage to get a consolation goal through Lamela but it was a little too late (some fans had already exited by then, and you can’t blame them). Liverpool left London with their 100% record intact and 3 easy points.
Chelsea are now the only other premiership side with a 100% record after seeing off Cardiff City with an impressive 4-1 victory. Hazard was on form for the Blues as he bagged a hat-trick to keep Chelsea at pace with Liverpool. There was little to no chance for Cardiff as the home side dominated the game from start to finish (albeit conceding an early goal).
There were also wins for Manchester City as they made light work of Fulham in a 3-0 victory whilst neighbours Manchester United defeated Watford 2-1 in the evening kick-off game with goals from Smalling and Marksman Lukaku. Arsenal and Crystal Palace also won their away games against Newcastle and Huddersfield respectively.
Let’s take a moment to praise West Ham Manager Pellegrini, as he masterminded their first win of the season to lift them off the foot of the table and into 16th place. the hammers after 4 previous defeats managed to put things right against a very tough Everton side. Goals from Yarmolenko (2) and Arnautovic ensured 3 points for West Ham in the 3-1 win against Everton (let’s hope they build momentum).
Hazard storm mobbed by team mates!!!