Gameweek 7 of the Premier League has whizzed past us and has given us plenty of talking points. The 7th round of fixtures saw the Manchester Clubs continue their dominance in the league, consolidating their positioning ahead of the chasing pack. Chelsea failed to go one up over Manchester City as a resounding away performance from the Cityzens left the Blues with a considerable amount of catching up to do.
The bottom of the league does not paint a pretty picture for Palace fans, as 7 losses in the opening 7 games sees them rock bottom, still to pick their first points of the season.
Let’s head into this week’s Premier League roundup:
Huddersfield 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur
The Terriers faced their first mighty test of the season against Tottenham Hotspurs and were blown apart from the Londoners. Harry Kane’s puzzling post-September form continues as the striker scored a brace, taking his season’s tally to 13 goals for club and country. This was Spurs’ 4th win in 5 games, which sees them leapfrog Chelsea and Arsenal in 3rd position. The newcomers stand in 11th position in the league standings.
Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester City
A goalless draw at the Vitality stadium was underwhelming in all aspects, as the home team failed to make the most of their chances. A total of 19 shots failed to find their target, leaving the home fans frustrated. As for the visitors, their less than convincing start to the season continued. They went the closest to taking the lead as Shinji Okazaki saw his effort saved by the keeper. Both of the teams headed into the game knowing a win was on the cards. The Cherries remain in 19th position, while the Foxes are far from safety in 17th.
Manchester United 4-0 Crystal Palace
Manchester United continued their impressive form with yet another 4-0 win, this time against bottom-placed Crystal Palace. Marouane Fellaini scored his first brace for the club and goals from Juan Mata followed by a customary Lukaku strike condemned the visitors to their 7th loss in as many games. Manchester United were at their ruthless best, scoring for fun keeping one eye on the goal difference. They are joint top of the league with Manchester City, with the Cityzens atop of the league having scored one extra goal.
Stoke City 2-1 Southampton
A Peter Crouch special was required late on for the home team to steal the points from a disappointed Southampton side. The home side went ahead courtesy a well-taken header from Mame Beram Diouf. They should have doubled their lead, but Saido Berahino failed to convert his penalty, further increasing his goal drought. The Saints levelled thanks to the acrobatics of Maya Yoshida, but it was to no avail as a scramble in the Saints’ box led to a scruffy finish from Crouch, giving all three points to the home team.
West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Watford
If there was an indication that the league is finally settling into the rhythm of old, this game was the highlight. It was end to end football at the Hawthorns. This game had it all!
The home team took a two-goal lead, thanks to strikes from Salomon Rondon and Jonny Evans and should have seen the game out. Abdoulaye Doucoure pegged one back for the visitors who went on to equalize with the last kick of the ball, as Richarlison headed in a freekick from Holebas.
West Ham 1-0 Swansea City
Hawthorns wasn’t the only venue dominated by a late goal, West Ham too relied on a late strike from Diafra Sakho to spoil Swansea’s hard work. Slaven Bilic has been underfire for quite some time and this result comes as a breather for the Croatian. The win sees Swansea slide into the relegation zone, and West Ham moving out of it.
Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City
The headline fixture of the week did not fail to impress. It was a fine tactical battle between two of the best in the business with Guardiola getting the better of his adversary. An old Chelsea boy had the last laugh, as Kevin de Bruyne’s 67th-minute strike ensured all three points for the visitors. The Blues were pegged back from the word go, having lost Morata to an injury scare early on. The loss sees them lose ground on the leaders.
Arsenal 2-0 Brighton and Hove Albion
Arsenal eased to a 2-0 win over the Seagulls, courtesy of goals from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi. The visitors were never really in the game, and it was clear they had come to play for a draw. They did threaten in the final minutes of the game, but that was about it from Albions.
The win sees Arsenal jump up to 5th in the table, while Brighton drop to 14th.
Everton 0-1 Burnley
Could we see Ronald Koeman on the way out? The mood was tense in Goodison following yet another stuttering performance by the home team, this time against Burnley. The Toffees tried hard to have a foothold in the game, but the visitor’s superior away form helped them grab another scalp. A well-taken goal from Jeff Hendricks was enough to compound another defeat on Koeman’s men.
Newcastle 1-1 Liverpool
Liverpool failed to capitalize on Chelsea’s slip-up by failing to get past a resolute Newcastle. The visitors took the lead courtesy a trademark goal by Phillipe Coutinho but went behind thanks to some shoddy defending, Joselu taking full advantage. There were plenty of chances for either of the teams, but neither could capitalize as the game ended in a stalemate. Liverpool fall to 7th in the table, while Newcastle break into the top 10.