Matchweek 3 had it all. High-scoring matches, low-scoring draws, and a ton of drama and storylines as per usual. Here are 4 of my standout scorelines from this past weekend of English Premier League action.
MANCHESTER UNITED 1 – WOLVES 0
This match was anything but a walk in the park for the Red Devils. We saw new signings Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane get their first starts, and boy was this a good test in their road to Premier League adaption. The atmosphere at the Molineux Stadium was electric and the home side got off to a great start, with chances from their main men. Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez, veteran Ruben Neves, and new signing Francisco Trincao all looked threatening in the first half. David de Gea made an incredible double save thwarting Romain Saiss’s header and rebound. Mason Greenwood put a low-driven ball into the bottom left corner to make it 1 nil in the 80th minute. This is the Man United academy graduate’s 3rd goal in 3 games. Fernandes and Pogba looked threatening as well.
The away fans were busy celebrating the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo the whole time, and rightly so. They’ll have to wait another 2 weeks until after the international break to see that man play once more but it should be worth the wait. David de Gea said in his post-game interview that this team “Needs to win titles”, and you would feel that with everyone fit and the addition of Ronaldo on top of their other summer signings, they can definitely do so.
MANCHESTER CITY 5 – ARSENAL 0
Did anyone expect anything different? Cause I definitely didn’t. Let’s get this straight, this could’ve easily been a 10-0 game. I’m not really gonna touch on City at all because we know how good they are and they kind of do the same thing every game. For the second game in a row, Man City put up 5 goals but was one against Championship level Norwich City and the other against Arsenal. So what does that make us!?!? Because currently, Mikel Arteta and these mediocre players have lost their first 3 games of the season (which is another record that Arteta has broken), have conceded 9 goals, and have yet to score a single goal. WE ARE DEAD BOTTOM OF THE LEAGUE. ARSENAL. 20TH PLACE. WAKE UP.
Granit Xhaka did a very Granit Xhaka thing and embarrassed the club by making yet another rash challenge on Man City wing-back Joao Cancelo and for that was shown a red card. Not good enough. At least we play relegation rivals Norwich City next game and can hopefully get our first goal/win of the season.
LIVERPOOL 1 – CHELSEA 1
The two powerhouse clubs met this weekend in what was another thrilling installment in the history of this fixture. Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea just came off a 2 nil victory vs Arsenal and Liverpool got the same result vs Burnley. Kai Havertz made it 1 nil early on with his headed effort that looped over Liverpool keeper Allison. Controversy struck in added time at the end of the first half when a shot from Sadio Mane deflected and hit Reece James’s arm as he was standing on the goal line. Referee Anthony Taylor awarded a penalty kick and non-other than Mohammed Salah converted the spot-kick to make it 1-1.
Chelsea defended superbly with 10 men for the remainder of the game and even looked the stronger side throughout the course of the 2nd half, creating chances and running at Virgil Van Dijk and the Liverpool defense. Ultimately, they couldn’t convert any chances late on leaving Liverpool fans and players feeling hard done by at the final whistle. Standout performances from both goalkeepers Edouard Mendy and Allison Becker.
WEST HAM 2 – CRYSTAL PALACE 2
David Moyes and West Ham entered Matchweek 3 at the top of the table in 1st place and were looking to build on their recent run of form at home vs a weak Crystal Palace side. Goals came from the usual suspects Pablo Fornals and man of the moment Michail Antonio. The biggest storyline from this match was Palace midfielder, Conor Gallagher. The youngster on loan from Chelsea impressed the last match in a goal-less draw vs Brentford and Patrick Vieira’s men have yet to score a goal this season up until this point. Bring in Conor Gallagher, who put 2 goals past Lukasz Fabianski to secure the all-important point for Palace. Credit to both sides for putting on a thrilling match of end-to-end football.
OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS FROM THIS WEEKEND…
-Leeds and Burnley draw 1-1 in a match that saw strikers Chris Wood and Patrick Bamford score a goal apiece. Credit to the goalies for keeping it tight the whole game.
-Aston Villa and Brentford draw 1-1 as well in a match that saw Brentford striker Ivan Toney and Villa #10 Emi Buendia both score their first of the season. Newly promoted Brentford has yet to lose a game. Imagine that.
-Spurs maintain their great start to the season, edging a 1 nil victory over Watford. Son scored from a free-kick about 25-30 yards out that he didn’t even intend to shoot from. Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo remains unbeaten.
–Newcastle drew 2-2 with Southampton, Everton secured a 2 nil win over Brighton, and Jamie Vardy carried Leicester to a 2-1 victory over Norwich.
MATCHWEEK 4 SHOULD BE INTERESTING…
Due to the international break, the league won’t resume for another 2 weeks. Fans will have to wait till then to see their teams play. Ronaldo will be making his highly anticipated return to the Premier League as he steps out with Manchester United once more. Will he score a goal? Will we finally see Arsenal score a goal or get a win vs Norwich? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Stay tuned!