We kicked off this game week with Manchester City’s visit to the Vitality Stadium to face Bournemouth. Many (including myself) expected City to cruise to victory here but that most certainly was not the case. In fact, Bournemouth struck first with an absolute Thunder-Bolt from Charlie Daniels with a goal of the season candidate! City did manage to equalise before half time when Gabriel Jesus latched on to a delightful through ball from David Silva to poke the ball home.
City wrapped up an unlikely win when Raheem Sterling’s deflected strike found its way past Begovic in the 92nd minute. Sterling was subsequently given a second yellow card for celebrating near the City Fans. Stupid FA rules.
Huddersfield v Southampton and Watford v Brighton both played out scoreless draws with the only real thing of note to happen was the assault carried out by Miguel Britos of Watford for which he was given a straight Red card – he looked perplexed but this. I am perplexed by his perflexedness.
In the other games, Swansea pilled the pressure on Frank de Boer as his Crystal Palace fell to a 2-0 loss at home. Wonder how long he will get?
Another manager who is under sever pressure is Slaven Bilic. His team have lost all three games this season and while they are all away games, as the Olympic stadium becomes a Football stadium again, he may get more time to fix the issues at the Hammers. This weekend West Ham lost 3-0 at Newcastle and looked quite poor.
On Saturday evening Manchester United hosted Leicester at Old Trafford with goals aplenty expected. But it took until the 70th minute for the deadlock to be finally broken and it was the introduction of Marcus Rashford which brought the change! United ever looked troubled by Leicester and the points were wrapped up when Marouane Fellaini touched home Lingard’s cross.
In the two early kick offs on Sunday Chelsea strolled to a 2-0 win over Everton at Stamford Bridge. Never in doubt as Morata and Fabregas got on the scoresheet. In the other game, the #PulisBowl, it ended 1-1. Shock horror. In truth, Stoke were probably the more dominant team but it was West Brom who took the lead through Jay Rodriguez. Stoke got their equaliser through Big Papa Crouch after a cock up by Hegazi
The two later games saw Spurs blew a lead late on to be held to a draw against Burnley at Wembley. The Wembley hoodoo continues for the Yid Army and Harry Kane goes through another season without scoring in August. One of the strangest stats you’ll find.
Arsenal got absolutely spanked by Liverpool at Anfield! Both managers left key players out of their teams; Mignolet & Robertson for Liverpool while new forward Lacazette was strangely benched in preference to Danny Welbeck! It was cruel, almost uncomfortable to watch!
Liverpool look lethal with Mane, Firmino & Salah up front and will cause problems for any team. Not even sure when Coutinho would fit into this team right now!?