Premier League round up: Chelsea and Watford maintain their winning records
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The new Premier League season may have only just kicked off but in its fourth weekend, the English top-flight division has proven why it is one of the world's most hotly contested footballing league.
A long football-less week came to an end with a matchup between title contenders, Liverpool, and the strong and resilient Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
We didn’t have to wait long for the weekend's first goal, with Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson crossing the ball to Sadio Mané who slipped the ball past Kasper Schmeichel. Roberto Firmino doubled Liverpool’s lead just before half-time with a well-placed header.
Liverpool fans remember all too well the devastation caused by having a goalkeeper who let them down in regard to trophy chasing. With the world-record breaking signing of Alisson Becker, Liverpool thought they had addressed this issue, but their new signing made a catastrophic mistake that led to Leicester claiming one back before it eventually ended 2-1 to Liverpool.
Southampton looked to continue their relatively good form as they travelled to Selhurst Park where they would look to overcome tough opponents in Crystal Palace. Liverpool loanee, Danny Ings, brought Southampton 1-0 up just after half-time, with their lead doubled by Høbjerg late in added time.
Things were left in a bitter draw between Everton and Huddersfield at Goodison Park, a disappointing finish for Everton who will be looking to stake a claim for the top six. Billing brought Huddersfield one up late into the first half, but it didn’t take long before Calvert-Lewin equalised, just two minutes later.
Down on the south coast, Brighton and Hove Albion hosted newly-promoted Fulham where, like at Goodison Park, things ended in a hotly contested draw.
Just before half-time André Schürrle expertly placed the ball in the back of Brighton’s net, with their lead later doubled by summer signing Aleksander Mitrović in the second half.
Brighton needed a mammoth comeback in order to get at least a point back from the game, a task they unbelievably executed. Shortly after Mitrović’s goal, Glenn Murray claimed one back before later netting a penalty after the linesman claimed the ball had hit Mitrović’s hand inside the area.
Over at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea maintained their 100% record against Bournemouth. A late goal by Pedro looked promising for Chelsea to maintain their record with an even later goal by Eden Hazard confirming their fourth consecutive victory, overcoming Bournemouth 2-0.
Late drama piled even more devastation on top of an already embarrassing start for West Ham with a late added-time goal by Traoré for Wolves.
Neither team looked impressive in front of goal, but fans of the Hammers would’ve wanted more attacking prowess from their team, especially at home.
The defeat against Wolves spelt the fourth consecutive Premier League defeat for the East London club, underperforming from pre-season expectations.
Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United looked to upset Manchester City’s attempt to retain their title as they travelled to the Etihad Stadium.
A stunning shot from England’s own Raheem Sterling brought City ahead at an early interval, but defensive mistakes led to Newcastle’s Yedlin pulling one back.
Kyle Walker brought City ahead again just after half-time with a rocket shot on goal, helping City maintain their sights on the Premier League trophy.
Sunday’s games continued the Premier League drama, especially over in Wales where Cardiff hosted the new-gaffer Unai Emery’s Arsenal. First-half goals from Arsenal’s Mustafi and Cardiff’s Camarasa saw the teams head into the second half all even.
Aubameyeng brought Arsenal back into the lead with a screamer, but Cardiff’s Danny Ward once again dampened Arsenal’s celebrations with another Cardiff equaliser.
A late goal from Lacazette secured the 3 points for the North London Club but many have been critical over experienced keeper, Peter Čec, who has made frequent unforced errors in the past few games.
make or break for Jose Mourinho as the Red Devil’s manager.
A double from Belgian international, Romelu Lukaku, confirmed the victory for United but it was nowhere near a perfect performance.
Captain Paul Pogba had a penalty saved by ex-Manchester City keeper, Joe Hart as well as young England star Marcus Rashford being sent off following an altercation.
Mourinho will be pleased with the 3 points but more work needs to be done if United are to return to their performances of the past.
The biggest drama came at Watford’s Vicarage Road, with national treasure, Elton John, watching over his club who looked to maintain their 100% record this season. W
Watford's own Doucouré drew the first blood, but mistakenly against his own team, bringing Spurs ahead. However, second-half goals from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart caused a major upset for Champions League contenders, Tottenham, by claiming all 3 points in the game and ending the weekend in a truly dramatic form.
Leicester City 1 – 2 Liverpool
Crystal Palace 0 – 2 Southampton
Everton 1 – 1 Huddersfield
Brighton and Hove Albion 2 – 2 Fulham
Chelsea 2 – 0 Bournemouth
West Ham United 0 – 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Manchester City 2 – 1 Newcastle United
Cardiff City 2 – 3 Arsenal
Burnley 0 – 2 Manchester United
Watford 2 – 1 Tottenham
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