Premier League Re-Cap : Watford make a statement
Watford sweep aside a strong Spurs side!
Allison makes his first blunder as Liverpool stay top
Liverpool and Leicester kicked off the Premier League weekend on Saturday morning. After Sadio Mané converted from close range in the 10 minutes from a Robertson cross many thought it would be another Liverpool goal-fest.
Liverpool didn’t play great but got a 2nd on the stroke of halftime when James Milner’s corner was met by the head of Roberto Firmino. But Liverpool’s €74m goalkeeper gifted Leicester a way back into the game in the 63rd minute when his attempt at a Cruyff turn away from Leicesters Kelechi Iheanacho lead to him being disposed of in the corner of his own box. Iheanacho calmly squared the ball across to James Maddison who left it to Rachid Ghezzal to finish.
Ghezzals goal means that: Leicester are the first team in Premier League history to have three Algerian goalscorers in the competition. Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez were the two other Algerian goal scorers for the foxes.
Crisis averted at United for now
After a 3-0 second half drumming at home to Spurs at Old Trafford, a win was a necessity for Jose Mourinho and his men.
Burnley were coming into the game after failing to qualify for the Europa League group stages earlier in the week and lacked the sharpness and energy that comes with playing a midweek game with a smaller squad.
As a result of this United looked comfortable for most of the match and 2 goals from Romelu Lukaku was enough to secure them the victory, but it could have easily been more if not for Paul Pogba missing a penalty after Marcus Rashford was brought down inside the box in the 69th minute.
Unfortunately it wasn’t all good news for Jose Mourinho as Marcus Rashford got sent off 2 minutes later for a headbutt on Burnley’s Phil Bardsley only 10 minutes after coming on for Alexis Sanchez. The red card means that Rashford will miss United’s next three games including Watford and Wolves in the league as well as Derby County in the EFL cup.
United’s next opponents after the international break Watford continued their impressive start to the premier league campaign and made a big statement with a win against Tottenham.
Watford put in an impressive defensive display against Spurs to win 2-1 with the only goal they conceded coming from an Abdoulaye Doucouré own goal. Jose Holebas was a key player in Watford’s comeback against Spurs assisting for both goals.
Watford first goal came from a freekick just to the right-hand side of the Spurs box in the 69th minute. Holebas lofted the hung the ball above penalty spot for Troy Deeney to head into the bottom left of the Spurs net.
Watford’s second and game-winning goal came with 14 minutes remaining when Craig Cathcart guided his header from the centre of the box to the top left corner of the Spurs goal.
The game was also home to the oddest moment of the weekend. The moment arrived when Michel Vorm, who played in place of Hugo Lloris who was out due to a thigh injury, attempted a short goal kick to center back Toby Alderweireld unfortunately for Vorm his routine pass went straight out for a goal kick.
Watford’s win means they remain top of the league tied on 12 points with Chelsea and Liverpool while Tottenham are now fifth and have undone the good work they had done earlier in the week.
West ham still without a win
West Ham are still without a win after they lost 1-0 to Wolves who brought the momentum earned from their draw against Manchester City last weekend into this weekend.
The only goal came in the 3rd minute of added time when Wolves forward Adama Traore fired a low effort past Fabianski at his near post.
The win is wolves first of the season and leaves them on five points and in 11th place in the league whereas West Ham are now rock bottom being the only team to not register a single point in the first 4 games of the new premier league campaign.
Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping things pick up for his side after the international break after admitting that he is “worried” about his side’s form.
“I don’t think it is a bad start, it is a very bad start,” Pellegrini told Match of the Day.
West Ham’s next game is away to Everton after the international break while wolves play Burnley at home.
What else happened?
Saturday saw Fulham lose a two-goal lead against Brighton to draw 2-2 at the Amex stadium. Pascal Groß had his penalty saved in the 25th minute which would have given Brighton the advantage. André Schürrle scored two minutes before halftime and Aleksandar Mitrović added a second in the 62nd minute.
Brighton’s bagged 2 goals to bring Brighton level before full time the first coming in the 67th minute before he converted a penalty six minutes from full time.
Everton and Huddersfield played out a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park with Philip Billing and Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring for their sides. Just two minutes separated the goals.
In London, Chelsea continued their strong start to their campaign with another win this time a 2-0 win over Bournemouth. Pedro and Eden Hazard getting the goals for them.
Arsenal made it two wins in a row after they beat Cardiff City 3-2 on Sunday. Cardiff will be the happier of the two sides as they bagged their first two goals of the campaign. Meanwhile, Arsenal’s defensive problems are still clear to see with Petr Čech, in particular, struggling with the system being deployed by Emery.
And finally, Southampton got two goals in the second half in their game against Crystal Palace to secure their first win in the league. The win means the two sides are on 4 points and in 12th place one point off Wolves in 11th.