After another action-packed weekend of The Premier League, we look back on all of Match Day Five’s thrilling encounters, as Manchester City made it an incredible 11 goals in just two Games and Slaven Bilic’s Boys shared the points with The Baggies in a dull Hawthorns clash.
Late Defoe Brilliance Brings Brighton To Their Knees
Jermain Defoe fired a late winner for his Cherries side in a vital Derby with The Seagulls on Friday night, as Eddie Howe’s men finally got off the mark.
On Sky Sports’ Friday Night Football, the visitors took the lead through youngster Solly March at the start of the second period. But, the hosts came roaring back with an equalizer from Andrew Surman.
Defoe was then left to grab his first goal since returning to The South Coast, a notch that could prove so vital to Bournemouth at The Vitality.
Victory for the home side consolidated their place in 19th, while Chris Hughton’s men dropped two places down to 16th. Ironically, these two Sides will meet again in a matter of days’ time at the same Venue in The Carabao Cup.
Palace’s Woes Continue As Saints March To Victory
New Manager, same old problems for a depleted Crystal Palace Side, as Roy Hodgson was overcome by Mauricio Pellegrino at Selhurst Park on Saturday lunchtime.
The visitors were put ahead by Steve Davis in the first period, as he was part of a wonderful move that ended with a delightful finish into a semi-open Palace net.
As the Game wore on, the home Side constantly piled the pressure on and missed an entourage of opportunities, as Fraser Forster earned Man of the Match.
The Eagles’ defeat, their fifth consecutive in The League, resigned them to another week at the very foot of the Table, as Huddersfield Town await in The League Cup.
But for Southampton, the pressure has been eased with a very smart away victory, as The Saints will benefit from a week’s rest before facing The Red Devils on Saturday.
Hammers Held To Hawthorns Stalemate
Slaven Bilic’s Hammers were treated to a typical Tony Pulis performance in one of five Saturday afternoon ties, in a drab stalemate at The Hawthorns.
The Game’s highlight came in the first period, as Pedro Obiang’s ridiculous effort struck the bar from the halfway line, but there was to be very little in terms of goalmouth action in The Midlands.
We have now avoided away League defeat for the first time in this campaign and are unbeaten in three of our last four In all Competitions, as we climbed out of The Relegation Zone with help from United’s thrashing of Everton.
After holding out for a home draw, Tony Pulis’ men consolidated their Top-Half position with an impressive eight points from 12 and face a red-hot City in The Cup on Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, we will host Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday, looking to make it to Round Four at The London Stadium.
Super City Hit Hornets For Six
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City were on incredible form at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon, as they thrashed a sorry looking Watford Side for Marco Silva’s first loss as Boss in Hertfordshire.
Sergio Aguero terrorized the home Side’s defence once more with an incredible performance and hattrick. Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi, and Raheem Sterling from the penalty spot added the others for the visitors.
The hosts never had a sniff in trying to keep their unbeaten start intact, but City only had eyes on bettering their 0-5 margin of victory at Vicarage Road last season.
The win has moved The Citizens to the summit of The Table on Alphabetical Order, as there are even on every stat possible with their Manchester Rivals, but Watford drop down to 11th on a popular eight points. City will make the trip to The Hawthorns in The Carabao Cup this week.
Huddersfield Held By Solid Foxes
Huddersfield Town followed last Monday night’s loss at The London Stadium with a solid draw at home to Leicester City two days ago, as David Wagner maintained his Side’s unbeaten home Record.
Laurent Depoitre marked his full Premier League debut with a goal to open the scoring in Yorkshire.
Craig Shakespeare’s men were quick to respond with a goal of their own and Jamie Vardy’s fourth of the season to be specific.
The hosts had their chances but could not find a late winner and join the ruck on eight points, they will host The Reds in midweek. Meanwhile, The Terriers face off with Hodgson’s Palace.
Stern Burnley Earn Anfield Plaudits
Sean Dyche’s physical Burnley Side put in another impressive showing on Saturday afternoon, as they held out for a point to frustrate Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
Canadian International Scott Arfield gave the visitors a shock lead on 27 minutes before the home side struck back through Mo Salah just moments later.
Klopp, in particular, was left gritting his teeth after the draw, as his Liverpool Side have come under significant pressure in recent weeks thus making the midweek’s clash with Leicester a must-win.
Meanwhile, The Clarets are in dreamland after a magnificent start and look primed to challenge for European Football this season, they host Leeds United on Wednesday evening.
Lascelles Nets Consecutive Winners In Magpies Triumph
Newcastle United skipper Jamaal Lascelles made it two consecutive Match winning goals on Saturday afternoon, as his Magpies Side made it three in a row against Mark Hughes’ Potters.
Winger Christian Atsu had opened the scoring for the home Side in the first period, only for Xherdan Shaqiri to cancel it out with a superb strike.
Ten minutes later, Lascelles popped up from a Matt Ritchie corner to head home, in a very similar fashion to the way that he did at The Liberty Stadium last weekend.
After what had looked to be a very poor start in The North East, Rafa Benitez’s men are now up to an incredible fourth place after three consecutive victories.
But for Stoke, the story is a very different tale indeed as they loiter in 13th place after a very inconsistent start, The Potters will travel to Ashton Gate on Tuesday evening in The Carabao Cup.
Wembley Bites Back In Spurs Draw
Tottenham Hotspur’s poor form at their new temporary home of Wembley Stadium continued live on BT Sport on Saturday evening as Swansea held them to a stalemate.
Lukasz Fabianski was a potential Man of the Match contender in West London as he made a string of terrific saves, to prevent Mauricio Pochettino’s men from scoring with over 70% Possession.
The hosts are still without a home League win at Wembley, whereas, Paul Clement would have been delighted to travel back to Wales with a point in the bag.
Both Sides will face off with Championship opposition in the League Cup and should be able to pick up morale-boosting victories.
Stalemate At Stamford Bridge As Gunners Earn Point
There is no doubt that Arsene Wenger would have been one of the more happier Managers come Sunday night after his side took a point from a clash with The Champions on Super Sunday.
Furthermore, the hosts would have been fairly pleased with the draw themselves after defender David Luiz was given his late marching orders for a flying challenge on Sead Kolasinac.
The closest that any Side came to scoring was through Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey as his close-range effort struck the post, before falling to Alexandre Lacazette who could do no better.
A good point for The Gunners means that they move to one behind the eight-point pack going into the midweek visit of Doncaster Rovers.
Whereas Antonio Conte’s men, who now sit third after home frustration, host Nottingham Forest in a few days’ time.
Untouchable United Cruise Past Toffees
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United proved too hot to handle for Ronald Koeman’s Everton in the second Super Sunday clash, as they kept up with The Blue Moon at the top.
Romelu Lukaku notched against his former Club as Antonio Valencia opened the scoring with a wondrous Goal of the Season contender and Henrik Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial added to the total.
The Toffees have now descended on worrying times in Merseyside as they slipped into The Relegation Zone with three consecutive defeats, making Wednesday’s cup clash with Sunderland a must-win.
The late flurry of United goals meant that City have not bettered them in any Table stats this season, heading into the Cup visit of Burton Albion.
So, with a thrilling Match Day Five now over, certain fans can now begin to forget their Club’s spoils with Carabao Cup action ahead. But, for others, there will be plenty of time to bask in the glory of it all as we go again for Game Week Six on Saturday afternoon.