Week 7 of the Premier League continued to show the strength and superiority of the pack-leaders, with some decisive home and away wins for the big-dogs of the league.
Huddersfield 0 – 4 Tottenham Hotspur
Huddersfield’s fairytale entrance to the Premier League came crashing down at home against Spurs this past weekend in another display that centred around Harry Kane. He opened the scoring with a well-taken finish after Trippier assisted with a clever header, and would score again in the 23rd with a fantastic strike with his weaker left foot from outside the area. Ben Davies chipped in with a great run from left full back before dinking a finish over the keeper, and the scoring was finished by Sissoko in stoppage time after a bit of a goalmouth scramble. This result puts Spurs in third on 14 points, just behind the two Manchester clubs.
Manchester United 4 – 0 Crystal Palace
Palace’s horrendous start to the season continued, as many expected it would, against a rampant United side that can’t stop scoring. Juan Mata opened the scoring in the third minute after some sublime trickery from Rashford on the wing, and the second goal of the half went to Marouane Fellaini in the 35th minute after he volleyed in an Ashley Young cross from close range. The Belgian took his tally to two goals in the match after he headed home a Rashford free-kick, and his Belgian compatriot Lukaku slotted home an 86th minute goal that takes his season total to 7 goals in the league. Lukaku has now scored in each of his first seven matches, a record only held by club legend Andy Cole, suggesting he’s well worth the £75m fee United paid to acquire his services.
Chelsea 0 – 1 Manchester City
The game of the weekend was played out in London and for the majority of the match was a balanced affair that saw both sides launch attacks on the opposition box, but both failing to find any assured finishing in the final third. They were evenly matched and the game was wide open but Kevin De Bruyne, another Belgian, put his name up in lights in the 67th minute after he played a quick one-two with Gabriel Jesus and thumped the returned pass into the top corner off his left foot. This result puts City top of the log on 19 points, with a healthy six point gap between themselves and Chelsea, which will be a disappointment for Antonio Conte as the Blues were leapfrogged by Spurs, too.
Arsenal 2 – 0 Brighton
Arsenal are now unbeaten in seven matches and put in a confident display against Brighton at the Emirates, seeing a few promising attacks fizzle before Nacho Monreal opened the scoring in the 16th minute. After some pinball inside the box, as Arsenal had three efforts deflected and recycled, Monreal managed to put a low effort past the keeper from close range. Brighton responded well to the deficit but couldn’t find a way past Arsenal’s defence, and the game was killed off in the 56th minute when Alexis Sanchez played a clever back-heeled assist into Iwobi who also confidently put away a close range shot.
Newcastle 1 – 1 Liverpool
Old Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez came back to haunt his former side as Jurgen Klopp’s defensive worries are being compounded by a string of subpar performances from his defenders. Liverpool started brightly and built up threatening attacks, opening their account in the 29th minute from a wonder-goal by Coutinho, who shimmied past his marker and put a screamer past the Newcastle keeper. Liverpool’s attack hit a bit of a slump after the opener, though, and allowed Newcastle back into the game. They scored their equaliser in the 36th minute after another former Red, Jonjo Shelvey, played a great pass into Joselu who was fortunate to score since his ‘shot’ actually deflected off his foot from a Joel Matip tackle. This draw once again highlighted Liverpool’s defensive frailties, which will become an issue Klopp needs to address sooner rather than later or the Reds will slip further away from top 4 contention.
We’re going to have to endure another international break, and we’ll resume the Premier League action with Liverpool hosting rivals Manchester United at Anfield – can Lukaku make it 8 goals in 8 games?
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