Chelsea and Manchester City steamrolled their opponents on gameweek 6 as Man United struggled past a defiant Southampton. Here’s a review of the Premier League’s gameweek’s 6:
West Ham 2 – 3 Tottenham:
Tottenham’s curious case continues to baffle everyone: they’re unbeaten away this season but surprisingly, haven’t won a single match at home. They travelled away to West Ham in the 1st match of GW6. The hosts started positively with Chicharito going close on a couple of occasions but Tottenham were well equipped to clear out any danger. Tottenham soon gained the upper hand and they took the lead through Kane in the 35th minute as he easily beat Hart after Alli had set him up with an immaculate pass. The Alli-Kane combo combined to score another just 4 minutes later as Kane tapped the ball into an empty net after Alli’s shot had been blocked by Joe Hart. Eriksen scored Tottenham’s 3rd around the hour mark as the Spurs began to stamp their authority on the match. Chicharito made it 3-1 6 minutes later as West Ham kept their faint hopes alive. Tottenham did themselves no favors as Serge Aurier was shown a red card in the 70th minute. West Ham made the most of the 1 man advantage as Kouyate scored a bullet header to make it 3-2 by the 88th minute. But a resilient Tottenham defence held onto their lead as the Spurs walked away with 3 points.
Burnley 0 – 0 Huddersfield:
Burnley hosted Huddersfield town at the Turf moor stadium as both sides went into the match fairly content with their progress so far this season: 2 wins and 2 draws each from 5 matches. The match ended in a 0-0 stalemate as both teams defended resolutely and both walked away with a point apiece.
Everton 2 – 1 Bournemouth:
Bournemouth travelled away to the Goodison Park as both clubs began gameweek 6 in the relegation zone. Everton started well with Calvert-Lewin going close in the first couple of minutes. But they fell behind in the 52nd minute as Joshua King put Bournemouth ahead after a brilliant counter attack. Minutes later, Wayne Rooney, playing his 400th Premier League match was replaced by Niasse and it paid dividends as Niasse equalized in the 78th minute. Niasse then scored his 2nd in the 83rd minute as Everton completed a memorable come-from-behind victory.
Man City 5 – 0 Crystal Palace:
City continued their blistering start to the season as they swept their way past a hapless looking Palace who are yet to register their 1st points of the season. City started brightly with De Bruyne hitting the post 8 minutes into the game. Aguero then missed a sitter in the 34th minute but that didn’t hurt City much as Sane scored in the dying moments of the 1st half. Sane then turned provider just 6 minutes into the 2nd half as he put the ball on a plate for Sterling who duly beat Hennessey to double City’s lead. Sterling then scored his 2nd and City’s 3rd goal minutes later as he slotted the ball into an empty net after Aguero’s pass had found him perfectly. Sane got his 2nd assist of the match in the 80th minute as Aguero headed the ball home after an inch perfect cross from Sane. Fabian Delph then scored a stunner from the edge of the box as City completed a resounding 5-0 victory.
Southampton 0 – 1 Man United:
United travelled away to the St. Mary’s stadium, hoping to continue their excellent start to the season. They gained the upper hand in the 20th minute as Lukaku scored from a rebound after his earlier header had been blocked by Forster. United kept knocking the Southampton door but the home side defended well to go into half time trailing by 1 goal. The 2nd half turned out to be a completely different story as United lacked penetration. Mourinho made 2 defensive substitutions as Mkhitaryan and Mata made way for Smalling and Herrera. United somehow held onto their lead as they returned victorious from the St. Mary’s. Although the win wasn’t as comprehensive as the earlier results, but this is what separates good teams from bad teams. Good teams hold out for wins even when they are not playing well and that is exactly what Jose’s Mourinho’s United did.
Stoke 0 – 4 Chelsea:
Playing away against Stoke City at the Britannia stadium is one of the most challenging games in the premier league but Chelsea were having none of that as they overcame Stoke with ease and grace. Morata opened Chelsea’s account in just the 3rd minute which set the tone for the rest of the match. Pedro then scored Chelsea’s 2nd goal at the half hour mark as he made no mistake beating Butland from just outside the penalty area. Eden Hazard came off the bench in the 72nd minute and it had a positive impact on Chelsea’s play as Morata scored his 2nd and Chelsea’s 3rd goal in the 78th minute. The former Real Madrid star then scored his 3rd just 3 minutes later to complete his hat trick in emphatic fashion and raised Chelsea to 3rd in the table.
Swansea 1 – 2 Watford:
Watford continued their good start to the season as they beat a struggling Swansea away at the Liberty stadium. Gray scored Watford’s 1st in the 13th minute only to see Abraham equalize for the Swans in the 56th minute. Richardson then scored the winner right at the stroke of full time as Watford returned home victorious.
Leicester 2 – 3 Liverpool:
With both teams circumspect at the back, this match was predicted to be full of goals right from the outset. And the teams didn’t disappoint. Leicester tested Mignolet early on but the Liverpool keeper was up for the task. Salah opened Liverpool’s scoring in the 16th minute as he finished expertly after a peach of a cross from Coutinho. Coutinho then scored a goal of his own as he scored a stunning free kick to make it 2-0 for the visitors. Leicester pulled one back at the stroke of half time as Okazaki scored from close range to make it 2-1. Liverpool then restored their 2 goal lead in the 69th minute as Henderson placed a confident finish past Schmeichel to make it 3-1. The joy was short-lived as Vardy scored Leicester’s 2nd goal just a minute later. Leicester then got a golden chance to equalize as they got a penalty just 2 minutes later but Vardy hit it straight at Mignolet to waste that chance. That turned out to be the last chance for The Foxes as Liverpool held onto their 3-2 lead to win away at the King Power stadium, at the same venue where they had been knocked out of the Carabao cup by the same opposition last week.
Brighton 1 – 0 Newcastle:
Newly promoted Rafa Benitez’ side travelled away to fellow promoters Brighton and Hove Albion, hoping to continue their good start to the season. Both teams had some chances early on but none managed to break the deadlock. It was Hemed who scored Brighton’s 1st goal in the 51st minute as it turned out to be the only goal of the match as Brighton won 1-0.
Arsenal 2 – 0 West Brom:
Arsenal hosted West Brom at the Emirates stadium in the last match of the GW6. The visitors began purposefully as Jay Rodriguez went close in the 1st 10 minutes of the match, only to see Petr Cech make a great save which deflected the ball towards the post. But it was Arsenal who drew first blood as Lacazette headed the ball into an empty net after a brilliant curling free kick by Sanchez had been tipped onto the crossbar by Forster. West Brom then upped the ante as they began searching for an equalizer. They did everything but score and headed into HT with their tails up. However, the 2nd half turned out to be a completely different story as The Baggies completely lost the plot and Arsene Wenger’s side began dictating terms. They were gifted with a penalty in the 67th minute and Lacazette was right on cue to make it 2-0 which lifted Arsenal to 7th place in the table.