Premier League Gameweek 5 Review
Manchester United and Manchester City ran riot on Gameweek 5 to strengthen their positions at the top of the table as Chelsea and Arsenal played out a 0-0 stalemate to cap of a dull London derby. Here’s a review of the Premier League’s gameweek 5:
Bournemouth 2 – 1 Brighton:
The opening fixture of this gameweek saw winless Bournemouth hosting newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion at the Vitality stadium. The opening half was a relatively dull period as neither side posed any serious threat. Solly March scored his debut Premier League goal to put Brighton ahead in the 55th minute. But Brighton’s joy was short-lived as Bournemouth struck back through Surman and Jermain Defoe to win their 1st game of the season.
Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Southampton:
Crystal Palace hosted Southampton at the Selhurst Park, still in search of their 1st points of the season. Appointing Roy Hodgson as their new manager didn’t bring any change to their fortunes as Southampton, riding on Davies’ early goal beat them 1-0 to go 9th on the table.
Huddersfield 1 – 1 Leicester:
Newly promoted Huddersfield town continued their good start to the season by gaining a valuable point against 2015 champions Leicester City. Huddersfield took the lead 2 minutes into the 2nd half as Depoitre outmuscled Maguire to score past Schmeichel. 2 minutes later, Andy King was brought down in the box and the referee awarded Leicester a penalty which Vardy coolly put away to draw Leicester level. Huddersfield were then robbed of a 2nd goal as the referee Jonathan Moss judged Kachunga’s goal offside when he clearly had been onside. Both teams then had further chances but no one could fully capitalize as the game finished in a 1-1 draw.
Liverpool 1 – 1 Burnley:
Philippe Coutinho began his 1st game of the season for Liverpool amid months of speculation linking him to Catalan club Barcelona whereas Sadio Mane missed the match serving his 3 match ban. Mane’s absence was strongly felt as Arfield put the visitors ahead in the 27th minute only to see Salah equalize 3 minutes later. Liverpool then had chances throughout the game with Salah, Coutinho and Firmino all going close but the match ended in a frustrating 1-1 draw which left Liverpool reeling at 8th in the table.
Newcastle 2 – 1 Stoke:
Newcastle continue to make strides under Rafa Benitez as they beat Stoke 2-1 at home. Atsu scored the opening goal for Newcastle as Matt Ritchie notched up his 3rd assist of the season. Shaqiri then scored his 1st goal of the season to put Stoke on level terms. Newcastle continued to pile pressure on Stoke as Matt Ritchie got his 4th assist of the season as Lascelles latched on to his cross to smash home the winner.
Watford 0 – 6 Man City:
Man City continued to stream roll teams as they hit 6 past a hapless Watford. Sergio Aguero scored his 6th premier league hat trick to complete the romp. City started positively and they were rewarded with a goal in the 27th minute as Aguero headed home a goal off De Bruyne’s free kick. Aguero then doubled City’s lead just 4 minutes later as Watford started to fall apart. Aguero turned provider just 6 minutes later as he assisted Jesus’ to score his 1st and City’s 3rd goal of the match. The 2nd half was no different as Centre-Back Otamendi scored the 4th goal off a delightful cross by Silva which Otamendi had no difficulties of scoring in. Aguero completed his hat trick in the 82nd minute as he embarked on a solo run and scored a great goal to complete his hat trick. To put the icing on the cake, Sterling scored from the spot in the 90th minute to complete an emphatic victory for City which took them to the top of the table.
City along with United look genuine title contenders. All what remains to be seen is that can City keep this momentum going? They had a similar start to the season last year winning their opening 9 fixtures but then lost the plot completely to finish 3rd as it turned out to be Pep Guardiola’s worst season of his career.
West Brom 0 – 0 West Ham:
This was the 1st goalless draw of the gameweek as neither team did enough to claim the win. This match was a momentous occasion for Gareth Barry as he equaled Ryan Giggs’ record of 632 Premier League matches. Other than that, there was nothing to talk about in this stalemate.
Tottenham 0 – 0 Swansea:
Tottenham had numerous chances to score as they dominated possession throughout the 90 minutes but the much famed “Wembley Curse” came in their way. Tottenham have been title contenders since the last 2 years while playing their home games at White Hart Lane but as the WHL is being renovated, Spurs have to play their home games at London’s Wembley stadium. Wembley hasn’t been Spurs’ happy hunting ground as they’ve won only once in their 13 games there. They’ll have to improve drastically if they want to challenge for the title again.
Chelsea 0 – 0 Arsenal:
Chelsea were expected to overcome Arsenal with ease, considering Arsenal’s recent performances but Arsene Wenger’s side held out for a 0-0 draw at the Stamford Bridge. Eyebrows were raised on Arsenal’s team selection as Arsene Wenger started Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi ahead of Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez. But Arsenal put in a disciplined effort to earn a valuable point away at the Bridge.
Man United 4 – 0 Everton:
Is 4-0 the new 1-1? *chuckles*
In a clash of players facing their former clubs, Wayne Rooney came to Old Trafford to a hero’s reception. The Old Trafford faithful cheered United’s leading goal scorer Rooney as he warmed up before the match. Rooney returned the favor by applauding the stretford end as he warmed up for the match. On the other hand, Romelu Lukaku faced his former club Everton for the 1st time after sealing his £75 million move to United. As the match began, Antonio Valencia unleashed a rocket of a strike to score the goal of the season so far to put United ahead in the 4th minute. United then went into a bit of a slumber as Paul Pogba’s absence began to show. But as they’ve done throughout the season, United stepped on the gas after the 80th minute once again as Romelu Lukaku assisted Henrikh Mkhitaryan who scored his 1st goal of the season to double United’s lead in the 83rd minute. Lukaku then scored a goal of his own as he put United 3-0 ahead in the 90th minute. Lukaku, who had been getting a bit of flak from the visiting Everton supporters, celebrated in emphatic fashion in front of the Everton fans to have the last laugh. Martial then earned a penalty in the dying moments of the match as he sent Pickford the wrong way to complete a 4-0 rout of Everton.
United look genuine title contenders this season. With the arrival of (Auto)Matic from Chelsea and Lukaku from Everton, United finally look to have found a squad which fits Jose Mourinho’s plans. Add to this the myth of Mourinho always winning the league in his 2nd year at any club, the United faithful have plenty to look forward to. Another positive thing which Mourinho’s done this season is not to let his bus parking antics come into the play, as it is evident by United scoring 16 goals this season in just 5 games while conceding only 2. The only negative factor is Pogba’s injury. If United can somehow overcome Pogba’s absence, then there’s no reason why they shouldn’t win their 21st Premier League title.