Week 6 of this League season passes by and the two Manchester clubs still sit at the top of table, 16 points each, neck and neck. This could be the Mourinho Guardiola stand-off we’ve all been waiting for…
It was another normal week for the Premier League. Palace extended their no goals, no points record to six games after City put them to the sword. United were able to ease past the Saints with a goal from that man Romelu Lukaku. Whilst Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata scored this season’s first hat-trick in a devastating win over Stoke.
At the time Diego Costa was being unveiled in Madrid, ahead of a move back to Atletico from Stamford Bridge. He looked happy. Whilst his gut looked like he’d been eating his feelings. We don’t judge Diego. We Don’t judge.
Game of the week: Leicester 2 Liverpool 3
Liverpool hadn’t beaten Leicester at the King Power for over 2 years when the sides met on Saturday. Having been on a dire run of form, even losing to the Foxes in the Carabao cup mid-week, Klopp’s men were in desperate need of a result. Whilst it was a game that probably had scousers everywhere biting their nails, it was a cracking one for the neutrals.
Liverpool looked in control from the start. Mo Salah’s blistering pace and equally compelling finish put the Reds ahead. Before Coutinho stunned the Foxes’ faithful into silence, with a beautiful set-piece goal.
It was the fight back, led by fan favourite Jamie Vardy, that spiced up the game and before long it was Liverpool on the back foot. A counter-attacking goal, a missed penalty and a heap of drama later and the match finished 3-2. This will certainly be a classic of this season.
Liverpool’s defence of set pieces won’t be.
Losers of the week: Crystal Palace (again)
I didn’t want to put palace in this category twice in 3 weeks. But. But they have now gone 6 games without a point. 6 games without a goal.
City were once again magnificent when they took to the pitch at Selhurst Park. With Aguero, Silva and Jesus firing on all cylinders, the Eagles didn’t stand a chance. That aside, Palace are now in a dire situation.
They’re attacking prowess once again relied entirely on Chelsea loanee Loftus-Cheek, whilst their defence simply melted away once City broke the deadlock midway through the second half. To add insult to injury, Benteke was forced off with suspected ligament damage in his knee problem.
Hodgson has to get his team in gear; otherwise, he could see his head closely follow De Boer’s to the chopping block.
Controversial calamity: Simon Francis on Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney was understandably incensed when he received a gash to the head during Everton’s Saturday game against Bournemouth. After challenging for a high ball, the swinging arm of Simon Francis gouged a wound above his eye. Dripping with blood, Rooney’s complaints were dismissed by referee Martin Atkinson.
Everton ran out 2-1 winners over the Cherries and pretty much every pundit agreed that Francis’ challenge was an accident. The general consensus being that he was going for the ball and that no one gets sent off for causing accidental facial cuts. *Cough* Sadio Mane. Either way, it’s just been a bad week for Rooney all round.
Mighty Minnows: Watford
Marco Silva’s sides haven’t made the flashiest start to the season. The Hornets have been steadily grinding out results, not making headlines but holding their own.
However, Saturday’s 2-1 win over Swansea saw the Hornet’s triumph in their third successive away game, an unconventional Richarlison run and scooped finish, stealing all three points for Silva.The Brazilian forward’s second goal won’t be winning any goal of the season awards but it’s proof that there is a lot more to come from this Watford team.