Hooray, The Premier League is finally back and what a weekend of Matchday Eight action it truly was, as the City Train proved unstoppable for yet another week and our Hammers tasted late heartbreak at Turf Moor.
Reds Held To Anfield Stalemate
In what was arguably the weekend’s most exciting matchup on paper, there would be disappointment for audiences the World over as Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho shared the points.
In a game of very little goalmouth action, David De Gea kept his side in it with a magnificent stop to deny Joel Matip and keep the scores level.
But, in the second period, the hosts were treated to a typical Mourinho “park the bus” performance from the visitors to see the affair out for a draw, much to the anger of Klopp and the Anfield faithful.
A point for Liverpool sees them drop to eighth from seventh place in The Premier League Table, whereas, United have now dropped to second outright for the first time this season.
Late Wood Cracks Ten Man Hammers
Andy Carroll saw red at Turf Moor on Saturday as we left Lancashire with only a point after leading Sean Dyche’s Burnley for over an hour and finally cracking in the 85th minute.
Michail Antonio had rounded Nick Pope in the 19th minute to give us an early advantage, before Carroll was dismissed by Referee Stuart Attwell for flying elbows on James Tarkowski and Ben Mee, within 90 seconds of each other.
With five minutes remaining, Johann Berg Gudmundsson picked out Chris Wood with a cross and the Kiwi emphatically headed into the bottom corner to rescue a point for the hosts.
However, The Clarets have now fallen a place to seventh but have still only been defeated once this season, meanwhile, Slaven Bilic’s Boys remain in 15th position.
Flawless City Hit Potters For Seven
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City continued their dominance of The Premier League on Saturday afternoon as they thrashed Stoke City 7-2 in an Etihad masterclass.
The Citizens raced into an early three-goal lead through Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, and David Silva, but the visitors pulled two back either side of the break with Mame Biram Diouf and Kyle Walker getting on the scoresheet at the wrong end.
The home side responded with another four goals of their own as Jesus made it a brace, Fernandinho scored from range and Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva added two more, with Kevin De Bruyne pulling the strings as usual.
For the first time this season, there is now clear daylight between City and rivals United at the top after six consecutive League wins, but Mark Hughes’ side fall four places to 17th.
Zaha Magic Fires Palace To Shock First Win
In what was undoubtedly the shock of the Premier League weekend, Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace claimed their first goal and first points of the campaign with victory over The Champions.
Antonio Conte’s Blues, who have now tasted consecutive defeats, shot themselves in the foot early at Selhurst Park as Cesar Azpilicueta deflected a Yohan Cabaye effort into his own net.
Tiemoue Bakayoko then headed the visitors level, before Wilfried Zaha burst through on the stroke of half-time to ensure that The Eagles avoided breaking Portsmouth’s record of eight consecutive defeats to start a PL season.
However, they still occupy 20th place but have now cosied up to Bournemouth in 19th, but Chelsea have now dropped down to fifth.
Eriksen Strike Breaks Spurs’ Wembley Duck
A second-half finish from midfielder Christian Eriksen was enough from Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur to claim a first League victory at Wembley by beating The Cherries.
Eddie Howe’s men had their chances and come closest to scoring most notably in the first period when Junior Stanislas’ deflected shot whistled wide and Hugo Lloris saved superbly from the resulting corner.
However, the host hung on in there and got their reward on 47 minutes when Eriksen twisted and turned to fire past Asmir Begovic and into the bottom corner from close-range.
Three Points take The Lilywhites up to third and five points behind the leaders, whereas, Bournemouth remain 19th after a dismal start.
Abraham Brace Delivers Swansea Salvation
A goal either side of the break from youngster Tammy Abraham gifted The Swans a vital victory and leave The Terriers without a win in five League games.
Paul Clement’s men were the masters of their own downfall to allow the home side to break the deadlock on 42 minutes, when Jonas Lossl gifted the ball to Tom Carroll, allowing him to find Abraham to slot home easily.
The advantage was then doubled just minutes after the restart as Jordan Ayew’s deft chip was hijacked by Abraham on its way into the back of the net for his fourth of the campaign.
The win took the Welsh side out of immediate danger and up as far as 13th in the Table, a point and a place behind David Wagner’s men, whose dazzling start seems like years ago.
Fortunate Watford Come Back To Stun Faltering Gunners
Marco Silva’s Hornets continued their remarkable start to the season under their new Boss with a surprise victory over Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal on Saturday evening at Vicarage Road.
A header from the most unlikely of sources in Per Mertesacker, his first in The PL since January 2015, had put the visitors ahead early on but they would be pegged back after the break in contentious circumstances.
Brazilian youngster Richarlison was caught by Hector Bellerin on the run in the area with Referee Neil Swarbrick pointing to the spot and Troy Deeney converting before Tom Cleverly struck a 92nd-minute winner for the home side.
The surprise three points elevate The Hornets to a remarkable fourth place, but The Gunners are on the verge of another crisis, with more pressure being heaped on Arsene Wenger.
Rooney Penalty Rescues Everton On South Coast
A late Wayne Rooney penalty was enough for The Toffees to snatch a point at The Amex Stadium on Sunday as The Seagulls narrowly missed out on three consecutive home wins.
Frenchman Anthony Knockaert had looked like he had given his side all three points with an 82nd-minute strike from close-range that Jordan Pickford would have felt he should have saved.
But, when Michael Keane was pulled to the floor by Captain Bruno and awarded a penalty, Rooney stepped up to deliver a 90th-minute equaliser.
The point sees both sides remain on eight points with Everton worryingly in 16th and Chris Hughton’s men sitting 14th.
Gabbiadini Double Saves Southampton From Magpies Loss
Salvation was also the theme on Super Sunday in another part of The South Coast as The Saints came from behind twice to deny The Magpies all three points at The St Mary’s Stadium.
Isaac Hayden gave the visitors a 20th minute lead with a sweetly struck volley that swerved away from Fraser Forster and into the back of the net, before levelled things up just after the break.
Ayoze Perez then pounced to give Newcastle another slim advantage with a near-post effort, but Rob Elliot couldn’t keep Gabbiadini out for much longer and he converted from the spot on 75 minutes.
Both sides pushed but could not find a winner on a sunny afternoon meaning that Mauricio Pellegrino’s men move up to 11th, while Rafa Benitez’s remain in 9th place.
Spoils Shared in Tasty Midlands Derby
The Foxes and The Baggies played out a 1-1 draw at The King Power Stadium on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football as the heat was turned up on Craig Shakespeare once more.
It could have also been a hell of a lot worse for the Leicester Boss when Nacer Chadli notched his first goal of the season with a perfectly struck free-kick in the second period.
But, the hosts’ star man Riyad Mahrez was on hand to salvage a point for his side in trademark style with a low volley from a tight angle to beat Ben Foster.
However, after they failed to find a winner, The Foxes remained in 18th place following Swansea City’s win on Saturday, meanwhile, Tony Pulis’ men remain in their predicted position of midtable.
So, now that another superb Game Week of Premier League spoils and thrills is behind us, European Football will take centre stage over the course of this week, before we return at The London Stadium on Friday night for Matchday Nine of the 2017/2018 Premier League season.