Chelsea Problems become Crystal Clear
By Ryan Moran
- West Ham United beat Liverpool at Anfield while Crystal Palace beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
- Manchester City win at Watford to maintain 100% win record.
- Swansea City end Manchester United’s unbeaten run.
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE – Chelsea and Liverpool suffered shock losses at home to Crystal Palace and West Ham United respectively. Manchester City recorded a 2-0 win over Watford to move onto maximum points after four games.
Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace
Bakary Sako found himself on the scoresheet along with Joel Ward in one of two upsets in Saturday’s fixtures. Yannick Bolasie crossed low for Sako to hit home and put the Eagles into the lead. Radamel Falcao drew the Blues level with a header at the front post. Instantly Palace replied when Ward headed in at the back post. Chelsea go into the international break on four points, eight points behind Manchester City.
Liverpool 0-3 West Ham United
A red card for star man Philippe Coutinho and three goals conceded makes Saturday’s game one to forget for Brendan Rodgers’ side. Manuel Lanzini opened the scoring, passing through Joe Gomez’s legs. The on loan signing then assisted Mark Noble’s goal to put the Hammers 2-0 up. Coutinho received a second yellow after sliding and Dimitri Payet spinning into the Brazilian. Noble was the next to receive a red card for an apparent high foot on Danny Ings. Diafra Sakho added a third to add to the Red’s misery.
Manchester City 2-0 Watford
Raheem Sterling opened his City account and the scoring as City go into the international break top of the league. Bacary Sagna provided the cross for Sterling to volley home. David Silva then passed for Fernandinho to fire across the Hornet’s goal and into the far corner.
Southampton 3-0 Norwich City
Southampton’s win was aided by a ten man Canaries side after 31 minutes when Steven Whittaker was shown a red card. Two yellow cards in three minutes sealed the defender’s fate. The Saints controlled the game with Graziano Pelle opening the scoring in first half stoppage time. In the second half, Dusan Tadic added two more in three minutes. The first of Tadic’s efforts found the top corner while the second was from close range.
Swansea City 2-1 Manchester United
Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis produced the goals once again for the Swans as they came from behind to beat the Red Devils. After a goalless first half, Juan Mata opened the scoring after good work down the left wing from Luke Shaw ended in a cross, hit hard into the net by the Spaniard. Ayew then headed the Welsh Club level only for five minutes as Gomis put Garry Monk’s side in front.
Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal
Aleksandr Mitrovic saw red before Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain’s shot deflected off of Fabricio Coloccini and into the Magpie’s goal. Mitrovic saw red after challenging late for the ball, scraping the shin of Francis Coquelin with his studs up. Chamberlain’s goal was enough to see the Gunners home.
Stoke 0-1 West Bromwich Albion
Nine man Stoke were narrowly beaten by a Salomon Rondon header from a Rickie Lambert cross. Ibrahim Afellay was the first to see red after his reaction after being challenged by Craig Gardner. Charlie Adam was next to see red after the midfielder was seen to have stamped on Craig Dawson.
Aston Villa 2-2 Sunderland
Two goals from Sunderland debutants were cancelled out by a Scott Sinclair brace. Yann M’Vila opened the scoring with a long range free kick beating Brad Guzan. Sinclair made it one a piece from the penalty spot after Lee Cattermole bundled the ex-Manchester City player over. Villa then took the lead when the winger added his second from close range. Jeremaine Lens salvaged a draw for the Black Cats with a left footed finish.
AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester City
Callum Wilson took his tally to four with a bicycle kick to put the Cherries ahead. A Jamie Vardy penalty gave the Foxes a share of the spoils after being fouled himself.
Tottenham 0-0 Everton
After the international break, Chelsea travel to Goodison Park for the lunchtime kick off against Everton on the 12th September.