By Niall Clarke

  • Five lessons learned from Premier League match-week five
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The Manchester clubs lead the way after match-week five of the Premier League season and it will take some doing to catch them. That plus more in our five lessons learned.

The Manchester clubs are setting the pace

Five weeks into the new season and it is clear who the pace setters are. Both Manchester clubs once again recorded convincing victories this weekend and have contributed to 25% of the total goals so far this season. They are most certainly the teams to beat.

Despite winning 5-0 in their last meeting at Vicarage Road, Manchester City fans may have expected a tough game against an in-form Watford side who until this point had not lost a match. What transpired was a Sergio Aguero inspired thrashing. The Argentine netted a hat-trick as Pep Guardiola’s side strolled to a 6-0 victory. It was all too easy and City look in scary form.

Manchester United have made a habit of surging late and Sunday’s game against Everton was no different. They took the lead through Antonio Valencia’s screaming effort, but the real damage was done in the last ten minutes. The Red Devils added three more late on, including one from Romelu Lukaku against his former club to keep the pace with their noisy neighbours.

Both sides look like champions thus far, but there is still a long way to go. United are yet to face any title contenders and will not until they face Liverpool and Spurs in October. City have a crucial game against Chelsea late this month.

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Arsenal can put in a good tactical performance

Arsenal earned a very respectable 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Sunday and proved they can put in a good tactical performance against top sides. It is just a question of why they can not do this most of the time?

The Gunners were much more impressive against the Champions than they were against Liverpool a few weeks a go. The defence was very solid and did not allow Chelsea many clear chances on goal. They could have arguably grabbed all three points, but Aaron Ramsey was denied by the post before Alexandre Lacazette fired the rebound over.

It was not the most thrilling game of the season, but it was a good point for an Arsenal side who are slowly starting to build confidence. For Chelsea, it is a disappointing draw and they fall further behind the Manchester clubs.

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Liverpool need to start taking their chances

Imagine having 35 shots on goal and only finding the back of the net once. You now know how it feels to be Liverpool FC.

Once again the Reds failed to take their chances and were held to a draw at Anfield. Burnley took the lead through Scott Arfield, but Liverpool pegged them back only minutes later thanks to Mohamed Salah. The Reds peppered the Burnley goal for the rest if the match but could not find the back of the net or a second time and had to settle for a point.

This is becoming all too familiar for Jurgen Klopp as his side had similar problems in their 2-2 draw against Sevilla in mid-week. It is something that needs to be rectified they could end up falling behind their more clinical rivals.

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Crystal Palace are the only pointless side left

It is fair to say Roy Hodgson’s return to football management did not go to plan as his Crystal Palace side lost 1-0 at home to Southampton. Steven Davis scored the only goal as the Eagles became the only side to not register a point so far this campaign.

That is because Bournemouth finally got onto the board with a come from behind 2-1 win against Brighton on Friday night. After a lifeless first half, the game picked up in the second when the Eagles took a shock lead. However, the introduction of Jordan Ibe was a turning point for the Cherries and they ran out 2-1 winners after goals from Andrew Surman and Jermain Defoe.

It ahs been a worrying start for Crystal Palace, and looking at their upcoming fixtures, it does not look likely they will get on the board anytime soon. They could fall far behind the rest of the league after just a quarter of the season. Hodgson certainly has a tough job on his hands.

 

It was not the most exciting week of the season

With three 0-0 draws and many games lacking drama, match-week five of the Premier League season might be the least interesting so far.

Tottenham failed to capitalise on their mid-week win over Dortmund as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Swansea at Wembley. West Brom and West Ham played out the other goalless draw over the weekend.

Huddersfield may feel they deserved three points against Leicester, but the Foxes managed to earn a 1-1 draw at the John Smith’s Stadium. Fellow promoted side Newcastle United continued their fine run by defeat Stoke 2-1, making it three wins in a row for the Magpies.

 

Predictions round-up

Neil wins the week with eight points to six, closing the gap between him and Niall to just nine points after match-week five.

Neil successfully predicted the correct scores for both Bournemouth vs Brighton and Newcastle vs Stoke to go with his correct results for Watford vs Man City and Chelsea vs Arsenal.

Niall got a correct score of his own with Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Burnley arguably being the pick of the week. But he failed to add another correct score and had only three correct results to go with it.

Niall (36)
Actual Score Neil (27)
Bournemouth 2-0 Brighton (1) Bournemouth 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion Bournemouth 2-1 Brighton (3)
Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton Crystal Palace 0-1 Southampton Crystal Palace 1-1 Southampton
Huddersfield 1-2 Leicester Huddersfield Town 1-1 Leicester City Huddersfield 1-2 Leicester
Liverpool 1-1 Burnley (3)
Liverpool 1-1 Burnley Liverpool 3-1 Burnley
Newcastle 1-1 Stoke Newcastle United 2-1 Stoke City Newcastle 2-1 Stoke (3)
Watford 0-2 Man City (1)
Watford 0-6 Manchester City Watford 1-3 Man City (1)
West Brom 1-0 West Ham West Bromwich Albion 0-0 West Ham United West Brom 1-2 West Ham
Tottenham 3-0 Swansea Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Swansea City Tottenham 4-0 Swansea
Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea (1)
Man United 2-0 Everton (1)
Manchester United 4-0 Everton Man United 2-2 Everton
The Premier League returns on September 23rd

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