By Niall Clarke

  • Five lessons learned from Premier League match-week six
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Is the title race going to be a three team contest? Are Liverpool the most entertaining team in the league? That plus more in our Premier League match-week six recap.

 

The Premier League title race could well be a three horse race

After match-week six, it seems like three teams are going to stand above the rest in the Premier League standings, and to many it is no surprise.

Manchester City continued their tremendous goalscoring form as they battered scoreless Crystal Palace 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. It was looking like a frustrating game for the Citizens before a piece of individual brilliance from Leroy Sane broke the deadlock. From there, City toyed with their opponents, adding another four goals to complete the thrashing.

Alvaro Morata bagged his first Premier League hat-trick as Chelsea rolled over Stoke 4-0. The Spaniard was in impressive form as Chelsea did what Manchester United failed to do and that is get three points at the Bet 365 stadium. Pedro was the other goal-scorer, further emphasising the  Spanish influence on Chelsea. Over 80% of their goals this season have been scored by Spanish players.

Manchester United were not as impressive as their rivals but they still ran out winners against Southampton. Romelu Lukaku was the only goal-scorer in  1-0 away win that could have easily been a draw or a win for the Saints. United may not be as stylish as their neighbours, but they are functional which goes a long way towards winning the title.

 

Morata is no Costa, but he is a good signing

On the note of Chelsea, summer signing Morata was highly doubted at the start of the season. With a hefty price tag and not a lot of remarkable stats to back it up, many expected the Spanish striker to struggle at Stamford Bridge and not live up to his billing. I think at this stage it is fair to say they have been proved wrong.

Whilst possessing different qualities to Diego Costa, the man he has replaced at Chelsea, Morata is a natural goal-scorer. His hat-trick over the weekend brought his season tally to six thus far, not a bad return at all.

With a 60-million price tag, Morata had a lot to prove and so far he has surpassed expectations. His aerial presence has been his main asset thus far and he does not look like slowing down anytime soon.

 

Liverpool are the league’s great entertainers

If you want goals in your Premier League viewing experience, I recommend watching Liverpool.

The Reds have had more goals in their matches than any other team this season, and it easy to see why that is. With their exciting attack, they got goals from all areas of the pitch, but their shaky defence also means they will concede plenty at the back.

Liverpool’s 3-2 win over Leicester was the game of the weekend as both teams went back and forth looking for goals. Philippe Coutinho’s brilliant cross allowed Mohamed Salah to head home from a tight angle to give Liverpool the lead. The Brazilian then mad it 2-0 with a stunning free kick. Leicester got one back before half time though with Shinji Okazaki controversially scoring from a corner.

Jordan Henderson seemed to have killed the game off after a brilliant counter attacking move, but Leicester hit back straight away through Jamie Vardy. The England striker had a chance to level the match from the penalty spot, but his powerful effort was saved by Simon Mingolet.

Another Liverpool game full of drama and goals. They are certainly one of the league’s great entertainers, especially for the neutrals.

 

Crystal Palace are in huge trouble

It can not be denied that Crystal Palace are in huge danger of being relegated unless something drastically changes for them. Six games into the season and they have yet to earn a point or even score a goal. It is the worst start in Premier League history and things do not look like getting better.

The next two fixtures are a trip to Manchester United, then after the International break, the Eagles host Chelsea at Selhurst park. It can only get easier after that, but it looks like it could be eight games without a point or a goal, and that could destroy their confidence.

Crystal Palace could be a fair way from safety before match-week 10, meaning they will have to play catch-up right away. Roy Hodgson has a big job on his hands, and it may be an impossible one unless something changes soon.

 

What else happened?

Everton got back into the win column with a come from behind 2-1 victory at home to Bournemouth. It will come as a relief to Ronald Koeman, who may have been fearing for his job after a poor run of results.

In the all promotion battle, Brighton edged Newcastle 1-0 at home and showed the Premier League that the AMEX will not be a happy hunting ground. On that subject, Huddersfield will be happy with a point at Turf Moor as they held Burnley to a 0-0 draw.

Harry Kane continued his fine goalscoring form as Tottenham staved off a West Ham comeback in 3-2 away win. Elsewehere in London, Arsenal defeated West Brom 2-0 thanks to a brace from Alexandre Lacazette.

Watford’s fine start to the season continued as they defeated Swansea 2-1.

 

Predictions round-up

Neil had a great week, earning 12 points in total with three correct scores. A goal or two either way could have seen him grab even more points and possibly overtake Niall.

As of now, Niall remains two points in front but he only scored five points this week with no correct scores. He will need a better result next week to stave off Neil’s attack.

Niall (41)
Actual Score Neil (39)
West Ham 0-2 Tottenham (1)
West Ham 2–3 Tottenham West Ham 2-2 Tottenham
Burnley 1-0 Huddersfield Burnley 0-0 Huddersfield Burnley 2-1 Huddersfield
Everton 1-1 Bournemouth Everton 2-1 Bournemouth Everton 1-1 Bournemouth
Man City 4-0 Crystal Palace (1)
Man City 5-0 Crystal Palace Man City 4-0 Crystal Palace (1)
Southampton 1-1 Man United Southampton 0-1 Man United Southampton 0-2 Man United (1)
Stoke 1-2 Chelsea (1)
Stoke 0-4 Chelsea Stoke 1-3 Chelsea (1)
Swansea 0-2 Watford (1)
Swansea 1-2 Watford Swansea 1-2 Watford (3)
Leicester 2-2 Liverpool Leicester 2-3 Liverpool Leicester 2-3 Liverpool (3)
Brighton 1-1 Newcastle Brighton 1-0 Newcastle Brighton 1-1 Newcastle
Arsenal 2-1 West Brom (1) Arsenal 2-0 West Brom Arsenal 2-0 West Brom (3)
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