By Ryan Moran
- Chelsea lose for the third time already this season.
- Manchester City youngster maintains their winning run.
- Debutant Martial scores for United as Liverpool beaten 3-1.
Chelsea stay on four points from five games as Steven Naismith scores a hat-trick. Anthony Martial scored Manchester United’s third goal in their win over Liverpool and Kelechi Iheanacho salvages Manchester City’s 100% win record at Selhurst Park.
Everton 3-1 Chelsea
The Toffees managed three goals all coming from hat-trick hero Naismith from the nine shots on target they had. The Blues had problems at both ends, conceding three and scoring one goal with only two of 15 shots finding the target. The champions find themselves in uncharted territory in 17th place whereas Everton move up to sixth in the league.
Manchester United 3-1 Liverpool
The pressure was on debutant Martial and the ex-Monaco forward delivered his first goal on his first appearance. The striker’s goal was United’s third in the game, having gone 2-0 up through Daley Blind and an Ander Herrera penalty. Christian Benteke pulled one back before the forward sealed the victory with four minutes to play. The Red Devils now sit third while Liverpool slide to ninth.
Crystal Palace 0-1 Manchester City
The Sky Bblues had to wait the full 90 minutes to make a breakthrough against a counter attacking Palace side. The goal scorer was unlikely hero Iheanacho, at 19-years-old making only his second appearance for Manchester City. One major blow for the away side was the sight of Sergio Aguero limping off with a knee injury with 63 minutes gone. With Juventus awaiting City on Tuesday, losing their talisman would be a big loss. The Eagles slip from second to fifth as a result of their defeat.
Arsenal 2-0 Stoke City
Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud got on the score sheet as they helped the Gunners to their first home win of the season. Mark Hughes won’t want to look at the league table as the Potters keep slipping lower down the table as their new summer signings are yet to make an impact. The away side currently sit 19th as a result of Saturday’s loss.
Sunderland 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham secured their first win of the season as Ryan Mason struck late on to take three points from the Stadium of Light. Jermaine Defoe had a chance to take the lead, only to fire across goal and find the post. Spurs move up to twelfth and the Black Cats sit bottom with two points and the worst goal difference of the bottom three.
Leicester 3-2 Aston Villa
The cliché that comes to mind is that this was a game of two halves, literally. Villa soared in to a 2-0 lead with 27 minutes to play. Goals from Jack Grealish and Carles Gil gave the away side a margin to protect. Ritchie De Laet volleyed in a lifeline for the Foxes followed up 10 minutes later by a Jamie Vardy strike. What better way to make your debut on loan than seal a three goal come back and take the victory, this was Nathan Dyer’s moment to be a favourite with his new supporters, heading in at the back post with a minute to play.
Norwich City 3-1 AFC Bournemouth
Cameron Jerome, Wes Hoolahan and debutant Matt Jarvis put Norwich City in control against Bournemouth. After coming up through the play offs, a win against the Championship winners could prove a costly three points in the race for survival come the end of the season. Steve Cook did pull back a goal on 81 minutes but it was to be nothing more than a consolation goal for the Cherries.
West Ham United 2-0 Newcastle United
Dimitri Payet condemned the Magpies to their third loss in five games to sit 18th in the league. A goal in the first and then a second in the latter half sealed the victory and saw the return of Andy Carroll since returning from injury for the last six minutes of the game.
Watford 1-0 Swansea City
High flying Swansea City were dealt a blow as Watford claimed their first win of the season. The Hornets are the last of the promoted sides to gain their first win in this Premier League season. Odion Ighalo’s strike was enough to take three points from the game and managed to withstand 11 players for 26 minutes as Valon Behrami saw red for being seen stamping on Andre Ayew in a challenge for the ball.
Of the other weekend’s results:
West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Southampton
After the international break, Chelsea host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge for the lunchtime kick off on the 19th September.