Premier League Recap: Gameweek 7
Last weekend's Premier League action all seemed to follow a certain pattern, with the winning sides often showing a sense of resilience in defence, with most teams that ended up as winners, got a clean sheet in the process.
West Ham United 3-1 Manchester United
West Ham managed to continue their excellent run of form with a deserved win against Manchester United, as the Red Devils continued to slump down the table. Felipe Anderson got the Hammers off of the mark with a backheel finish after a cross from Pablo Zabaleta, that was in an offside position, yet the goal was still given. Manchester United did not seem at it, and West Ham quickly added to their lead with Andriy Yarmolenko having a loose ball fall to him, and his shot got a wicked deflection from Victor Lindelof, who could only see it go into his own net. Man United did get themselves a lifeline late on in the second half, as a corner was flicked into the near post by Marcus Rashford, yet it was not enough as West Ham quickly added another to the scoreline, after Marko Arnautovic was found in space on his own, and he made no mistake in burying it past David De Gea.
Arsenal 2-0 Watford
Arsenal continued to perform excellently, with another win in the league, as they dispatched Watford easily. However, they could not score early on, and had to settle to scoring late in the second half. The breakthrough came when Alex Iwobi crossed the ball towards Alexandre Lacazette, yet Craig Cathcart got a touch to the ball before the Frenchman, and he watched it go in for an own-goal. Just a few minutes after the goal, Arsenal added to their lead, with a fine piece of play between Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Lacazette resulting in the Frenchman crossing the ball towards Mesut Ozil, who tapped the ball into an empty net.
Everton 3-0 Fulham
Everton got themselves a solid win against the newly-promoted Fulham, with a magnificent display from Gylfi Sigurdsson. Everton were held to a goalless first half, yet they got out for the second half, all guns blazing, with Sigurdsson curling a wonderful shot past the goalkeeper with his weaker left foot. Just a few minutes after the opener, Theo Walcott got in space in the right wing and he crossed it over the Fulham defence, and Cenk Tosun rose high to score his first goal of the season. Sigurdsson then got himself a second goal, with the goal being an exact replica of his first, just on the left side instead.
Huddersfield Town 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham got back-to-back wins in the league to secure themselves fourth for the gameweek, as they beat Huddersfield, leaving the Terriers rooted to the bottom of the table. Harry Kane opened up the scoring after less than half an hour had passed, as he rose to head from a Kieran Trippier cross, putting it past the goalkeeper. Just minutes after, Danny Rose was brought down in the box and Spurs were subsequently given a penalty, which Harry Kane made no mistake in tucking it away, as he sent the goalkeeper the wrong side.
Manchester City 2-0 Brighton and Hove Albion
Manchester City kept their place at the top of the Premier League table, with a great display against Brighton. As always, Man City got off to a flying start, as Leroy Sane was left to run through the defence and get himself in the box, and he made no mistake in finding Raheem Sterling on the other side of the box to tap it into the net. City continued to utterly dominate Brighton, and if it was not for Mathew Ryan, the game could have ended with a much higher scoreline. However, City did manage to find another goal, as a fine one-two between Sergio Aguero and Sterling left the Argentinian free in the box to place it past the Australian goalkeeper, securing the Sky Blues the win.
Newcastle United 0-2 Leicester City
Leicester got themselves another solid win to continue their inconsistent start to their Premier League season, and to worry even further the Newcastle faithful. Harry Maguire got Leicester a penalty in the first half, after his attempted shot was blocked by Kenedy, who used his arms to block the ball from going on target. Jamie Vardy stepped up to take the penalty, and the experienced Englishman made no mistake in dispatching it. Later on in the match, Maguire got himself a goal of his own, as James Maddison curled a corner right on the towering defender's head, with him heading it past the goalkeeper, leaving him with no chance whatsoever. After the goal, Newcastle were down and out, and they could not find a way back into the match.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Southampton
Wolves retained their fabulous start to the Premier League season with yet another win, this time against Southampton. The game was finely balanced throughout, yet Wolves had the cutting edge that the Saints did not have, however, they were made to wait to get their goals. The first came in the final few minutes of the match, as Raul Jimenez laid the ball off for Ivan Cavaleiro, who rocketed it past Alex McCarthy. The second came very late on, as Matt Doherty skipped past the opposing fullback and delivered a slick pass to Jonny Castro, who toe-poked it past McCarthy and into the net for Wolves' second, and another win for the newly-promoted side.
Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool
The top of the table clash between Chelsea and Liverpool ended in a draw, as both sides troubled the opposing goalkeepers countless times. Chelsea struck first, midway through the first half, as Mateo Kovacic found Eden Hazard, who for the second time in the week, punished Liverpool with an ice cool finish past Alisson. Liverpool's flourishing front three of Mane, Salah and Firmino could not find a way past the Chelsea defence, and Jurgen Klopp brought on Daniel Sturridge, the former Chelsea man, and he had a major impact as soon as he came on. He scored the decisive goal that ended the game level, as he received the ball a long way out of the box, and without even thinking, he blasted the ball with his left foot right in the far top corner, beyond the reach of Kepa Arrizabalaga, ending the game in a draw, leaving both sides unbeaten in the league this season.
Cardiff City 1-2 Burnley
Burnley won yet another match in the league, this time against a struggling Cardiff side. Johann Gudmundsson opened the scoring after Ashley Westwood cross the ball, with the Icelandic midfielder rising to head it just between the goalkeeper and the post. Cardiff got themselves level after just a few minutes, as Bruno Ecuele found Josh Murphy free in the box, and the Englishman finessed the ball past Joe Hart for his first league goal for the Welsh side. However, Sam Vokes got Burnley back in the lead, after Gudmundsson toe-poked it to the onrushing striker, who guided the ball with his head past the goalkeeper. Despite some pressure from Cardiff, Burnley managed to hold on and get themselves another win to take them up the table.
AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Crystal Palace
Bournemouth got back to winning ways against Crystal Palace, after a stunning start to the match. Just five minutes in, Callum Wilson laid the ball off to David Brooks, who curled it magnificently into the top corner, hitting the woodwork in the process, for a tidy finish. Palace started to trouble the Bournemouth defence more and more as the game wore on, and they eventually got themselves back in the game through Patrick Van Aanholt, who got on his weaker right foot and blasted it right past Asmir Begovic and into the roof of the net. Bournemouth were denied by Wayne Hennessey countless times after the goal, but they were awarded a penalty very late in the game, as a Bournemouth player was pushed away from the ball, with Junior Stanislas slotting the ball in the middle past Hennessey.