We’ve seen three rounds of Premier League action so far in the new season, and going into the international break, Nuno’s Spurs are top of the table while Mikel Arteta’s Gunners are bottom- the first time it’s happened in the modern PL as we know it! Here is a look at the table & results from Game Week 3
Results and uniforms worn by each team
Man City (home) 5-0 Arsenal (home)
Aston Villa (home) 1-1 Brentford (away)
Brighton (home) 0-2 Everton (away)
Newcastle (home) 2-2 Southampton (away)
Norwich (home) 1-2 Leicester (home)
West Ham (home) 2-2 Crystal Palace (away)
Liverpool (home) 1-1 Chelsea (home)
Burnley (home) 1-1 Leeds (away)
Tottenham (home) 1-0 Watford (home)
Wolves (home) 0-1 Manchester United (away)
It wasn’t such a good weekend for home teams- the only two clubs who managed to win theirs were Man City, who absolutely thumped Arsenal in the Saturday lunch time opener, and Spurs, who were effectively gifted a goal and all three points by Watford keeper Daniel Bachmann after the latter misjudged Heung-Min Son’s free kick.
Interestingly, both City and Tottenham were up against opponents who were wearing their home kit for an away clash. City’s demolition job of Arsenal has left the latter at the bottom of the table, with serious questions being asked about coach Mikel Arteta’s future. Arsenal registered only one shot in the entire game against City, and had Pep Guardiola’s men been more ruthless, the margin of defeat for the Gunners could’ve been even higher.
At this stage, not only are Arsenal 0 from 3, but they’re also yet to score a league goal- their worst start to a campaign in 67 years. It perhaps then comes as no surprise that many folks already think the Gunners won’t be able to finish in the top six this season, as illustrated by the odds at PowerPlay– the likes of Leicester, West Ham and Everton all have shorter odds in that market than Mikel Arteta’s side at the time of writing.
Two other teams wore their home kit in Round 3 despite being the away team- one was Leicester, who beat newly promoted Norwich 2-1 at Carrow Road. The other was Chelsea, who overcame a controversial red card to Reece James to hold Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at Anfield.
Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel showed why he is tactically so highly rated as he tweaked around his side’s formation at the interval to reorganize them following James’ red card, & his men responded in kind as Liverpool failed to find a way past Edouard Mendy in the Blues goal.
The xG stats in the Liverpool-Chelsea game were all in favour of the former (3.35 to 0.73), but was also testament to the visitors’ defensive efforts. The other game on the weekend to have such a disparity in terms of xG was the Newcastle-Southampton one (Saints finished with an xG of 3.42 with NUFC on 1.37), but that clash also finished in a draw (see xG table above), with two goals deep into stoppage time ensuring an exciting finish.