Another round of Premier League fixtures has concluded, and somewhat interestingly, only one away side (Southampton at Bournemouth) emerged victorious. And only one game- the fixture between Crystal Palace and Wolves at Selhurst Park, saw both teams find the back of the net.
Brighton (Nike) 0-0 Nottingham Forest (Macron)
Crystal Palace (Macron) 2-1 Wolves (Castore)
Bournemouth (Umbro) 0-1 Southampton (Hummel)
Brentford (Umbro) 0-0 Chelsea (Nike)
Liverpool (Nike) 1-0 West Ham (Umbro)
Newcastle (Castore) 1-0 Everton (Hummel)
Man Utd (Adidas) 2-0 Tottenham (Nike)
Fulham (Adidas) 3-0 Aston Villa (Castore)
Leicester (Adidas) 2-0 Leeds (Adidas)
The three Umbro sides in the competition- West Ham, Bournemouth and Brentford, failed to score even a single goal between them. Brentford however managed to hold Chelsea to a goalless stalemate, but Bournemouth, as mentioned above, were the only home team to lose in this round.
West Ham wore their third kit in the league for the first time this season but went down 1-0 away at Liverpool. Darwin Nunez broke his Anfield goal drought and his header (the 800th away goal the Hammers have conceded in the league) was the difference between the two sides at the final whistle.
The visitors were handicapped by the absence of influential playmaker Lucas Paqueta, forcing manager David Moyes to give a start to young Flynn Downes in the centre of the park. Ben Johnson also struggled at right back, with Liverpool clearly identifying his side as a weak area and exploiting it ruthlessly. West Ham barely troubled Liverpool until the end of the first half, when a poor challenge from Joe Gomez saw them being awarded a penalty. Unfortunately for the London outfit, Jarrod Bowen’s spot kick was poor, with LFC keeper Alisson guessing the right way to make an excellent save.
The Hammers improved after the interval, but not enough to stop Liverpool from taking all three points. Manchester City are still strong favourites to win the league at the likes of 888Sport, but the Reds aren’t too far behind either, and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that his side can continue their good recent run of form.
Liverpool was also the only Nike team to score this weekend- Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Brighton all drew blanks in their respective games. Spurs, in their away kit, were easily beaten 2-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford. The 28 shots Ten Hag’s United had was a record for any team in the league so far this season. Despite their initial struggles, United have done well recently, accounting for Arsenal, Liverpool and now Spurs- all fellow top six rivals.
If they had beaten both Brighton and Brentford earlier in the season, United would have been second in the league- a sign that the Ten Hag era has got off to a pretty good start at Old Trafford, the controversies with Cristiano Ronaldo notwithstanding. The Portuguese superstar allegedly refused to come on as a sub against the Lilywhites and stormed down the tunnel before the final whistle.
Why Spurs had to do to their alternate strip in this game is another question altogether- their base white kit doesn’t really clash with United’s red home uniform (and has been worn several times when the two sides have done battle)
City’s clash with Arsenal, the pick of the lot in this set of fixtures, was postponed, accommodating the Gunners’ European fixture against PSV (which was originally postponed due to the Queen’s death). Mikel Arteta’s side beat their Dutch opponents 1-0 thanks to Granit Xhaka’s strike midway through the second half.
The all-Adidas derby between Leicester and Leeds United ended in victory for the former, and saw the Foxes move off the bottom of the table. A disappointing result for Leeds, especially after they had run Arsenal so close at Elland Road in their previous clash.
A mixed bag for Castore- Villa and Wolves both lost their away games, but a superb goal from Miguel Almiron helped Newcastle down Everton (in Hummel) 1-0 at St.James Park.
Wolves, like West Ham, gave a league debut to their arctic ice third shirt, but it ended in defeat, just as it had for the Hammers. The Midlands outfit took the lead through Adama Traore’s 31st minute header but crashed to another loss as Eberechi Eze and Wilfried Zaha helped Palace stage a fine second half comeback.