Manchester City vs Liverpool (Watched by NAFB)
Manchester City 5 – 0 Liverpool
City started the game with both Aguero and Jesus up front while Liverpool brought back Mingolet for Karius.
The game started off asa back and forth, exciting game. A fantastic through ball from Kevin De Bruyne led to an opener for Sergio Aguero. After an exciting start, the game was effectively killed as a contest when Sadio Mane was sent off in the 37th minute for a scary tackle on Ederson, the City goalkeeper. To be fair to Mane, if Ederson tagged Mane first, he would have been the player getting sent off. A 9 and a half minute long stoppage due to the injury, saw Ederson get stretchered off. Jesus got his first off the night shortly after the injury stoppage. In the second half Klopp brought off Salah for the Ox. Goals from Jesus and 2 from substitute Sane rounded off a 5-0 win for City. The scoreline was not reflective of the first 37 minutes as that was a much more enjoyable (for the neutral) game to watch.
City also had 2 goals denied for offside.
The game had potential to be a cracker but it ended up being a complete bore due to the red card to Mane.
Man of the Match
Kevin De Bruyne was absolute class and deserves the man of the match.
Liverpool and City both have Champions League matches coming up, Liverpool host Sevilla while City travel to Feyenord. Next in the EPL, they Liverpool face Burnley at home while City travel to Watford.
Arsenal vs Bournemouth (Watched by NAFB)
Arsenal 3 – 0 Bournemouth
Wenger goes into this game knowing his head is on the chopping block with just 3 points from 3 games. Lacazette came back into the line up for Alexis while Kolasinac and Mustafi also got a start.
Arsenal started the game really well with a goal for Danny Welbeck with an assist for Kolasinac. That tends to happen when players actually play in their real position. Surely game over now with Lacazette getting a goal as well, Danny Welbeck with the assist. Awful defending from Bournemouth, could have been 3-0 to Arsenal if not for Begovic, who ends up blocking a Lacazette attempt, in the process the ball actually deflates.
Second Half, Aaron Ramsey fakes a shot, plays it to Danny Welbeck who puts it in far post, 3-0. Welbeck has 2 goals and an assist.
Arsenal will be happy with this performance but can they sustain it over the season?
Man of the Match
Danny Welbeck was the difference, involved in the first three goals and looked good.
Arsenal have a Europa League fixture versus Koln at home and then they face Chelsea away next weekend. Burnley face Liverpool away.
Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur
Everton 0 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur
The drunk driver, Wayne Rooney and the flipper of the bird Dele Alli both started for the respective clubs, Harry Kane hopes to score his first goal of the season.
There we go, Harry Kane has his first EPL goal of the season, a fantastic fluke, it is his 100th goal for Spurs. Eriksen nets the second of the game, turning out to be a lot easier than expected for Spurs. Kane gets another in the second half, 0 goals in August, 2 goals in less than 60 minutes in September. Surely game over. Everton are in trouble because they now have Manchester United next and they look awful.
Man of the Match
Harry Kane came alive today, well deserved.
Spurs have a Champions League fixture versus Dortmund at home, Everton travel to Italy to face Atlanta in the Europa League. Next up in the league, Spurs host Swansea while Everton have the massive task of facing Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Leicester City vs Chelsea
Leicester City 1 – 2 Chelsea
Chelsea welcome Eden Hazard back but he only makes the bench, new signing Danny Drinkwater is on the bench for Chelsea against his former club.
Slimani came dangerously close to scoring, only to be denied by Courtouis. Morata gets the opener through a lovely header, great ball by Azpilicueta.
Kante has a pop from around 35 or so yards, ball essentially rolls into the back of the net. Horrific goalkeeping from Kasper Schmeichel. The former Leicester City man gets his first league goal since scoring against Man Utd last season. Chelsea look good for their first September win in almost 4 years. Oh interesting, Courtouis concedes a penalty to Vardy who safely tucks it away. Good game for Chelsea, Leicster tried to get back into the game unsuccessfully.
Man of the Match
Morata scored yet another and got the Blues going. Diego Costa who?
Chelsea face Qarabag in the Champions League and Arsenal next week in the league, while Leicester play Huddersfield away.
Stoke City vs Manchester United (Watched by NAFB)
Stoke City 2 – 2 Manchester United
Couple of changes for the Red Devils, Darmian and Herrera come in for Blind and Mata, looks like Pogba will be playing a more attacking role today. United haven’t won a match at Stoke since Sir Alex took charge and they would like to end that run today.
United haven’t been pressed by Stoke over the last few minutes, they’ve had most of the ball so far. United have almost 75% of the ball in the first 15 minutes. Stoke have spent the majority of the first have clearing the ball and sitting back as Manchester United have had almost all of the ball, Valencia has been fantastic for United today. What has been interesting to note, considering the physical size of Manchester United, they have yet to play a corner directly into the box, they’ve all been played short so far. Very curious tactic. Stoke have their goal! It is the first time United have conceded this season, great finish by Choupo-Moting. That dance right after was better than that finish. Jose has his wish, his side are now behind. Lets see how they do now. There it is, United play a corner into the box for the first time tonight and Pogba puts it in, instant response by United. Looks like Matic got a glancing flick near post. Oh wait it bounced of Rashfor on it’s way in, goal for Rashford then haha. Both teams go into the break having scored goals less than 3 minutes apart. 1-1 at the half.
And we are back to the short corners. This one gets floated in but nothing comes of it. Darmian at left back for United has been better than Blind, he’s had his moments, like the one that led to the Stoke opener but he’s been a lot better. Lukaku’s lucky to get away without a yellow card after a foul on Joe Allen. Stoke have been more attacking in this second half. Interesting fact, United spent a grand total of 11 days at the top of the table since Sir Alex retired, this season they’ve already spent 27 days at the top, if the result holds, they stay top on goal difference with Manchester City. Unless Huddersfield win by more than 7. Lukaku, he shoots, rebounds of Butland, Lukaku picks it up and puts it in the back of the net. at just 24 years of age he has 150 goals in the EPL. Darmian made a fantastic run to set up that goal. He’s been quality today. United scored an immediate equalizer in the first half and Stoke have done the same in the second, Choupo-Moting has his second. Jose’s getting his test that he wanted for his team. Unfortunate for De Gea who made a fantastic save just seconds earlier. Will Jose get some magic off the bench again today? His subs have scored in 3 consecutive games this season. Martial and Mata look like they are getting ready to come on. After the second Stoke game went in, the game has really opened up. Herrera and Rashford coming off for Mata and Martial, looks like Pogba is gonna sit further back now, Mata going out wide. Berahino coming on for Jese for Stoke City. Lingard comes on for Mkhitaryan. The game ends at 2-2, United bottled it, should have won that. No team in the EPL is perfect now.
Man of the Match
Choupo-Moting had 6 shots, 2 goals and put in a solid shift defensively. great performance.
Manchester United host FC Basel in the Champions League and then Everton in the league while Stoke face Newcastle away in a match that should be a cracker.