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Premiership MatchDay 03 -- Review

last updated Tuesday 28th August 2018, 10:52 AM

Premier League MatchDay 03 ~ results
Saturday August 25th 2018
K.O.Home AwayReferee Att.
12:30Wolves1-1Man CityMartin Atkinson 31322
15:00Bournemouth 2-2 EvertonLee Probert 10654
15:00Arsenal 3-1West HamGraham Scott 59830
15:00Huddersfield0-0CardiffMichael Oliver 21193
15:00Southampton 1-2LeicesterJonathan Moss 29925
17:30Liverpool1-0BrightonChris Kavanagh 53294
Sunday August 26th 2018
K.O.Home AwayReferee TV
13:30Watford2-1C. PalaceAnthony Taylor 20014
16:00Fulham4-2BurnleyDavid Coote 23438
16:00Newcastle1-2ChelseaPaul Tierrney 51791
Sunday August 26th 2018
20:00Man Utd0-3TottenhamCraig Pawson 74400
On Sunday of Match Day Three 2018/2019 Fulham broke their duck with an excellent win over Burnley at Craven Cottage.

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic praised his team's "brave" performance in an eventful match.

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice for the hosts as they recovered from losing their first two matches to leave their opponents without a league win this season.

"We scored four goals and showed we could be a brave, attacking team," Jokanovic said. "It's an important step for us and we are satisfied with many things."

Jean Michael Seri, signed from Nice in July, gave Jokanovic's men the perfect start by firing a wonderful 25-yard strike into the top-right corner of Joe Hart's goal after just four minutes.

Burnley drew level in the 10th minute as Jeff Hendrick converted at the second attempt after good work from Aaron Lennon down the right flank, but a cleverly worked corner allowed Mitrovic to head the home side back in front on 36 minutes, as Tom Cairney's perfectly weighted cross from the edge of the area found the alert Serb.

Seeking another quick response, the Clarets were caught on the break two minutes later, as Mitrovic beat Stephen Ward in the air to glance beyond Hart - though the visitors were able to half their deficit before the break through James Tarkowski.

Mitrovic missed numerous chances to complete his hat-trick in a much quieter second half and agonisingly struck the post before Schurrle converted the rebound to add Fulham's fourth with seven minutes remaining.

Premier League MatchDay 03 ~ Saturday 25th August 2018

Arsenal had to dig deep as they came from behind to seal an unconvincing 3-1 victory over West Ham at the Emirates.

Unai Emery toasted a first victory as Arsenal head coach - after the Gunners had lost to Manchester City and Chelsea in Emery's first two games - and could easily have slipped to a third defeat before eventually running out 3-1 winners at the Emirates Stadium.

West Ham, who have now lost their first three matches under Manuel Pellegrini, took the lead through Marko Arnautovic only for Nacho Monreal to equalise soon after.

Arsenal went in front through a debut own goal from Issa Diop and Danny Welbeck came off the bench to score a late third.

Manchester City had to come from behind as Aymeric Laporte's second-half header rescued a 1-1 draw at Wolves.

The Premier League newcomers took the lead early in the second half after Willy Boly's controversial opener at Molineux, where the Wolves centre-back appeared to score with his arm.

Premiership table - after 27th August
    HOME   AWAY  
  Team P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 3 2 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 2 0 +7 9
2 Tottenham 3 1 0 0 3 1 2 0 0 5 1 +6 9
3 Chelsea 3 1 0 0 3 2 2 0 0 5 1 +5 9
4 Watford 3 2 0 0 4 1 1 0 0 3 1 +5 9
5 Man City 3 1 0 0 6 1 1 1 0 3 1 +7 7
6 Bournemouth 3 1 1 0 4 2 1 0 0 2 1 +3 7
7 Leicester 3 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 3 3 +2 6
8 Everton 3 1 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 4 4 +1 5
9 Arsenal 3 1 0 1 3 3 0 0 1 2 3 -1 3
10 C Palace 3 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 1 3 2 -1 3
11 Fulham 3 1 0 1 4 4 0 0 1 1 3 -2 3
12 Brighton 3 1 0 0 3 2 0 0 2 0 3 -2 3
13 Man Utd 3 1 0 1 2 4 0 0 1 2 3 -3 3
14 Wolves 3 0 2 0 3 3 0 0 1 0 2 -2 2
15 Cardiff 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 -2 2
16 Newcastle 3 0 0 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 -2 1
17 Southampton 3 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 2 -2 1
18 Burnley 3 0 0 1 1 3 0 1 1 2 4 -4 1
19 Huddersfield 3 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 1 1 6 -8 1
20 West Ham 3 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 1 7 -7 0
Laporte, a £57m January signing from Athletic Bilbao, scored his first goal for the club on 69 minutes and City could not find a winner thereafter.

Sergio Aguero - twice - and Raheem Sterling hit the frame of the goal for City while Wolves' Raul Jimenez had a strike disallowed for offside.

It was only the fifth time City had dropped points in the Premier League this calendar year, despite dominating for long spells.

Mohamed Salah extended his extraordinary goalscoring run at Anfield as Liverpool went top of the Premier League for the first time since November 2016 with a disjointed 1-0 win over Brighton.

The last occasion was after a 6-1 demolition of Watford but there were no such fireworks this time, although Jurgen Klopp's side capitalised on Manchester City's draw at Wolves to maintain their 100 per cent record with a third successive win.

It maintained a 16-month undefeated league run at home, where they have now scored 20 goals without reply - their best run since they hit 20 in a row in 1987-88.

Salah's precision strike, his 29th in as many home matches since joining the club, was all it required, curling a low shot inside the far post in the 23rd minute.

Bournemouth scored twice in five second-half minutes to force a dramatic 2-2 draw with Everton after both sides were reduced to 10 men.

Goals from Theo Walcott and Michael Keane looked to have put Marco Silva's Toffees on course for three points at the Vitality Stadium following Richarlison's red card for headbutting Adam Smith.

But the Cherries, who had defender Smith dismissed for bringing down Theo Walcott at 1-0, halved the deficit through Joshua King's penalty before Nathan Ake tapped in 11 minutes from time.

The game ended with concern for Toffees defender Keane after he left the field on a stretcher following a nasty collision with team-mate Idrissa Gueye.

The previous six Premier League games between these two clubs produced 25 goals and this one did not disappoint.

Premier League MatchDay 04
Saturday 1st September 2018
12:30LeicesterLiverpool Sky
15:00Chelsea Bournemouth  
15:00C PalaceSouthampton  
15:00Everton Huddersfield  
15:00West HamWolves  
17:30Man CityNewcastle BT
Sunday 2nd September 2018
16:00BurnleyMan Utd  
Harry Maguire's late drive handed Claude Puel sweet revenge over his ex-employers as Leicester saw off 10-man Southampton 2-1 at St Mary's.

England defender Maguire's drilled effort in stoppage time added insult to injury for Saints, who had Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg sent off for two bookings.

Ryan Bertrand's thunderbolt strike on his 150th appearance for the club had the hosts in front, only for Demarai Gray to equalise just four minutes later.

Hojbjerg's dismissal after diving in the Leicester box gifted the Foxes the chance to steal the points, and the visitors duly obliged - much to Puel's delight.

The ex-Nice boss was sacked in 2017 despite guiding Saints to an eight-place Premier League finish and the League Cup final.

Southampton's wait for their first win of the season goes on, with Mark Hughes' men now boasting just three victories in their last 28 Premier League games at St Mary's.

Jonathan Hogg was sent off following an ugly collision with Harry Arter as Huddersfield and Cardiff ground out a goalless draw that did little to advertise their Premier League pedigree.

Both sides are tipped as relegation candidates and if this was really the earliest imaginable 'six-pointer' of the season then taking one apiece suggests a long, hard campaign could be on the way for David Wagner and Neil Warnock.

Hogg saw red just after the hour, aggravated by Arter but responding boorishly - first pushing forward with his head then shoving the midfielder to the ground.

That gave Cardiff time to press for a win which had never previously seemed likely, but they proved no more able than their hosts to summon a cutting edge worthy of the top flight.

Premier League MatchDay 03 ~ Sunday 26th August 2018

DeAndre Yedlin's late own goal preserved Chelsea's perfect start to the new Premier League season as stubborn Newcastle saw a point snatched from their grasp.

The Magpies thought they had banked a point when substitute Joselu headed home an 83rd-minute equaliser to cancel out Eden Hazard's penalty seven minutes earlier.

However, their joy was short-lived when Yedlin could only help Marcos Alonso's drive into his own net with three minutes remaining as Rafael Benitez's ultra-defensive masterplan failed to deny the visitors a first league win at St James' Park since December 2011 in front of a crowd of 51,791.

Second-half goals from Roberto Pereyra and Jose Holebas helped Watford continue their perfect start to the Premier League season, beating Crystal Palace 2-1.

Etienne Capoue had been fortunate to avoid a red card, escaping with only a yellow for an early foul on Wilfried Zaha before creating Pereyra's third goal of the season.

A fortunate second from Jose Holebas, which appeared to be an overhit cross, then secured Watford's third victory from three on a disappointing afternoon for their visitors, who scored late on through Zaha and pushed for another.

The chance Palace needed eventually arrived in stoppage time, but from directly in front of goal, Joel Ward headed just wide of the right post.

Premier League MatchDay 03 ~ Monday 27th August 2018

Tottenham maintained their 100% start to the Premier League season and increased the pressure on beleaguered Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho with an emphatic victory at Old Trafford.

Mourinho was hoping United would bounce back from an abysmal display in defeat at Brighton, but Spurs ran out easy winners once Harry Kane and Lucas Moura struck twice in the space of two minutes early in the second half.

United were left to rue Romelu Lukaku's missed chance when he rounded Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris from Danny Rose's backpass, but they ended well beaten to make this their worst start to a league season since 1992-93.

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