A fantastic weekend of Premier League action was on store, as a whopping 34 goals were scored across all 10 matches. The highest scoring game of the weekend was to be found at Anfield, as Liverpool produced a scintillating display to beat Hull city. Let’s have a look at some statistics from the weekends games.
Manchester United 4-1 Leicester City
Record signing Paul Pogba scored his first goal for Manchester United in their 4-1 rout of champions Leicester City. Manchester United lead 4-0 at half time- a feat they haven’t achieved at Old Trafford since 2001.
Arsenal 3-0 Chelsea
Alex Sanchez’s cheeky finish saw the Chilean grab his 47th goal for the gunners on his 100th appearance3 for the club- only Thierry Henry has scored more (48). In contrast, Chelsea found themselves 3-0 down at half time for the first time since 2012- Conte has work to do.
Liverpool 5-1 Hull City
Liverpool’s mauling of Hull City meant that Klopp’s men have now scored 24 goals from their opening 8 games- their highest for 121 years. Philipe Coutinho’s stunning long range strike saw the Brazilian notch his 8th goal from outside of the box- 2 more than any other Premier League player.
For Mike Phelan, the game meant that only one other Premier League manager has lost by a bigger margin on their birthday- not the greatest birthday gift.
Manchester City 3-1 Swansea
Pep Guardiola’s side have won their opening 10 games – becoming only the second Premier League side to achieve such feat. Guardiola has had a positive effect on the City squad, but none more so than Raheem Sterling- whose goal meant that he has scored 4 goals and assisted 5 this season.
Although Swansea may have been on the end of a defeat, summer signing Fernando Llorente scored his first goal for the club, with a thumping volley.
West Brom 1-1 Stoke City
Rondon’s late header salvaged a point for West brom, ensuring that Tony Pulis’ 1000th managerial game ended on a positive note against his former club. On the other hand, Stoke have only managed to pick up 2 points from their opening 6 games- a record low since the 1951/52 season.
Bournemouth 1-0 Everton
Junior Stanislas scored the only goal of the game after he thumped the ball into the top corner from outside the area- meaning Bournemouth scored with their only shot on target. For Everton, the loss- Koeman’s first whilst at Everton- saw them slip out of the top 4 at the expense of their Merseyside rivals.
Burnely 2-0 Watford
Burnley’s record signing-Jeff Hendrick- scored his first goal for his new side, with a tidy downward header in the first half. However, it was another summer signing that took the plaudits, as Steven Defour grabbed two assists. The Belgian has been involved in 4 of Burnley’s 5 goals this season.
Watford could not deal with Burnley’s aerial prowess, conceding twice from headed goals. It means Watford have now conceded 7 goals this season from crosses- a high in the Premier League.
Sunderland 2-3 Crystal Palace
Christian Benteke’s last minute header completed a thrilling comeback victory for Crystal Palace at the Stadium of light. Jermaine Defoe’s opener in the 39th minute gave Sunderland the lead- their first goal scored before the 70th minute this season. Defoe doubled his goal tally on the hour mark, putting the black cats in a commanding position, but 3 goals from Crystal palace without reply saw them snatch an unlikely victory- only the second time that they have won a game after coming back from 2-0 down.
Middlesbrough 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham left the Riverside with all 3 points and had one man to thank for it. Son Heung-min’s brace gave Spurs an early 2-0 lead. The South Korean international has already matched his Premier League goal tally from last season, scoring 4 goals. By contrast, the loss meant that Boro have now failed to win any of their first 3 home games this season for the first time since 2000/01 season.
West Ham 0-3 Southampton
Charlie Austin’s assured finish opened the scoring at the London stadium- his 5th goal in his last 4 matches. That goal gave Austin his 21st Premier league goal, since his debut in 2014, equalling Wayne Rooney’s goal tally during the same time.
West Ham’s start to the season has seen them lose 5 of their opening 6 games- a first in the clubs history.