Man City 3-0 Aston Villa:
Man City’s 2nd goal in their 3-0 victory over Aston Villa earlier today was allowed to stand despite Raheem Sterling inquisitive with play while seemingly in an offside position. Man. City stuttered, and then moved into high gear, three second-half goals ensuring victory and the closing of the gap to Liverpool to two points, at least until the leaders entertain Tottenham on Sunday. Football fans can book Premier League Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Though Pep Guardiola was pleased with the win over an Aston Villa who came to play, there was irritation at the display before the break. “We played a good 45 minutes, not the other ones. Credit to Aston Villa,” he said. “The second half we were better, we play in the way we normally are but we have to try and play 90 minutes not just 45.”
Brighton 3-2 Everton:
Brighton took a lead of two huge slices of luck to snatch a spectacular 3-2 victory over Everton in the Premier League on Saturday. Lucas Digne turned into his own net in strike time to ensure the hosts grabbed all three points after VAR took center-stage once again.
Neal Maupay leveled from the spot for the hosts in the 80th minute after Aaron Connolly was adjudged to have been fouled by Michael Keane. VAR has been strict giving penalties so far this season, the apparent ‘stamp’ on Connolly’s toe appeared soft. It deprived of Everton a return of their own after an own-goal from Adam Webster and a strike from Dominic Calvert-Lewin put the Toffees in front following Pascal Gross’ early free-kick.
West Ham 1-1 Sheffield United:
Sheffield United sustained their remarkable start to the season by nicking a 1-1 draw with West Ham. Lys Mousset came off the bench to call off Robert Snodgrass’ opener at the London Stadium. It will take an awful lot to make up for relegation and the 12 years they have spent in the wilderness outside the Premier League. Sheffield United at least had the last laugh in their first league meeting with West Ham since the Carlos Tevez affair.
Burnley 2-4 Chelsea:
Chelsea’s unbelievable run under Frank Lampard continued thanks to Christian Pulisic’s hat-trick at a drenched Turf Moor. Christian Pulisic scored a perfect treble as the Blues romped into a four goal lead. It could have been five, but VAR overruled a penalty decision after Callum Hudson-Odoi was adjudged to have died in the box.
“I am absolutely delighted for him,” Lampard said. “It was a fantastic match-winning appearance. He showed the full package. There has been a large number of talks around Christian for the big price tag. He is pretty rightly a star in his own country. I know the back story and the pressure of the move. He [only] had a week’s break in the summer, so why am I going to throw him in?”
Pulisic has had to be tolerant – “I didn’t think it was going to be super easy,” he said – but after a frustrating two months, when the American has been a bit-part player and has not even made the bench at times, this was an explosion of excellence. Pulisic has been overshadowed by Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham but, on his first league start since August, he upstaged them, taking the striker’s record as Chelsea’s youngest hat-trick scorer in the Premier League. The first treble of his elder career came as such a surprise to the scorer that he forgot to claim the match ball. His teammates duly collected and signed it. It was the least they could do.
Watford 0-0 Bournemouth:
Watford’s wait for a Premier League win continues following with a 0-0 draw at home to Bournemouth. Watford is still looking for their first three points of the season after a goalless draw at Vicarage Road with Bournemouth. The game started at a frantic pace with both sides hitting the woodwork in the opening 15 minutes. Gerard Deulofeu struck the post directly from a corner, while Steve Cook headed onto the bar when he possibly should’ve done better. Bournemouth was on top for much of the second half and Ben Foster had to be on top form to keep them out. Superb saves to stop both Diego Rico and Arnaut Danjuma ensured Watford survived the first half and came into half time at 0-0.
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