Whether you’re digging into a (sort of) full English, mouth-watering bowl of quinoa, criminally overpriced avocado and eggs on toast or even a Sunday dinner: here’s a few prime cutlets from yesterday’s Premiership action.
Wolves temporarily drag City back into the pack
Nuno Santo’s side continued to impress by holding Pep’s all-stars to a draw in an entertaining encounter at Molineux, with Boly’s controversial opener being cancelled out by Laporte’s powerful header. This lively lunch time kickoff provided more evidence of a potential shift towards promoted sides trying to stamp their own identity onto the top flight rather than writing a game like this off. Though this changing trend is nowhere near established, long may it continue if it really is the case. For City, two dropped points won’t worry Pep Guardiola too much as if his team were more clinical they would have grabbed all three. However, it’ll serve as a reminder to him, if needed, that their reportedly smooth road to retaining the title might be a little rockier than many expect.
Arsenal battle past West Ham to get the Unai Emery era up and running.
There was no doubt a palpable sigh of relief around the Emirates when Danny Welbeck’s strike condemned West Ham to prolong their stay at the bottom of the table with zero points. After an unreasonably tough start to post-Wenger life Arsenal can now set their sights on using their favourable autumn run of fixtures to pick up as many points as possible while also looking to improve their general performance level. A mark against their victory again revolves around Mesut Özil, who was once more deemed too ill to play. Whether this was actually the case or not, it’s apparent that the German may have to adapt his style of play to match Emery’s demanding expectations of his attacking players.
As for West Ham, despite the taking the lead at the Emirates and looking the more dangerous for much of the first sixty minutes, Saturday’s home game with Wolves is already a massive one. Many fans will likely remain patient after such a fruitful summer in the transfer market. Nevertheless, Pellegrini will have to quickly work out his best eleven, so they can get their season kickstarted before being faced with a very tough set of fixtures next month.
Same old Salah at Anfield fires Liverpool to new heights
Jurgen Klopp’s side ground their way to top of the league in the type of game that might have led them to drop points in seasons gone by. However, with an ever-solid defensive base to build from starring the dominant Virgil Van Dijk to match the electricity further up the field, they at this early stage seem the likeliest candidates to push Manchester City all the way.
As for Brighton, more away day blues won’t come as a surprise to those who made the trip from the south coast to Merseyside. Though if they maintain the sparkling home form that they displayed last weekend then you would back them to pick up enough points to survive this season. That said, Chris Hughton will want to start accumulating some points on the road in so that they don’t rely so heavily on the fortress that The Amex is quickly becoming.
Bournemouth fight back for a point through Richarlison’s red mist
Richarlison’s moment of madness a few minutes prior to half time sparked a melee of action at The Vitality Stadium. After half time the away side surrendered a two-goal lead as Bournemouth once again showed an impressive mental resolve to claim a point despite being reduced to ten men themselves. Regardless of Richarlison’s red, Everton boss Marco Silva will be delighted with Theo Walcott’s early season form under his guidance, with the former Arsenal winger scoring for the second week running.
Conversely The Cherries’ Callum Wilson continued his typically strong start of season form, the striker has now two goals and three assists in his first three outings this season. Both managers will take plenty of positives from what they saw on the south coast and be confident that they can fight for the spots just behind the likely top six this season.
And that’s breakfast (lunch, dinner or nothing in particular) finished for today!
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