After the first week of European football, the Premier League was back in action this weekend as teams from around the country fought for supremacy early in the season. Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and Everton all put in some superb performance this weekend while Manchester United and Chelsea fell to demoralizing defeats. However, there were plenty of other games to talk about as well, so here are 10 talking points from the 5th matchday of the Premier League:
Klopp’s title contenders expose imposters from London:
At the start of the season, it looked like Antonio Conte found the right balance in the side and will be a title contender this season but a draw against Swansea followed by a hurting loss to rivals Liverpool make them a team in progress and snatches the title contender tag away from the club and will now be placed on the Anfield outfit which is making some decent progress.
Islam Slimani helps the Foxes bounce back on his debut:
After a defeat to Liverpool at Anfield, Leicester City bounce back in fine fashion at home this weekend against a Burnley side that hardly had any tooth in their attack. Club record summer signing Islam Slimani bagged a brace on his full EPL debut and helped Leicester City bounce back with all three points from this game.
Problems for Slaven Bilic:
Though it is still early in the season, West Ham have managed to take just 3 points from their first 5 games after the loss to the Baggies this weekend. They are also entertaining European football this year which only make their league campaign harder and it will be important for the manager to get back to winning ways before it is too late.
Arsenal fast catching up:
Having lost opening fixture against Liverpool, Arsenal, are unbeaten ever since and picked up all three points from a trip to the KO stadium this weekend. This win sees the Gunners move to the 4th place in the points table with 10 points from 5 games this season. They are not far away from the top of the table and will be hoping to get there as soon as possible.
Everton fight back to win against Middlesbrough:
Ronald Koeman’s new project Everton, have managed to get yet another victory early this season after they turned around a 1-0 deficit to win 3-1 over newly promoted Middlesbrough this weekend. This win takes them to the second place with just 2 points away from the top of the table and Koeman will be happy with his team’s position at the moment.
Watford pile more misery on Mourinho:
After losing back to back games in the PL and the UCL, Manchester United walked into the Vicarage Road knowing they needed all three points to stay strong in the league. However, Capoue, Zuniga and Deeney scored for the home side as United fell to their third consecutive defeat for the first time in a long time. It was a week to forget for the Red Devils.
Mark Hughes has some huge problems:
Though they were outplayed by Tottenham last weekend, Stoke would have hoped to take some points from this weekend’s fixture over Crystal Palace but were once again hit for 4 even by a misfiring Palace side. They were completely outplayed on the night and are currently at the bottom of the table with just a point from 5 games, and in desperate need of some results.
Guardiola continues to ride his juggernaut:
Manchester City were once again clinical this weekend scoring 4 past a Bournemouth side that was helpless against City’s attack on the night. The manager will be pleased with his team’s prolonged performance at the start of the season and will hope to hold on to their 2 point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
Harry Kane keeps Spurs unbeaten:
The England international converted the only real chance that fell to his feet on the night as Sunderland were distraught at conceding on the only mistake they did on the night. The visitors stood strong and looked like taking a point from this game but Kane had other ideas leaving Moyes’ side with nothing from this game.
Claude Puel tastes first Premier League victory:
After making a below par start to the season, Claude Puel’s men were brilliant against Swansea City this weekend as Charlie Austin’s sole goal was enough for them to steal all three points. This loss has pushed the Saints above Swansea in the points table giving Guidolin a bit of a headache up head in the season.