Tuesday, 29 September 2015

United On Top While Reds Edge Villa

After a mixed gameweek six for the top sides, gameweek seven saw a new record for the season as it became the highest scoring weekend so far as all but six sides registered two goals with two sides hitting nine between them.

The weekend began with the Saturday lunchtime game between Tottenham and current leaders Manchester City at White Hart Lane. City's perfect start had been ended against West Ham so when Kevin De Bruyne put City 1-0 up after 25 minutes, no one would have predicted what happened next hour as City were blown away by the Londoners.

Eric Dier equalised just before the interval for 1-1 before two goals in 11 minutes from Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane put the hosts 3-1 up. The hammer blow for the hosts came on 79 minutes as Erik Lamela struck to seal a famous 4-1 triumph.

Leicester looked to take advantage at the top as they hosted Arsenal at the King Power Stadium but despite the Foxes taking a 13th minute lead through Jamie Vardy, it was to be miserable afternoon for the hosts as Arsenal ran riot. Theo Walcott levelled on 18 minutes before an Alexis Sanchez hat-trick (33,57,81) put the Gunners in control at 4-1, Vardy scored his second on 89 minutes for 4-2 but it was in vain as Olivier Giroud restored the Gunners three goal lead as he sealed a 5-2 win in the final minutes.

The afternoon saw five 3pm games with so I will start alphabetically with the action from Anfield as Liverpool hosted Aston Villa looking to improve on a mixed start to the season. The Reds made a perfect start with James Milner striking the opening goal inside two minutes and Daniel Sturridge opened his account for the season just before the hour mark for 2-0.

Villa replied superbly with a five minute brace from Rudy Gestede (66,71) but his strikes sandwiched a second for Sturridge which proved to be enough for the hosts to secure a 3-2 win.

Manchester United had the chance to replace their city rivals at the top as they took on Sunderland at Old Trafford and they struck an opener late in the first half through Memphis Depay which was instantly added to after the restart by Wayne Rooney for 2-0. Sunderland have had a woeful start to the season and it got worse late on as Juan Mata slotted in a third for United to complete a comfortable 3-0 win.

Southampton looked to boost their mixed start to the season as they hosted Swansea City at St Mary's and they made a good start as summer signing Virgil Van Dijk opened his account for the club on 11 minutes. Dusan Tadic and Sadio Mané increased the lead to 3-0 either side of the hour mark and with the result sealed, Swansea had the last say on the score as Gylfi Sigurdsson slotted in an 83rd minute penalty for a 3-1 final score.

Stoke have had a strange start to the season as ahead of the hosting of Bournemouth at the Britannia Stadium they were inside the bottom three. Their pursuit to exit the relegation places was boosted on 32 minutes through Jon Walters' opener but with the win seemingly in sight, they were pegged back on 76 minutes as the Cherries equalised through Dan Gosling. The Potters did secure a passage out of the bottom three with seven minutes remaining as Mame Biram Diouf sealed a 2-1 win.

West Ham United have started superbly and had the chance to close up at the top as they hosted Norwich City but it was the Canaries who made the better start as they took the lead inside nine minutes through Robbie Brady. Diafra Sakho equalised for the Hammers on 33 minutes and as the sides looked destined for a draw in the final ten minutes, Norwich regained the lead with seven minutes remaining through Nathan Redmond but their joy was curtailed in the final minutes by an equaliser from Cheikhou Kouyate for a point each at 2-2.

The evening kick-off looked like a mismatch based on form but as Newcastle United hosted Chelsea at St James' Park, the Magpies opened the scoring as Ayoze Perez gave them a surprise lead three minutes before the interval. Georginio Wijnaldum doubled the lead on the hour and it looked like the hosts were on course for their first win of the season. However, it wasn't to be as the Blues firstly cut the gap through Ramires on 79 minutes before salvaging a point in the final minutes through Willian to leave the Magpies at the bottom of the table.

Sunday's action saw a London derby between Watford and Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road and it was the Eagles who came out on top as they secured a 1-0 victory courtesy of a Yohan Cabaye penalty in the 71st minute.

Monday Night Football saw a five goal thriller as West Bromwich Albion hosted Everton at The Hawthorns. The Baggies took the lead four minutes before the interval through Saido Berahino before doubling their lead just ten minutes after the restart through Craig Dawson. Everton have made a good start to the season so far and continued in that fashion with a superb comeback to secure a 3-2 win. Romelu Lukaku struck within a minute of Dawson's strike before Arouna Kone levelled on 75 minutes but the Toffees sealed the points with six minutes left of the 90 to move up to fifth.