Yet another week of drama, yet another week of premier league action. The league commenced this past weekend for the fourth round of fixtures, tossing up some big matches and even bigger surprises. With the last round of European games proving fruitful for all English teams but Liverpool, this weekend proved to be a belter for the big boys.
Huddersfield vs Spurs (0:4)
Spurs have continued their great form with a clinical performance against new boys Huddersfield (who should really work on a nickname). Harry Kane seems to be back on form netting a brace and his sixth goal of the season, but the march was overshadowed by electric performances from both full-back, Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier. The pair got two assists and a goal between them in the game, showing the increasing importance of full-backs in the 3 man defence system used by Pochettino.
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace (4:0)
The run continues, one of two undefeated teams. The red half of Manchester have been ripping the league apart (albeit against traditionally inferior opposition), United have been scoring for fun and the team looks scarily solid. Speaking of scary, Crystal Palace have recorded ZERO points in the league so far, resulting in manager Frank De Boer’s departure two weeks ago. United haven’t really been tested but the performances so far have been nothing short of convincing. Scorers on the day included Romelu Lukaku with one and a star performance by Marouane Fellaini, who provided two goals from two Marus Rashford assists, Juan Mata also got himself a goal.
Chelsea vs Manchester City (1:0)
The match of the weekend featured last season’s champions and the most likely team to win the league this season. A tight affair was cut in the second half when Chelsea old boy KDB (Kevin De Bruyne), put a low firing cannon past Thibaut Courtois. The game didn’t have great moments with Eden Hazard failing to shine. This was however yet another victory for the blue half of Manchester, on the same amount of points as United, its fast becoming a two-horse race for the league
Arsenal vs Brighton (2:0)
Come On You Gunners, the Arsenal put in a tentative performance against lower opposition Brighton, who offered something going forward, hitting the post on one occasion. However, class shone through and the home team scored in the both halves, one goal from Nacho Monreal and the other, an Alex Iwobi belter made it 2-0 after a cute backheel from Alexis Sanchez. Still not convincing from the gunners but they do continue a decent run of form after suffering a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool.
Liverpool vs Newcastle (1-1)
Two of the leagues old giants played to a draw, lamenting recent worries over the Red’s form. A heavy and lacklustre performance needed some inspiration from Phillipe Coutinho who thrashed in a superb strike from outside the box. The Geordies replied through Joselu who slipped past the two centre backs to calmly finish past Simon Mignolet. The Reds had several opportunities but poor finishing and a lacklustre defence seems to have been their downfall yet again.
I’m sure you’re wondering why I’ve only covered the top 6 teams in the league and that’s because, these could be all the games you’d see them play in the future. A dispute over tv revenue has led the big boys down a path of forming a breakaway six team league. This would drastically change the climate of football and incur its own issues. Similarly, with Catalonia seeking to gain independence from Spain, Barcelona could be without a league. These ideas would take years to be implemented but it’s scary to think of the power these top teams have and the power they want to accrue