Chelsea and Man United’s perfect start, Tottenham and Liverpool share of points, Leicester’s first win
The third round of the EPL began with the game at White Hart Lane between Tottenham and Liverpool with both teams had to satisfy with a 1:1 draw.
Liverpool dominated early in the match and missed a handful of chances before Erik Lamela brought down Roberto Firmino in the penalty box in the 43rd minute. James Milner showed composure with a calm conversion, so the visitors went to break with a lead.
The second half continued in the same fashion with the Reds creating opportunities but failing to finish off Spurs. The hosts equalised in the 72nd minute after Lamela’s cross from the right flank met Danny Rose who was unmarked and sends the ball past Mignolet to make it 1:1.
Chelsea collected another three points with 3:0 thrashing of Burnley. The Clarets weren’t dangerous as it was the case against Liverpool last Saturday, so the hosts cruised to a routine win thanks to the goals from Hazard, Willian, and substitute Moses. The Blues are now at the top of the table with maximum nine points, as well as Man United.
The reigning champions Leicester City booked their first win of the new campaign after 2:1 win over Swansea at King Power Stadium. Jamie Vardy opened up the scoring in the 32nd minute before the captain Wes Morgan doubled the lead seven minutes into the second half. Riyad Mahrez missed from the penalty spot, and the visitors managed to soften the defeat through Leroy Fer late in the game, but in the end, the Foxes recorded a much needed victory. However, the goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel suffered an injury and left the game so Claudio Ranieri will take three points with a pinch of salt.
Arsenal also recorded their first win of the season with a commanding performance at Vicarage Road in a 3:1 victory over Watford. The Gunners finally played like they are expected to, and the hosts couldn’t do anything to avoid defeat.
Cazorla from the penalty spot, Sanchez, and Ozil secured three points for the visitors while Roberto Pereyra’s consolation goal on his debut didn’t change the course of the match.
Everton beat Stoke City at Goodison Park thanks to unlucky Shay Given’s own goal after Leighton Baines’ missed penalty. The Toffees were the better side and thoroughly deserved to win. Southampton and Crystal Palace savaged points at home with late equalisers against Sunderland and Bournemouth, respectively.
Man United experienced a hard-fought win at Hull later today as the substitute Marcus Rashford’s goal in the second minute of added time earned them a perfect start of the season. Hull defended bravely until the teenage striker slots it home from a six-yard box thanks to Wayne Rooney’s assist. The Red Devils dominated the match and attempted 29 shots on Jakupovic’s goal, but the last one proved to be deciding.
We saw six penalties awarded today, but only three of them were converted.
WBA will host Middlesbrough on Sunday while Slaven Bilic’s West Ham is travelling to the Etihad to face Man City.