Premier League Week 6 Review

Premier League Week 6 Review

The only Sunday encounter saw newly promoted Burnley facing a West Bromwich Albion team that had gone though it’s own transitional period in the summer. Burnley’s start to the season has been dismal to say the least, they have recorded three draws and scored one solitary goal in the opening game of the season. W.B.A managed to take the lead on the 30th minute through Craig Dawson and they could smell the blood securing a 2-0 lead by halftime. From there, it was hard to see how a team who had managed one league goal in five games would manage to get their way back into the game and that proved to be the case as Burnely extended their goal drought to 526 minutes.

Merseyside derby, Phil Jagielka, take a bow son

Saturday proved an eventful day, with many talking points for the pundits on Match of the Day. The Merseyside Derby was fiercely competitive and despite some tough challenges and high intensity football, there was nobody who saw a red card. Everton’s young centre back John Stones had a very assured display at centre back whilst his partner Phil Jagielka scored an early contender for goal of the season. Steven Gerrard had put the home team in front after Mario Balotelli’s tireless work had rewarded them with a free-kick on the edge of the box. The resulting free-kick was dispatched with pace and precision by Gerrard but paled in comparison to the goal scored by Jagielka in the 93rd minute.

Aston Villa failed to recover from their defeat against Arsenal, this time suffering a 3-0 loss away to Chelsea. Despite Diego Costa never being ‘fit’ he seems unable to stop scoring and he powered a header in early in the second half after causing Villa all sorts of problems and his sublime skills ensured Willian clinched the victory for the home side towards the end of the game.

Rooney sees red

Manchester United had a big point to prove after being turned over 5-3 last week by newly promoted Leicester. Whilst this performance did little to reassure fans that all is well at Old Trafford, it gave the team a much needed victory and helped them climb back up the table. As in previous games this season United started well and took an early lead through a well placed finish from Wayne Rooney. Robin Van Persie scored his 50th Manchester United goal after Radamel Falcao had slipped him through on the right hand side.  Manchester United’s defence continues to leak goals, despite a confident league debut from centre back Paddy Mcnair, and it was only eight minutes before half time when Sahko powered a header from a set piece amid confusion in the United box. Wayne Rooney stole the headlines for the wrong reasons when he was rightly dismissed for a high tackle on Stewart Downing midway through the second half.

Leicester looked to build upon their fantastic 5-3 win against Manchester United from the week before and they faced a Crystal Palace team that remains as tough to beat. Two headed goals from Palace in the 51st and 54th minute was enough to take the wind out of Leicester’s sails. Palace look like a tough team to beat, especially at home and their danger from set-plays could help them snatch some points off the top teams this year.

Mangala’s mare of a day

Manchester City looked like they were going to romp to an easy victory when they took the lead through two exquisite finishes from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero. However Elaquim Mangala must have had a bet on Hull to score as he gave away an unbelievably clumsy penalty and scored an equally clumsy own goal as he ran back towards his own goal. Hernandez took the penalty to make it 2-2 at half-time. Mangala’s bacon was saved by Edin Dzeko when he socred his second of the game from what could only be considered as a half chance and Frank Lampard scored his fourth goal in three games to put the result beyond doubt.

Arsenal and Tottenham met for the first North-London derby of the season and despite Arsenal’s home advantage it was the visitors who took the lead ten minutes into the second half. Mauricio Pochettino’s men set out with the pressure tactics from deep that had served him well at Southampton and broke with incisive precision when Chadli cooly finished after being released by Christian Eriksen. Oxlade Chamberlain scored the equaliser with fifteen minutes to spare after some sustained Arsenal pressure. Danny Welbeck’s excellent ‘dummy’ allowed for Chamberlain to smash the ball into the roof off the net. The game saw injuries sustained by both Ramsey and Arteta, whilst Wilshere also turned his ankle, leaving Wenger a little light in the midfield area over the next couple of weeks.

The Italian ‘Pele’

Southampton continued their excellent form and retained second place in the table with a 2-1 home victory over QPR. The game was quite entertaining and included two fantastic goals. After Southhampton had took a lead ten minutes into the second half, QPR’s Austin scored a sublime goal from outside the box that had the keeper well and truly beaten. Graziano Pelle snatched the victroy and the headlines when he scored a goal reminiscent of Thierry Henry’s effort against Manchester United many years ago. The ball was played into him from the right hand side and he used the bounce to set up a great first touch and his second was an over-head kick into the far top corner.

Sunderland fans must be getting bored of not winning, or scoring, but their defence has held up quite well in every game. Despite a second successive 0-0 draw in two weeks, there are positives that can be drawn from the resolute performances Gus Poyet’s men have displayed. They still lack a killer instinct in front of goal and will need to create more chances to keep their necks above water. Swansea haven’t rediscovered the form that was so irresistible under Michael Laudrup two years ago, whilst not being a favourite to go down, they need some more convincing victories to put any doubts about the teams ability to rest.

Sunday 28th September

West Brom 4 – 0 Burnley

Saturday 27th September

Liverpool 1 – 1 Everton

Chelsea 3 – 0 Aston Villa

Crystal Palace 2 – 0 Leicester

Hull 2 – 4 Man City

Man Utd 2 – 1 West Ham

Southampton 2 – 1 QPR

Sunderland 0 – 0 Swansea

Arsenal 1 – 1 Tottenham

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