Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Manchester top city

After 10 weeks Manchester lead the English Premier League with City at the top followed by United with the London teams of Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal hot on their heels.
Week 1 – The Premier League began on Friday evening with Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette scoring in under 2 minutes of his competitive debut for the Gunners who needed 2 late goals to win 4-3 in front of their home crowd after Jamie Vardy had twice given Leicester City the lead. On Saturday champions Chelsea, who suffered an early dismissal, attempted to come back from 3 down but ended up with 9 players and a 3-2 defeat at home to Burnley with Sam Vokes having netted twice for the visitors while newcomers Huddersfield Town thumped Crystal Palace 3-0 in South London with Steve Mounie claiming a brace. Watford twice took the lead but needed a last-gasp equalizer to draw 3-3 at home to Liverpool while there were 1-0 home wins for Everton and West Bromwich Albion against Stoke City and Bournemouth respectively with Wayne Rooney scoring on his long-awaited return to Everton and Swansea returned from Southampton with a goalless draw. Manchester City broke down Brighton’s resistance with 2 goals at the Amex Stadium while on Sunday Tottenham put 2 past 10-man Newcastle at St James’ Park and Manchester United hammered West Ham 4-0 at Old Trafford with a double from new acquisition Romelu Lukaku to go to the top of the table on goals difference.   
Week 2 – Three late goals in quick succession at Swansea gave Manchester United another 4-0 win to keep them at the top of the Premier League table on goal difference ahead of Huddersfield who put a single goal past their visitors from Newcastle and West Bromwich Albion who enjoyed the same result at Burnley despite ending the match with 10 players. Ten-man West Ham United fought back from 2 down at Southampton but lost 3-2 to a stoppage-time penalty while Arsenal lost 1-0 at Stoke and Liverpool defeated Crystal Palace 1-0 at Anfield. There were 2-0 wins for Watford at Bournemouth and Leicester City at home to Brighton & Hove Albion while Marcos Alonso netted twice at Tottenham’s adopted home ground of Wembley to give Chelsea a 2-1 victory over their London rivals and on Monday evening Manchester City and Everton who each had a player sent off drew 1-1 in Manchester.
Week 3 – Huddersfield Town remain unbeaten in the Premier League after their goalless draw at home to Southampton and with West Bromwich Albion drawing 1-1 at home to Stoke, Manchester United, who put 2 past Leicester at Old Trafford, are the only team with a 100% winning record. Manchester City scored their 2-1 winner at Bournemouth with the last kick of the game and Burnley earned a 1-1 draw with a goal in stoppage time against Spurs at Wembley while Arsenal were humiliated 4-0 at Liverpool and Chelsea defeated Everton 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. West Ham’s losing streak continued with a 3-0 loss at Newcastle and Crystal Palace lost 2-0 at home to Swansea while 10-man Watford drew blanks at home to Brighton.  
Week 4 – Ten-man Liverpool were steamrollered 5-0 at Manchester City with Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane each scoring a double while a double for Harry Kane took him over the 100-mark as Tottenham won 3-0 at Everton and there was a 3-0 win for Arsenal as Danny Wellbeck scored twice at home to Bournemouth. Chelsea were 2-1 winners at Leicester City while 2 goals for Pascal Gross helped Brighton and Hove Albion to their first win of the season as they defeated guests West Bromwich Albion 3-1 and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored both goals for Stoke as they sent Manchester United home with a 2-2 draw. Southampton lost 2-0 at home to Watford while Crystal Palace lost 1-0 to an early goal at Burnley and Newcastle United won by the same result at Swansea. On Monday evening West Ham United put 2 past their visitors from Huddersfield without reply.
Week 5 – Watford lost their unbeaten record as they were thrashed 6-0 at home to Manchester City with Sergio Aguero claiming a hat-trick while Manchester United hosted and humbled Everton 4-0 with 3 of the goals coming in the last 10 minutes. Arsenal drew 0-0 at Chelsea who ended the match with 10 men while Tottenham drew 0-0 at home to Swansea and there was a goalless draw for West Ham at West Brom. Crystal Palace, under newly appointed Roy Hodgson, broke the unwanted record of not having won or even scored in their first 5 matches of the season as they lost 1-0 to an early goal at home to Southampton while there were 1-1 draws for Burnley at Liverpool and Leicester City at Huddersfield Town. Newcastle United were 2-1 winners at home to Stoke while on Friday evening at Bournemouth the hosts came from behind to earn a 2-1 victory over Brighton.         
Week 6 – Manchester City continued their explosive form putting 5 past hapless Crystal Palace with Raheem Sterling netting twice at the Etihad while a single goal was enough to give Manchester United victory at Southampton and an Alvaro Morata hat-trick helped Chelsea to a 4-0 win at Stoke. West Ham United failed to come back from 3 down against 10-man Tottenham, for whom Harry Kane had scored twice, and ended up 3-2 losers in front of their home crowd while Leicester City lost by the same scoreline having missed a penalty against their visitors from Liverpool and Huddersfield town played out a goalless draw at Burnley. Watford scored a last-minute 2-1 winner at Swansea and Everton came from behind with 2 goals from Oumar Niasse to win 2-1 at home to Bournemouth while on Sunday a single goal gave Brighton a home win over Newcastle and on Monday evening WBA fell to 2 goals from Alexandre Lacazette at Arsenal.
Week 7 – Manchester City continued their winning ways with a single goal at Chelsea while Manchester United eased past rock-bottom Crystal Palace 4-0 at Old Trafford with a brace from Marouane Fellaini and Tottenham enjoyed the same result at Huddersfield with Harry Kane adding another 2 goals to his tally. Watford came from 2 down to earn a 2-2 draw with the last movement of the match at West Brom while West Ham broke the deadlock in the 90th minute to win at home to Swansea and Stoke City registered a 2-1 home win against Southampton. Leicester City played a goalless match at Bournemouth while on Sunday Arsenal defeated Brighton 2-0 at the Emirates, Liverpool drew 1-1 at Newcastle and Everton’s poor run of results continued losing 1-0 at home to Burnley.
Week 8 – Crystal Palace finally broke their duck and scored their first goals of the season to defeat champions Chelsea 2-1 at Selhurst Park while Watford came from behind to score a 2-1 stoppage-time winner at home to Arsenal leapfrogging the Gunners in the table and Manchester City demolished Stoke City 7-2 at the Etihad with Gabriel Jesus netting twice for the hosts. One goal was enough to see Tottenham win at home to Bournemouth while Tammy Abraham scored both goals in Swansea’s home win over Huddersfield and ten-man West Ham drew 1-1 at Burnley. Southampton drew 2-2 at home to Newcastle with Manolo Gabbiadini scoring both goals for the Saints while a last-minute penalty gave Everton a 1-1 draw at Brighton and Manchester United played out a goalless draw at Liverpool. On Monday evening WBA drew 1-1 at Leicester who parted with manager Craig Shakespeare.    
Week 9 – Huddersfield Town recorded a historic 2-1 home win over Manchester United while Chelsea fell behind at Stamford Bridge but hit back with late goals to enjoy a flattering 4-2 victory against Watford with Michy Batshuayi twice finding the net for the Blues and Manchester City claimed another 3 points with 3 goals at home to Burnley. Late goals condemned Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion to 1-0 defeats at Newcastle and Southampton respectively while there were 2-1 wins for Bournemouth at Stoke and Leicester at Swansea. The weekend began on Friday with Glenn Murray scoring twice for Brighton in West Ham’s 3-0 home humiliation and ended on Sunday with Tottenham smashing Liverpool 4-1 at Wembley thanks to a brace from Harry Kane and Arsenal brushing 10-man Everton aside 5-2 at Goodison Park which led to the dismissal of manager Ronald Koeman.   
Week 10 – Crystal Palace came from 2 goals down to earn a 2-2 draw at home to West Ham United with a 97th minute equaliser while at the other end of the table Manchester City got the better of WBA 3-2 on their travels and Chelsea returned from Bournemouth with a 1-0 win. Tottenham lost 1-0 at Manchester United and Stoke City were victorious by the same result at Watford while Arsenal won 2-1 at home to Swansea and after missing a first-half penalty Liverpool put 3 past Huddersfield without reply in the second half at Anfield. On Sunday Everton lost 2-0 at Leicester and Southampton drew 1-1 at Brighton while on Monday evening Burnley picked up 3 points with one goal at home to Newcastle.