Tuesday 31 October 2023

North London give City break


After 10 weeks, Manchester City are in the unfamiliar 3rd place behind Tottenham and Arsenal with Liverpool and Aston Villa hot on their heels.

Week 1 – Erling Haaland began the new season with 2 goals on Friday evening as Manchester City scored 3 times at new boys Burnley who finished the match with 10 players and on Saturday Arsenal started their campaign with a 2-1 home win over Nottingham Forest while 2 goals from Alexander Isak helped Newcastle to a thumping 5-1 victory over Aston Villa at St James’ Park. Debutants Luton Town found the going tough as they were brushed aside 4-1 at Brighton and there were 1-0 away wins for Fulham at Everton and for Crystal Palace at Sheffield United while West Ham drew 1-1 at Bournemouth. On Sunday, Tottenham drew 2-2 at Brentford while Cheslea hosted and drew 1-1 with Liverpool while on Monday a single goal gave Manchester United all 3 points at home to Wolves.

Week 2 – On Friday evening Nottingham Forest scored a last-minute 2-1 winner at home to Sheffield United while on Saturday a single goal gave Manchester City a home win over Newcastle and 10-man Liverpool defeated Bournemouth 3-1 at Anfield having fallen behind early in the match. Solly March scored twice as Wolves lost 4-1 to Brighton and ended the match with 10 players in front of their home crowd while Manchester United were beaten 2-0 at Tottenham and Brentford triumphed 3-0 at 10-man Fulham. On Sunday, Aston Villa took Everton apart 4-0 at Villa Park and 10 West Ham players sent Chelsea home 3-1 losers while in the Monday match, the 10 men of Arsenal overcame hosts Crystal Palace from the penalty spot.

Week 3 – Raheem Sterling scored twice as Luton Town lost 3-0 at Cheslea on Friday evening. On Saturday Arsenal dropped points as they drew 2-2 at home to 10-man Fulham while Manchester United conceded twice in the first 4 minutes at Old Trafford but bounced back to beat 10-man Nottingham Forest 3-2 and West Ham United were 3-1 winners at Brighton. Bournemouth lost 2-0 at home to Tottenham while Crystal Palace drew 1-1 at Brentford and Everton fell 1-0 to a late goal at home to Wolves. On Sunday 10-man Liverpool came from behind to win 2-1 at Newcastle while a double from Matty Cash helped Aston Villa to a 3-1 win at Burnley and Manchester City won 2-1 at Sheffield United.

Week 4 – On Friday evening Luton Town played their first-ever Premier League match at Kenilworth Road where they lost 2-1 to West Ham United. On Saturday, Evan Ferguson scored all 3 goals for Brighton as they defeated their visitors from Newcastle 3-1 while Erling Haaland netted a hat-trick in Manchester City’s 5-1 demolition of Fulham at the Etihad and Heung-min Son also scored a hat-trick as Tottenham came from an early goal down to win 5-2 at Burnley. Chelsea lost 1-0 at home to Nottingham Forest while there were 2-2 draws for Everton at Sheffield United and for Bournemouth at Brentford. On Sunday, Arsenal stuck twice in stoppage time to beat Manchester United 3-1 at the Emirates while Liverpool scored 3 times without reply against Aston Villa at Anfield and Crystal Palace were 3-2 winners at home to Wolves.

Week 5 – Liverpool and Manchester City came from behind to win 3-1 at Wolves and West Ham respectively while Aston Villa achieved the same feat with 2 goals late in added time at home to Crystal palace. Brighton enjoyed the same result at Manchester United while Sheffield United, who finished the match with 10 players, took the lead but lost to 2 goals deep into stoppage time at Tottenham and there were 1-0 home wins for Fulham against Luton and for Newcastle against Brentford thanks to a penalty conversion. On Sunday, after a goalless match between Bournemouth and Chelsea, one goal gave Arsenal 3 points at Everton while on Monday evening Burnley, who ended the match with 10 players, earned a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest.  

Week 6 – Manchester City, who were reduced to 10 players on their home ground, continued their perfect run thanks to 2 early goals against Nottingham Forest while Manchester United picked up 3 points with a single goal at Burnley and Everton enjoyed a 3-1 win at Brentford. Ten men from Wolverhampton drew 1-1 at Luton while Fulham played a goalless match at Crystal Palace and on Sunday Heung-min Son hit back twice as Tottenham earned a 2-2 draw at Arsenal while Newcastle United tore Sheffield United apart 8-0 at Bramall Lane. Brighton came from behind to win 3-1 at home to Bournemouth with a double from Kaoru Mitoma while Liverpool achieved the same result at home to West Ham and 10-man Chelsea lost 1-0 at home to Aston Villa.

Week 7 – Manchester City suffered their first defeat of the season when they went down 2-1 at Wolves while 9 men from Liverpool lost 2-1 to a last-gasp own goal at Tottenham in a shameful match for the officials who erroneously disallowed a Liverpool goal despite clear video evidence and Ollie Watkins netted a hat-trick as Brighton were battered 6-1 at Aston Villa. Manchester United lost 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace while Arsenal cruised 4-0 past Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium and Luton were 2-1 winners at Everton. Newcastle and West Ham United won 2-0 at home to Burnley and Sheffield United respectively while on Sunday Nottingham Forest, who were reduced to 10 players, drew 1-1 at home to Brentford. On Monday evening, 2 goals in quick succession gave Chelsea a win at Fulham and in a rearranged match on Tuesday, Burnley won 2-1 at Luton.

Week 8 – A single goal gave 10-man Tottenham 3 points at Luton while Chelsea came from behind to win 4-1 at Burnley and Everton celebrated a 3-0 home win over Bournemouth. Scott Mc Tominay scored twice deep into stoppage time as Manchester United turned the match around to beat Brentford 2-1 at Old Trafford while Sheffield United lost 3-1 at Fulham and there was a goalless match between Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest. On Sunday, Mohamed Salah scored both goals for Liverpool who drew 2-2 at Brighton and Alexander Isak did the same for Newcastle who achieved the same result at West Ham while Wolves, who ended the match with 10 players, drew 1-1 at home to Aston Villa. Arsenal went joint top with Tottenham after defeating Manchester City 1-0 at the Emirates.

Week 9 – Ten-man Everton lost to a Mo Salah double at Anfield while Arsenal came from 2 down to draw at Chelsea and Luton earned a 2-2 draw at Nottingham Forest in Similar fashion. Brentford picked up a 3-0 home win against 10-man Burnley and Newcastle did one better at home to Crystal Palace while Wolves came from behind to win 2-1 at 10-man Bournemouth and there were 2-1 wins for Manchester City, who finished the match with 10 players, at home to Brighton and for Manchester United at Sheffield United. On Sunday, Douglas Luis scored twice as West Ham were hammered 4-1 at Aston Villa and on Monday evening Tottenham scored twice at home to Fulham to go to the top of the table.

Week 10 – The fixtures began on Friday evening with a 2-1 win for Tottenham at Crystal Palace while on Saturday Brentford were 2-0 victorious at Chelsea and Eddie Nketiah scored a hat-trick as Sheffield United were humbled 5-0 at Arsenal. Callum Wilson scored both goals for Newcastle who drew 2-2 at Wolves and Bournemouth came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Burnley while on Sunday Erling Haaland scored twice in Manchester City’s 3-0 win at Manchester United and Liverpool scored 3 at home to Nottingham Forest. A single goal gave Everton 3 points at West Ham while Fulham earned a 1-1 draw at Brighton and Luton lost 3-1 at Aston Villa.