English top-flight football entered its third week of the 2019/2020 season on 24th August. Ten matches were played on 24th and 25th August as the league caught momentum. Most of the Premier League results went as expected with the favourites winning. There were a few disappointments involving Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. The week ended with Liverpool topping the table with Manchester City coming at second, two points shy of the leaders.
Crystal Palace beat Manchester united in one of the least-expected outcomes of week three. Newcastle upset Spurs in the second disappointment of the weekend.
Premier League results from week three
We take a look at the Premier League results from week three and the effects on the league standings.
Aston Villa vs Everton: 2-0
Aston Villa earned their first points in the 2019/2020 Premier League season against Everton. Goals from Anwar El Ghazi and Wesley saw off a determined Everton. Aston Villa acquired Wesley from Club Brugge for a record transfer fee. The Brazilian opened the scoring against Everton with a close-range effort following a defence-splitting pass from Jota. Anwar El Ghazi sealed the point for Villa after sliding a shot past Jordan Pickford.
The result leaves Aston Villa in sixteenth position while Everton is in twelfth. Everton’s new signing, Alex Iwobi came closest to scoring with scores at 1-0. His effort, however, bounced off the right-hand post. Theo Walcott also spurned a superb scoring chance in the dying minutes of the match. The match saw Everton’s undefeated start in the campaign come to an end. Saturday’s game highlighted some problems within the Toffees squad. They are more reliant on team solidity than attacking prowess.
Norwich vs Chelsea: 2-3
Tammy Abraham was the highlight of Chelsea’s win against a resilient Norwich. The player scored his first two goals for Chelsea at Carrow Road while Mason Mount also got his name on the score sheet. Tammy gave the Blues an early lead, but Norwich equalized quickly in the quick-paced afternoon match. Mason restored Chelsea’s lead with a glorious strike. However, Norwich was not out yet and found an equalizer right before halftime.
With the scores tied at two apiece at halftime, Chelsea started the second half showing more solidity at the back. Tammy Abraham scored his second goal to settle a nervy match. Norwich came close to equalizing for the third time but got denied by the woodwork. Chelsea is now thirteenth in the table while Norwich is in the relegation zone at number seventeen.
Brighton vs Southampton: 0-2
Moussa Djenepo scored a stunner as Southampton got on course to win against Brighton. Southampton signed Dienepo from Standard Liege for £14 million. He came on as a substitute to score his first Premier League goal and what a beauty it was. The summer signing had only been on the pitch for seventy-eight seconds when he struck the ball into the top right corner.
Brighton Albion played with ten men after Florin Andone was red-carded for a rash challenge on Yan Valery. Albion’s Lewis Dunk had a first-half goal ruled out by the newly-implemented goal-line technology. Jürgen Locadia also struck the woodwork as 10-men Brighton desperately looked for an equalizer. Nathan Redmond scored Southampton’s second goal in injury time to seal the three points. Southampton is eighteenth on the table while Brighton is in the eighth position.
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace: 1-2
Patrick van Aanholt scored in stoppage time to ensure an away win for Crystal Palace against a toothless Manchester United. Jordan Ayew had opened the scoring for Palace with a low-drilled shot past De Gea. James equalized for Manchester United with a delightfully-curled shot corner into the top corner. United’s striker, Pail Pogba was at fault for Palace’s second goal. He gave the ball away in a dangerous area allowing Patrick van Aanholt to pounce and score the winner.
Ayew’s goal came against the run of play and United’s fans will be disappointed with Pogba’s howler leading up to the goal. United failed to capitalize on a clear scoring chance when Marcus Rashford missed a seventieth-minute penalty. Crystal Palace is now in the tenth position while Manchester United is fifth in the league standings.
Watford vs West Ham: 1-3
West Ham secured a thrilling 3-1 win against Watford in a fast-paced match. Mark Noble put the Hammers in the lead with a coolly-taken penalty in the third minutes. This came as his team celebrated fifteen years since Noble joined the team. Andre Gray equalized for Watford with a stunning strike as both teams attacked consistently. Sebastian Haller scored West Ham’s second goal minutes into the second half after a superb team move.
West Ham’s third goal and Sebastian’s second was an eye-catching overhead strike that could very well be a goal of the season contender. The victory was West Ham’s first in the 2019/2020 season and the hundredth away win in the club’s history. West Ham is now in the fourteenth position while Watford languishes at the bottom of the table with no points earned.
Sheffield vs Leicester: 1-2
Sheffield-born Jamie Vardy came back to haunt Sheffield United when he scored a stunning opener in the first half. Oli McBurnie equalized for the home team in the sixty-second minute when he nodded in his first premier league goal. Harvey Barnes scored a fantastic half-volley to restore Leicester’s lead against the run of play.
The victory at Bramall Lane was Leicester’s first in the 2019/2020 campaign. The match leaves Sheffield in ninth position and Leicester in the Champion’s League zone fourth spot. Sheffield faces Blackburn on 27th August in their next game.
Liverpool vs Arsenal: 3-1
Liverpool striker Mohammed Salah struck twice as Liverpool beat Arsenal by three goals to one. The Reds maintained their hundred per cent winning record in the 2019/2020 season. Liverpool leads the Premier League standings with nine points, two more than Manchester City in second. Arsenal completes the top three with six points despite Saturday’s defeat. Joel Matip opened the scoring when he headed in a right-wing delivery from Alexander-Arnold.
After the break, Liverpool came back with more intensity, proving too much for Arsenal to handle. David Luiz pulled back Mohammed Salah inside the box resulting in a penalty for the Reds. Salah made no mistake and hammered the ball into the top left corner for Liverpool’s second goal. David Luiz was again at fault for Liverpool’s third goal as Salah sped away from him and slotted a trademark finish past Leno to make it three-nil. Lucas Torreira scored an 85th-minute consolation for Arsenal although it did not mean much. Liverpool has now won twelve Premier League matches in a row since last season. The Reds are also undefeated in forty-two home Premier League matches.
Bournemouth vs Manchester City: 1-3
Sergio Aguero scored a brace to help City take home three points in a hard-fought match at the Vitality Stadium. Aguero opened the scoring when Kelvin De Bruyne’s bungled effort fell straight at him. Bournemouth spurned two glorious chances to equalize. Nathaniel Ake failed to connect with a volley while a few moments later, Adam Smith missed an open opportunity by striking the ball directly at City’s keeper.
A while later, Manchester City went two up. David Silva slid a pass for Raheem Sterling who struck past Aaron Ramsdale. With the match seemingly over, Harry Wilson’s outstanding free-kick went into the top right corner for Bournemouth’s first goal. The Cherries were back in contention and worked hard for an equalizer. However, the reigning Premier League champions proved too strong for Bournemouth when Aguero scored his second goal and City’s third. The result lifted Manchester City into the second position, two points behind leaders Liverpool. Bournemouth is in the eleventh position in the standings.
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Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle: 0-1
Steve Bruce got his first victory as Newcastle manager as Newcastle beat Spurs by a solitary Joelinton goal. Newcastle had previously lost to Newcastle and Norwich in their first two matches of the campaign. The consecutive losses for Newcastle had added to the gloom created by Rafael Benitez’s departure. The team, however, bounced back in style causing a Spurs to slip up early in the season. Newcastle got an early blow when Allan Saint-Maximin suffered a hamstring injury. Moments later, Joelinton pounced onto a Christian Atsu cross to slot the ball home from close range.
Son Heung-min came closest to equalizing for spurs when his half-volley struck Martin Dubravka’s palms. Lucas Moura also wasted a chance for Spurs when he miskicked the ball with an open goal at his mercy. Tottenham players appealed for a penalty when Harry Kane was brought down by Lascelles. The referee rejected calls for a penalty and had the VAR technology back up his decision. Newcastle held on for the win despite a flurry of attacks by Tottenham. Newcastle is now in the nineteenth position while Tottenham is seventh in the league standings.
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Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Burnley: 1-1
Wolves squared off with Burnley in the only match of week three to end in a draw. The outcome lifted Burnley into the sixth position while Wolves remain in fifteenth. Wolves and Watford are the only two teams that have not registered victories after the first three matches of the campaign. Burnley held the lead for most of the game after a goal by Barnes. Watford equalized in injury time through a penalty taken by Jimenez.
Week three’s Premier League results have altered the league standings significantly. Some of the biggest upsets included Manchester United’s loss to Crystal Palace as well as Spurs’ loss to Newcastle. While it is too early in the season to make any assumptions, the league table looks quite similar at the top as it did at the end of last season. Liverpool and Manchester City top the table in what closely resembles the previous campaign’s two-horse race.
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