There were several exciting matches on matchday five of the EPL (English Premier League). While there were a few unexpected outcomes, most of the Premier League results went as expected with the favourites winning. The week’s talking point was Norwich’s victory over second-placed Manchester City. Liverpool continues to top the league after an impressive winning streak.
Arsenal and Everton recorded undesirable Premier League results over the weekend primarily due to defensive errors. Various teams shifted positions within the table although the top and bottom teams remain unchanged. Liverpool now leads the league with fifteen points after five matches while Watford languishes at the bottom with two points.
Week five Premier League results
Here are the results from matchday five of the English Premier League.
Liverpool vs Newcastle: 3-1
Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane, scored a brace as the Reds won their fourteenth consecutive Premier League match. Mohammed Salah also scored once as the Reds extended their unbeaten run to twenty-two games. The goal-scorers received some clinical assists from Roberto Firmino who came on as a substitute to turn the match around. Newcastle had scored first and seemed like they might have handed the Reds their first defeat of the season.
The 22-match unbeaten run is Liverpool’s longest under coach Jurgen Klopp. The Reds now top the table with fifteen points, five ahead of their closest challengers, Manchester City. Newcastle, on the other hand, sits in seventeenth position.
Sheffield vs Southampton: 0-1
Moussa Djenepo scored the decisive goal as Southampton won narrowly at Sheffield. The forward has been labelled the next Sadio Mane and his current exploits on the pitch support that. Since his £15m to Southampton, the Malian has proved that he has a knack for magnificent goals. Djenepo earned his first start in Southampton colours against Sheffield.
The two teams had played a relatively balanced game with each having some half-clear chances. In the second half, Sheffield’s Blades made a mistake allowing Djenepo to get hold of the ball and hit a low shot past Dean Henderson. Southampton is now tenth in the table while Sheffield is in the fifteenth position.
Wolves vs Chelsea: 2-5
Wolves were marking the 130th anniversary of their first match at the Molineux Stadium. However, any plans of a celebration were quickly dashed by a ruthless Chelsea side. Frank Lampard, the Blues’ manager, gave starting roles to young English stars, Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham. His faith in the relatively young squad was quickly rewarded as Chelsea ran riot against wolves. Tomori and Mount each scored a goal while the impressive Tammy Abraham scored a hat trick.
Chelsea is now sixth in the Premier League standings while Wolves are in the nineteenth position.
Tottenham vs Crystal Palace: 4-0
Spurs got back to winning ways in impressive fashion against Crystal Palace. After a shaky start to the 2019/2020 season, Tottenham climbed to the third position in the table after a convincing win. The team seemed adversely affected by the goings-on of the recently-closed summer transfer window. However, a fantastic brace from Son Heung-min seemed to put all the team’s issue behind. A crystal Palace own goal and an Eric Lamela strike sealed the points for Spurs.
Crystal Palace now sits twelfth in the standings while Spurs are in third, two points behind second-placed Manchester City.
Manchester United vs Leicester: 1-0
Manchester United’s players seem to have rediscovered their winning mentality. The team beat Leicester despite the absence of several key players. The Red Devils huffed and puffed ut deservedly got the three points in the end. Marcus Rashford converted a seventh-minute penalty, the match’s only goal.
Leicester City’s players spurned several chances to salvage a draw from the match, but ultimately, Solskjaer’s players carried the day. Leicester is now fifth in the table while Manchester United is in the fourth position after Saturday’s win.
Brighton vs Burnley: 1-1
Jeff Hendrick scored a late equalizer to earn Burnley a draw against Brighton and Hove. The ’hosts’ winless streak at their Amex Stadium continued. Neal Maupay had opened the scoring for Brighton with a fantastic volley. The Seagulls were seemingly headed for a win before the ball fell kindly to Jeff outside the penalty area. He struck a well-taken shot past Brighton’s keeper, Mathew Ryan.
Brighton last won at home on March 2 against Huddersfield. They have drawn or lost their last eight matches at home, scoring four goals and conceding seventeen. The draw leaves Brighton in sixteenth position and Burnley in fourteenth.
Norwich vs Manchester City: 3-2
Norwich beat Manchester City in the biggest upset of matchday five. The Carrow Road faithful will remember the victory for years to come. Norwich outplayed City in all aspects despite missing various players due to injuries. The Citizens were not at their usual attacking best, but it is their defence that left a lot to be desired. Kenny McLean opened the scoring with a neatly-taken header before Todd Cantwell doubled Norwich’s lead.
Sergio Aguero scored before the break and put City back in contention. However, it was just about done when Teemu Pukki scored Norwich’s third five minutes after the break. Rodri scored City’s second goal, but Norwich held on for the win. The match leaves City in the second position, five points behind Liverpool. Norwich sits thirteenth in the table.
Bournemouth vs Everton: 3-1
Everton’s coach, Marco Silva, recently reinforced his squad with £115m worth of new summer signings. However, the team’s defence was its biggest undoing in the loss to Bournemouth. Callum Wilson opened the scoring and subsequently earned Bournemouth the second win in the 2019/2020 season. Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalized for Everton before Ryan Fraser came off the bench to restore Bournemouth’s lead.
Wilson capitalized on a weak Everton defence to score Bournemouth’s third goal. Everton was undone by two stunning set-pieces from Bournemouth which raised questions about the Toffees’ defence. Everton is now in the eleventh position while Bournemouth climbed to eighth.
Watford vs Arsenal: 2-2
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored two first-half goals to give Arsenal a deserved two-goal lead at half time. However, Arsenal’s defensive problems came back to haunt them as they surrendered a two-goal advantage in the second half. Watford’s Deulofeu intercepted Sokratis’s pass and teed up Cleverley for the hosts’ first goal. David Luiz then fouled Pereyra in the box, earning Watford a penalty. Pereyra converted the penalty for Watford’s equalizer.
Watford spurned several chances to earn a victory, and in the end, the teams settled for a draw. The match leaves Arsenal in the seventh position while Watford is at the bottom of the table with two points so far.
Week five’s Premier League results have caused minor changes in the league standings. Managers such as Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, Arsenal’s Unai Emery and Everton’s Marco Silva will undoubtedly want to address their teams’ defensive woes. Liverpool, on the other hand, seems to be creating a comfortable lead in the Premier League. Which team or player fascinated you most on matchday five?