BPL: Week Seven Review
Manchester City ended Everton’s unbeaten Premier League start with an impressive attacking 3-1 victory over Roberto Martinez’s side. The result was a much-needed boost for Manuel Pellegrini’s City, following their humbling 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich and their shock 3-2 loss to Aston Villa last week. The Toffees did strike first however, Romelu Lukaku slipped the ball past Joe Hart to record this seventh goal in six matches for Everton. City equalized almost instantly, Alvaro Negredo slotting home a Yayo Toure cross. Sergio Aguero scored to make it 2-1, before his penalty sealed the three points for Man City. The Blues were good value for the victory, and Pellegrini will hope to keep the momentum going after the international break.
A blistering first half performance from Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge helped Liverpool stroll to a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield. The Reds were two up after only twenty minutes, Suarez opened the scoring before a superb solo Sturridge goal put Liverpool firmly in the driver’s seat. Captian Steven Gerrard rounded up the first half scoring with a penalty in the 38th minute. Palace did score a second half consolation goal through Dwight Gayle, but it was too late as the Eagles slumped to their fourth consecutive BPL loss. Brenden Rodgers’ Liverpool now sit level on points with Arsenal at the summit of the table.
Manchester United’s teenage wonder kid Adnan Januzaj came to the rescue as David Moyes’ men beat Sunderland 2-1 at the Stadium of Light. Three points were essential for United following consecutive losses to Manchester City and West Brom. However, the reigning champions were pegged back early on when Craig Gardner pounced on a defensive lapse to give lowly Sunderland a deserved half time lead. Januzaj ran the show for United in the second half, and was rewarded when he coolly finished off a Patrice Evra cross in the 55th minute.
Six minutes later, the Belgian starlet slammed home a left-footed volley to put Manchester United in the ascendancy. Despite their stuttering start to the campaign, the Reds currently sit only six points behind league leaders Arsenal and Liverpool.
Loic Remy scored two first half goals for Newcastle to overcome a spirited Cardiff City 2-1. The Magpies dominated the first half but Cardiff improved vastly in the second half and reduced the deficit through Peter Odemwingie in the 58th minute. Newcastle held on for the three points, and moved up into 11th in the table. Elsewhere on Saturday, Darren Bent scored a late winner for Fulham to ease the pressure on manager Martin Jol as they beat Stoke City 1-0. The Cottagers were winless in five matches coming into the encounter, and moved out of the relegation zone following the victory. Hull City and Aston Villa played out a drab goalless draw at the KC Stadium. Both sides struggled to create goal scoring opportunities without their main attacking threats, Robbie Brady and Christian Benteke.
West Ham United moved up to 13th with a shock 3-0 victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Ravel Morrison played a key home for the Hammers, the former Manchester United youth product scored an excellent solo goal and the twenty year old midfielder shined throughout.
Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas would be particularly surprised by the result, considering his side had only conceded twice coming into the match.
Arsenal returned to the top of the table with a 1-1 away win at West Brom. The Baggies were confident heading into the match after upsetting Manchester United 2-1 last time out. Steve Clarke’s West Brom took the lead courtesy of a Claudio Yacob header in the 42nd minute. Jack Wilshere rescued the point for the Gunners with a deflected strike. This was a tough away fixture for Arsenal, and the resilience they displayed is another attribute that is making them genuine title contenders.
Southampton continued their exceptional form and sit in the top four thanks to a 2-0 win over Swansea. The victory was Saint’s third on the bounce and extended their outstanding start to the season. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost only three in nineteen matches dating back to last season and boast the tightest defense in the league this term, conceding only twice so far.
Chelsea earned their first away victory of the Premier League season as they beat Norwich City 3-1 at Carrow Road. Late goals from substitutes Eden Hazard and Willian condemned the Canaries to defeat, and dropped them into the bottom three. Jose Mourinho and Chelsea moved into third, two points behind pace setters Arsenal and Liverpool.
Source: BBC Sport, sportsmole.co.uk, ITV SportBPL: Week Seven Review by Craig Smith