The English Premier League (EPL) league table continues to get intense with each passing matchday. This past weekend produced some interesting results.
Tottenham 2-0 Everton
Tottenham are within one point of rivals Arsenal at the top of the Premier League after overcoming a stubborn Everton side at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Harry Kane put Spurs ahead in the second half from the penalty spot after being felled by Jordan Pickford before Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg sealed the points late on. It was far from vintage but when they needed to step it up, Antonio Conte’s men found enough to see off a spirited Everton. It means they have secured their highest points tally ever in the PL after 10 matches and adds further credence to suggestions they could be one of the sides that try to push Manchester City for the title as the season progresses.
Man United 0-0 Newcastle
Manchester United were held to a goalless draw by Newcastle United as Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score a goal – legally – on his return to the starting XI in the Premier League. The results leaves Erik ten Hag’s side fifth in the table, with Eddie Howe’s visitors a point behind in sixth. It was Newcastle’s sixth draw in their opening 10 games as their impressive defensive displays continued. Schar rolled the ball back to Pope who stood there thinking the ball was dead, which allowed Ronaldo to take it off him and score. Referee Craig Pawson said the ball was dead and had already blown to say the free-kick hadn’t been taken. All very messy and United certainly had a strong case for a goal.
Liverpool 1-0 Man City
Liverpool secured just their third Premier League win of the season but couldn’t have picked a better occasion than against reigning champions Manchester City. Mohamed Salah’s second half strike was all that separated the two teams on a frantic afternoon at Anfield. The result sees Liverpool move up to eighth place and leaves City four points behind Arsenal at the top of the league. Guardiola will complain about the Foden goal being chalked off after Haaland’s foul, but it was correctly ruled out after the Norwegian pulled Fabinho’s shirt, allowing for a turnover of possession that proved decisive. Salah was the match-winner, with his chipped finish the cherry on a very impressive performance that saw the dynamite winger back to his brilliant best.
Brentford 2-0 Brighton
Leicester City 0-0 Crystal Palace
Wolves 1-0 Nottingham Forest
Fulham 2-2 Bournemouth
Southampton 1-1 West Ham
Leeds United 0-1 Arsenal
Aston Villa 0-2 Chelsea