The English Premier League (EPL) league table continues to get intense with each passing matchday. This past weekend produced some interesting results.
Aston Villa 6 – 1 Brighton
Aston Villa delivered a scintillating performance at Villa Park, securing their 10th consecutive Premier League home win with a resounding 6-1 victory over Brighton. Ollie Watkins was the star of the show, bagging a hat-trick that included a quick-fire double in the 14th and 21st minutes, along with a Pervis Estupinan own goal in the 26th minute. While Ansu Fati briefly raised Brighton’s hopes with his first goal for the club early in the second half, Watkins struck again in the 65th minute to complete his hat-trick. Late goals from Jacob Ramsey and Douglas Luiz added to the misery for Brighton. The win catapulted Villa into fourth place, level on points with Brighton, and maintained their impressive home record, leaving manager Unai Emery thrilled with the strong connection between the team and the Villa Park faithful.
Wolves 2 – 1 Manchester City
In a feisty West Midlands derby, Wolves and Aston Villa battled to a 1-1 draw at Molineux. Hee-Chan Hwang opened the scoring for Wolves in the 53rd minute, but Pau Torres responded almost immediately for Aston Villa. The match featured some scrappy moments and occasional ill-temper, but neither side could seize the advantage. Villa had a chance to take the lead but couldn’t find the net, while Wolves also failed to threaten. The game saw a late red card for Mario Lemina, who was dismissed for a second yellow. Ollie Watkins came close to snatching victory for Villa, but his header hit the post. The draw meant that Villa missed the opportunity to climb into the Premier League’s top four, leaving both teams with a point apiece.
Tottenham 2 – 1 Liverpool
In a thrilling Premier League clash, Tottenham emerged victorious over Liverpool with a dramatic 2-1 win. Liverpool suffered a controversial disallowed goal as VAR wrongly ruled out Luis Diaz’s first-half strike for offside. Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota were both shown red cards, leaving Liverpool with only nine players. Heung-Min Son initially put Spurs ahead, but Cody Gakpo equalized for Liverpool. In the dying moments of injury time, Joel Matip inadvertently scored an own goal, securing the win for Tottenham. The victory elevated Tottenham to second place in the league table, while Liverpool was left in fourth, ending their unbeaten start to the season. The match was marred by VAR errors and officiating controversies, with PGMOL later issuing an apology for the disallowed goal.
Bournemouth 0 – 4 Arsenal
Everton 1 – 2 Luton Town
Manchester United 0 – 1 Crystal Palace
Newcastle 2 – 0 Burnley
West Ham 2 – 0 Sheffield United
Nottingham Forest 1 – 1 Brentford
Fulham 0 – 2 Chelsea