Liverpool continued their perfect start to the 2019/20 season, defeating Burnley 3-0 away from home on Saturday evening. A freak own-goal by Chris Wood put the Reds on their way before Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino found the back of the net for Jurgen Klopp’s side, handing them a fourth victory in as many games.
Defending champions Man City also won their match-day 4 fixture as they brushed aside Brighton 4-0 at the Etihad. Sergio Aguero scored twice while Kevin de Bryne and substitute Bernado Silva added the other two goals. City are now second on the log with 10 points, two behind leaders Liverpool.
The other ‘big six’ occupants all shared spoils this past weekend.
Arsenal and Spurs drew 2-2 at the Emirates in the first North London Derby of the season. First-half goals by Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane put Spurs 2-0 up before Alexander Lacazatte and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang struck twice in the second (half) to ensure both sides go back home with just a single point.
Man United drew 1-1 away to 10-men Southampton with Jannick Vestergaard’s second-half strike canceling out Daniel James’s opener before Kevin Danso was given his marching orders for two bookings.
For Chelsea, they surrendered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with newly-promoted Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge. Tammy Abraham’s brace gave the Blues a 2-0 lead before half time but Sheffield responded with two second-half goals of their own as Collum Robinson and Kurt Zouma (og) found the back of the net for the visitors.
Elsewhere, Crystal Palace beat Aston Villa 1-0, Leicester were 3-1 winners at home to Bournemouth, West Ham defeated Norwich 2-0, Newcastle drew 1-1 with Watford while Everton powered past Wolves 3-2.
Here are the XI players who stood out for me this past weekend in a 3:4:3.
GK: Angus Gunn (Southampton)
For the second week running, Gunn gets the nod to start in goal for my team. He made 7 saves as Southampton drew 1-1 with Man United on Saturday.
RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Only Mohamed Salah (4) created more chances than Alexander-Arnold (3) against Burnley.
CB: Fabian Schar (Newcastle United)
As well as scoring his team’s only goal, no Newcastle player made more tackles than Schär against Watford (3).
CB: Jannick Vestergaard (Southampton)
Vestergaard scored his first Premier League goal for Southampton in his 27th league appearance for the club in the 1-1 draw against Man United.
LB: Arthur Masuaku (West Ham United)
Assisted Sebastien Haller’s opener and also put in a decent shift as West Ham beat Norwich 2-0 on Saturday.
MF: David Silva (Man City)
For the second week running, Silva is in my team of the week. On Saturday, he assisted two of City’s four goals against Brighton.
FW: Richarlison (Everton)
The Brazilian scored two goals as Everton came from 2-1 to defeat Wolves 3-2 at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
MF: Kevin de Bryne (Man City)
Scored one and assisted the other in City’s 4-0 victory over Brighton. It is clear to see that the Belgian is slowly getting back to his best.
FW: Sergio Aguero (Man City).
Aguero scored twice and set-up the fourth as Man City defeated Brighton 4-0 on Saturday afternoon.
FW: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)
For the second game running, Abraham scored a brace. However, this time it was in a draw as Chelsea were held to a 2-2 stalemate at home to Sheffield United
FW: Jammie Vardy (Leicester)
Vardy was directly involved in all three of Leicester’s goals against Bournemouth, scoring two and assisting one.