Premier League Matchday Seven Review
Kyle Campbell rounds up the latest batch of Premier League fixtures, including a top of the table thriller, a comeback in South London and a return to winning ways for Chelsea.
Clash of the Titans Ends in Draw – Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City
Sunday’s meeting between Liverpool and Manchester City looked to be a major game within this season’s title race. Both sides looked to make their mark and catapult themselves to the top of the table as we head into the international break.
Manchester City started the game well and dominated possession over the first half. Liverpool, coming off the back of an impressive win in Porto, looked leggy and struggled to match the early intensity of City.
Phil Foden saw plenty of the ball down the left wing as he battled with James Milner, who was filling in at right back for the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Despite the dominance in the first half, City were unable to test Alisson and Liverpool were thankful to be heading into the break level.
It looked to be only a matter of time until City would make the breakthrough, but Jürgen Klopp’s half-time team talk gave Liverpool a new lease of life and it was the home side that took the lead.
Excellent play down the right-hand side by Mohamed Salah gave the Egyptian enough time and space to pick out Sadio Mané, who had made a run off the back of Rúben Dias. Mané remained calm and slotted the ball past Ederson to give Liverpool an unexpected lead.
Liverpool looked re-energised in the second half, but Foden was able to bring the visitors level 10 minutes later.
Foden picked the ball up on the left-hand side and was able to fire the ball low and across goal, well out of the reach of Alisson, as it nestled in the far corner.
Liverpool refused to back down and it was a piece of individual brilliance from Salah that gave Liverpool the lead for the second time in the match.
Salah was able to sit Bernardo Silva down before twisting in and out of Aymeric Laporte, giving himself enough space for the opportunity to smash the ball past Ederson on his weaker right foot. A sublime goal from one of the world’s most in-form players.
Once again though, Liverpool’s lead didn’t last long.
Foden was at the heart of another fine City move, and his attempted cut back found Kevin De Bruyne on the edge of the box. De Bruyne’s left footed effort deflected off Joel Matip and left Alisson helpless as City drew level for the second time in the match.
Both sides had chances to win the match, but a point apiece was a fair result for each. Salah and Foden stood out and were awarded with a joint Man of the Match award.
Chelsea Victorious Over Resilient Saints – Chelsea 3-1 Southampton
Chelsea were able to take all three points at home to Southampton, despite their poor performance in Turin on Wednesday.
Chelsea started brightly and were able to take the lead in the ninth minute thanks to a header from Trevoh Chalobah. A well whipped in corner was flicked on at the front post by a rejuvenated Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and it was fellow academy graduate Chalobah that was quickest to react at the back post – taking his tally up to two for the season.
Chelsea continued to dominate for the first half and created a number of chances to double their lead. Timo Werner looked to have slotted a fine header home, but it was eventually ruled out by VAR for a foul in the build-up.
Southampton came out in the second half and looked to put pressure on the home side.
The Saints were rewarded for their efforts after ex-Chelsea youngster, Tino Livramento, beat Ben Chilwell in the box and was illegally taken down by the Chelsea full back.
James Ward-Prowse stood up for his side as he often does, and comfortably slotted the ball away, sending Edouard Mendy in the wrong direction.
Southampton looked confident in stealing a win away at Stamford Bridge, until Ward-Prowse was sent off for what was deemed to be a dangerous tackle on Jorghino. Chelsea were living dangerously in possession in their own third before Ward-Prowse slid in looking to create a chance for his side. His late challenge was punished by VAR and Southampton’s skipper was given his marching orders.
The game opened up and gave Chelsea the opportunity to take advantage of the extra space and create a bundle of chances.
A lofted through ball by Ross Barkley was latched onto by César Azpilicueta, and his low cross was finished off by Werner in the 83rd minute.
Chilwell sealed the game in the 89th minute when his powerful volley crossed the line, despite Alex McCarthy’s best efforts to keep it out.
Southampton defended well and caused Chelsea problems all afternoon, but it was The Blues who were able to come away with three points as their impressive start to the season continues.
Super Subs Sink Leicester – Crystal Palace 2-2 Leicester
Leicester’s difficult start to the season continued as they were held to a draw at Selhurst Park.
Crystal Palace dominated the first half of the game with long spells of possession and had several chances to take the lead, however, Leicester were able to break the deadlock thanks to a defensive error from Joachim Andersen.
Andersen was caught in possession by Kelechi Iheanacho and the Nigerian never looked like missing as he slotted the ball past Vicente Guaita. Iheanacho finally got off the mark this season in what was his first Premier League start since May.
Once again, Palace were caught lacking at the back and an excellent through ball by Harvey Barnes found Jamie Vardy. Vardy set his sights for the far corner before rolling the ball in at the near post, scoring his sixth goal of the campaign and giving Leicester the 2-0 lead heading in at half time.
The Foxes were kept pinned back by Crystal Palace, as Patrick Viera’s men looked to capitalise on their consistent pressure and take something out of the game.
Second half substitute, Michael Olise, was on target to score his first goal for Palace since his summer move from Reading and reduced the deficit to just one goal.
Palace dominated the second half and were finally able to draw level when Jeffrey Schlupp’s header beat Kasper Schmeichel in the 72nd minute. Schlupp’s goal against his former employers came just 45 seconds after he replaced Conor Gallagher.
Crystal Palace will rue individual errors that cost them the win, but another impressive performance from The Eagles was enough to get a well-earned point against Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester.
Best of the Rest
- Wolves took all three points at home to Newcastle with a 2-1 win. A brace from Hwang Hee-chan secured the victory as he looks to set up a deadly strike partnership with Raúl Jiménez.
- Brentford’s form continued at the weekend with a last gasp winner against West Ham, securing a 2-1 victory. Yoane Wissa was on hand to secure all three points following his heroics against Liverpool last week.
- Tottenham followed up their fine victory in the Europa Conference League with an important 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.
- Manchester United were left frustrated at home again. Cristiano Ronaldo was left on the bench and a lacklustre performance allowed Everton to get a 1-1 draw. The pressure continues to mount as United’s next 10 fixtures look to be make or break for Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
- Leeds United got their first win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Watford. Following the defeat, Watford have sacked Xisco Muñoz with Claudio Ranieri the clear favourite to take charge.
- Brighton were unable to beat Arsenal despite an impressive performance with the game ending 0-0, as Norwich picked up their first point of the season with a 0-0 against Burnley.
Player of the Week – Mohamed Salah
Salah’s individual brilliance earned Liverpool a hard-earned point in what was a crucial match in the race for the title. Despite Manchester City dominating the first half, Salah’s pace and intelligence brought his side into the game and a sublime goal and an impressive assist earned his side a point against the defending champions.