Manchester City lost their first game in the English Premier League against West Ham in a follow-up to their defeat against Juventus in the Champions League. Bordeaux’s blistering counters against a superior PSG were a sight for sore eyes; byline wing play – either whipped in from long or dazzling full-backs on the dribble – gave them the gumption they needed to earn their 2-2 draw.
Son’s immediate impact is timely for Tottenham, given that Harry Kane has yet to find last season’s scoring touch.
Arsenal bounced back from a tough set of results as they beat arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the North London derby in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday. A mouth watering fixture like this needs no extra motivation, and Spurs will be hoping to bounce back strongly with a victory on Saturday lunch time, though easier said than done. Goals against Ipswich in midweek and a dire Sunderland team on Saturday do not a world-class striker make.
The Chelsea captain has unfortunately been a scapegoat for Chelsea’s defensive capabilities and poor form as of late.
This is a tricky test for Arsene Wenger’s side. For the sake of record, St James’ Park hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Mourinho, with the Blues suffering defeats in each of their last three visits on Tyneside.
The Premier League returns this weekend with a number of bosses feeling the heat after hard starts. That might change on Saturday, with Arsenal visiting King Power Stadium, looking to end their fairy tale journey.
Arsenal hero Thierry Henry insists the Gunners are still capable of winning the Premier Leaguer this season after their cup win over Spurs.
2015/2016 may not turn out to be the least exciting season that the Premier League has ever seen and, for all the variation in Ligue 1, the 20 teams in France only managed four more goals over that aforementioned weekend than their counterparts in England; 24 vs 28. It should be a feisty affair.
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There were few signs of what was to come when City took control of the game.
Chelsea were the only English winners in the Champions League during the first round of group games, but Jose Mourinho’s men still have plenty to prove in the competition this season.
The Black Cats have been miserable this season so far. “And they won at the Lane”.
But they’ve yet to really get going this season.
Brendan Rodgers is under tremendous pressure at the moment.
Critical of his team’s performance in the opening 45 minutes, Mourinho said: “I have to understand why one team can play so bad in one half and so well in another one“.
This weekend, Aston Villa are the visitors to Anfield, a venue that’s hardly terrified them in the recent past.
Two-thirds of the Premier League are at it, writes Dan Sung – which is inevitably leading to a relatively goal-free campaign…
Good old Dick helped save Sunderland from the drop last season.
Crystal Palace are usually good on their travels, but Alan Pardew will be anxious with his side’s consistency. The fact that right-back Daryl Janmaat has had the most shots per game (1.4) of any Newcastle player is indicative of their woes going forwards, and their summer signings have certainly failed to catch fire so far.
Manchester United has made a solid start to the season and would be delighted that Manchester City’s defeat means that the red part of the city is only two points behind the blue part at the top of the table. However, the Eagles have bounced back strongly in the midweek beating Charlton Athletic 4-1 in the League Cup 3rd round.
Mata rounded off the scoring by driving home Ashley Young’s cross in the final minute. “But when you’re at home and it’s 0-0 you are running to the ball because, in your mind, you are thinking, “We have to score, we have to score“.