Good Tuesday morning, TSFers. Your usual Monday morning Premier League recap is coming a day late (but not a dollar short). My apologies for the delay, I wasn’t feeling well yesterday but that has passed and I’m feeling right as rain now. To the matches!
Do you have any thoughts, observations, opinions, rants, or something else to share about the Premier League weekend that was?
Wolves 2 - Tottenham 1
Goals from Pablo Sarabia and Mario Lemina, both in second half added time, cancelled out a third minute Brennan Johnson goal to hand Spurs their second defeat of the season. Tottenham have significant injury issues and lack depth (and aren’t as good as they’ve played to start the season, anyway).
Manchester United 1 - Luton Town 0
It says all you need to know about United that they needed a second half goal from Victor Lindelof to beat a truly terrible Luton side at Old Trafford. Shout out to the Hatters for keeping Erik Ten Hag in the job for a little bit longer. I don’t think he’s the right guy.
Crystal Palace 2 - Everton 3
Vitaly Mykolenko scored in the 1st minute and fired a fantastic shot off the post in the 49th to set up Abdoulaye Doucoure’s goal. Idrissa Gueye’s late winner was a tidy finish, firing back across the keeper to the near corner while his momentum was taking him towards the far post. As I’ve said, Everton are much better than you think. Their place in the table is starting to reflect that.
Bournemouth 2 - Newcastle 0
A massive three points for the Cherries to give them some breathing room at the bottom. It looked be a four team race for relegation between them and the three promoted sides. It still might be, but an unexpected result against Newcastle helps. Eddie Howe’s side looked tired and sloppy. Their injuries and Champions League campaign has caught up with them.
Aston Villa 3 - Fulham 1
Villa beat the mediocre to bad teams and lose to the good ones. People are getting well ahead of themselves with predictions of a lofty finish for Unai Emery’s side. Fulham remain one of the more disappointing sides in the Premier League this season. It’s really annoying that Arsenal dropped points to them at the Emirates.
Brighton 1 - Sheffield United 1
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Brighton are the most disappointing side in the Premier League this season. Last season and to start this season, they looked as if they might have an outside shot at a Champions League place. They’re well off that level now — another side on whom the first year of continental competition has taken a toll.
West Ham 3 - Nottingham Forest 2
A late Tomas Soucek goal claimed the points for David Moyes’ side. Taiwo Awoniyi scored his first goal since his hot start to the season for Forest. I’ll be honest, I’ve not seen much of this match and it’s probably going to stay that way.
Liverpool 3 - Brentford 0
Liverpool are good. Brentford aren’t very good. The Reds are in the title race. Next.
Chelsea 4 - Manchester City 4
This was a hilariously enjoyable game for the neutrals. It’s the first time a Pep Guardiola-coached side had played to a 4-4 draw. I’m sure that Pep was furious with his team for their open, sloppy play — a significant departure from their usual controlled approach. Cole Palmer converted a penalty against his former club in the 95th minute to split the points.