Premier League Week 5 Recap

Week 5 saw 33 goals scored, some drama and of course some upsets.


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Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool 


Liverpool managed to hold on after a late stoppage time Erik Lamela goal. The win maintained their 100% start to the 2018/19 season. The Reds haven’t won their first 5 league games for 27 years.

Georginio Wijnaldum scored his first away goal for the Merseyside team thanks to goal-line technology. Initially it looked like Michel Vorm had saved it, however the ‘goal’ message was sent to referee Michael Oliver’s watch.

A little while later Roberto Firmino doubled their lead. They have not lost an away game in which he has scored.

There was late drama and controversy when Sadio Mane brought down Son Heung-min in the penalty area. It was a clear cut penalty with Mane going in with the challenge as the South Korean went to take a shot but Michael Oliver did not give it and the game ended there.

Liverpool end game week 5 in 2nd place with Spurs sitting in 6th.


Up Next:

Champions League:

Inter Milan v Tottenham – Tuesday September 18th (12:55pm)

Liverpool v PSG – Tuesday September 18th (3pm)

Premier League:

Brighton v Spurs – Saturday September 22nd (12:30pm)

Liverpool v Southampton – Saturday September 22nd (10am)



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AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City 

4 – 2

Bournemouth started off the stronger team scoring 3 goals in the first half, including a Joshua King penalty. If coming out 3-0 down for the second half wasn’t bad enough, in the 69th minute Wes Morgan was shown a second yellow and Leicester were down to 10 men. Adam Smith made it 4 – 0 twelve minutes later.

Leicester left it a little too late to stage a comeback after James Maddison scored an 88th minute penalty, followed up by an 89th minute goal from Marc Albrighton.

This time last season Bournemouth were sitting bottom of the table after 5 games. A year later and they’re now sat above Spurs in 5th.

Leicester are 11th.


Up Next: 

Burnley v Bournemouth – Saturday September 22nd (10am)

Leicester v Huddersfield – Saturday September 22nd (10am)



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Chelsea v Cardiff City


Belgian Eden Hazard scored a hat-trick for the Blues, prompting manager Maurizio Sarri to call him the best player in Europe. He scored two goals in the first half and a penalty late on after Cardiff’s goalscorer Sol Bamba brought down Willian. 

Willian scored Chelsea’s 4th goal, a beautiful long range strike.

Chelsea join Liverpool in the 100% club. Their victory was their 5th successive this season. It’s the fourth time, and first since 2010 that they have managed such a feat. They were by far the stronger team and deserved the 3pts.

The Blues sit top of the table with +1 goal difference on Liverpool.  Cardiff are currently 17th, just one place above the relegation zone.


Up Next:

Europa League

PAOK Salonika v Chelsea – Thursday September 20th (12:55pm)

Premier League

West Ham v Chelsea – Sunday September 23rd (8:30am)

Cardiff v Man City – Saturday September 22nd (10am) 



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Huddersfield Town v Crystal Palace


The only goal game from a moment of brilliance from the returning Wilfred Zaha in the 28th minute. He knocked the ball between two defenders before he smashed it past Jonas Lossl. He missed their last game against Southampton with a groin injury.

Huddersfield came close to equalizing but Aaron Mooy saw his well-struck volley bounce off the post.

The Yorkshire club are still waiting for their first win of the season, leaving them sitting in 17th after two draws.

The win saw Palace move up to 11th, they now sit 12th after Wolves’ Sunday win over Burnley.


Up Next:

Leicester v Huddersfield – Saturday September 22nd (3pm)

Palace v Newcastle – Saturday September 22nd (3pm)



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Manchester City v Fulham


Leroy Sane opened the scoring with a 2nd minute goal in his first league start for City this season. Spaniard David Silva doubled their lead before the break and Raheem Sterling scored just after half time to all but secure their victory.

It was their 4th win in 5 games keeping them hot on the tails of Chelsea and Liverpool.

City manager Pep Guardiola was impressed with 20yr old Sane‘s performance.

There were some rare spells for Fulham where they looked threatening. The newly promoted London club forced some smart saves from City’s goalkeeper Edison. Other than those few moments they were quiet and on the defense.

Manchester City are 2-points behind Chelsea and Liverpool in 3rd place. Whilst Fulham sit down in 15th.


Up Next:

Champions League

Man City v Lyon – Wednesday September 19th (3pm)


Premier League

Cardiff v Man City – Saturday September 22nd (3pm)

Fulham v Watford – Saturday September 22nd (7:30am)



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Newcastle United v Arsenal


Granit Xhaka opened the scoring for the Gunners with an beautiful long-range free-kick just after halftime. Mesut Ozil scored on the follow up to Alexandre Lacazette‘s blocked shot to double their advantage.

Newcastle’s Ciaran Clark‘s stoppage time goal gave the hosts some hope but it turned out to just be a consolation goal that leaves them sitting in 19th and the relegation zone.

The Gunners have 9 points meaning their joint with both 6th place Spurs (+4GD) and 8th place Manchester United (0 GD).


Up Next: 

Europa League

Arsenal v Vorskla Poltava – Thursday September 20th (3pm)

Premier League

Palace v Newcastle – Saturday September 22nd (10am)

Arsenal v Everton – Sunday September 23rd (11am)



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Watford v Manchester United


Manchester United dominated the first half scoring two goals in in three minutes. Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring when he diverted Ashley Young‘s cross in off his chest. Chris Smalling then scored off a Marouane Fellaini cross to double the Red Devil’s lead.

Watford got a goal back in the 65th minute when Demari Gray scored a scorcher. From that moment on the majority of the pressure came from the Hornets, especially in stoppage time when United’s Nemanja Matic got sent off for a second yellow card. Manchester United goalie David De Gea produced some world class saves to secure his team the 3pts.

United manager Jose Mourinho said Lukaku epitomised his team’s performance. His side’s victory put an end to Watford’s unbeaten run.

United sit 8th whilst, after their impressive start to the season, Watford are up in 4th, one point behind Man City.


Up Next:

Champions League

Young Boys v Man Utd – Wednesday September 19th (3pm)

Premier League

Fulham v Watford – Saturday September 22nd (7:30am)

Man Utd v Wolves – Saturday September 22nd (10am)



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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Burnley


Wolves dominated large parts of the first half and Raul Jimenez‘s 61st minute goal was well deserved.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche said his team are “in a bit of a fog” after their defeat left them waiting for their first league win of the season. The visitors rarely showed any threat.

The Clarets’ defeat equals a club record run of four consecutive Premier League losses and now puts them bottom of the table, while newly promoted Wolves climbed to ninth.


Up Next:

Man Utd v Wolves – Saturday September 22nd (10am)

Bournemouth v Burnley – Saturday September 22nd (10am)



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Everton v West Ham United


The Hammers ended their dismal start to the 2018/19 season with a win over the Toffees, their first win under manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Ukrainian Andriy Yarmolenkoopened the scoring with an 11th minute goal. The ball went from the halfway line to the back on the net in just three passes. Marko Arnautovic got the assist. Yarmolenko then scored again to double their advantage, with a curling shot from just inside the box. Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made an error which gave the ball to Mark Noble who got the assist.

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored just before halftime giving his team hope for a comeback. The Icelandic powered home a header from Jonjoe Kenny‘s cross.

Unfortunately for the Merseyside club they just couldn’t capitalize. Then Arnautovic added insult to injury with a clinically struck ball after a one-two with Pedro Obiang.

The win came when the London club needed it the most. They were coming off the back of a four-consecutive defeat run, if they’d have lost Sunday’s game it would have constituted their worst ever opening of a league campaign. They now sit 16th.

Everton sit 10th.


Up Next:

Arsenal v Everton – Sunday September 23rd (11am)

West Ham v Chelsea – Sunday September 23rd (8:30am)



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Southampton v Brighton & Hove Albion


Southampton dominated in the first half. The home-side were unlucky not to score from a goalmouth scramble early on.

With 10 minutes left in the first half Pierre-Emile Højberg scored a phenomenal goal from outside the box. The Dane had just enough curve on the ball for it to go in to the bottom left hand corner.

Southampton doubled their lead in the 65th minute after Gaëtan Bong  brought down Danny Ings in the penalty box, who scored from the spot.

Two minutes later Brighton halved their deficit with a Shane Duffy goal off an Anthony Knockaert set piece.

Just when it looked like Brighton would be leaving with nothing, they were awarded an 89th minute penalty after James Ward-Prowse shoved Duffy in the back. Glenn Murray stepped up, kept his cool and leveled things.

The game ended a point-a-piece


Up Next:

Liverpool v Southampton – Saturday September 22nd (10am)

Brighton v Spurs – Saturday September 22nd (12:30pm)




All times are Eastern U.S.


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