Football never disappoints!
Premier League MW 3
Aston Villa 2 vs. 0 Everton
Aston Villa got their first win back in the Premier League as they beat Everton 2-0 at home. New signing Wesley got the ball rolling with a goal in the 21st minute and Everton tried but could not break through the Villa defence. El Ghazi then scored in the 95th minute to seal the deal. Villa move one place up into 16th while Everton drop to 12th.
Brighton 0 vs. 2 Southampton
Southampton got their season going with a first win away at Brighton who had been doing well until this weekend. After a tough first half Djenepo scored to give Southampton the lead in the 55th minute, while Nathan Redmond sealed the deal in the 91st minute. I had tipped Brighton to win but clearly Southampton had other plans. Southampton climb one place into 18th while Brighton drop into 8th.
Man United 1 vs. 2 Crystal Palace
Away win no 2 and shock no 1 came from Manchester as Palace beat United at Old Trafford in a hard fought win. United were fairly poor and only had a shot on target for much of the game as Palace got the lead in the 32nd minute via Jordan Ayew. Palace then went into park the bus mode in the 2nd half but United barely threatened although Daniel James did score a brilliant shot to equalise in the 89th minute. Earlier Rashford had missed a penalty which probably made Pogba feel a bit better. Palace had other ideas and in the 93rd minute Van Aanholt scored the winner to give the Eagles all three points. United drop into 5th, while Palace climb up to 10th.
Sheffield United 1 vs. 2 Leicester
Away win no 3 came from Sheffield as Leicester fought back to win against a tough Sheffield United side. Vardy got the ball rolling in the 38th minute in classic Vardy style after latching on to a Maddison through ball. McBurnie then equalised in the 62nd minute for Sheffield after they dominated parts of the 2nd half. Youngster Harvey Barnes then scored a brilliant volley to seal the win in the 70th minute for Leicester. Sheffield drop into 9th while Leicester rocket up into 4th.
Watford 1 vs. 3 West Ham
Away win no 4 came in this London Derby as the Hammers got their first win of the season. Noble got things going in the 3rd minute via a penalty but Andre Gray equalised in the 17th minute fo Watford. Haller then got into the groove in the 2nd half and the new signing scored in the 64th and 73rd minute to seal a win for West Ham. Watford remain 20th with three defeats and the only team other than Wolves not to win a game. West Ham climb into 14th.
Liverpool 3 vs. 1 Arsenal
The fixture of the weekend gave us no surprise as Arsenal gave it a go but Liverpool had too much quality. Arsenal defended well and countered well for 40 minutes of the first half but Pepe missed a couple of chances while showing promise and Auba also fluffed his lines. Liverpool grew into the game and Matip rose highest to head home the lead in the 40th minute for the local team. Arsenal came out for the 2nd half but Liverpool decided they had had enough and Salah was brought down in the box thanks to Luiz and he doubled the lead in the 49th minute. Salah then got his 2nd in the 58th minute via another mistake by Luiz. It looked like it would be more but Arsenal did well to hold on and they got an consolation goal in the 85th minute. Liverpool remain top as they are now the only team to have won all three games. Arsenal drop into 3rd.
Bournemouth 1 vs. 3 Man City
City had a tough game but pulled through as away win no 5 came from Bournemouth. Aguero got things going in the 15th minute and Sterling scored in the 43rd minute as it looked like City would steam roll another side but Bournemouth defended brilliantly and Harry Wilson who had earlier come of the bench scored a beauty of a free kick right before half time to bring Bournemouth back in the game. Bournemouth did well for large parts of the 2nd half and missed chances of their own but City were more clinical and Aguero got his second in the 64th minute and sealed the deal. Bournemouth drop into 11th while City climb into 2nd.
Tottenham 0 vs. 1 Newcastle
Away win no 6 and shock no 2 came from London as Newcastle fought hard to beat an off the pace Tottenham side. Newcastle got an early lead in the 27th minute via Joelinton as he caused problems for Tottenham for much of the game. Spurs dominated possession but Newcastle had good moments of their own while parking the bus for large parts of the game. The possession though only led to one shot on target for Spurs and VAR also intervened in the 2nd half to deny Spurs a penalty. All this coupled with some dark arts of time waisting mean that Steve Bruce got his first win for his boyhood side as the doom and gloom in Newcastle lifted. Tottenham drop to 7th while Newcastle drop into 19th but 15th through to 19th are all on 3 points.
Wolverhampton 1 vs. 1 Burnley
Ashley Barnes got an early lead for Burnley in the 13th minute but Wolves and Jimenez equalised from the penalty spot in the 97th minute with literally the last kick of the game to keep them unbeaten. Wolves drop into 15th but remain unbeaten with 3 draws while Burnley climb up into 6th. 3 points separate 3rd from 19th after 3 games!
La Liga MW 2
Sevilla beat Granada 0-1, Real Madrid drew with Valladolid 1-1 as pressure piles back on Zidane, Atletico beat Leganes 0-1, and Barcelona thrashed Real Betis 5-2 as they returned to winning ways. Sevilla, Atletico, Real Madrid, and Valladolid make up the top four as La Liga begins to rev up. The transfer window is still open in the rest of Europe and so there could be some major incomings in La Liga specifically.
Serie A MW 1
Serie A got rolling this weekend as Juventus beat Parma 0-1. Napoli beat Fiorentina 3-4 in an incredible game, Udinese beat Milan 1-0, Roma drew 3-3 with Genoa, Atalanta beat SPAL 2-3 and Inter play on Monday. Lazio, Napoli, Atalanta, and Torino make up the top four on goal difference as Serie A returned with an entertaining weekend.
Bundesliga MW 2
Dortmund beat Koln 1-3, Hoffenheim beat Werder Bremen 3-2, Monchengladbach beat Mainz 1-3, Bayern got back to winning beating Schalke 0-3, and Leipzig beat Frankfurt 2-1. Dortmund, Frieburg, Leizpig, and Wolfsburg make up the top four after match week 2, as Bayern try to chase down the early leaders.