Manchester City had won all six of the opening Premier League games and there was talk that they could replicate Arsenal’s Invincibles by going the whole campaign undefeated. However, these predictions were swept aside as Wolverhampton Wanderers defeated Pep Guardiola‘s side 2-1 at Molineux.
The home side took a surprise lead when Ruben Dias bundled the ball into his own net. City equalised through Julian Alvarez‘s free-kick but Hee-Chan Hwang then got the winner with a tap-in.
It was a much-needed three points for Gary O’Neil’s side who had not won in their last three Premier League games. As for City, the result is very bad, especially as they have now lost their last two games in all competitions.
Guardiola’s side play RB Leipzig in the Champions League this week before an early title decider against Arsenal this Sunday.
The match of the weekend did not disappoint with red cards, controversy and a late winner. Liverpool fought bravely to hang on but ultimately it was down to fine margins and Tottenham Hotspur took all three points.
It started to go wrong for the Reds when Curtis Jones was sent off for a bad challenge. They then had a goal by Luis Diaz disallowed for offside. However, replays showed that he was onside and the goal should have stood. VAR not intervening has seen them come under immense scrutiny again.
Tottenham then inevitably took the lead after Richarlison squared it to Heung-Min Son who found the back of the net. Jurgen Klopp‘s side got an equaliser through Cody Gakpo at the end of the first half.
It started to go wrong again for Liverpool when Diogo Jota was sent off for a second bookable offence. They did well to hang on with nine men but Spurs got a winner in the 96th minute when Joel Matip scored an own goal.
Manchester United suffered their fourth defeat of the Premier League season as Crystal Palace defeated them 1-0 at Old Trafford. Eric ten Hag‘s side had won this fixture in mid-week in the EFL Cup but the Eagles learnt from this to claim the three points.
Joachim Andersen got the winner with an impressive reactive strike into the top corner in the 25th minute. The result means Roy Hodgson‘s side is now ninth in the table which is one place above United.
The pressure is mounting on ten Hag, just three victories in their opening seven league games is not good enough and a change will be made if he cannot turn this around.
United’s next game is a Champions League match against Galatasaray. The Turkish side now have former United and Palace player Wilfred Zaha in their ranks, who will be relishing a return to Old Trafford.
Best of the rest
Luton Town claimed their first win of the season as they defeated Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park. Carlton Morris got the winner for Rob Edwards‘ side.
Aston Villa destroyed Brighton 6-1 with Ollie Watkins scoring a hat-trick. Gareth Southgate was in the stands and would be taking note of the England players’ performance.
Chelsea defeated Fulham 2-0 in the West London derby thanks to goals from Mykhailo Mudryk and Armando Broja. After a difficult start to the season, the Blues have now won their last two games in all competitions.
Predictions vs. actual results:
Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool
Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool
Fulham 0-2 Chelsea
Fulham 0-2 Chelsea
West Ham 3-0 Sheffield United
West Ham 2-0 Sheffield United
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