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Premier League: Costa Powers Chelsea Past Everton As City Slip Up

English Premier League

An eventful last weekend before the transfer deadline as Premier League champions stumble at Stoke, Newcastle and Crystal Palace play out a thriller and hapless Manchester United only manage a point at Turf Moor.

The Premier League finished its third week with only Chelsea and Swansea holding 100% records at this early stage. Swansea stormed to a 3-0 win over West Brom with Nathan Dyer scoring one either side of Wayne Routledge’s impressive volley at the Liberty Stadium. The win gives Garry Monk the perfect start to the season. Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United career continues without a win, as a rather uneventful goalless draw was played out against Burnley. Record signing Angel Di Maria made his United debut, but his introduction wasn’t enough to spark the lacklustre side back to life. The reigning league champions Man City were blue in more than name as well, with a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Stoke. Ex-United striker Mame Biram Diouf scored the only goal in a surprising victory for Mark Hughes’ Potters. Charlie Austin found the net as QPR recorded their first win of the campaign beating Sunderland in the only other 1-0 over the weekend.

Wantaway midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin scored twice as Southampton outclassed Big Sam’s West Ham at Upton Park. Some terrible Hammers defending saw them throw away a 1-0 lead on the verge of half time as the Frenchman scored a curler with his left foot. In the second half Southampton took total control of the game, West Ham did themselves few favours and a second from Schneiderlin on 67 minutes was well deserved. A late third from Graziano Pelle ensured points for Ronald Koeman’s men as they slide back into last season’s position of 8th, only time will tell if his side can stay there after such a squad destroying summer.

A thriller at St James’ Park was ended in injury time as Crystal Palace battled the hosts to a 3-3 draw. Dwight Gayle started the scoring in the first minute, gifting Palace an early lead but summer signing Daryl Janmaat equalised with Newcastle’s first league goal of the season. The first half ended 1-1, but Jason Puncheon neatly finished from Yannick Bolasie’s cross, restoring Palace’s lead almost as quickly after the restart as they did in the first half. Young winger Rolando Aarons first equalised after 73 minutes before his cross rattled the crossbar only to be converted by Mike Williamson who gave his side the lead for the first time, with only minutes left on the clock. Wilfred Zaha’s return home was met with applause as the substitute made up for a wasted chance with an equaliser deep into stoppage time, salvaging a point for Palace by nicking two from Newcastle’s grasp.

The early evening kick off at Goodison saw the most excitement, as nine goals flashed between the Toffees and Jose Mourinho’s title hopefuls. An inspired Diego Costa performance led Chelsea to a comfortable 6-3 win over Everton. From the first minute Chelsea had the lead with Costa scoring in the first and final minute of the game. Goals were thick and fast as both defences were carved up and fell to pieces. Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, Seamus Coleman (og), Nemanja Matic and Ramires were all on the scoresheet cancelling out the efforts of Everton’s Kevin Mirallas, Steven Naismith and Chelsea old boy Samuel Eto’o.

Goals from Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann were enough to give Aston Villa three points despite a consolation from Hull thanks to Nikica Jelavic. The win puts Villa up to third, right above the champions.

Title challengers Arsenal slipped to a 1-1 draw with newly promoted Leicester. Arsenal fought hard but failed to take their chances. Huge summer signing Alexis Sanchez broke the deadlock after 20 minutes to be immediately cancelled out by Leonardo Ulloa. Arsenal piled forward but couldn’t find a winner, as they struggle to find form in these early games.

In the most eventful game of Sunday, Tottenham lost 3-0 at home to Liverpool. An impressive performance from young talent Raheem Sterling inspired Brendan Rodgers’ men as the post-Suarez era continues. Liverpool up to fifth after recovering impressively from last Monday’s humiliation at the Etihad.

By ZX Roberts

           

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