Monday, September 14, 2015

Monday Night Football: Payet lifts West Ham over Newcastle

West Ham 2-0 Newcastle
Dimitri Payet was the man leading West Ham to their third win of the season. He scored both of the Hammers' goals to lift then to nine points and fifth place in the table.

Payet, who arrived from Marseille this summer, scored in the ninth and 49th minutes. He is adjusting to Premier League live quite well. He has three goals in five starts already, compared to only seven goals in 35 starts last year in France.

Other than the fact that Newcastle earned a bunch of possession after West Ham went up 2-0, the Hammers really dominated winless Newcastle. It was their first home win of their strange early season. They have beaten Arsenal and Liverpool on their travels while stumbling at home to Bournemouth and Leicester City. Newcastle was the perfect target to turn their home fortunes around, however. The Toon side have failed to score in four straight after today and are yet to win.

We are now five matches deep in the Premier League season and we have seen a few unbelievable things. First off is the extremely troubling opening to Chelsea's title defense. The Blues have lost three out of five while conceding 12 goals. It's the worst five match start for a defending champion in Premier League history. No team has ever started this poorly and managed to recover and win the title. Can Jose Mourinho acc his men overcome those astronomical odds to repeat?

On the other side of the table, West Ham are out to a solid start in fifth place, but the real shocker has been Leicester City. Having win three of five, they sit on 11 points and in second place. We can't get too excited about the Foxes yet, though. Their wins have come against lowly Sunderland, Stoll uncertain West Ham, and Aston Villa. We will learn a lot more about this squad in a couple weeks when they welcome Arsenal into the King Power Stadium.

Finally, Manchester City are making a strong case for the title race being all about them. They are a perfect five for five so far and gave Chelsea a real beating in their one truly competitive match. The way Crystal Palace was able to nearly scrap out a scoreless draw its likely prof that they will drop points at some point. Based on how they have handed their first five games, in general, it's hard to believe that there are many teams capable of giving them a challenge.

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