Saturday, September 17, 2016

It Happened in England: City remains perfect, Leicester coming back alive

Hull City 1-4 Arsenal
Alexis Sanchez bagged himself a brace and two unlikely goal scorers supported him. Theo Walcott, who appears to be salvaging his Arsenal career this season, scored the would be winner in the 55th minute and Granit Xhaka opened his Arsenal account with an insurance goal in second half stoppage time. This was all made easier thanks to Jake Livermore's 40th minute red card. Robert Snodgrass had the only goal for Hull, but the Scottish international's contribution was only a consolation. After their characteristic slow start, Arsenal are now into third in the Premier League, but they are still five points off Manchester City's pace.

Leicester City 3-0 Burnley
Leicester City appear to be returning to stride. After a midweek win in the Champions League, they get a fairly convincing win over newly promoted Burnley. Newly acquired Islam Slimani, seeing his first action with the Foxes, scored twice to set the tone early in the second half. A 78th minute own goal off defender Ben Mee sealed Burnley's overall fate. 

Manchester City 4-0 AFC Bournemouth
Pep Guardiola remains perfect in his young Manchester City career. He gets a dominating performance from his players today as four of them find the back of the net against Bournemouth. Kevin De Bruyne started it at the quarter hour mark, followed by Kelechi Iheanacho in the 25th. In the second half, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan would double the lead to seal the 4-0 scoreline. Manchester City has a flawless 15 points from five matches and is looking like the class of the Premier League early on.

West Bromwich Albion 4-2 West Ham
A wild one here as West Bromwich Albion jumps all over West Ham in the first half. Nacer Chadli opened the scoring in the eighth minute and Salomon Rondon and James McLean had West Brom ahead 3-0 at the half. Chadli found a second in the 56th minute before the Hammers started to play. Michel Antonio and Manuel Lanzini provided their goals, but it wasn't nearly enough to salvage anything. West Ham continues their sad start. Their three points from five matches are hardly living up to their lofty expectations this season.

Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough
(Barry 24', Coleman 42', Lukaku 45+1')-(Stekelenburg OG 21')
Things are going quite well for Ronald Koeman at his new club. Everton get a first half onslaught from Gareth Barry, Seamus Coleman, and Romelu Lukaku to open up a 3-1 half time lead. Their only blemish came from a 21st minute own goal off goalkeeper off Maarten Stekelenburg. They defended their way through the second half to finish off that comfortable scoreline. Everton are all the way up in second place to open this season. Koeman appears to have turned that side around quite nicely.

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