Game week 5 saw a galore of goals being scored by some teams while some had to leave the field in frustration. After the busy wednesday and thursday nights of exciting UEFA matches, the top teams looked to strengthen their grip on the table.
The week opener saw Bournemouth welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to the Vitality Stadium. Solomon March opened the score-sheet for the Seagulls but late strikes from Surman and Defoe guaranteed 3 points for the Cherries. Southampton won a nervous one goal thriller thanks to a Steven Davies strike facing Crystal Palace away. Huddersfield Town held Leicester City 1-1 at home and Newcastle United cruised to win 2-1 against travelling Stoke City. One of last year’s top 4 and this season’s title favorites Liverpool drew blood as they could only manage a frustrating 1-1 against high flying Burnley. West Brom dropped points again as they drew at home 0-0 against West Ham. Wembley woes continued for Spurs as they could only salvage a goal-less draw facing minnows Swansea City.
The highlight of the afternoon was however Manchester City’s brilliant display of ball play and attacking intent. Facing Watford away is always a problem specially in the starting of the season, but City looked least bothered as they banged in 6 goals against the Hornets. The first 25 minutes of the game was nervous as both teams looked for an early breakthrough. The city midfield partnership between David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne looked in fine form as they were able to hold the game in their accurate passing and through balls. Then a sparkling display from Kun Aguero saw City break the deadlock and eventually Watford’s momentum. Quick goals continued to pour in as Aguero struck the net again followed by new boy Gabriel Jesus. Starting the second half 3-0 up, City continued to dominate possession and penetrate opposition defenses as an Otamendi header converted into a goal. A great sight was in store for Cityzens as De Bruyne made way for comeback hero Ilkay Gundogan. Ilkay made his first appearance after a huge gap of 9 months after tearing the cruciate ligaments in his right knee while playing against the same Watford last year. Gabriel Jesus and David Silva made way for Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane respectively later. There was more in store for football enthusiasts as City were able to score two more in the final ten which saw Sergio Aguero complete his hat-trick and Raheem Sterling convert a penalty with a right footed effort to the top left corner. The City defense did their work neatly again as they wrapped up a third consecutive clean sheet. Their fullback issues look sort out at this moment as Mendy, Walker and Danilo are delivering sweet results for the Blues.
The week’s most sought-after match ended in an exciting and rough 0-0 draw when Chelsea drew against out-of-form Arsenal. David Luiz was shown a red card following a two-footed lunge on Sead Kolasinac and is set to miss key fixtures against Stoke City, Nottingham Forest and Manchester City. Manchester United on the other hand won prolifically hammering yet-to-shine Everton 4-0 at Old Trafford which saw their loved hero, Wayne Rooney make an appearance against them. The match witnessed Valencia open the score-book banging home a bullet right-footer from outside the box. Rooney though, could not convert chances while the Reds kept scoring on the other side. Lukaku scored a late goal against his former club and his celebration was quite evident that the Belgian could not have been happier at Manchester. A late Anthony Martial penalty sealed the match for the Reds as they sit joint-leaders on the table with their rival neighbors Manchester City.
Teams now have to gear up for the English League Cup; newly renamed as the Carabao Cup, starting on Wednesday, the 20th of september. Manchester City will face West Brom away which will be a significant test for Guardiola’s tactics and players’ execution during the game. It needs to be seen if City skipper Vincent Kompany fianlly makes his return after a short gap and what is in store for Yaya Toure in Pep’s upcoming plans.