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Premier League: Matchweek 8 Recap

Just the one scoreless draw in England's top league this week, but it shouldn't have ended that way.

Watford - still without a win – were unable to find a way past Sheffield United, despite creating moments of real opportunity. Andre Gray somehow managed to steer the ball over the crossbar from five yards out in the opening moments, before Danny Welbeck missed a one-on-one with Blades goalkeeper, Dean Henderson. Hornets' substitute, Craig Dawson made it a hat-trick of sitters missed as he headed wide from four yards out just as the game was gearing up to finish.

Tottenham Hotspur's week from hell continued as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat away at Brighton and Hove Albion. Hugo Lloris gifted Neal Maupay with Brighton's opener, dislocating his elbow in the process - Spurs will be without him until 2020. Mauricio Pochettino was looking for an immediate response after Spurs were embarrassed by FC Bayern midweek in the Champions League, but all he could do was watch as the Seagulls added to their opener, thanks to Aaron Connolly's brace. The Irish teenager registering his first senior goal for the hosts on another afternoon to forget for the Londoners.

Aston Villa put in a five-star performance away at Norwich City on Saturday. Dean Smith's men demolishing their hots 5-1 in a fixture that saw Douglas Luiz fire in a goal of real quality with just seven minutes remaining. The Brazilian midfielder's rocket was the Villans' fifth of the game, following on from goals by Wesley, Jack Grealish - hitting a double - and Conor Hourihane. Norwich end the matchday in 19th place, Josip Drmić's consolation goal came as many Canaries fans had already left the stadium.

Marco Silva had an uncomfortable time as his Everton slipped to another defeat away at Burnley. It was the Toffees' fourth Premier League loss on the bounce and led to a less than satisfactory response from the traveling fans at the final whistle. Seamus Coleman picked up a yellow card in each half, the Everton defender dismissed on 56 minutes. The Clarets took full advantage of their numerical supremacy, Jeff Hendrick's wonderful volley ensured Burnley took all three points on offer – Everton would end the matchday in the bottom three.

Crystal Palace came from a goal behind to see off city neighbors, West Ham United at the London Stadium. Sébastien Haller gave the hots the lead just before the hour mark, but Man of the Match, Patrick van Aanholt pulled the Eagles level nine minutes later, from the penalty spot. Jordan Ayew snached victory from the Hammers with an 87th-minute goal. Initially ruled out for offside, VAR stepped in to advise the referee that Ayew had in-fact, been played onside - by the smallest of margins. Another correct call for the opinion-splitting technology.

Frank Lampard is starting to get the best from his young Chelsea side as the Blues picked apart Southampton at St Mary's Stadium. Goals from Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount gave the West London side a 2-0 first half lead before Danny Ings pulled one back for the hosts with 15 minutes remaining. Ten minutes later though, N'Golo Kanté's hopeful effort deflected off Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Chelsea grabbed a third. Michy Batshuayi's last minute goal (assisted by Christian Pulisic) sealed a good day's work on the south coast for Lampard's side.

It was a home victory as the two Uniteds faced off at St James' Park. Ole Gunnar Solskjær was left to rue another defensive error as his Manchester United fell to a 1-0 defeat away at Newcastle United. Matty Longstaff's goal from distance, on his full debut, was enough to give the Magpies a narrow victory which saw Steve Bruce's side climb out of the bottom three. Meanwhile, the Red Devils sit on nine points - just two above the drop zone, and their lowest tally after the opening eight games since the 1989-90 season in the old Football League Division One.

Arsenal capped off a good week as they overcame Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium by the narrowest of margins. David Luiz's header was enough to power the Gunners into third place. Dominic Solanke should have done better with his first half chance for the Cherries, but it was another poor day at the office for Eddie Howe on the road at one of the league's top clubs. Bournemouth have now lost 13 of their last 14 away Premier League games against the so called 'big six' teams.

Liverpool rode their luck for the second week running, but once again Jürgen Klopp's side came out on top. James Milner's penalty deep into added time sealed a nervous victory against Leicester, as Brendon Rodgers returned to Anfield for the first time he was sacked almost four years ago to the day. Sadio Mané had given the hosts the lead in the first half with his 50th Premier League goal in 100 games for the Reds, before James Maddison's second-half strike cancelled out the Senegal captain's opener. The visitors looked to have earned a point until Marc Albrighton brought down Mané in the Leicester box, referee Chris Kavanagh pointed to the spot and VAR confirmed his decision. Liverpool maintain a 100 percent start to the league season and would go on to end the matchday eight points clear.

Manchester City slumped to a shock 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday afternoon. Adama Traoré grabbed a brace in the final 10 minutes as the visitors claimed their first away win at the Sky Blue's home since 1979 – then at the old Maine Road.

City registered just their fourth loss at home in 61 matches under Pep Guardiola, but crucially it was their fifth point dropped in their opening four home games of the season. Speaking on the widening gap to Liverpool at the top of the table, Guardiola had this to say - "It is a lot of points [to make up]. They [Liverpool] don’t drop points for many reasons. But it is better not to think about that. It is better to think about what's next.”

‘Next’ is an international break as the Premier League gives way to International football - the action resumes with Matchday Nine on October 19th.
 

 
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