The sixth week of Premier League action did not disappoint. We saw a Champions League final rematch, an upset at Old Trafford, a thriller at Brentford, and a mostly one sided North London Derby. Some of the top teams in the Premier League struggled this past weekend heading into an all-important European midweek round of games.
Here is Extra Time Talk’s Premier League Matchday Six Review
Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City
The Champions League final rematch was nearly a mirror image of the May final. This time, Manchester City got the 1-0 victory with a second-half goal by Gabriel Jesus. Chelsea had few opportunities at the Bridge in the European champions’ first loss of the Premier League season.
The Citizens are now back on pace in the title race as they continue this week of tests with a match against PSG in the Champions League before a weekend game versus Liverpool. Chelsea head to Italy for a clash with Juventus in the UCL before their next Premier League game when they host Southampton.
Manchester City grab a lead at Stamford Bridge! #MyPLMorning
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) September 25, 2021
Manchester United 0-1 Aston Villa
It was a dramatic final moment at Old Trafford on Saturday with Aston Villa handing Manchester United their first defeat of the 2021-22 campaign. In the 88th minute, Villa center back Kortney Hause put in a powerful header past David de Gea to give Villa the lead. The Red Devils had a chance for a late point with a penalty in stoppage time but Bruno Fernandes sent it well over the bar.
Fernandes’ miss will most certainly mean Cristiano Ronaldo will take the next and possibly the rest of United’s penalties. The Red Devils’ run of home games continues on Wednesday against Villarreal in the UCL. Aston Villa will spend the week preparing for struggling Tottenham.
Manchester United had the chance to tie it from the spot in stoppage time, but Bruno didn't convert. 😳
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) September 25, 2021
Leicester City 2-2 Burnley
Leicester City were able to snatch not one but two Burnley leads to get a point at the King Power Stadium. Jamie Vardy opened the scoring for Burnley with an own goal and then cancelled it out with an equaliser in the 37th minute. After a Max Cornet strike to end the half, Vardy was able to pounce for his second equaliser in the 85th minute.
The Foxes sit in the bottom half of the table now with just two victories in six games. Next up for them is a Europa League match in Poland against Legia Warsaw. Burnley will try again for their first win this season when they host bottom club Norwich City at Turf Moor.
Everton 2-0 Norwich City
It’s been a miserable start to the 2021-22 season for Norwich City who suffered a 2-0 loss to Everton for a sixth consecutive defeat to start the Premier League. Andros Townsend converted an early penalty for the Toffees which was followed by a 77th-minute goal for Abdoulaye Doucoure. Everton have won four of their first six Prem games.
The Canaries will head to Turf Moor to face Burnley in an early relegation six-pointer to start October. Everton can put a stamp on being top four contenders if they can take all three points in their next match against Manchester United.
Leeds United 1-2 West Ham United
The Hammers continued a strong start to the campaign with an important away victory over Leeds United at Elland Road. Raphinha gave Leeds the lead in the 19th minute with some stunning individual dribbling and a low-driven finish. West Ham didn’t let that stop them with a dominant second-half performance that brought them an equlaliser from an own goal and a 90th-minute winner from Michail Antonio.
The Jamaican international has now scored five goals in the first six league games to put him as joint top-scorer. Antonio and the Hammers now have two matches at The London Stadium with a Europa League fixture against Rapid Wien followed by an EPL game versus Brentford. A winless Leeds squad host Watford on October 2nd.
Watford 1-1 Newcastle United
One of the few draws of the weekend was at Vicarage Road with newly-promoted Watford drawing with Newcastle United 1-1. Both team’s attacks were peppering the goals and this was a game that could easily have seen more goals. Sean Longstaff got the Magpies’ lone goal and Watford’s goal came from Ismaila Sarr, who continues his strong start to the season.
Newcastle are one of five teams in the Premier League without a win while Watford are sitting in the bottom half with two. Watford play Leeds United for matchday seven while Newcastle travels to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Brentford 3-3 Liverpool
Brentford and Liverpool played one of the games of the season on Saturday with a 3-3 thriller at the Brentford Community Stadium. Liverpool had a chance to take a hold of first-place after Chelsea and Manchester United’s losses but Brentford were not going to be beaten. No team held a two-goal lead as the Bees got the last sting with Yoane Wissa’s 82nd-minute equaliser.
It’s been a remarkable start for Brentford in their inaugural Premier League season with a win against Arsenal and a draw to Liverpool at home already. The Bees play the Hammers next. Liverpool’s offense has been potent with at least three goals in the last five matches. Up next for the Reds are Porto in the Champions League followed by a potential title clash against Manchester City.
Southampton 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sunday 26th September’s doubleheader began at St. Mary’s Stadium with an away victory for Wolves at Southampton. The match had a signature moment in Wolverhampton’s history with Mexican striker Raul Jimenez scoring his first Premier League goal since his horrific head injury over a year ago. It was great to see Jimenez get back on the scoresheet.
Wolves had just three shots on target in this win to continue a theme of minimal offense. They have just three goals in six games and will search for more against Newcastle. The winless Saints face Chelsea next.
Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal’s quick turnaround in fortunes continued on Sunday with an emphatic 3-1 win over Tottenham for their third consecutive Premier League win. The first half was like a dream for the fans at the Emirates with three quick goals, including a great individual display from Bukayo Saka. This was the 20-year old’s first goal since missing a penalty in the Euro 2020 final.
The first part of Arsenal’s season has done a complete 180 with the Gunners feeling confident before a league match with in form Brighton and Hove Albion on October 2nd. Tottenham’s fortunes have been the opposite of Arsenal’s with three consecutive defeats and nine goals conceded. They have a chance to bounce back on Thursday with a Europa Conference League game against Mura.
— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) September 26, 2021
Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton and Hove Albion
The A23 Derby ended with fireworks as Brighton scored a last-minute equaliser to earn a point at Crystal Palace. The Eagles got their goal in stoppage time of the first half with a Wilfried Zaha penalty. Palace held onto this lead and looked poised for the win until Neal Maupay lobbed Vicente Guaita to snatch a point.
The Seagulls could have takenfirst place with a win but will be content with sixth-place heading into a home tie to Arsenal. Palace will host Leicester to start the month of October.
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