EPL Week 4: Saturday Shocker For Chelsea, Liverpool; Arsenal, Man City ‘Gun-Down’ Opponents
Liverpool V West Ham (0-3)
Mark Noble scored and was later sent off as West Ham stunned Liverpool 3-0 at Anfield on Saturday in a Premier League game that both teams finished with 10 men.
Manuel Lanzini put the visitors ahead after just three minutes and Noble added the second against the run of play in the 29th as West Ham earned its second win of the season — having beaten Arsenal away on the opening weekend.
Things got worse for Liverpool when Philippe Coutinho picked up his second yellow card in the 53rd minute as Brendan Rodgers’ team fell to its first loss of the campaign.
Noble was then sent off for a lunging challenge in the 79th but Diafra Sakho polished off the win in injury time.
Arsenal V Newcastle United (1-0)
Arsenal relied on Fabricio Coloccini’s own goal to win 1-0 at Newcastle despite the hosts playing most of the Premier League game with 10 men on Saturday.
Aleksandar Mitrovic was dismissed in the 16th minute for a studs-up challenge on Francis Coquelin. Arsenal dominated possession the rest of the way but couldn’t break through until Coloccini inadvertently deflected Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot into his own goal seven minutes into the second half. Arsenal has now collected seven points from four games — six of them away from home.
“We were mature and intelligent and we played a little bit cautious but at the end of the day we won the game,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil missed the game with a knee injury, and Wenger started with Theo Walcott up front and Olivier Giroud on the bench. Walcott wasted the best chance of the first half, though, when he missed the net from a few yards out after Tim Krul couldn’t hold on to Alexis Sanchez’s shot.
Walcott was taken off for Giroud in the second half but the Frenchman was ineffective as well, and the team’s inefficiency is likely to increase calls for another striker to be brought in before the end of the transfer window on Tuesday.
Newcastle remains without a league win after four games under new manager Steve McClaren, with the only success coming in the League Cup.
Mitrovic has now picked up two bookings and a sending-off in his first five appearances for Newcastle.
“It was harsh. It was more clumsy, he had his eye on the ball and kind of stood on his foot,” McClaren said. “All we could do after that (red card) was show spirit and fight and discipline. They were magnificent in terms of that and what a fantastic crowd.”
Chelsea V Crystal Palace (1-2)
Jose Mourinho endured another setback at the start of Chelsea’s title defense as his 100th Premier League home game ended in a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
It was only the second time Mourinho’s Chelsea has lost in the league at Stamford Bridge, leaving the champions eight points behind leader Manchester City.
For Palace manager Alan Pardew it was a third victory over Mourinho in less than two years, with the previous successes coming while in charge of Newcastle.
After winning at Chelsea for the first time since 1982, Palace has a five-point advantage on its London rival after four games.
Saturday’s game came to life after Bakary Sako put Palace ahead in the 65th minute. Although Radamel Falcao leveled with his first Chelsea goal in the 79th, Palace was back in front inside two minutes through Joel Ward.
Man City V Watford (2-0)
Raheem Sterling scored his first Premier League goal for Manchester City as Manuel Pellegrini’s team beat Watford 2-0 Saturday to keep its perfect record.
Sterling scored from six yards with a shot into the bottom right corner off a cross from Bacary Sagna in the 47th minute.
Fernandinho added a second goal less than 10 minutes later at Etihad Stadium with a firm strike after an assist from David Silva.
City won its 10th straight league match to set a club record. It leads the league with 12 points from four games this season, having scored 10 goals and conceded none.