Man City and Liverpool Drop Points In A Wild Afternoon In The Premier League

Chelsea were the big winners after Saturday's 3pm Premier League kick-offs
17:10, 30 Oct 2021

Manchester City were the subjects of the afternoon’s biggest upset, when Crystal Palace managed a 2-0 win at the Etihad. Wilfired Zaha became the first Eagles player to reach 50 goals in the Premier League just five minutes into the game. Aymeric Laporte was sent off in first-half stoppage time, leaving City with everything to do.

He nearly doubled his total when a second half goal was chalked off for offside. City were the next to rue the linesman’s flag, when Gabriel Jesus looked to have equalised. Phil Foden provided the assist, but was adjudged to have been offside in the build-up. Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher added a late second, to cap off a wonderful display from ex-City midfielder Patrick Vieira’s men.

On another day, Brighton & Hove Albion managing to hold Liverpool to a 2-2 draw would have been the standout result. It looked like a straightforward afternoon’s work for Liverpool when Jordan Henderson put them ahead inside four minutes. When Sadio Mane scored the follow-up twenty minutes later, the mood suggested a rout was imminent.

Graham Potter’s men bravely battled back, with Enock Mwepu handing them a lifeline just before half time. Ex-Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana then teed up Leandro Trossard to draw the away side level. This well-won point will definitely strengthen Brighton’s claim to be the surprise package of this season.

Brighton manager Graham Potter
Brighton manager Graham Potter

The improbable meeting of two of the richest clubs in the world underlined the long path ahead of Newcastle United. Chelsea ran out 3-0 winners, but were less comfortable than the scoreline suggests. 

Thomas Tuchel’s brave selection was missing a number of big names, most prominently Romelu Lukaku. They finally broke the deadlock through an unexpected goalscorer in Reece James. The full-back added another as the floodgates opened, before Jorginho compounded Newcastle’s misery with a late penalty.

Burnley have endured a difficult season, while Brentford have become the neutral’s favourite with some stunning displays. So of course Sean Dyche’s men won, and broke a record in the process. The half-time scoreline of 3-0 was the first time Burnley have scored thrice in the first half of a Premier League game. Saman Ghoddos added a late consolation, but Burnley saw out the game to clinch three vital points.

Watford could not replicate their incredible Everton comeback, as Southampton won 1-0 at Vicarage Road. Claudio Ranieri’s side fell to a first-half Che Adams goal, and could not summon the same late goal-fest they mustered at Goodison Park a week ago.

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