15th-17th September 2018

Results: Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Liverpool FC, AFC Bournemouth 4-2 Leicester City, Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town 0-1 Crystal Palace, Manchester City 3-0 Fulham, Newcastle United 1-2 Arsenal, Watford 1-2 Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Burnley, Everton 1-3 West Ham United, Southampton 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

The Premier League resumed from its first international break of the 2018-2019 season with three clubs still boasting 100% records. After four rounds of games, Liverpool FC, Chelsea and surprise packages Watford had made faultless starts so far.

Liverpool’s unblemished record went up for review first on the weekend as they travelled to Wembley Stadium to play Tottenham Hotspur. This fixture had been earmarked as the first one to be played at Spurs’ new home. However, delays meant the game had been switched back to their temporary home of Wembley. Having lost just before the international pause to Watford, Mauricio Pochettino was about to taste back-to-back defeats. Liverpool showed their title credentials with a dominant display and the 2-1 final scoreline didn’t really do the game justice. There was a landmark goal for midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutchman’s header in the first half was his first-ever Premier League away goal in his fourth season on these shores.

There were no mistakes from Chelsea either, who recovered from conceding first to demolish Cardiff City 4-1 at Stamford Bridge. Eden Hazard was in sparkling form, scoring a brilliant hat-trick. Maurizio Sarri’s side were steamrolling their way through the early season encounters and it seemed like his “Sarriball” tactic was working well.

Watford knew that victory in the Saturday late kick-off over an under-pressure Manchester United would put them a whopping nine points clear of The Red Devils. Having lost two of their first four games already, the pressure was on Jose Mourinho’s team and they delivered with a clinical first half performance. Quick-fire goals from Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling put United 2-0 up and although they conceded in the second half to Roberto Pereyra, they held on for a 2-1 victory. That meant the Hornets’ perfect start had come to an end but not without a huge fight.

Having drawn earlier in the season at Wolves, Manchester City were playing catch-up but as ever, Pep Guardiola’s champions were always within striking distance. They cruised to a 3-0 victory over Fulham. The Cottagers had already conceded 12 goals in their first five games and leaking goals was going to be a problem they simply couldn’t solve throughout the campaign.

Another team desperate for a result were West Ham United. Manuel Pellegrini’s side travelled to Goodison Park for a Super Sunday clash at Everton without a point to their name after four games. The unflappable Chilean was showing no signs of pressure and he was right. Summer recruit from Borussia Dortmund, Andriy Yarmolenko was in sparkling form on Merseyside. The Ukrainian scored twice in the Hammers’ 3-1 victory, inflicting a first loss on Marco Silva as Everton manager.

The weekend concluded with a stirring comeback from Brighton & Hove Albion in a South Coast Derby with Southampton. Trailing 2-0 with 15 minutes remaining, the Seagulls showed their recovery instincts to rescue a 2-2 draw. Glenn Murray scored the equaliser via the penalty spot in stoppage-time. It was the second successive match in which Brighton had recovered from a two-goal deficit to earn a share of the spoils.

What else happened in September 2018?

  • Indonesia is hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in the Sulawesi region. At least 4,300 people are killed.
  • Two Russian nationals are named as suspects of the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal.
  • The US cable giant Comcast wins an auction to take over broadcaster Sky. Later in the month, 20th Century Fox announce they will sell their stake in the broadcaster, ending Rupert Murdoch’s three-decade association with BSkyB.
  • The Met Office confirms that England experienced its hottest-ever summer in 2018 and it was a joint-record for the whole of the UK.
  • More than 90 per cent of the archive at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro is destroyed by a fire.
  • Chris Evans reveals he is to leave his role as host of the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show at the end of the year. He will return to Virgin Radio in 2019.
  • Comedy writer and TV presenter Dennis Norden – famous for presenting the bloopers show It’ll be Alright on the Night, dies aged 96.

 

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