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What happened? Premier League match day 4, 2019-20

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5th September, 2019
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There were goals galore on the Premier League’s fourth match day, while Liverpool, Manchester City and Leicester are the only three unbeaten sides left standing. 

Top five coaches
1. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
2. Marco Silva (Everton)
3. Unal Emery (Arsenal)
4. Chris Wilder (Sheffield United)
5. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)

Coaches under the pump
Graham Potter (Brighton)
Brighton would be extremely disappointed with their intent, albeit against Manchester City, as Potter didn’t implement the right game plan.

Javi Gracia (Watford)
Watford are the only team in the Premier League yet to have a win, following a draw with Newcastle United.

Eddie Howe (Bournemouth)
Bournemouth were well beaten by Leicester City. They would be disappointed with their performance for the second week in a row.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United)
Manchester United have just two points from their last three games, with Solskjaer’s management not up to scratch.

Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
Chelsea gave up a two-goal lead against newly promoted Sheffield United, the week after they narrowly beat Norwich City.

Frank Lampard for Chelsea

(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)

Southampton vs Manchester United
Red Devils lose more points

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Manchester United controlled the balance of play and will look back at this game as two points lost. They had eight shots on target to two and had considerably more possession than Southampton.

Magic moment: Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard brilliantly tackled Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford early in the game. Vestergaard prevented a golden chance for Manchester United to score.

Who stood out from the pack? Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn made some good saves to help his team claim a point against Manchester United.

What went right? Southampton showed grit and determination to claim a point.

What went wrong? Manchester United didn’t win a game, despite Southampton being down to ten men in the second half due to the sending off of Kevin Danso.

Chelsea vs Sheffield United
Chelsea squander opportunity

The game appeared over at half time with Chelsea leading two-nil at half time, but that wasn’t the case.

Magic moment: Sheffield United were given some hope, with the deficit reduced to one goal early in the second half, thanks to a pinpoint cross from Enda Stevens and a good finish by Callum Robinson.

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Who stood out from the pack? Tammy Abraham scored a brace in the first half, which appeared to give Chelsea an unassailable two-nil lead.

What went right? Sheffield United showed great character to claim a morale-boosting point against one of the strongest teams.

What went wrong? Chelsea had nearly two-thirds possession and had five shots on target to two yet they only claimed one point.

Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa
Palace scrape home against Villa

The game was fairly even from a possession point of view and that was reflected on the scoreboard with just the one goal separating the two teams, who both would have viewed this as a must-win game.

Magic moment: Cheikhou Kouyaté of Crystal Palace had a header from a corner, brilliantly saved by Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton shortly before half time.

Who stood out from the pack? Jordan Ayew of Crystal Palace scored the only goal of the match and also provided his team with other attacking opportunities.

What went right? Crystal Palace took advantage of their one-man advantage, scoring after Aston Villa were forced to play with ten players.

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What went wrong? There was just one goal scored from a combined total of 32 shots. Aston Villa played much of the second half down to ten men, with Trezeguet sent off.

Leicester City vs Bournemouth
Leicester are in top three

Leicester City are full of confidence. As a result they won this game fairly comfortably, which means they sit third on the Premier League table and remain unbeaten.

(AP Photo/Christophe Ena, file)

Magic moment: Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell played a superb long pass that was perfectly weighted for Jamie Vardy, who chipped the ball over Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Who stood out from the pack? Jamie Vardy was a stand-out. Vardy was involved in all three goals that Leicester City scored, two of which he netted and the other one he provided the assist for.

What went right? Leicester City scored from three out of the five shots that they had on target.

What went wrong? Bournemouth left the game empty-handed, despite Callum Wilson scoring an equaliser in the first half.

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Manchester City vs Brighton
Man City stay unbeaten

It was obvious who would win this game from the moment Manchester City opened the scoring early in the game.

Magic moment: Manchester City’s third goal of the game was an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box by Sergio Aguero, early in the second half.

Who stood out from the pack? Kevin De Bruyne broke the deadlock early in the game and provided an assist for Manchester City’s second goal, which they scored shortly before half time.

(AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

What went right? Sergio Aguero proved that he is probably the best finisher in the Premier League and perhaps the world with a brace.

What went wrong? Brighton offered little from a game plan perspective and appeared to lack endeavour.

Newcastle United vs Watford
Two points lost

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Both teams needed a win, but neither side was able to achieve this. They had to settle for a draw.

Magic moment: Roberto Pereyra of Watford had a superb shot well saved by Newcastle United’s goalkeeper Martin Dubravka late in the game to ensure Newcastle claimed a point.

Who stood out from the pack? Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster made some pivotal saves to ensure that Watford claimed a point on the road.

What went right? It was a fairly even game, with both teams scoring one goal and attempting 13 shots each, with possession also relatively square between the two sides.

What went wrong? There were just eight shots on target from both teams combined, from a total of 26 shots.

West Ham vs Norwich City
Norwich brave in defeat

Norwich controlled the balance of play at times. They continued trying to attack, but they risked being obliterated on the scoreboard to try and get something out of the game.

Magic moment: Manuel Lanzini of West Ham had a header brilliantly stopped by Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul to keep the deficit at a respectable two goals for Norwich City, when it could well have been much more.

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Who stood out from the pack? Without Krul, West Ham would have annihilated Norwich, as he made some brilliant saves.

What went right? West Ham won a game that was a potential danger game for them, with Norwich playing some decent football in the first three games of the season.

What went wrong? West Ham could have won by more if not for Krul.

Burnley vs Liverpool
Liverpool flawless

Liverpool lived up to expectations with a comfortable win.

Magic moment: Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino scored their third goal of the game with an exquisite finish from the edge of the box.

Who stood out from the pack? Sadio Mane showed why he is such an important player for Liverpool, scoring the pivotal second goal of the game for his team.

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp on the sidelines

(AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

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What went right? Liverpool kept a clean sheet, which was their first time this season that they didn’t concede a goal.

What went wrong? The game was largely one-sided with Burnley having just two shots on target, compared with Liverpool’s seven.

Everton vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Everton sneak home

In what proved to be a tough and exciting game of football, Everton were challenged considerably by Wolverhampton, but survived to claim all three points.

Magic moment: Gylfi Sigurdsson put in an exquisite cross, which led to Everton’s second goal of the game thanks to a headed goal from Alex Iwobi.

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Who stood out from the pack? Richarlison of Everton scored two goals. The first was the opening goal of the game and his second was the match-winning goal, fairly late in the match.

What went right? There were five goals combined from both teams, which came from 11 shots on target, which indicates that both teams were extremely efficient in the final third.

What went wrong? Willy Boly from Wolverhampton was given a second yellow card in second-half stoppage time. Boly will big a big loss for his team, with the defender providing the assist for Wolverhampton’s second goal.

Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur
All square in attacking feast

Thirty-nine shots in a 90-minute game of football is almost unheard of, with 17 of those shots on target.

Magic moment: Son Heung-min from Tottenham had an outstanding shot, somehow saved by Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno early.

Who stood out from the pack? Leno was fantastic for Arsenal. Leno was probably the reason why Arsenal snatched a draw, keeping them in the game.

What went right? The game was an attacking contest with both teams going out there to claim all three points.

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What went wrong? There were four goals scored, so there is plenty to work on from both teams when analysing the game from a defensive perspective.