The story of matchday 8 is the fact that there are a few coaches under pressure.
There are only three points that separate eleventh placed Wolverhampton from the relegation zone, which is eighteenth placed, Everton.
There were plenty of upsets, with Brighton beating Tottenham, Wolverhampton claiming all three points against Manchester City and Newcastle upsetting Manchester United.
There may have been a scoreless draw this match day, but there were 25 goals in the other nine games.
1. Graham Potter (Brighton) Graham Potter out-coached Mauricio Pochettino, with Brighton having a fairly comfortable victory.
2. Dean Smith (Aston Villa) Aston Villa were clinical in the final third; they showed that they are capable of staying in the Premier League.
3. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) Chelsea played some good football to claim a comfortable win away from home against Southampton.
4. Nuno Espirito Santo (Wolverhampton) Wolverhampton won a game that they weren’t expected to even get a point in.
5. Steve Bruce (Newcastle United) Newcastle United played some decent football against a ‘big club’ in Manchester United.
Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur) Tottenham were destroyed by Brighton! I think that says it all.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United) Manchester United sit just two points above the relegation zone.
Marco Silva (Everton) Everton sit in the relegation zone on the Premier League table.
Brighton vs Tottenham Hotspur
Lloris injured as Spurs self destruct
Tottenham’s Captain and goal keeper, Hugo Lloris suffered an injury early in the game that led to Brighton scoring their first goal and that sums up the game, as Tottenham were smashed by Brighton!
Magic Moment: Brighton’s Aaron Connolly curled in Brighton’s third goal of the game to all but seal the victory for his team.
Who stood out from the pack? Aaron Connolly scored a brace and his youthful exuberance was contagious as he made his team lively and hungry for the three points.
What went right? Mat Ryan pulled off a couple of pivotal saves that ensured the crucial three points that Brighton were after weren’t under threat.
What went wrong? There was an horrendous injury to Hugo Lloris who dislocated his elbow, conceded a goal from a shot from Brighton that was intended to be a cross; instead of punching the ball over the bar, he attempted to catch it and dropped the ball, Neil Maupay scored from the fumble.
Lloris was taken to hospital and the injury appears to be serious.
Everton’s leader sees red
Burnley narrowly beat Everton, which puts them up to seventh, while Everton fall into the relegation zone.
Magic Moment: Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton took an outstanding free kick that was well saved by Burnley goal keeper, Nick Pope, early in the first half.
Who stood out from the pack? Nick Pope made a couple of crucial saves to help his team claim all three points.
What went right? Burnley claimed three points that could prove to be crucial in a Season where there isn’t much separating the teams at the top and the bottom.
What went wrong? Everton’s captain, Seamus Coleman, was sent off, which meant that they played the majority of the second half with ten men.
There was a combined total of five shots on target from twenty shots for both teams.
Liverpool vs Leicester City
The Reds leave it late
Liverpool won their eighth successive game of the season so far. They haven’t dropped a point as it stands, although they nearly dropped two against Leicester City.
Magic Moment: Liverpool’s captain, James Milner played a brilliant long pass that led to Liverpool taking the lead, shortly before half time.
Who stood out from the pack? James Milner led from the front scoring the winning penalty in second half stoppage time, which is a difficult task as it must have been an extremely pressurising situation to work through. Milner also finished with an assist.
What went right? Liverpool won a game they deserved to win from a statistical perspective as they finished with eight shots on target to Leicester City’s one.
What went wrong? Leicester City played a game where they had almost half the amount of possession, but finished with just two shots.
Norwich City vs Aston Villa
Norwich nowhere to be seen
Aston Villa destroyed Norwich City five goals to one; Norwich have gone from beating Manchester City earlier in the Season to being obliterated by Villa.
Magic Moment: Aston Villa’s Conor Hourihane, scored their fourth goal of the game, with a sublime finish from outside the box, in the second half.
Who stood out from the pack? Aston Villa’s Wesley scored a brace before half time, which meant that they the game was all but over before half time.
What went right? There was plenty of attacking football on show, with a total of seventeen shots on target with both teams combined.
Incredibly, there was an average of nearly one shot every two minutes, with a total of forty-three shots with both teams combined. Norwich scored a consolation goal late on thanks to Josip Drmic.
What went wrong? Norwich had more possession than Aston Villa, yet lost the game comprehensively!
Watford vs Sheffield United
The points were shared
There weren’t any goals in a game that both teams would have seen as a game where they could claim all three points in.
Magic Moment: Watford’s Danny Welbeck had a chance to score; he was one on one with Sheffield United goal keeper, Dean Henderson who did a good job to prevent the goal from going into the back of the net with a good save, early in the second half.
Who stood out from the pack? Dean Henderson was probably the best player on the field, keeping a clean sheet, with one save in particular of high quality.
What went right? From a defensive perspective both teams would be happy as they managed to keep a clean sheet.
What went wrong? There was a total of five shots on target from seventeen shots with both teams combined. They would both have viewed this game as two points lost. Watford’s Andre Gray missed an easy opportunity to open the scoring.
West Ham vs Crystal Palace
Palace into the top six!
This was a reasonable game of football with a total of eight shots on target from both teams combined and three of those ending up in the back of the net.
Magic Moment: West Ham forward, Sebastian Haller had a shot well saved by the Crystal Palace goal keeper, Vincente Guaita.
Who stood out from the pack? Patrick van Aanholt of Crystal Palace was probably the difference between the two teams slotting an integral penalty and defending well for his team.
What went right? Half of the shots that were attempted were on target in the match.
What went wrong? A draw would have been a fair result, at least from a statistical perspective, with possession fairly even and each team having four shots on target, but in the end Crystal Palace walked away with the three points thanks to a late winner by forward Jordan Ayew.
Arsenal vs Bournemouth
Arsenal scrape home
Bournemouth came in with the wrong game plan as they should have attacked more in the first half; consequently, they were down one-nil relatively early in the contest.
Magic Moment: Bournemouth’s Jack Stacey had a shot from a virtually impossible angle end up on target and nearly in the back of the net; if not for the intervention of Arsenal goal keeper, Bernd Leno, in the second half.
Who stood out from the pack? Arsenal’s David Luiz scored a goal and played a good game, which helped Arsenal claim all three points.
What went right? Arsenal won a game that was a fairly even contest so they will view this contest as two points that they were probably lucky to obtain.
What went wrong? There was a total of four shots on target from 22 shots, which is an extremely bad sign for both teams involved from an attacking perspective.
Manchester City vs Wolverhampton
Wolves pull off a major upset
Manchester City controlled possession and had 18 shots to Wolverhampton’s seven yet they failed to score and left the game empty handed.
Magic Moment: Wolverhampton’s Adama Traore gave his team an unexpected lead late in the game thanks to a clinical finish past Manchester City goal keeper, Ederson.
Who stood out from the pack? Adama Traore of Wolverhampton managed to score a brace; both goals came late in the game.
What went right? Wolverhampton absorbed a fortune of pressure with Manchester City having over three-quarters of possession, with Wolverhampton managing to take their opportunities late in the game.
What went wrong? Manchester City lost a game that they should have won from a statistical perspective.
Southampton vs Chelsea
Chelsea move up the table
Chelsea won the game fairly comfortably that they would have expected to; they moved to fifth on the table, while Southampton sit seventeenth, just one place above the relegation zone.
Magic Moment: Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante scored Chelsea’s third goal of the game, with a freakish goal that ended up in the top corner of the goal; the shot came from outside the area and was close to half time.
Who stood out from the pack? Tammy Abraham of Chelsea scored the crucial first goal of the game.
What went right? Chelsea were efficient in the final third scoring a total of four goals from seven shots on target.
What went wrong? Southampton were beaten in all areas, in a game that was a home one for them and one that they would have wanted to be more competitive in.
Newcastle United vs Manchester United
Red Devils red faced again
Manchester United lost a game against a team that was in the relegation zone.
Magic Moment: Matthew Longstaff of Newcastle, scored an unbelievable goal, which was the difference between the two teams.
Who stood out from the pack? Matthew Longstaff scored an outstanding goal, which was the difference between the two sides.
What went right? Matthew Longstaff scored an unbelievable goal in his first game for the club.
What went wrong? Manchester United had only three shots on target, despite having over two-thirds of possession and left the game without a point and goalless.