Gameweek 4 was the last round of Premier League fixtures before the season’s first international break and it was yet another eventful weekend. Three of the four sides with 100% starts to the season continued in that vein, but the one who dropped points was probably not the one you expected…

We kicked off the weekend at the King Power stadium where goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino fired Liverpool into a comfortable looking half time lead over Leicester City. The Foxes were back in the game just after the hour mark though when Allison attempted and failed a Cruyff turn in his own box, allowing Rachid Ghezzal to net his first Premier League goal to make it 2-1. Liverpool hung on for the three points in a game which was much closer than it needed to be.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Fulham squandered a two goal lead to draw 2-2 away at Brighton, who had the evergreen Glenn Murray to thank for rescuing a point from the game. Chelsea continued their winning start with a hard-earned a 2-0 home win over Bournemouth. Meanwhile, Southampton earned their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory away at Crystal Palace. Palace were without talisman Wilfried Zaha, who they haven’t won a game without since his return from Man Utd in 2015. Similarly, Everton struggled for inspiration without the suspended Richarlison and could only draw 1-1 at home to Huddersfield. West Ham’s misery continued, losing 1-0 at home to Wolves, who earned their first win back in the big time thanks to Adama Traore’s 93rd minute winner. Man City needed a goal from an unlikely source to edge past Newcastle 2-1. A 52nd minute pile driver from Kyle Walker secured the three points and his first goal for City.

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On Sunday, it was an entertaining game in South Wales as Cardiff City scored their first goals of the season however, they weren’t enough to prevent Arsenal running out 3-2 winners thanks to a late strike from the superb Alexandre Lacazette. Two goals from Romelu Lukaku were enough to get Man United back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor. Unsurprisingly for a game involving United, it was not without controversy. Marcus Rashford received a 2nd half red card after touching heads with Phil Bardsley and after the game Rashford was branded a “naive boy” by his manager. The surprise result of the weekend came when two of the Premier League’s 100% records clashed at Vicarage Road. Headers from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart earned Watford a 2-1 win over Spurs following Abdoulaye Doucouré’s unfortunate own goal.

Premier League Player Of The Week – Glenn Murray

The Premier League’s own Benjamin Button, the Brighton striker just keeps getting better with age. He has started the season with 3 goals from 4 games and is emerging as an early dark horse for this season’s golden boot. Two of those goals came this weekend as he dragged his club to a point from 2-0 down at home to Fulham, showing the determination and never say die attitude that has seen him go from lower league journeyman to one of the Premier League’s most effective centre forwards. After Pascal Gross missed the chance to open the scoring for the home side from the spot, Fulham took a two goal lead through Schürrle and Mitrovic. Murray got Brighton back into the game in the 67th minute, finishing well after going through one on one. Mitrovic went from hero to zero in the 84th minute of the game when his handball gave Albion the chance to steal a point from the spot. Following Gross’s early miss, Murray stepped up and made absolutely no mistake, smashing the penalty into the top corner of the goal and sending the AMEX into raptures.

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Premier League Goal Of The Week – Kyle Walker

City opened the scoring early against Newcastle thanks to a well taken Raheem Sterling strike but the away side equalised seemingly out of nowhere when Rondon squared for full back DeAndre Yedlin to fire home. City were continually frustrated by a combination of a resilient defence and a host of missed chances throughout the game. It took a bolt from the blue to earn the three points for City through Kyle Walker’s first goal for the club. Walker picked the ball up 30 yards from goal on the right hand side and with Newcastle’s defence standing off, decided to let fly. The full-back unleashed an absolute thunderbolt which flew past a helpless Dubravka into the bottom corner of the goal. The relief of scoring that first goal was plain to see from Walker with his raw and passionate celebration. It turned out to be an important goal for more reasons than one as it helped City stay within touching distance of the Premier League’s early leaders.

What a feeling

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