The Premier League returned from the international break with a bang. One 100% record fell, with the other two early leaders continuing in style with impressive wins as we head into the first round of Champions League action this week.

The action got underway with probably the most mouth-watering clash of the weekend as Spurs hosted Liverpool at Wembley. Liverpool took the lead shortly before half time thanks to goal line technology after Michel Vorm clawed Wijnaldum’s header away from just behind the goal line. Liverpool doubled their lead in the second half through a Firmino tap in and could easily have scored more as the half went on. Substitute Lamela hit a late consolation for an out of sorts Spurs side to provide a scoreline which made the game appear much closer than it actually was, finishing 2-1 to Liverpool. Fellow leaders Chelsea survived an early scare to win comfortably against winless Cardiff City. Defender Sol Bamba gave the Welsh side the lead on 16 minutes but a hat trick from the sublime Eden Hazard and a classy finish from Willian gave Chelsea a comfortable 4-1 win.

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Man City had a comfortable afternoon at home to Fulham. Leroy Sané got them off to a flyer within 2 minutes and the Cottagers were never really in the game from then on. Silva and Sterling completed the scoring in a game which could easily have been more than 3-0. Winger Ryan Fraser continued his impressive start to the season with two goals to help his Bournemouth side to a 4-2 home win over Leicester City. Further goals from King and Smith put the Cherries 4-0 up against a side who saw their captain Wes Morgan dismissed on 69 minutes. The Foxes made things interesting with two late goals from Maddison and Albrighton to make it 4-2 but it was ultimately too little, too late. On Tyneside, Newcastle’s miserable start to the season continued, going down 2-1 to Arsenal via goals from Xhaka and Özil. Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha returned from injury in style with a superb goal to give his side a 1-0 win at Huddersfield. The late kickoff saw Watford valiantly lose their 100% record at home to Man Utd. In the first half Lukaku and Smalling scored in quick succession to give United a comfortable looking lead. That was until Andre Gray got one back for the home side to set up an uneasy final 30 minutes for United, who held on to run out 2-1 winners.

On Sunday Wolves made it two wins from two, 1-0 at home to Burnley. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side dominated the game and should have won by a more than just the single goal from Mexican striker Raul Jimenez. Meanwhile, winless Burnley drop to the bottom of the table. West Ham finally picked up their first points of the season at Everton, to ease the early pressure on boss Manuel Pellegrini. The Hammers ran out 3-1 winners as Andriy Yarmolenko opened his account with 2 goals and another was added by Marko Arnautovic.

The gameweek will be wrapped up tonight when Southampton host Brighton.

Player of the Week – Eden Hazard

While other World Cup stars complain of post tournament fatigue, the mercurial Eden Hazard has been putting in some of the best performances we’ve seen from him in a Chelsea shirt. Hazard’s 3 goals against Cardiff propelled him to the top of the scorer’s charts with 5 goals and 2 assists. This is even more impressive when you consider that he’s only played 307 minutes of football so far this season. Chelsea are the early leaders in the Premier League under new boss Maurizio Sarri, who looks to be getting the best out of their Belgian superstar. If Chelsea can keep him fit and happy for the rest of the season then don’t be surprised to see them well up there when May comes around.

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Goal of the Week – Wilfried Zaha

There surely isn’t a single player in the Premier League who has a bigger influence on his side’s success than Wilfried Zaha. They simply can’t win without him. In the 10 matches Palace played without their Ivorian talisman last season they failed to muster a single point. That trend continued in their previous Premier League game in which they were beaten, without Zaha, at home by Southampton. After recuperating from injury over the international break Zaha returned in style away at Huddersfield to win his side the points. Picking up the ball midway into the opposition half, wide on the left, he beat 3 Huddersfield players, cut into the box onto his right foot and fired with power and precision past a helpless Jonas Lössl. With match winning moments like that, he may well be the difference between a relegation scrap and a safe mid-table finish for Palace.

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