Premier League Week 5 Review and Power Rankings

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Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle

After a come from behind win, Liverpool remains perfect. Newcastle looked inspiring in the opening minutes as they took the lead very early. However, Liverpool dominated Newcastle’s defense as Mané and Salah controlled the attack. At home, Liverpool looks unstoppable and they are looking like clear title contenders right now. On the other hand, Newcastle is struggling and only has one win on the season.

Brighton 1-1 Burnley

This was a huge opportunity for both teams to get three points. Entering the second half, Brighton took the lead off with a nice volley from Neal Maupay, but Burnley struck back with an equalizer in the 91st minute. This denied Brighton from getting those three points and made them settle for one. Both teams are looking faulty this season and need wins in the win column.

Manchester United 1-0 Leicester

This ended up not being the Game of the Weekend. Man United scored early off a penalty and thanks to heroics from David De Gea, they were able to squeak out a win. Leicester is a contender for the top spots, but in this match, they failed to take their chances. After three staight games of dropping points, Man United finally got the win they were looking for.

Southampton 1-0 Sheffield United

As a newly promoted side, Sheffield United is adapting to the league and is making every game more difficult for the opponent. In this match, at home, I thought Sheffield United had a good opportunity to win this match. On the other hand, thanks to Southampton’s strong defensive play, the Saints got their second win of the season. Sheffield United looks like their attack is in need of improvement after dropping points in their last three games.

Tottenham 4-0 Crystal Palace

Tottenham looked unstoppable. All of Tottenham’s goals were in the first half. Son Heung-Min was absolutely on form with a brace and gave Spurs their first victory since Opening Day. Due to this match, Tottenham looks ready. Alternatively, Crystal Palace looks deflated. Their back line completely fell apart when pressured and Tottenham absolutely punished them. This match drops them out of the top ten and moves Spurs up to third.

Chelsea 5-2 Wolverhampton

This match was absolutely dominated by the away team, Chelsea. Two consolation goals by Wolves were nothing compared to the youth masterclass of Frank Lampard’s team. I would not call it a masterclass, but pretty close to it. 21 year old Tammy Abraham scored a hat trick, while 20 year old Mason Mount and 21 year old Tomori scored goals worthy of recognition. Oppositely, Wolves have not won a game yet this year and look weak. They desperately need a win, whereas Chelsea looks very improved.

Norwich 3-2 Manchester City

Now, this was the Game of the Weekend. Norwich had three shots on goal and three goals. Conversely, Man City had eight shots on goal and only two goals. This performance was dreadful for Man City and emphasized the meaning of Aymeric Laporte’s injury to the team’s success. For Norwich, this game is more than they could have hoped for. As a newly promoted side, a win against the Champions proves that they are ready to compete in this league. This was a shocker as Man City is five points behind Liverpool and Norwich goes from 19th to 13th.

Bournemouth 3-1 Everton

In this match, it was almost comfortable for Bournemouth to beat Everton. Everton was weak at the back. This was Bournemouth’s first home win of the season and it gives some energy to a team that was “lagging” behind. On the other hand, Everton is really a questionable team. They have lost when they should have won. You really do not know what you are going to get out of Everton when they play.

Watford 2-2 Arsenal

This match was a tale of two halves. Arsenal dominated the Watford defense in the first half with two brilliant passing goals to Aubameyang. Despite Arsenal leading 2-0 at halftime, Watford scored two in the second half to tie the game. This was Quique Sanchez Flores’ first match as Watford coach. They even had a chance to lead, but Arsenal held their ground against Flores’ side. Watford is still at the bottom of the table, but they will get energy off this, whereas Arsenal will be disappointed with this result.

Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham

Dominated by neither side, this match was an interesting Monday afternoon matchup. With Aston Villa’s players fighting each other and West Ham going down to 10 men, neither team could come together to score a goal. Aston Villa may be the happier of the two, while West Ham missed more clear cut chances. West Ham stays in the top ten and Aston Villa stays floating at the bottom of the table.

Power Rankings:

  1. Liverpool
  2. Manchester City
  3. Chelsea
  4. Manchester United
  5. Arsenal
  6. Tottenham
  7. Leicester
  8. West Ham
  9. Everton
  10. Crystal Palace
  11. Norwich
  12. Bournemouth
  13. Southampton
  14. Burnley
  15. Brighton
  16. Sheffield United
  17. Aston Villa
  18. Wolves
  19. Newcastle
  20. Watford

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