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Chelsea hammer Leicester
Chelsea dominated much of the game to record a 3-0 win over last season’s champions Leicester City. The win took Chelsea ahead of Manchester United and Everton into 5th on the table. After only losing three matches for the whole of last season Leicester have already lost four of the opening eight games leaving them in 13th position on the table just two points clear of the relegation zone. Diego Costa scored his seventh goal of the season to keep his place as the top scorer in the Premier League and Eden Hazard’s goal meant that since his debut in 2012, he has scored more Premier League goals than any other midfielder (44).
Everton hold city
Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg was the hero as Everton held Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium. Stekelenburg saved two penalties, only the eighth time a goalkeeper has done so in a Premier League match. After winning their first six matches this season City have now had a loss and a draw in their last two games. The draw leaves City on 19 points, level with Arsenal after their 3-2 win over Swansea, but City stay top of the table courtesy of their superior goal difference. Ronald Koeman has had the equal best start of any Everton manager collecting the same number of points (15) as Roberto Martinez did in his first eight games in charge.
Bournemouth demolish Hull
Bournemouth have won their third home game in a row after beating a poor Hull side by 6 goals to 1. It is the first time that Bournemouth have scored six goals in a Premier League game and the most shots (22) they have had in a Premier League game. Bournemouth have struggled away from home this season failing to win any of their four matches. Hull defensive woes continue with the side having conceded 17 goals in their last four Premier League games. Earlier in the week Mike Phelan was given the manager’s job on a permanent basis until the end of the season. The Hull boss made two changes to his back four giving Harry Maguire his full Premier League debut but the defence couldn’t cope with Bournemouth’s creativity particularly Junior Stanislas who was directly involved in four of his side’s six goals.
Stoke record first win
Stoke City recorded their first win of the season over a hapless Sunderland side still yet to record a victory this season. Joe Allen scored both of Stoke’s goals bringing his tally to five goals for the season after scoring in three consecutive matches for the first time in his career. Allen, who joined Stoke for £12m in the summer from Liverpool was a doubt to play in the match with a hamstring injury. It was Stoke’s first clean sheet in 18 Premier League matches. Sunderland are now only the second side in first division history to fail to win any of their opening eight matches in two consecutive seasons.
Bore draw at Anfield
Despite a much hyped build up Liverpool and Manchester United played out an uneventful 0-0 draw at Anfield on Monday night (Tuesday morning AEDT). This is only the second time in the Premier League that these two sides have had a scoreless draw. Manchester United played a very defensive and disciplined game not allowing Liverpool many chances to score despite having most of the possession. United had just 35% of possession in the match, their lowest possession count since Premier League statisticians Opta began recording the data in 2003. David De Gea was excellent for the visitors making two great saves to keep Liverpool from scoring. Mourinho now has two fewer points than the same stage last season when Louis van Gaal was in charge while Liverpool missed the opportunity to go level with Manchester City at the top of the table.