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Jim Files

3 Nov 2016 - 11:33 AM  UPDATED 3 Nov 2016 - 11:33 AM

United draw a blank

Manchester United were left frustrated after they failed to overcome a determined Burnley side at Old Trafford. The match ended scoreless despite United’s record-breaking statistical domination of the match. The Red Devils had 37 total shots in the match, the most since 2003 when Premier League statisticians Opta began recording the stat. United also had 72% possession and 19 corners and will be left bemused as to how they failed to score. One of the main reasons they couldn’t break Burnley down was a man of the match performance by Burnley keeper Tom Heaton who pulled off a number of remarkable saves, blocking 11 shots in total. United boss Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands after protesting an unrewarded penalty shout, and Ander Herrera was sent off after two yellow cards as United dropped more points in the title race. Jose Mourinho now has 15 points from his first 10 games in charge of United, two more than Louis van Gaal but two less than David Moyes at the same stage.

Sunderland still struggling

After their loss to Arsenal on the weekend, Sunderland have just two points from the first 10 games which is the worst ever start to a season by a team in the Premier League. Sunderland failed to create much in front of goal with their only shot on target for the match a penalty which they converted to level the scores at 1-1. Arsenal then scored three goals in just over six minutes to win the match comfortably and put more pressure on Sunderland manager David Moyes. Olivier Giroud returned for Arsenal after missing a month with a toe injury, coming off the bench to score two goals with his first two touches of the ball. Alexis Sanchez continued to play as central striker, a role he has filled throughout Giroud’s absence, and again was a focal point of Arsenal’s attacking play scoring two goals, taking his tally to five goals and three assists in his last eight matches. With the win, Arsenal stay level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table but second on goal difference.

Aguero and City return to form

Manchester City retained their spot at the top of the Premier League table with a 4-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. City striker Sergio Aguero returned to form with an impressive double. Aguero had been scoreless in his last six appearances in all competitions for City, but he has never gone seven matches without scoring in a City shirt, a record which he kept up with his sixth and seventh goals of the season. The win stopped a three match winless streak in the Premier League (and a six match winless streak in all competitions) for City meanwhile West Brom haven’t won in five league matches and have only managed two shots on target in their last 180 minutes of football.


Liverpool scoring for fun

It was another goal fest for Liverpool as they kept pace with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table. The 4-2 win against Crystal Palace was the fourth time this season that Liverpool have scored four goals or more in a game but they still continue to concede goals defensively with only one clean sheet in 10 games this season. A scintillating first half saw five goals scored, with three coming during a frantic period of 6 minutes. Liverpool were once again brilliant in attack but coach Jurgen Klopp said after the match that his side can do better defensively: “The defensive error we made for the first goal is because we are not at the limit of our concentration. The aggressiveness was not there at the start of the game. But I saw a lot of wonderful things offensively." With Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City all on 23 points, it’s the first time in the Premier League era that three teams have been joint leaders after 10 games.

Costa can’t stop scoring

Diego Costa scored his eighth goal of the season to maintain his place as the top scorer in the Premier League so far this season as Chelsea beat Southampton 2-0. Costa has now scored 40 goals in the Premier League in 64 games, seven games faster than it took Sergio Aguero to achieve the same milestone. Costa is playing on the edge of suspension with this his fifth game in a row on 4 yellow cards for the season, should Costa get one more yellow this year he will be suspended for a game.

Chelsea moved into fourth with the win just one point behind the leading pack of three. Chelsea’s point total of 22 after 10 games is exactly double the same stage last season, while Antonio Conte’s defensive system seems to be working with Chelsea keeping four clean sheets in a row for the first time since 2010 in the Premier League.