Going into game-week 3 of the Premier League, fans were left with many questions, could Bournemouth shock Manchester City? Could Newcastle or West Ham pick up their first win of the season? See my gradings from this week’s fixtures!
Liverpool – A+
If I’m rating celebrations, it’s an E. However, i’m not and Liverpool actually played fantastically well on Sunday. They tore Arsenal apart time after time and rarely looked like conceding. The only thing more brutal than the beating Liverpool gave was the trash-talk from Gary Neville.
Newcastle United – A
I said last week that Newcastle needed to step-up and show whether they had any real quality in their squad. Well, they delivered. West Ham really let themselves down but you can’t take anything away from a Newcastle squad who looked better this week than they have in 2017.
Manchester United – A
I’m going to get tired of writing these if United keep playing this good. They thoroughly controlled the game against Leicester but perhaps were guilty of lacking that cutting edge up-front. That is until Mourinho made substitutions and then, well it was academic.
Swansea City – A-
Before their trip to Selhurst Park, Swansea City had failed to have a shot on target this season. 44 minutes later and Tammy Abraham broke their duck. Then two minutes after half-time Jordan Ayew doubled their lead. 2 shots on target, two goals. That is clinical. Although they played a disappointing Crystal Palace side today, any win away from home is massive and the Swans will hope this can kick-start their season.
Chelsea – A-
Yep. Normal service has resumed at Chelsea. They made a decent Everton side look below average. Controlled their game and took the sting out of the Everton front-line. Oh yeah, Morata looks good too. Who’d have thought?
Manchester City – B
Wow. What a finish. For 20 minutes, they were out-played by the Cherries and deserved to be behind. However, when you have the geniuses in midfield that City have, it only takes a solo lapse of concentration and they’re in. They dominated from that point. They won controversially but it was deserved on the balance of play.
Huddersfield – B
Out of the three teams that came up from the Championship, Huddersfield are the only ones playing without fear. Like last week, they lacked the cutting edge up-front. However, defensively they looked solid. For a 0-0 it was a good game and both sides could’ve taken all three points.
Southampton – C+
They’re the first team to prevent Huddersfield from winning in the top flight and they could have taken all three points. Their fans will be happy with the point but still disappointed they couldn’t take all three.
Bournemouth – C
They almost held on for a draw and had a situation which could have won them the game swing round and result in them losing the game. Solid defensively and Charlie Daniels scored the likely goal of the month. Positives for sure.
Burnley – C+
Not a bad start to the season for Sean Dyches men. A win at Stamford Bridge and a draw at Wembley. Deserved point for a great defensive performance. Chris Woods goals might just be a major bargain at 15 million this year.
West Brom – C
They were so close to grinding out their third 1-0 win in-a-row but mistakes were made and Peter Crouch punished them. Still West Brom looked solid, if they can remove silly mistakes from their game, they’ll push top 8.
Brighton – C
They really should have put Watford to the sword but they majorly lacked quality in attack. Knockaert looked very very good and if anyone will save Brighton from relegation this year. It’s him. Still, good performance.
Stoke City – C
They’ve built on last weeks win against Arsenal with a good point at the Hawthorns. They were a little lucky but when the chances come, you need to be clinical and Peter Crouch was just that.
Watford – C-
After Britos’ red card Watford played very well to hold out against a Brighton side who were desperately looking for their first win. Defensively they looked solid and have a few good chances themselves. Not a great point but one they’ll be happy with.
Spurs – D
D for… Disappointing. Their Wembley woes continue and in all honesty, Burnley probably deserved the point. They rarely threatened the Burnley goal and just simply weren’t good enough. Again. At this rarely they’ll desperately need Harry Kane scoring if they want to finish top 6.
Leicester City – D
For 70 minutes, Leicester looked like they might snatch a draw. However, until the last minute, they didn’t threaten United at all. Below average performance but it was against the team who’re possibly the best around at the moment.
Argh. Tough game against a solid Chelsea side. It’s a low rating because they never really looked like threatening Chelsea’s goal. The game felt academic after 30 minutes.
Crystal Palace – E
Three games, Three defeats, One half-decent performance. I thought Palace would have built on their performance against Liverpool but apparently not. They were poor and rarely looked like scoring.
West Ham United – E
In three games they’ve conceded 10 goals. It’s evident where their problem is. Newcastle’s front-line ran rings around the Hammers defence and West Ham were lucky to still have 11 men on the pitch when it all ended.
Arsenal – F
I was saving my first F for a truly dreadful performance. Well, I’ve found one. Honestly, #WengerOUT. I’m genuinely sick of watching them in big games. Dreadful.