PREMIER LEAGUE 2020-21 SEASON: Matchday 3 review

The third matchday of the Premier League is in the books, and there has hardly been a dull moment.

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With over 100 goals scored in the first three weekends, this season has been an absolute goal-fest.

With drama, controversy and brilliance from teams, let’s take a closer look at the weekend’s action. 

Results

  • Brighton and Hove Albion 2-3 Manchester United 
  • Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton
  • West Brom 3-3 Chelsea
  • Burnley 0-1 Southampton 
  • Sheffield United 0-1 Leeds United 
  • Tottenham 1-1 Newcastle United 
  • Manchester City 2-5 Leicester City 
  • West Ham 4-0 Wolves
  • Fulham 0-3 Aston Villa
  • Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

Match of the Week

Manchester City 2-5 Leicester City 

The former Champions hosted Leicester City at the Etihad and took the lead early. However, Jamie Vardy equalised via penalty right before half-time. 

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Despite scores being level at the break, the hosts did not show up for the second half. 

Vardy scored his first goal from open play this season, with the cheekiest finish to beat Ederson at the near post. Another penalty converted by last season’s Golden Boot winner saw him join Everton’s Calvert-Lewin at the top of the list. 

James Maddison crushed all hopes of the hosts pulling it back from 3-1 after scoring from well outside the box in the 77th minute. 

Despite Nathan Ake pulling one back very late, City went on to concede another late penalty converted by Tielemans to make it 5-2 and end City’s suffering. 

Hat-trick hero Jamie Vardy is the only other person to score three against Guardiola’s City. He shares that place with Lionel Messi. 

This is the first time City have lost at home since Manchester United beat them in December of 2019. 

Honourable mention

Brighton and Hove Albion 2-3 Manchester United 

Brighton hit the post a record 5 times, while Trossard completed a perfect hat-trick of hitting the post. Clashing against the left post, right post and crossbar, it was a disappointing game for the Belgian, who had De Gea beat on multiple occasions. 

With late drama, penalty decisions and a superb Marcus Rashford goal, this match was too good to not make it to the Match of the Week section. 

Player of the Week 

Jamie Vardy 

Netting another hat-trick against City at home, Jamie Vardy takes his rightful place as Player of the Week for Matchday 3. 

His goal against Ederson was absolutely brilliant and the former England international probably gave Gareth Southgate (in attendance for the game) a reason to call him back up to the England squad. 

Shockers of the Week

  • West Brom going up 3-0 within 30 minutes against Chelsea after a horrific defensive display by the Blues. 
  • Sticking to Chelsea, the West Brom vs Chelsea game was a display of two of the worst kits of the season. 
  • Thiago Silva’s mishap which lead to Robinson making it 2-0. 
  • A penalty against Brighton after the final whistle had sounded. Very unfortunate day for the Seagulls who clearly deserved a win. 
  • Newcastle being awarded a late penalty for an Eric Dier handball. It really should have been looked at more.

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