LONDON, Sporting Alert – Barclays Premier League scores and recaps from the games that took place on Saturday, August, 29.
While Manchester City dominated Watford in a 2-0 win and Arsenal carved out a narrow 1-0 victory over Newcastle United, their fellow title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool were handed defeats on the day.
Manchester City continued their promising start to this Barclays Premier League season with a 2-0 win over newcomers Watford, with Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho getting the goals for the leaders.
After a goalless first half of football, Manuel Pellegrini men took the lead two minutes into the second half through summer transfer Sterling, before midfielder Fernandinho added a second in the 56th minute.
Although it was a solid display by the home side, they were never really troubled, as Watford didn’t look like scoring at any point during the contest and spent most of the time defending after constantly giving the ball away in their own half.
Arsenal weren’t as impressive as Manchester City, but the Gunners only care about the points right now.
Arsene Wenger side’s struggles in front of the goal continues, as it took an own goal from Fabrizio Coloccini early in the second half for the Gunners to collect the three points over the 10-man Newcastle United side.
The home side was forced to play most of the contest with one man short since Aleksandar Mitrovic collected a red card in the 16th minute for a foul on Francis Coquelin.
It was a sorry day though for the defending Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea and Liverpool who both suffered defeats at home.
Goals from Manuel Lanzini, Mark Noble (before he was sent off) and Diafra Sakho, guided West Ham United to a commanding 3-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield, as Philippe Coutinho was also sent off in the second half for two bookable offenses.
West Ham got off to a flying start, after Lanzini opened the score inside the opening five minutes and defender Aaron Cresswell, who played a part in the opener, said the early goal helped to setup the victory.
“We knew we had to be here and be straight out the blocks from minute one and we’ve done that,” Cresswell said.
Fellow defender Winston Reid added: “I think that means a lot for the fans, we haven’t won here in a long time. Our last two games have been poor so come here and win 3-0 is great.
“We did the simple stuff right – we took chances when we had them and limited Liverpool to a couple of chances. The referee felt there was red card for Mark Noble. He was brilliant today apart from that card – I think the referee saw it as different from the players.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s poor start to the new campaign continued on Saturday as the Blues, playing without its captain and leading defender, John Terry, suffered a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.
Again Jose Mourinho’s side struggled to create chances, with the likes of Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas failed to spark again, which again was a worrying sign for the manager.
Defensively, Kurt Zouma and Cesar Azpilicueta were also below par.
Bakary Sako gave Crystal Palace the lead in the 64th minute, but substitute Radamel Falcao pulled the home side level in the 78th.
However, instead of kicking on and grabbing a winner, Chelsea found themselves taking the ball out of the back of their net again, as Joel Ward scored the winner two-minutes later.
The defeats leaves Chelsea eight-points behind leaders Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League standings.
Elsewhere on Saturday, West Bromwich edged nine-man Stoke City 1-0, while Sunderland and Aston Villa ended 2-2 and Bournemouth and Leicester City finished 1-1.
Tottenham and Everton played out a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane, with Chelsea target John Stones playing the full 90 minutes again and goalkeeper Tim Howard starting for Roberto Martinez side.
English Premier League Results
Saturday, August 29
AFC Bournemouth 1 Leicester City 1
Aston Villa 2 Sunderland 2
Chelsea 1 Crystal Palace 2
Liverpool 0 West Ham United 3
Manchester City 2 Watford 0
Newcastle United 0 Arsenal 1
Stoke City 0 West Bromwich Albion 1
Tottenham Hotspur 0 Everton 0