EPL Matchday 4 Takeaways

The fourth day threw up some intriguing results, to say the least. We had an upset on Saturday afternoon in Brighton, while the Reds were dished with a cold tease of their own medicine. Without any furthers quarrels, here are the takeaways from the fourth day of the English Premier League.

Brighton is seemingly capable of scoring

Brighton got their two tallies off the dreaded duck this week with a 3-1 win against Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion on home soil. Pascal Gross put in two, while Hamed sealed their first win in the Premier League in 63 minutes. Mat Ryan finally showed the form that brought him to the Premier League with a solid performance to help out, as Brighton scampered out of the relegation zone early.

Sadio Mane had an unintentional fluke

A high foot to the head of Ederson ensured that Sadio Mane had an early shower in Liverpool’s game against Manchester City. It took it’s affect on both teams, with Liverpool down to ten men, while City subbed in Claudio Bravo during stoppage time of the first half. The brain explosion hurt more though, with City putting five past Liverpool to sour what had been a fantastic win against the Gunners.

Alvaro Morata- The best signing this season? 

I’m sure this would be a topic of debate, but Alvaro Morata is surely the best signing this season. If not, he is only behind Romelu Lukaku. In his four games for Chelsea, Morata has 3 goals and 2 assists after finding the back of the net against Leicester. Lukaku has 4 goals, but really nothing else to show for. Both players have been incredible so far, and only time will tell, but Morata has made a big impact in blue this season.

United is not invincible

United has finally conceded goals, as well as drop points. It didn’t look like they would with how they have played so far, but a brace from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting put a stop to that. It wasn’t as if United played that badly, as they had the majority of possession, and also shots taken. Stoke just managed to break them first and hit back hard after conceding 2 goals by halftime.

Burnley may become a dark horse

This may be viewed as a bold statement, especially considering the club struggled against Crystal Palace, but they are starting to show that they may contain a bit of depth. New Zealand international member Chris Wood put Burnley in front with his second goal in as many games, while Nick Pope had a memorable debut after having to come in for Tom Heaton in the first half. Put simply, Palace should’ve won, but Burnley took their chances.

Crystal Palace and Bournemouth are underwhelming once again

Yes, they are not the only two teams who haven’t got points this season, but Palace and Bournemouth are not doing any better than West Ham this season. If you look at Palace’s first four games, two of those should’ve been wins. Bournemouth hasn’t had as easy of a run, but they’ve sucked it up just as much. Between the two clubs, there has been 1 goal for, and 15 against, which is a bold statement itself.

Is Arsene in or out?

Do I need to introduce this any more? Yes, Arsenal may have won 3-0 against Bournemouth this past weekend, but the two weeks before that, they lost to Stoke 1-0, and Liverpool went on to smash them 4-0. Add on the fact that they had a pretty poor transfer window, and Arsenal have an uphill battle.

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