The Newsroom recaps the weekend action in the English Premier League.
Sterling scores three as City smash Bournemouth
Raheem Sterling scored a first half hat-trick as Manchester City beat Bournemouth 5-1 to remain top of the Premier League table. Despite missing their top goalscorer Sergio Aguero, Manuel Pellegrini’s men eased to victory as Sterling and Wilfried Bony both scored early to ease the pressure on the hosts. Glenn Murray looked to have put Bournemouth back in the game with a goal from 20 yards to make it 2-1, but two more goals from Sterling gave the two-time champions a 4-1 lead at the break. Bony scored his second and City’s fifth late on as he composedly turned and struck the ball past Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici. The 13-time Socceroo had a tough day between the sticks including his error which led to Bony’s first goal.
Manchester United return to winning ways at Goodison Park
Wayne Rooney scored his first goal at Everton since April 2007 as Manchester United cruised to a 3-0 win at Goodison Park. The win for the Red Devils brought an end to Everton’s successful run in this fixture. For the past three seasons, United had lost every encounter with Everton at Goodison Park without scoring a goal. Also on the scoresheet was Morgan Schneiderlin, the Frenchman scored his first goal for his new club after 18 minutes and United were able to double their lead just four minutes later through Ander Herrera. Shortly after the hour mark former Everton player Rooney sealed the win for his side and ended his drought of 11 months without an away goal in the league.
Jurgen Klopp’s first game ends in stalemate
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side had to settle for a point in his first Premier League match as the Reds drew 0-0 with Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Klopp’s first game in charge was not made easy with the absences of several key players including Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke, and club captain Jordan Henderson. The new manager will be encouraged by a spirited display from his team, but Liverpool have now only won one of their last 10 away Premier League fixtures and remain one point adrift of Spurs, who are undefeated since the opening day of the season. Both sides will now prepare for their midweek Europa League matches as Tottenham travel to Anderlecht, while Liverpool host Rubin Kazan.
Brilliant second half performance from Arsenal move them into second place
Arsenal scored three second-half goals to defeat Watford 3-0 at Vicarage Road moving them into second place, just two points behind Manchester City. After a quiet first half Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring just moments after the hour mark when he pounced on a loose ball and fired home. Olivier Giroud slammed home Arsenal’s second before Aaron Ramsey scored his first goal of the season to give the Gunners a 3-0 win. Arsenal have now won their last six meetings with Watford in all competitions, including all five Premier League encounters. Arsene Wenger’s men now face a huge test against Bayern Munich in their midweek Champions League clash. If they fail they could crash out of the group stages. Arsenal are yet to pick up any points in the Champions League and trail group F. – Anthony Johnston
Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa
Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham United
Southampton 2-2 Leicester City
West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Sunderland
Newcastle 6-2 Norwich City
Swansea City 0-1 Stoke City