Despite already equaling a third of last season’s losses and draws in their first six matches, Liverpool are back in first place (tied with Everton). On a day where they did not look particularly convincing, Klopp’s side forced their way to three points against a hapless Sheffield United, thanks to a brilliantly-headed ball by latest signing Diogo Jota. To their credit, United played their best football of the season thus far, and matches like this will end in points for them in the future if they can maintain their mental focus. A match against a struggling Manchester City at home could be a great way for the Blades to bounce back this week. Elsewhere, Leeds dismantled Aston Villa, as mentioned at the end of last week’s article. Leeds’ brilliant, breathless style of play personifies their manager; regardless of scoreline or opposition, Marcelo Bielsa’s tactics do not change. The smarter sides will play against Leeds the way Wolves did: absorb, if they can, the onslaught, wait for openings, and then attack on the break. Aston Villa are, like Leeds, a side built on attacking intent, but they could not match Leeds’ fitness. Bielsa’s bandits do not stop, do not tire and are always willing to sprint 70 yards even if their opponent is 50 yards closer to the ball.
Crystal Palace, or should I say Zaha Palace, earned a win against bottom feeders Fulham. Chelsea have finally found a keeper who doesn’t have holes in his gloves. Arsenal are still toothless against solid opposition. Tottenham made Burnley look like a top-six side before Son once again saved the day. Wolves were back to their disappointing ways, dropping points against sides they should beat. For some in-depth stats, read on:
Edouard Cech? Mendy seems to be copy/pasting Petr Cech’s career so far, moving from Rennes to Stamford Bridge and then keeping clean sheets in his first two Premier League starts—the first keeper to do so since, you guessed it, Petr Cech.
Patrick Bamford became the first Leeds player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League since Mark Viduka in 2003. He also matched the legendary Eric Cantona’s club record of six goals in the opening six matches of a Premier League season.
Phil Foden needs to score more goals for Manchester City: City are unbeaten in the 16 matches in which Foden has scored.
Crystal Palace are unbeaten when scoring first in the Premier League since January 2019, a feat no other side can claim (no, not even Liverpool. They lost against Arsenal in July after going up 1-0 in the 20th minute).
Diogo Jota’s goal made him the first Liverpool player to score in his first two Premier League home matches since Sadio Mane, in 2016.
Everton’s loss means that this is the first time since 1967 the English top-flight campaign has no undefeated sides by Matchweek 7.
Harry Kane is a man on fire: no player has ever been involved in 13 goals (five goals, eight assists) in his first six Premier League matches in a season.
Up this week: two magnificent fixtures, with Manchester United (or is it Varchester United? Let me ask Cesar Azpilicueta…) playing Arsenal, and Leeds United playing big-six contender Leicester City. Four of the big six are currently 10th place or lower in the table, and these clubs will all look to turn it around this week. Wolves vs. Crystal Palace is also a sneakily good fixture, and Adama Traore will surely pull out the extra strength baby oil for that one, as Crystal Palace are weak against the counter-attack. Tottenham, Liverpool, and Everton all have must-win fixtures. Stay tuned during the week for Champions League group-stage play as well!