Premier League Review: Matchweek Three

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: David de Gea and Harry Maguire of Manchester United react to conceding a goal to Patrick van Aanholt of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on August 24, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Welcome to the latest edition of Last Word On Football’s Premier League review series. More goals, more drama and more VAR controversy was on display in the latest round of Premier League games. Here is your Premier League review of Matchweek three.

Premier League Review: Matchweek Three

Crystal Palace Upset Manchester United for First Win at Old Trafford in 30 Years

After a poor start to the season, many thought that it would be a routine victory for Manchester United against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. However, it was anything but, as the Eagles came away with their first three points from Old Trafford since 1989.

Palace spent much of the game frustrating Manchester United, who attacked with no prevail. It was in fact the Eagles who took the lead, after Jeffrey Schlupp beat Victor Lindelof to a long ball from Vicente Guaita to nod it on for Jordan Ayew, who slotted past David de Gea with ease. The Ghanian striker was one of four changes that Roy Hodgson made to his lineup from their defeat to Sheffield United.

The Eagles rallied together and thought they had done enough to pinch a 1-0 victory. However, in the 89th minute, Daniel James equalised with a curling right-foot effort into the top corner. It avenged Marcus Rashford‘s penalty miss earlier in the game.

However, it was still not over. Palace broke for one last attack in the 93rd minute, and left-back Patrick van Aanholt was found in the box. He fired a left-footed drive towards David de Gead, who could not keep it out of his net.

Javi Gracia on the Verge of the Sack as Watford Lose Again

Following on from the end of last season, Watford have now lost their last six Premier League games. Matchweek three saw them lose 3-1 to West Ham United, who earned their first win of the season.

The game started at a blistering pace, and it was the visitors who took the lead inside three minutes. Mark Noble‘s spot-kick sent Ben Foster the wrong way and gave the Hammers the lead.

Watford did not have to wait long for their equaliser. Andre Gray found himself in behind the West Ham defence and placed his strike into the far corner past Lukasz Fabianski.

However, two goals in nine second-half minutes took the game away from the Hornets. Sebastien Haller bagged his first goals for West Ham since his club-record transfer. His first was a simple tap-in from a low Felipe Anderson cross, while his second came from an overhead kick just inside the six-yard box.

How Did We Do?

Each week we take a crack at predicting the results of each match. How did we get on this weekend? Actual results are shown in bold, whereas our predictions are shown in italics.

Aston Villa 2-0 Everton – Aston Villa 1-1 Everton 

Norwich City 2-3 Chelsea – Norwich City 2-1 Chelsea

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Southampton Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 Southampton

Manchester United 1-2 Crystal Palace – Manchester United 3-0 Crystal Palace

Sheffield United 1-2 Leicester City – Sheffield United 0-2 Leicester City

Watford 1-3 West Ham United – Watford 1-1 West Ham

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal – Liverpool 2-1 Arsenal

Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester City – Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester City

Tottenham 0-1 Newcastle United – Tottenham 4-0 Newcastle United

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Burnley – Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Burnley

One correct score and two correct results for us this week.

Up Next

The next round of Premier League fixtures begins on Saturday 31 August. All are kick-offs unless stated.

Southampton v Manchester United – 12:30 pm, Saturday 31 August

Chelsea v Sheffield United

Crystal Palace v Aston Villa

Leicester City v Bournemouth

Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion

Newcastle United v Watford

West Ham v Norwich City

Burnley v Liverpool – 17:30 kick-off, Saturday 31 August

Everton v Wolves – 14:00 kick-off, Sunday 1 September

Arsenal v Spurs – 16:30 kick-off, Sunday 1 September

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