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
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.
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
One correct score and two correct results for us this week.
The next round of Premier League fixtures begins on Saturday 31 August. All are 3.pm 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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