The international break has reared it’s ugly head and that means there are no Premier League matches this weekend. but what it does mean is that players will be representing their various countries for world cup qualifier. Without further delay here is how the teams fared last weekend..
A round-up of Week 7 of the English Premier League with a tough day for the champions, and same old same old for Crystal Palace
Chelsea 0 v 1 Man City
Leading into this tie, City boss Pep Guardiola told the press he would learn more about his team’s progress after they had played the champions. City has been brilliant, scoring goals for fun, without conceding at the back. But this was Chelsea. This was Stamford Bridge.
It was always going to be a different proposition for City. There was no way Antonio Conte’s side would allow the City frontline to abuse his defence as they had done to the other teams that crossed their path in a scintillating September. And with Sergio Aguero missing with a broken rib, Guardiola had to make do with a man who had scored six goals in six league games.
The first chance fell to Chelsea when a sweeping move resulted in Alvaro Morata heading over the bar from the near post. It was the only meaningful contribution the Spaniard made before limping off midway through the first 45 with a hamstring injury.
With Aguero out injured, City’s primary goal threat came through Gabriel Jesus, and the brilliant Brazilian nearly opened the scoring when he rushed Thibaut Courtois forcing the dithering Belgian to strike the ball into the legs of Jesus from six yards. The ball flew outside of the post to save the keeper’s blushes.
Courtois made up for that blunder, though.
A corner from the clever Kevin De Bruyne landed on the head of Fernandinho in the middle of the goal, but Courtois was able to parry it away with a superb save.
And then came the breakthrough.
City poured forward; the ball ended up at the feet of the master sculptor De Bruyne who played a pinball quick one-two with Jesus before unleashing a Hot Shot Hamish drive into the top corner with his left peg in what turned out to be the winner.
It was the first time since 2012 that Chelsea have failed to score at home in two successive ties.
Man Utd 4 v 0 Crystal Palace
It’s too early to suggest the title race will come down between the two Manchester sides, but there is a five-point gap between United (2nd), and Spurs (3rd) after Jose Mourinho’s side spanked Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
United was quick off the mark, a problem they seem to have solved since last season. Marcus Rashford made a mug out of Joel Ward on the left before cutting the ball back for Juan Mata to do what Juan Mata does best.
The second goal came ten minutes before the break. Ashley Young flinging the ball in from the left and Marouane Fellaini volleying home from close range at the far stick. And the Belgian made it three, within ten minutes of the restart heading home from an Anthony Martial cross.
United hit the woodwork twice. The first through Rashford, and the second when Romelu Lukaku had a clear sight of goal from eight yards only to shunt it towards the outside of the big tall white thing.
But Lukaku did get his goal, his eleventh in ten games. The Belgian striker won the ball in the air to set up the play, rampaged into the box, and finished off a smart move that involved Ander Herrera and Martial.
United have now scored 33 goals in their previous 11 games with only their neighbour’s City scoring more.
The defeat means Palace remain the only side in the top tier of European leagues yet to score a single goal in their first seven matches, and with Christian Benteke out of action for the next six weeks, it’s hard to see how they prevent that record from extending.
Seven matches down, the #PL table as it stands.
Week 8 football action will return in the English premier league on saturday 14 October 2027.