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GW5 recap: Manchester City and Liverpool roll-on

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Manchester City continued their 100% record in the English Premier League as the Blues steamrolled Bournemouth 4-0 in gameweek 5.

A City win was never in doubt as Kevin De Bruyne led the way tallying his second goal and third assist of the season. Kelechi Iheanacho also added his second goal of the season before assisting Raheem Sterling’s second half strike. City’s defence kept their first clean sheet of the season as Bournemouth could only muster 36% of possession.

Liverpool defeated Chelsea 2-1 thanks to first half goals from Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson. Liverpool outplayed the hosts for large parts of the first period before a tighter second half saw Diego Costa score his fifth goal of the season for Chelsea. Liverpool held on, however, behind the midfield work of Henderson, who leads the league in completed passes with 388.

Jose Mourinho’s attempt to take Manchester United back to the top of the Premier League hit another snag. The Red Devils lost their third match in nine days as Watford won 3-1. Wayne Rooney put in another abject performance as the United player couldn’t spur his team to victory.

It wasn’t just Rooney who turned in a poor performance as £30 million summer transfer Eric Bailly was continually caught on his heels. Watford’s Etienne Capoue struck first for Watford before Marcus Rashford levelled the match. However, Juan Zuniga scored in the 83rd minute, moments after coming on. Troy Deeney added a third four minutes into stoppage-time from the penalty area following a Marouane Fellaini foul.

Everton continued their fine form under Ronald Koeman as the Toffees defeated Middlesbrough 3-1 at Goodison Park. Everton did go down a goal early, however, thanks to a Maarten Stekelenburg own goal in the 21st minute.

The team came roaring back with goals from Gareth Barry and Seamus Coleman before the in form Romelu Lukaku scored his fourth goal of the season. The Belgian also added an assist. Everton are now second in the Premier League.

Tottenham squeaked by Sunderland with a 1-0 win thanks to Harry Kane’s 59th minute winner. Tottenham lead the Premier League in clean sheets with three so far this term. Sunderland’s Adnan Januzaj saw red in the 90th minute as Sunderland remain winless on the season.

Speaking of winless, Stoke City remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League table as Crystal Palace ran out 4-1 winners. James Tomkins, Scott Dann, James McArthur and Andros Townsend all scored for Palace while Marko Arnautovic pulled one back for Stoke in the 90th minute.

Stoke are in serious trouble following another defeat, and Mark Hughes time at the Britannia Stadium could be up soon.

Arsenal won away at Hull City 4-1 as the Gunners never looked like slipping up at the KCOM Stadium. Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring in the 17th minute before Theo Walcott double the Gunners’ lead just after halftime. Both goals were assisted by Alex Iwobi, who now has three on the season.

Hull’s Robert Snodgrass scored from the penalty spot 11 minutes from time to give the Tigers’ fans hope of a comeback. However, Arsenal put things to bed moments later as Sanchez picked up his second of the day. Summer signing Granit Xhaka added a fourth in stoppage-time.

Leicester picked up their second win of the season as the Foxes kept a clean sheet against Burnley. Leicester new boy Islam Slimani scored twice for Leicester before Ben Mee’s own goal put the match to bed on 78 minutes. The win was Leicester’s second of the week after their first ever Champions League victory in midweek.

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