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Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy after scoring against Manchester City in the Premier League

5 talking points from the weekend

5 talking points from the weekend


Get up to speed with everything you need to know from the latest round of Premier League action

By Virgin TV Edit

Is it just us or is the new Premier League season acting a bit strange? From VAR hogging the limelight to shock results and everyone forgetting how to defend, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. And we’re only three weeks in.


Want to know more about the biggest moments from across Saturday and Sunday’s action? Then read on to discover what’s got everyone talking…


1. Penalty madness

There’s only one place to start. We’re talking about Tottenham’s Eric Dier being controversially penalised for handball late on against Newcastle. Despite the Spurs midfielder being completely unaware of where the ball was when it struck his arm, VAR’s intervention allowed the Magpies to snatch a point on Sunday. Cue widespread outrage, including from Newcastle boss Steve Bruce. Until he got in his front door and started fist-pumping wildly.


2. Vardy parties at Pep’s expense

Last season’s Golden Boot winner was at it against on Sunday, scoring a hat-trick for Leicester as they stunned Manchester City 5-2 at the Etihad. Vardy looked like he was having a blast out on the pitch, cutting through City’s defence time and again to remind Pep Guardiola that he really needs reinforcements at the back. Best get the chequebook out.


3. Hammer time for West Ham

No offence, David Moyes, but maybe you should work from home more often. Presumably on his sofa wearing trackie bottoms and with his laptop and a packet of biscuits after testing positive for coronavirus, the Scot saw his team earn a big 4-0 win over Wolves. Having lost their opening two games of the season, this result – and performance – couldn’t have come at a better time for the Hammers.


4. A thriller at the Hawthorns

Was this a good result for Chelsea? Coming from 0-3 down at the break to earn a 3-3 draw would suggest it was a point well-earned, but considering Frank Lampard raided Roman Abramovich’s piggybank to bolster his squad in the summer, the Blues should really be winning games like this if they want to challenge for the title.


5. Leeds march on

Drama has followed Marcelo Bielsa’s men wherever they’ve been this season – and Sunday’s tense victory over Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United was no different. Patrick Bamford’s header with just two minutes remaining pushed Leeds up to sixth in the table, while the Blades, who are looking far from sharp, remain bottom of the pile with three defeats from their first three games.


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