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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

Think this Premier League season is going to dial down the weird any time soon? Don’t count on it.


This weekend was another roller coaster in the top flight, with shocks, surprises, stellar individual performances and


1. The Toffees come unstuck

Southampton 2-0 Everton

Everton’s sparkling start to the season came to a screeching halt on Sunday, as they were beaten 2-0 by Southampton at St. Mary’s. The Toffees, who had Lucas Digne sent off for a foul on Kyle Walker-Peters, looked off the pace all afternoon. The good news for the Merseysiders in the wake of their first defeat in six matches? They’re still top of the table. Take that, Jürgen!


2. The Bamford Show at Villa Park

The Leeds players couldn’t thank Patrick Bamford enough for boosting their Fantasy Premier League teams.

Aston Villa 0-3 Leeds United

Fact: Patrick Bamford has as many Premier League hat-tricks as Cristiano Ronaldo and Dennis Bergkamp. Okay, so that number might only be one, but Leeds’ star striker certainly grabbed the headlines at Villa Park on Friday when his treble ended Aston Villa’s winning start to the season. That’s now six goals in six Premier League games for Bamford, who is looking lethal in the top flight this term.


3. Vardy outfoxes Arsenal again

Arsenal 0-1 Leicester City

Leicester’s striker supreme now has 11 goals in 12 Premier League appearances against Arsenal, after his diving header earned the Foxes a vital 1-0 win away to the Gunners on Sunday night. More importantly, Vardy’s decisive finish ended a run of two consecutive league defeats for the Foxes, taking them up to fourth in the table.


4. City slip further behind

All Pep needed was some balls, then his juggling career would be up and running.

West Ham 1-1 Manchester City

Nope, you’re eyes are playing tricks on you. Manchester City really are 13th in the table. We may only be a handful of matches into the new campaign, but City’s title challenge is already looking severely impaired. And if drawing with a team they had previously beaten nine times in a row wasn’t enough to take the wind out of Pep’s sails, it looks like Sergio Agüero is set for another spell on the sidelines. Where’s a transfer window when you need one?


5. Liverpool get back on track

Liverpool 2-1 Sheffield United

Such are the standards that Jürgen Klopp has set at Liverpool, dropping four points in their previous two games felt like some kind of disaster. The Reds returned to winning ways on Saturday, however, coming from a goal down to see off Sheffield United. There are still a few creases to iron out – and the long-term absence of Virgil van Dijk to negotiate – but Liverpool are back ominously near the top of the table. Rivals, you have been warned.


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