|Ethan Pinnock heads home from a fine Bryan Mbeumo cross to give Brentford the lead at Stamford Bridge. Brentford won 2-0. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
It was a weekend of goals, fast breaks, away wins, and yet again, some reshuffling at the tail end of the league table and a sense of déjà vu for Chelsea and Manchester United.
Tottenham continues to punch above mid-level, and you can’t stop them from dreaming. A title challenge is what you’re into if you’re two points clear at this stage, and despite having a tough run of fixtures coming up, Tottenham remains the team to beat.
Arsenal shipped five past Sheffield on Saturday, and it was good for their goal difference as they now have the joint best with Manchester City and Newcastle, but the Magpies aren’t in the equation as we speak considering the fact they’re seven points off the tied duo.
Speaking of Newcastle, they led twice at Wolves with two Callum Wilson goals, but Mario Lemina and Hee Hwang leveled accordingly. The big news in that game was the injury to Pedro Neto. How does Gary O’Neil manage in his absence?
Aston Villa is proving to be everything Unai Emery promised. Another three goals at home, and despite Emi Martinez's own goal ruining the clean sheet, Villa is just four points off the top of the table, and like Tottenham, they can dare to dream.
It wasn’t pretty for Bournemouth in the relegation six-pointer, but they did what they had to do, and they won the game. They got help from Burnley; the second goal, which was off a sensational improvisation by Phil Billing, was from a silly wayward pass, but Vincent Kompany won’t forgive the VAR for key decisions in the game.
Brighton should be worried now. The European bit of their season is telling on their form. They dropped points at home to Fulham, which means they failed to take advantage of the result Newcastle got at the Molineux. What is wrong with the Seagulls?
Liverpool managed the game against Nottingham Forest very well, and that means they’re just three points off Tottenham at the top. Mohammed Salah scored again, and the team found ways to rally around one of their own, Luis Dias, who had his parents kidnapped over the weekend.
Chelsea lost at home to Brentford for the third successive season, and it’s not even funny anymore. It looks like Mauricio Pochettino will be handed enough rope to pull, but 11th on the log, 14 points off the top after just ten games? That’s relegation form, mate.