Another highly entertaining weekend of Football action from around Europe with some big wins and some heavy favourites dropping points. Friday evening saw Lille get back on track with an away win at Ajaccio along with wins for the likes of Betis, Freiburg and Udinese. The first big shock of the weekend came from Serie A, where Lazio beat Inter 3-1.
On Saturday, Manchester United followed up their important win on Monday with another morale boosting, albeit narrow, win over Southampton. Chelsea survived a first half red card for Gallagher to beat an out of sorts Leicester City and Manchester City had to come from two goals down at home to Crystal Palace before eventually winning 4-2. The standout result of the day was Liverpool’s thrashing of newly promoted Bournemouth, the final score being 9-0. It was some way to make up for the loss against Manchester United and an emphatic first win of the season. In the late kick off, Arsenal managed to squeeze past Fulham thanks to a late goal from Gabriel.
There was no slip-up this week for Dortmund as they managed an away win at Hertha, winning by a solitary goal to nil and Leverkusen won 3-0 away at Mainz despite two second half red cards. The shock of the day was Bayern not winning, a rarity indeed! They were held to a 1-1 draw at home by a stubborn Gladbach side and needed a late Sane goal to save them from defeat.
In Italy, AC Milan got the better of Bologna and Juventus and Roma played out a 1-1 draw with Tammy Abraham poaching a point for Jose Mourinho’s men. There was a shock result in Portugal as Sporting suffered their second successive defeat, losing at home to Chaves whilst in Spain, Sevilla continue to struggle, this time losing to Almeria.
There were three Premier League fixtures on Sunday with West Ham getting their first points of the season courtesy of an away win at an out of sorts Aston Villa. Wolves and Newcastle played out a 1-1 draw and Tottenham continued their solid start to the season with a 2-0 away win at Nottingham Forest.
The shock result of the day came from France, where all conquering Paris SG were held to a 1-1 draw by Monaco, with the home team needing a Neymar penalty to rescue a point. Eintracht Frankfurt won a seven goal thriller against Bremen in the Bundesliga. In Italy, Napoli and Fiorentina played out a goalless draw and Atalanta narrowly won against Verona.
There was another 9-0 win this weekend, as Celtic destroyed Dundee on Sunday leaving them with a positive goal difference of +20 after only 5 matches. Barcelona carried on their recent good form with a comfortable win over Valladolid and Real Madrid also managed a win against Espanyol. The match of the weekend came from Turkey vs. Trabzonspor and Galatasaray which ended without goals.
We will be back with more information and predictions for the next matches so keep an eye out for the weekly match preview.