Newcastle secured their first win of the season in extraordinary fashion as they smashed Norwich 6-2 at St James’ Park in a game that saw summer signing Georginio Wijnaldum score four goals.
The Dutchman twice put Newcastle ahead in the first half after Dieumerci Mbokani had equalised. Ayoze Perez extended the lead but Nathan Redmond volleyed in immediately to make it 3-2 at half-time. The Magpies were rampant in the second half though as Aleksandar Mitrovic struck, before Wijnaldum added two more to his tally to complete an emphatic win.
Manchester City stayed on top of the Premier League with a 5-1 thrashing of Bournemouth at the Etihad. Raheem Sterling tapped-in to give City the lead early on and Wilfried Bony doubled it not long after, before Glenn Murray pulled one back for the Cherries. Sterling coolly grabbed his second and then drilled in his third shortly after the break to complete his hat-trick, before Bony bagged his second to top off a comfortable win.
Manchester United bounced back from defeat to Arsenal to comfortably beat Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park. Two goals in four first-half minutes gave United a cushion, with Morgan Schneiderlin finishing calmly before Ander Herrera headed in. Herrera then turned provider when he sent Wayne Rooney through to seal the points.
Arsenal continued their good league form with a 3-0 triumph over Watford at Vicarage Road. Alexis Sanchez finished from close range to give the Gunners the lead and goals from substitute Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey ensured a comfortable win.
West Ham’s superb away form continued with a 3-1 win at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace. Carl Jenkinson gave the Hammers the lead before giving away a penalty a minute later which Yohan Cabaye converted. Dwight Gayle was then sent off for the home side just before the break for two bookable offences. Manuel Lanzini smashed in from close range late-on to give the visitors the lead, before Dimitri Payet brilliantly dinked in a third in stoppage time.
Leicester came from behind, and not for the first time this season, to grab a 2-2 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s. Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk goals put Saints 2-0 up at half-time, but Jamie Vardy struck twice in the second-half for his eighth and ninth goals of the season to rescue a point for the Foxes.
Chelsea secured just their third win of the season with a routine 2-0 win over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge. Diego Costa returned from his three-match ban to give Chelsea the lead, before playing a big part in the second goal as his pass deflected off Alan Hutton and into the net.
Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of Sunderland ended in defeat as the Black Cats were beaten 1-0 by West Brom at the Hawthorns. Saido Berahino scored the only goal of the game, tapping in after Costel Pantilimon fumbled a cross.
Liverpool’s new era under Jurgen Klopp started with a goalless draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Divock Origi came closest for the visitors when he headed against the bar, whilst Clinton N’Jie forced a good save out of Simon Mignolet down the other end.
On Monday night, Stoke won for the third successive game with a 1-0 win at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea. Bojan scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the fourth minute after he was fouled by Ashley Williams.
Player of the Weekend: Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle United)
Team of the Weekend: Manchester United
Goal of the Weekend: Aleksandar Mitrovic (NEWCASTLE vs Norwich)