No one has any idea what’s going on in the English Premier League this season.
Another day of exciting action is in the books, and even more question marks have emerged after a couple of the top clubs were outperformed,including Manchester United on their own pitch.
Here’s a look at Saturday’s surprising scores from around England.
|Tottenham 1||Chelsea 1|
|Aston Villa 3||Manchester City 2|
|Fulham 1||Cardiff City 2|
|Hull City 1||West Ham 0|
|Manchester United 1||West Brom 2|
|Southampton 2||Crystal Palace 0|
|Swansea 1||Arsenal 2|
Tottenham 1, Chelsea 1
Chelsea earned one point at White Hart Lane thanks to John Terry’s second-half header. Jose Mourinho’s former protege Andre Villas-Boas’ club came to play on Saturday and saved one point in a respectable draw after a second-half equalizer by the Blues.
While it ended up in a draw, this match was controlled by Tottenham for much of the afternoon. Winning the first half decisively and dominating the possession battle, Villas-Boas’ side was denied three points thanks to a tremendous effort by Juan Mata in the second half.
Mourinho said Mata’s efforts—a key assist on Terry’s equalizer and defensive prowess—will be rewarded with a start during Tuesday’s Champions League tilt against Steaua Bucharest, per ESPN FC’s Miguel Delaney.
For two clubs looking for a defining performance that would boost them towards a top-four finish, we weren’t afforded much light on the situation in this one.
Aston Villa 3, Manchester City 2
Playing without Christian Benteke, their best forward, Aston Villa didn’t look like a club that was overmatched in the final score as they hosted Manchester City at Villa Park on Saturday. As expected, the Citizens controlled the first half and carried a one-goal advantage heading into the intermission.
After the restart, though, The Villa unloaded on the favorite visitors. Despite being dominated through possession 67 percent of the time, Aston Villa cashed in on two scores in a two-and-a-half minute stretch to end scoring in the 75th minute.
It wasn’t as much a win for The Villa as it was a Manchester City collapse. Here’s a look at Andreas Weimann’s go-ahead goal with 15 minutes left to play and the pitiful defense that allowed it:
Manchester United 1, West Brom 2
The Red Devils do not look the same. That’s putting it mildly. After taking just seven points from their first six matches, Manchester United is off to their worst start in 24 years.
Old Trafford was shocked on Sunday as a talented, but seemingly outclassed, West Brom club walked onto their pitch and stole three points. The result is the third defeat for the Red Devils this season and the first win for West Brom at Old Trafford since 1978.
United had a chance after Marouane Fellaini equalized with five minutes left to go in the second half, but the score was negated for an offside. The resulting boos from the fans was representative not just of this poor effort, but the club’s entire showing thus far under new manager David Moyes.
Moyes’ side dominated possession but was constantly on defense. When West Brom had the football, they were challenging much more aggressively than their hosts. It paid off with a shocking three points for the Baggies.