Chelsea and Swansea City continued their perfect start to the 2014-15 Premier League season on Saturday, recording wins over Everton and West Bromwich Albion, respectively.
Week 3 brought plenty of surprises, not least Manchester City's 1-0 home loss against Stoke City. Their city rivals Manchester United didn't fare much better, failing to score on the pitch of Premier League newcomers Burnley.
Queens Park Rangers recorded their first win of the season, 1-0 at home against Sunderland, while Newcastle United and Crystal Palace gave us the most exciting fixture of the day, a thrilling 3-3 draw.
Here's the updated league table following Saturday's round of fixtures, as well as the schedule for Week 3:
|10||West Ham United||3||1||0||2||4||5||-1||3|
|12||Queens Park Rangers||3||1||0||2||1||5||-4||3|
|17||West Bromwich Albion||3||0||2||1||2||5||-3||2|
|Saturday, August 30||Everton||3-6||Chelsea|
|Saturday, August 30||Burnley||0-0||Manchester United|
|Saturday, August 30||Manchester City||0-1||Stoke City|
|Saturday, August 30||Newcastle United||3-3||Crystal Palace|
|Saturday, August 30||QPR||1-0||Sunderland|
|Saturday, August 30||Swansea City||3-0||West Brom|
|Saturday, August 30||West Ham United||1-3||Southampton|
|Sunday, August 31||Aston Villa||1.30 p.m.||Hull City|
|Sunday, August 31||Tottenham||1.30 p.m.||Liverpool|
|Sunday, August 31||Leicester City||4 p.m.||Arsenal|
Manchester City's seven-match winning streak dating back to last season came to an end on Saturday, losing 1-0 at home against a feisty Stoke City team. The Potters took the lead through a sensational goal from Mame Biram Diouf, and despite a late penalty shout for the hosts, they held on for their first win at City since 1980.
Diouf himself had a strong penalty shout turned down in the first half, but he got his revenge with his goal after 58 minutes. Taking the ball deep from his own half, he ran through the hosts' defence and easily slotted past Joe Hart to gift his team the lead.
Both teams attacked early and often, but the Citizens lacked the efficiency in the attacking third to tear down a strong Stoke defence. The visitors nearly doubled their lead immediately after Diouf's opener, but despite a late rally from City, the one goal would prove to be the difference.
Michael Owen agreed it was the result was the shock of the day:
Some unpredictable results today. Result of the day has to be Stoke at Man City.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) August 30, 2014
The defending champions will travel to London to take on Arsenal next, and they will need to be far more efficient and play with more urgency to get past the Gunners. The Potters claimed three pivotal points in a place few teams will score any, and those could prove crucial at the end of the season.
Swansea City continued their hot start to the 2014-15 Premier League campaign with a 3-0 win over West Brom. Nathan Dyer put the hosts in front after just two minutes and Wayne Routledge fired home to double their lead in the first half, before Dyer secured his brace midway through the second to seal the victory.
As shared by Gary Lineker, the decisive win means the Swans find themselves in unfamiliar territory:
Swansea are top of the @premierleague— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 30, 2014
Gylfi Sigurdsson's passing once again proved instrumental for the hosts, who will travel to Stamford Bridge to meet the Blues in the most anticipated match of Week 4.
Manchester United's miserable start to the season continued against Burnley, as even record-signing Angel Di Maria couldn't turn the tide for the Red Devils.
The Argentine looked lively in his team's 0-0 draw against the Clarets, but Louis van Gaal's squad once again failed to convince as a collective. Passing was sloppy, the back three looked shaky at best and the central areas were once again overrun by an opponent who looked far inferior on paper.
Van Gaal sounds like he's starting to grow frustrated over the lack of results:
Van Gaal: "The progress is there but a club like United has to win. Two points from nine isn’t enough and that’s disappointing." #MUFClive— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 30, 2014
To their credit, the hosts refused to pull up a wall and defend against the favoured Mancunians, as all three of the newly promoted Premier League sides are proving themselves to be worthy of a spot in England's top division.
United could have had a penalty for a late Ashley Barnes hand ball, but on the day, the visitors didn't do enough to deserve all three points.
Van Gaal will go looking for his first competitive win as manager of the Red Devils when his squad visits Loftus Road to take on Queens Park Rangers next week.
Chelsea beat Everton 6-3 in the late-afternoon match, a wacky affair at Goodison Park. The Blues took a two-goal lead inside the first three minutes, as Diego Costa and Branislav Ivanovic took advantage of some dreadful defending from the hosts.
Kevin Mirallas took one back just before the half-time whistle, and the Toffees came out believing they could turn things around in the second half. Cheered on by a very vocal home crowd, Everton surged forward, but every time they closed the gap to just one goal, the Blues would respond.
Five goals in 11 minutes had fans on a rollercoaster of emotions. Seamus Coleman put it in the back of his own net, Steven Naismith responded only for Nemanja Matic to slot home from the edge of the box. Samuel Eto'o got some revenge on his old team in the 76th minute, but Ramires immediately restored the two-goal lead a minute later.
Thibaut Courtois made a spectacular save to deny Mirallas from close range, and Costa iced the match late with his second goal in extra time.
The Blues will have some defensive questions to answer, but based on how easily they found the back of the net against the Toffees, next week's clash with Swansea should be a cracker.