Premier League Grades: Matchday 5

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We once again take a look at this week’s Premier League action and rank the performances of each team.
Here are the results of the week:
Liverpool vs Newcastle United 3-1
Manchester United vs Leicester City 1-0
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Chelsea 5-2
Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace 4-0
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Burnley 1-1
Sheffield United vs Southampton 0-1
Norwich vs Manchester City 3-2
Bournemouth vs Everton 3-1
Watford vs Arsenal 2-2
Aston Villa vs West Ham United 0-0

Liverpool played very well to come back from 1-0 down and Mane was once again outstanding. I still think that Liverpool could struggle if Firmino gets injured for a long period of time as he proved the difference when he came on for the injured Origi. 
Credit to Newcastle they did well to get ahead and created enough first half chances to get further ahead and what a strike from Willems to break the deadlock. Dubravka should have done better with Mane’s second goal but was unable to do anything about the other goals. Steve Bruce shouldn’t be worried about losing here as Newcastle have been playing better than critics give them credit for.
After most people not giving United a chance against an unbeaten Leicester City, United did well to win and keep a clean sheet. McTominay was outstanding and the back four were very solid, especially Harry Maguire who was a titan. Fred helped significantly when he came on and may get himself a first start of the season against Astana. 
Despite all of their possession, Leicester rarely troubled David de Gea’s goal with Maddison and Chilwell coming close but matched by David de Gea. They would have hoped for a point at least but were relatively toothless and paid the price at the back for their clumsiness.
Whether you would call Tomori’s goal a wonder strike or a mistake from the wrong-footed Patricio is irrelevant, Wolves got scythed apart by Chelsea’s young squad. They still managed to get a couple of scruffy goals but will hope to play significantly better against Braga on Thursday.
Chelsea was excellent at the Molyneux. Abraham was exceptional and is looking like a proper no.9 as he tops the Power Rankings. Mason Mount is also looking fantastic too and Tomori’s strike was outstanding despite Patricio being a little sluggish. They should hope to bring that momentum against Valencia. 
Dean Henderson had to be called into making some miraculous saves to deny Southampton more goals. Unlucky not to score early on but VAR intervened but would have hoped for a better result at home after such a big result at Stamford Bridge.
Southampton played well and could have been up from earlier on in the game but what a fantastic solo run from Djenepo to win the game. They’ve improved as the season has gone on and will hope to keep on this good run of form.
Spurs blitzed the first half and could have made it even more in the second. Son looked on fire and Spurs fans should be happy to see Lamela playing first team football. A good win at home and looking to start the Champions League group stages well.
They got blown away by Spurs despite defending well against Aston Villa and Manchester United more recently. They did create chances against Tottenham but couldn’t find the back of the net. They’ll need to pick themselves up or they could be back in the relegation mire. 
Brighton dominated the game and should have won to be honest. Maupay looks comfortable in the Premier League and opened the scoring with a lovely finish. Couldn’t do much about Hendrick’s equaliser but should have put the game to bed beforehand.
Got dominated by Brighton and honestly should not have got a point on Staurday but to be fair a great strike from Jeff Hendricks one them a point and so credit has to be given for that.
Has to be a 10/10 performance to beat the Champions. From top to bottom, Norwich were terrific and deserved their three points fully. The two goals they conceded were almost unstoppable and outscoring the champions deserves a perfect score.
Horrific defending and an inability to break down a brave Norwich side cost Manchester City dearly. City should have signed a replacement for Kompany and Laporte’s injury has left them with only Stones and Otamendi who had not played together since Liverpool beat City 4-3 over a year-and-a-half ago and it showed. As Gary Neville said, this partnership could cost City the title.
Eased into a 3-1 win with Callum Wilson back to his best and a bit of fortune in Fraser’s freekick. A good performance after two defeats in a row. Bournemouth will hope to bring that form against a solid Southampton side and hope to beat Burton to continue their cup run. 
Everton were relatively unlucky not to go into the second half 2-1 up after Richarlison’s swerving shot hit the crossbar. Great header from Calvert-Lewin but again Everton’s defence crumbled and Wilson took advantage. Every season Everton are backed to push the Top 6 for European spots and every season since the one they succeeded, they fall short of the mark. 
WATFORD 7.5/10
Excellent result to comeback from 2-0 down despite most of the problems coming from Arsenal. They may not be in good form this season but maybe this is the result to change their season. 

Well, well, well, it’s happened again. Arsenal have capitulated and it’s because of the way they play. Passing out from the back and the lack of quality on the ball is a big issue for them especially since that’s the manager’s philosophy. If you’re an Arsenal fan you have to hope that it was a one off on Sunday but it really doesn’t look like it. They have a tough game on Thursday and it could pose some issues for the Gunners.
Honestly, it was one of the worst football matches so far this season. It seemed like neither side could actually play properly and Villa had a last minute chance to win the game but Grealish missed from six yards out. Villa would have wanted to do better, especially against ten men but a point is a point and they all add up in a relegation battle.
Again was toothless and truly poor, registering only one shot on target all game. Haller has been in good form but failed to make an impact and the same goes for Anderson and Yarmolenko who are yet to get going so far. Manchester United are up next for the Hammers and should cause a bigger problem than Villa posed. 



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