Goals were in short supply on Saturday but that didn’t mean there was a lack of drama around the Premier League. Oh no, not at all.
Chelsea and Swansea both picked up their second-straight wins to start the season, while Everton pummeled Arsenal early on but the Gunners fought back to steal a dramatic late draw. Edgy draws played out at Villa Park and St. Mary’s, while West Ham piled on the misery for poor old Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
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Below are recaps, analysis and video highlights of all the action from another dramatic Saturday in the PL.
Brad Guzan came to the rescue late on for Villa as the American ‘keeper stopped Siem de Jong’s powerful effort as Newcastle pushed for the winner. The Magpies had defender Mike Williamson sent off in a rough and tumble affair at Villa Park. Neither team carved out glorious chances. Honors even.
The Blues were frustrated at home by newly promoted Leicester for long periods but Jose Mourinho’s sides finally broke down the Foxes. Second half goals from Diego Costa (his second in his first two PL games) and Eden Hazard did the damage. Two wins from two for Chelsea but far from convincing.
The Hammers sealed a miserable week for managerless Palace in this London derby. Debutant Mauro Zarate scored a stunning volley just before half time, then Stewart Downing smashed in another beauty to give the Hammers a 2-0 lead at the break. Marouane Chamakh pulled a goal back for the Eagles but Carlton Cole scored to make it 3-1 to West Ham.
Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith put Everton 2-0 up at half time and Arsenal looked dead and buried. Think again. Aaron Ramsey pulled a goal back seven minutes from time, then Olivier Giroud pounced late on to make it 2-2 and snatch a late point for the Gunners. Drama at Goodison as the home fans were stunned by the incredible last-gasp comeback.
Dusan Tadic was a constant threat for the home side but neither team could muster a goal in a tight match down on the South Coast. James Ward-Prowse hit the outside of the post with a free kick, while West Brom debutant Brown Ideye looked lively after coming off the bench.
An entertaining game down at the Liberty Stadium as Nathan Dyer gave the Swans all three points thanks to a great piece of acceleration and coolness. Burnley carved out some great chances in the second half but Lukas Jutkiewicz put a header from six-yards out over the bar. The Clarets still searching for their first point of the PL season, while Swansea have won two out of two.