Sebastian Prodl

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West Ham United 3-1 Watford: Noble strikes twice in PK-heavy affair

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  • Noble converts two PKs
  • Adrian stops Watford PK
  • Prodl, Carroll also score

Mark Noble‘s brace insured a West Ham win after Andy Carroll scored early, as the Hammers took care of Watford 3-1 at the Boleyn Ground on Wednesday.

Sebastian Prodl scored for the Hornets, who are in a three-way tie for 11th with Everton and Bournemouth.

West Ham remains in sixth with 56 points, three behind Manchester United and two above Liverpool.

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Carroll used his knee to put West Ham ahead off a cross from — who else? — Dimitri Payet in the early stages as the hosts asserted themselves with the lead.

The Hammers took a 2-0 lead after Cheikhou Kouyate was taken down in the box while going up for a header. Noble finished the PK chance past Heurelho Gomes, who couldn’t repeat his Saturday heroics.

Almen Abdi took down Michail Antonio in the second half, and Noble scored that PK down the middle to make it 3-0.

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Prodl finished a pretty rebound off Steve Berghuis‘ free kick to give Watford a long shot chance to come back.

A third penalty came to the game via Watford, but Adrian stopped Troy Deeney. Then Watford’s Nordin Amrabat was sent off for a second yellow card.

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Full list of every transfer made by Premier League clubs during the Summer Transfer Window

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More than $1.3 billion was spent by Premier League clubs this summer in the most expensive transfer window in English history.

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Below we take a look at every move made in the Summer Transfer Window, from loans to multi-million dollar deals.

Arsenal

In
Petr Cech (Chelsea) $15 million
Jeff Reine-Adelaide (RC Lens) $5 million

Out
Ryo Miyaichi (St Pauli) Free
Semi Ajayi (Cardiff City) Free
Abou Diaby (Marseille) Free
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich Town) Loan
Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray) $3 million
Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United) Loan
Wojciech Szczesny (AS Roma) Loan
George Dobson (West Ham) Undisclosed
Chuba Akpom (Hull City) Loan
Isaac Hayden (Hull City) Loan
Yaya Sanogo (Ajax) Loan
Jon Toral (Birmingham City) Loan
Serge Gnabry (West Bromwich Albion) Loan
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers) Loan
Josh Vickers (Swansea City) Free
Jack Jebb (Stevenage) Free
Austin Lipman (Released)
Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill (Swindon Town) Free
Damian Emiliano Martinez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Free
Dan Crowley (Barnsley) Loan
Wellington Silva (Bolton Wanderers) Loan

Aston Villa

In
Scott Sinclair (Manchester City) $4 million
Micah Richards (Manchester City) Free
Mark Bunn (Norwich City) Free
Idrissa Gueye (Lille) $15 million
Jordan Amavi (Nice) $15 million
Jordan Ayew (Lorient) $15 million
Jose Angel Crespo (Cordoba) $800,000
Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) $9.5 million
Jordan Veretout (Nantes) $11 million
Adama Traore (Barcelona) $11 million
Joleon Lescott (West Bromwich Albion) $3 million
Matija Sarkic (Anderlecht) Undisclosed
Tiago Ilori (Aston Villa) Loan

Out
Darren Bent (Derby County) Free
Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) Free
Andreas Weimann (Derby County) $4 million
Matt Lowton (Burnley) $1.5 million
Yacouba Sylla (Rennes) Free
Antonio Luna (SD Eibar) Free
Shay Given (Stoke City) Free
Fabian Delph (Manchester City) $12 million
Christian Benteke (Liverpool) $49 million
Graham Burke (Notts County) Loan
Aly Cissokho (Porto) Loan
Alfie Crooks (Released)
Chris Herd (Released)
Craig Hill (Released)
Bradley Lewis (Released)
Isaac Nehemie (Released)
Daniel O’Brien (Wigan Athletic) Free
Callum Robinson (Bristol City) Loan
Janoi Donacien (Wycombe Wanderers) Loan
Ron Vlaar (Released)
Courtney Wildin (Sheffield Wednesday) Loan
Nathan Baker (Bristol City) Loan
Joe Bennett (AFC Bournemouth) Loan
Nathan Baker (Bristol City) Loan

Bournemouth

In
Artur Boruc (Southampton) Free
Adam Federici (Reading) Free
Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) Tribunal
Christian Atsu (Chelsea) Loan
Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) $11.5 million
Sylvain Distin (Everton) Free
Max Gradel (Saint Etienne) $11 million
Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) $4.8 million
Filippo Costa (Chievo) Loan
Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) $6 million
Joe Bennett (AFC Bournemouth) Loan
Tomas Andrade (River Plate) Loan

Out
Ian Harte (Released)
Josh McQuoid (Released)
Darryl Flavahan (Released)
Mohamed Coulibaly (Released)
Joe Partington (Released)
Miles Addison (Released)
Ryan Fraser (Ipswich Town) Loan
Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) Undisclosed
Jayden Stockley (Portsmouth) Loan
Joshua Kaye (Released)
Aly Coulibaly (Released)
Benjamin Buchel (Released)
Aristide Bassele (Released)
Lee Camp (Rotherham United) Free

Chelsea

In
Nathan (Atletico Paranaense) $5 million
Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco) Loan
Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) $12.5 million
Danilo Pantic (Partizan Belgrade) Free
Baba Rahman (Augsburg) $23 million
Pedro (Barcelona) $34 million
Kenedy (Fluminense) $9.7 million
Papy Djilobodji (Nantes) $4 million
Michael Hector (Reading) $6 million

Out
Christian Atsu (AFC Bournemouth) Loan
Didier Drogba (Released)
Gael Kakuta (Sevilla) $6.8 million
Petr Cech (Arsenal) $15 million
Mario Pasalic (AS Monaco) Loan
Josh McEachran (Brentford) $1.2 million
Izzy Brown (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Marco van Ginkel (Stoke City) Loan
Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough) Loan
Patrick Bamford (Crystal Palace) Loan
Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid) $18 million
Danilo Pantic (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Dominic Solanke (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Mohamed Salah (AS Roma) Loan
Nathan Ake (Watford) Loan
Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) Loan
George Brady (Sunderland) Free
Oriol Romeu (Southampton) $8 million
Alex Davey (Peterborough United) Loan
Nathan (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Matej Delac (Sarajevo) Loan
Todd Kane (NEC Nijmegen) Loan
Wallace (Carpi FC) Loan
Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK) Loan
Jordan Houghton (Gillingham) Loan
Andreas Christensen (Borussia Monchengladbach) Loan
Bekanty Victorien Angban (Sint-Truiden) Loan
Ulises Davila (Vitoria Sport Clube) Loan
Cristian Cuevas (Sint-Truiden) Loan
Joao Rodriguez (Sint-Truiden) Loan
Victor Moses (West Ham United) Loan
Lucas Piazon (Reading) Loan
Michael Hector (Reading) Loan
Islam Feruz (Hibernian) Loan

Crystal Palace

In
Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint Germain) $15 million
Patrick Bamford (Chelsea) Loan
Alex McCarthy (QPR) $5.5 million
Connor Wickham (Sunderland) $14 million
Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Free
Marcus Johnson-Schuster Free
Kleton Perntreou (Hibernian) Free
Andreas Breimyr (Bryne FK) Undisclosed

Out
Lewis Price (Sheffield Wednesday) Free
Owen Garvan (Released)
Peter Ramage (Released)
Stephen Dobbie (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Jerome Thomas (Released)
Shola Ameobi (Released)
Jerome Binnom-Williams (Burton Albion) Loan
Hiram Boateng (Plymouth Argyle) Loan
Michael Chambers (Released)
Kyle De Silva (Notts County) Free
Brede Hangeland (Released)
Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) Loan
Ryan Innis (Port Vale) Loan
Chris Kettings (Stevenage Town) Loan
Chris Scales (Crawley Town) Loan
Ghassimu Sow (Released)
Glenn Murray (AFC Bournemouth) $6 million
Adlene Guedioura (Watford) Undisclosed

Everton

In
Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) Free
Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona) $7 million
David Henen (Olympiacos) $315,000
Mason Holgate (Barnsley) $1.5 million
Ramiro Funes Mori (River Plate) $14.5 million
Aaron Lennon (Spurs) $7 million

Out
Antolin Alcaraz Released
Sylvain Distin (AFC Bournemouth) Free
Luke Garbutt (Fulham) Loan
Chris Long (Burnley) $1.6 million
George Green (Oldham Athletic) Free
Russell Griffiths (Northwich Victoria) Loan
Jonjoe Kenny (Wigan Athletic) Loan
Curtis Langton (Released)
John Lundstram (Oxford United) Free
Ben McLaughlin (Released)
Francisco Junior (Wigan Athletic) Loan

Leicester City

In
Christian Fuchs (Schalke) Free
Robert Huth (Stoke City) $4.7 million
Shinji Okazaki (Mainz) $12.5 million
N’Golo Kante (Caen) $10 million
Yohan Benalouane (Atalanta) $7.9 million
Gokhan Inler (Napoli) Undisclosed $7.9 million
Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) Loan

Out
Chris Wood (Leeds United) $4 million
Paul Konchesky (QPR) Loan
Matthew Upson (Milton Keynes Dons) Free
Esteban Cambiasso Free
David Nugent (Middlesbrough) $6.3 million
Zoumana Bakayogo (Released)
Marcel Barrington (Released)
Jacob Blyth (Cambridge United) Loan
Adam Dawson (Released)
Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) Free
Ben Hamer (Bristol City) Loan
Kieran Kennedy (Released)
Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers) Loan
Conrad Logan (Released)
Herve Pepe-Ngoma (Released)
Louis Rowley (Released)
Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Released)
Ryan Watson (Northampton Town) Loan
Liam Moore (Bristol City) Loan

Liverpool

In
James Milner (Manchester City) Free
Danny Ings (Burnley) Tribunal
Adam Bogdan (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Joe Gomez (Charlton Athletic) $5.5 million
Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim) $45 million
Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) $20 million
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) $49 million
Taiwo Awoniyi (Imperial Academy)

Out
Steven Gerrard (Los Angeles Galaxy) Free
Glen Johnson (Stoke City) Free
Brad Jones (Bradford City) Free
Sebastian Coates (Sunderland) $3.2 million
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) $75 million
Andre Wisdom (Norwich City) Loan
Rickie Lambert (West Brom)
Mario Balotelli (AC Milan) Loan
Lazar Markovic (Fenerbahce) Loan
Fabio Borini (Sunderland) $15 million
Iago Aspas (Sevilla) $6 million
Lloyd Jones (Blackpool) Loan
Jordan Lussey (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Sheyi Ojo (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Loan
Rafael Paez (AD Alcorcon) Free
Marc Pelosi (Released)
Luis Alberto (Deportivo La Coruna) Loan
Kevin Stewart (Swindon Town) Loan
Lawrence Vigouroux (Swindon Town) Loan
Daniel Ward (Aberdeen) Loan
Michael Williams (Swindon Town)
Taiwo Awoniyi (FSV Frankfurt) Loan
Tiago Ilori (Aston Villa) Loan

Manchester City

In
Enes Unal (Bursaspor) $3 million
David Faupala (Lens) Free
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) $75 million
Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) $13 million
Patrick Roberts (Fulham) $8.2 million
Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia) $50 million
Aleix Garcia (Villarreal) Undisclosed
Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg) $85 million
Yaw Yeboah (Right to Dream) Undisclosed
Thomas Aygepong (Right to Dream) Undisclosed

Out
Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) $4 million
James Milner (Liverpool) Free
Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) $2.25 million
Angelino (New York City FC) Loan
Micah Richards (Aston Villa) Free
Kerim Rekik (Marseille) $5.7 million
Stevan Jovetic (Inter Milan) Loan
Matija Nastasic (Schalke) $11 million
Jason Denayer (Galatasaray) Loan
Thomas Aygepong (FC Twente) Loan
Adam Drury (Released)
Edin Dzeko (AS Roma) Loan
Shay Facey (New York City) Loan
Seko Fofana (Bastia) Loan
John Guidetti (Released)
Jordy Hiwula (Huddersfield Town) $250,000
Frank Lampard (New York City) Free
Greg Leigh (Bradford City) Free
Alvaro Negredo (Valencia) $32 million
Olivier Ntcham (Genoa) Loan
Dominic Oduro (Released)
Enes Unal (Genk) Loan
Yaw Yeboah (Lille) Loan

Manchester United

In
Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven) $38 million
Matteo Darmian (Torino) $20 million
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich) $22 million
Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) $38 million
Sergio Romero (Sampdoria) Free
Anthony Martial (AS Monaco) $55 million

Out
Tom Cleverley (Everton) Free
Ben Amos (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Tom Thorpe (Rotherham United) Free
Saidy Janko (Celtic) $315,000
Nani (Fenerbahce) $6.5 million
Will Keane (Preston North End) Loan
Rafael Da Silva (Lyon) $3 million
Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce) $7 million
Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint Germain) $69 million
Jonny Evans (West Brom) $9 million
Adnan Januzaj (Borussia Dortmund) Loan
Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen) $13 million
Anders Lindegaard (West Bromwich Albion) Free
Callum Evans (Barnsley) Free
Angelo Henriquez (Dinamo Zagreb) $1.9 million
Reece James (Wigan Athletic) $1.5 million
Ryan McConnell (Released)
Ben Pearson (Barnsley) Loan
Joe Rothwell (Barnsley) Loan

Newcastle United

In
Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven) $23 million
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Anderlecht) $21 million
Chancel Mbemba (Anderlecht) $13.5 million
Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) $800,000
Florian Thauvin (Marseille) $21 million

Out
Jonas Gutierrez (Released)
Ryan Taylor (Hull City) Free
Adam Campbell (Notts County) Free
Remie Streete (Port Vale) Free
Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) Loan
Adam Armstrong (Coventry City) Loan
Freddie Woodman (Crawley Town) Loan
Mehdi Abeid (Panathinaikos) $675,000
Jak Alnwick (Port Vale) Free
Remy Cabella (Marseille) Loan
Shane Ferguson (Millwall) Loan
Davide Santon (Inter Milan) $4.2 million
Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic) Loan

Norwich City

In
Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) $4.6 million
Youssouf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) Free
Robbie Brady (Hull City) $11 million
Andre Wisdom (Liverpool) Loan
Jacob Kean (Blackburn Rovers) Free
Dieumerci Mbokani (Dynamo Kiev) Loan
Matt Jarvis (Norwich) Loan

Out
Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) $160,000
Mark Bunn (Aston Villa) Free
Kyle Callan-McFadden (Released)
Carlos Cuellar (Released)
Javier Garrido (Released)
Sam Kelly (Port Vale) Free
Remi Matthews (Burton Albion) Loan
Carlton Morris (Hamilton Academical) Loan
Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) Loan
Josh Murphy (Milton Keynes Dons) Loan
Bradley Johnson (Derby County) $9.1 million
Tony Andreu (Rotherham) Loan
Vadis Odjidja Ofoe (Rotherham) Loan

Southampton

In
Juanmi (Malaga) $7.9 million
Cedric Soares (Sporting CP) $7.4 million
Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham) Loan
Cuco Martina (FC Twente) $1.7 million
Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord) $14 million
Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) Loan
Oriol Romeu (Chelsea) $8 million
Harry Lewis (Shrewsbury Town) Undisclosed
Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) $17.6 million

Out
Artur Boruc (AFC Bournemouth) Free
Jos Hooiveld (Released)
Cody Cropper (Milton Keynes Dons) Free
Omar Rowe (Released)
Jake Sinclair (Released)
Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) $20 million
Dani Osvaldo (Released)
Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United) $38 million
Sam Gallagher (MK Dons) Loan
Emmanuel Mayuka (Metz) Undisclosed
Chris Johns (Released)
Jack Stephens (Middlesbrough) Loan
Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town) Loan

Stoke City

In
Jakob Haugaard (Midtylland) $675,000
Philipp Wollscheid (Bayer Leverkusen) $4.3 million
Joselu (Hannover 96) $9 million
Marco van Ginkel (Chelsea) Loan
Shay Given (Aston Villa) Free
Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Free
Moha El Ouriachi (Barcelona) Free
Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona) Free
Xherdan Shaqiri (Inter Milan) $19 million
Sergio Molina (Real Madrid) Free
Dominic Telford (Blackpool) Undisclosed
Mark Wadidngton (Blackpool) Undisclosed

Out
Thomas Sorensen (Released)
Wilson Palacios (Released)
Andy Wilkinson (Released)
Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla) $11 million
Robert Huth (Leicester City) $4.7 million
Asmir Begovic (Chelsea) $12.5 million
Tomi Adeloye (Released)
James Alabi (Ipswich Town) Free
Daniel Bachmann (Ross County) Loan
Sam Coulson (Released)
Alex Grant (Released)
Robbie Parry (Released)
Nathan Ricketts-Hopkinson (Released)
Adam Thomas (Released)
Charlie Ward (Released)
Elliot Wheeler (Released)

Sunderland

In
Sebastian Coates (Liverpool) $3.2 million
Adam Matthews (Celtic) $3 million
Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kyiv) $12.8 million
Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur) $4.5 million
Yann M’Vila (Rubin Kazan) Loan
Ola Toivonen (Rennes) Loan
Fabio Borini (Liverpool) $15 million
George Brady (Chelsea) Free
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) Loan

Out
El-Hadji Ba (Charlton) Undisclosed
Santiago Vergini (Getafe CF) Loan
Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) $14 million
Jordan Pickford (Preston North End) Loan
Emmanuele Giaccherini (Bologna) Loan
Peter Burke (Released)
Andrew Cartwright (Released)
Joel Dixon (Released)
David Moberg Karlsson (Nordsjaelland) $565,000
Tom McNamee (Released)
Anthony Reveillere (Released)

Swansea City

In
Andre Ayew (Marseille) Free
Franck Tabanou (St Etienne) $5.5 million
Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Heerenveen) $960,000
Eder (Braga) $8 million
Ollie McBurnie (Bradford City) $400,000
Gerhard Tremmel (Unattached) Free
Botti Biabi (Falkirk) Undisclosed
Josh Vickers (Arsenal) Free

Out
Alan Tate (Released)
David Cornell (Released)
Jazz Richards (Fulham) $800,000
Tom Atyeo (Released)
Modou Barrow (Blackburn Rovers) Loan
Rory Donnelly (Gillingham) Free
Corey Francis (Released)
Giancarlo Gallifuoco (Released)
Kenji Gorre (ADO Den Haag) Loan
Joseph Jones (Released)
Adam King (Crewe Alexandra) Loan
Kurtis March (Released)
Curtis Obeng (Released)
Gareth Owen (Released)
Connor Roberts (Yeovil Town) Loan
Scott Tancock (Released)
Dwight Tiendalli (Released)
Alex Samuel (Morton) Loan
Nathan Dyer (Leicester City) Loan

Tottenham Hotspur

In
Kevin Wimmer (Cologne) $6.5 million
Kieran Trippier (Burnley) $5.5 million
Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid) $17 million
Clinton Njie (Lyon) $19 million
Heung-Min Son (Bayer Leverkusen) $34 million

Out
Cristian Ceballos (Charlton Athletic) Free
Bongani Khumalo (Released)
Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande) $15.5 million
Lewis Holtby (Hamburg) $7.3 million
Etienne Capoue (Watford) $9 million
Younes Kaboul (Sunderland) $4.5 million
Benjamin Stambouli (Paris Saint-Germain) $9 million
Roberto Soldado (Villarreal) $18 million
Dominic Ball (Rangers) Loan
Vlad Chiriches (Napoli) $7.9 million
Shaquile Coulthirst (Wigan Athletic) Loan
Ryan Fredericks (Bristol City) $280,000
Brad Friedel (Retired)
Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) Undisclosed
Aaron McEneff (Released)
Alex McQueen (Carlisle United) Free
Jonathan Miles (Released)
Nathan Oduwa (Rangers) Loan
Connor Ogilvie (Stevenage Town) Loan
Grant Ward (Rotherham United) Loan
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland) Loan
Aaron Lennon (Everton) $7 million

Watford

In
Sebastian Prodl (Werder Bremen) Free
Giedrius Arlauskis (Steaua Bucharest) Free
Jose Holebas (AS Roma) $2.8 million
Matej Vydra (Udinese) $9.5 million
Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur) $9 million
Valon Behrami (Hamburg) $4 million
Allan Nyom (Granada) Free
Miguel Britos (Napoli) Free
Jose Manuel Jurado (Spartak Moscow)
Steven Berghuis (AZ Alkmaar) $7.3 million
Nathan Ake (Watford) Loan
Alessandro Diamanti (Guangzhou Evergrande) Loan
Obbi Oulare (Club Brugge) Undisclosed
Victor Ibarbo (Roma) Loan
Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace) Undisclosed
Matej Vydra (Reading)

Out
Jonathan Bond (Reading) Undisclosed
Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) $485,000
Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) Loan
Christian Battochio (Brest) Undisclosed
Uchu Ikpeazu (Port Vale) Loan
Juan Moreno (Deportivo La Coruna) Loan
Marco Motta (Released)
Sean Murray (Wigan Athletic) Loan
Luke O’Nien (Wycombe Wanderers) Free
Vujadin Savic (Released)
Miguel Layun (Porto) Loan
Gabriele Angella (Queens Park Rangers) Loan
Matej Vydra (Reading) Loan
Connor Smith (Stevenage) Loan

West Bromwich Albion

In
James McClean (Wigan Athletic) $2 million
James Chester (Hull City) $13 million
Rickie Lambert (Liverpool) $4.5 million
Serge Gnabry (West Bromwich Albion) Loan
Salomon Rondon (Zenit St Petersburg) $19 million
Jonny Evans (Manchester United) $12 million
Anders Lindegaard (Manchester United) Free

Out
Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) $4.6 million
Alex Jones (Birmingham City) Free
Kemar Roofe (Oxford City) Undisclosed
Youssouf Mulumbu (Released)
Chris Baird (Derby County) Free
Jason Davidson (Released)
Liam O’Neil (Chesterfield) Undisclosed
Adil Nabi (Delhi Dynamos) Loan
Brown Ideye (Olympiacos) Undisclosed
Wesley Atkinson (Released)
Aaron Birch (Released)
Sebastian Blanco (San Lorenzo) Undisclosed
Donervorn Daniels (Wigan Athletic) Undisclosed
Bradley Garmston (Gillingham) Free
Mani O’Sullivan (Released)
Joleon Lescott (Aston Villa) $3 million

West Ham United

In
Darren Randolph (Birmingham City) Free
Pedro Obiang (Sampdoria) $7 million
Dimitri Payet (Marseille) $17 million
Angelo Ogbonna (Juventus) $15 million
Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal) Loan
Manuel Lanzini (Al-Jazira) Loan
George Dobson (Arsenal) Undisclosed
Stephen Hendrie (Hamilton Academical) Undisclosed
Alex Song (Barcelona) Loan
Victor Moses (Chelsea) Loan
Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) $4.5 million
Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) $10 million

Out
Dan Potts (Luton Town) Free
Carlton Cole (Released)
Guy Demel (Released)
Jussi Jaaskelainen (Wigan Athletic) Free
Nene (Released)
Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) $8 million
Diego Poyet (Milton Keynes Dons) Loan
Reece Burke (Bradford City) Loan
Kevin Nolan (Released)
Kieran Bywater (Released)
Sean Maguire (Released)
Kusu Makasi (Chelmsford City) Loan
Paul McCallum (Leyton Orient) Free
Matt Jarvis (Norwich) Loan

2015-16 Premier League Power Rankings, Vol. I: Taking very early stock with Man City on top

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Three matches certainly don’t tell the tale of an entire season.

For one thing, some clubs haven’t faced significant competition while others have had to battle a trio of strong Premier League opponents.

[ Archive: Premier League Power Rankings ]

Yet there’s enough of a sample, enough of a taste, to adjudge which clubs look ready to roar and which ones need to hope there are big-time reinforcements coming ahead of Sept. 1’s transfer deadline.

Let’s stop yammering, and start ranking. As is the case with MLS, we won’t do these every week in order to limit overreactions from a single result.

RANKING
Up/Down

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1 Manchester City: Two road wins, eight goals scored, zero allowed, and Kevin De Bruyne on the way? They’re baaaaaaack.
source: 2 Liverpool: Caught a lucky break on Arsenal’s disallowed goal, but Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho both looked dynamite. Christian Benteke is the real deal and, like Man Utd below, more goals will come. Loved watching that Arsenal match. End-to-end stuff.
source: 3   Manchester United: Folks want to castigate Louis van Gaal for not scoring more goals despite dominant performances and a congested schedule? Please. The Champions League goal production doesn’t count? Not to mention, their clean sheet streak is solid. Marouane Fellaini as a No. 9, though? Not so sure about that.
source: 4 Leicester City: There’s the Fox! Drawing at home against Spurs is the first lost points of the year for the Tinkerman’s unit. Riyad Mahrez has been electrifying, quick and downright wonderful.

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5 Swansea City: Looked quite legit until they coughed off a point against insipid Sunderland. The Chelsea draw works for us, and the Newcastle win was comprehensive. A home win, or at least points, against Manchester United on Sunday would raise the reality to Swans’ supporters expectations.
source: 6 Arsenal:  I want to place them higher for the entertainment value of the Liverpool draw alone (which they should’ve won if not for a faulty call). Still, there hasn’t been much to like in terms of the final product and that West Ham loss looks uglier and uglier as we see more of West Ham. Listen to Titi, Arsene.
source: 7 Chelsea:  Folks are rushing to say Jose Mourinho has spoiled the soup at Stamford Bridge, and there’s certainly the look of a championship hangover at Chelsea. John Terry’s looked off since the preseason, and can a title contender really afford to risk John Stones, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma as their hopes for center back success in the PL and UCL? They’ll rebound, as Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have yet to really awaken, but it should come soon, eh? And Paul Pogba? Yes, please.
source: 8 Everton: The Man City loss wasn’t a barrel of monkeys, but the Toffees are looking more like the 2013-14 version than last year’s strugglers. Would cashing in on Stones really hurt that much? Doesn’t look like we’ll find out.
source: 9 Crystal Palace: Maybe the “Pardiola” label attached to Alan Pardew by peeved Newcastle fans isn’t far off. We’d like a better pelt than Norwich or Villa to believe in the silver fox, though.
source: 10 Stoke City: Mark Hughes’ bunch has a home loss to Liverpool and a pair of road draws. That’s nothing to be ashamed of, though for the Potters to break into the next level they’ll need three points more often than not.
source: 11 Newcastle United: There’s some excitement at St. James Park, even if that point earned at Old Trafford might as well have a horseshoe glued to it. The Magpies lost to Swansea when key defender Daryl Janmaat took a silly second yellow, but looked decent at home against Saints and haven’t been back since Opening Day. Arsenal comes to SJP this weekend, and that could be a bad, bad score line.
source: 12  Tottenham Hotspur: If you believe in Leicester as a possible top-half side, then Spurs should be higher than 12th. Their loss to Man Utd came on an unlucky own goal after Wayne Rooney took his time firing from close range, and drawing Stoke and the Foxes could be chalked down to luck. Disappointment is a real feeling here. Heung-min Son sounds like a good move.
source: 13 SouthamptonContending with the Europa League schedule hasn’t been easy for Saints, who also played a trio of tricky opponents. Two of those were on the road. Saints won’t be this low for long (especially if they flame out of Europe on Thursday).
source: 14 Watford: Saturday’s been alright for drawing when it comes to Elton John’s favorite squadron. The Hornets have been game in scoreless home draws against West Brom and Southampton, and that road point against Everton works for us. Can they find some consistent scoring? How about converting sitters? Will Troy Deeney find his rampant Championship touch in the Premier League? The defense is working, and Sebastian Prodl has a good look early in his Premier League career.
source: 15 Norwich City: Four points for Alex Neil’s Canaries, and they could’ve had more if a bounce or two went their way against Palace to open the season. We’ll wait to see a win against someone other than Sunderland before we call relegation an aberration, but Wes Hoolahan and Nathan Redmond have impressed early this season.
source: 16 AFC Bournemouth: It’s safe to say Eddie Howe’s bunch have exceeded expectations just by claiming a win, and that it came after the Cherries were very much alive in 1-0 losses to Liverpool and Aston Villa is a good sign for their survival fight.
source: 17 West Ham United:  Slaven Bilic must be shaking his head. After trumping Arsenal to open the season, at the Emirates, the Hammers have slumped to sloppy performances and zero points versus Leicester City and Bournemouth. Not too good.
source: 18 Aston Villa: That Rudy Gestede-rescued win against Bournemouth on opening day seems ages ago, and getting shut out by Chris Smalling and Manchester United is no shame. Plus the other loss was Crystal Palace, but you want more from Villa.
source: 19 West Bromwich Albion:  Feels a bit unfair to keep Tony Pulis’ men so low considering their losses came against Chelsea and Manchester City, but both were at home. A drastic climb would not be surprising. The end to this Saido Berahino saga would be satisfying.
source: 20 Sunderland: Managed to post consecutive 2-goal losses to clubs perceived to be their relegation opponents. Then went to the Liberty Stadium and somehow drew Swanse City. Hey, at least they’ve scored in all three matches. And “every player is for sale“. Here’s a scary question: What if Costel Pantilimon wasn’t standing on his head?

Bundesliga season preview: Bullet points you need to know before Bayern wins it all again

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Joking aside, it’s been a one-sided rivalry between Bayern Munich and the rest of the Bundesliga the past two seasons.

Pep Guardiola’s bunch may’ve not won the UEFA Champions League, but they’ve cruised through Germany’s top flight and appear poised to do so again this year.

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But will it be that simple? Did they lose more than they gained in the offseason? Is Wolfsburg, Monchengladbach or Borussia Dortmund ready to take the next step in challenging for a crown? And how will the myriad USMNT players fare this season.

All that and more in quick tidbits here.

Who went down? Freiburg and Paderborn

Only two? Hamburger beat Kalrlsruher in the relegation/promotion playoff

Who came up? Ingolstadt and Darmstadt

New to the league: Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Francisco Rodriguez Araya (Wolfsburg), Charles Aranguiz (Bayer Leverkusen), Fabian Schar (Hoffenheim), Marko Maric (Hoffenheim), Yoshinori Muto (Mainz), Fabian Frei (Mainz), Mevlut Erdinc (Mainz), Emiliano Insua (Stuttgart), Albin Ekdal (Hamburger), Alfredo Morales (promoted with Ingolstadt), Mathew Leckie (promoted with Ingolstadt),

Gone from the league: Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Tranquillo Barnetta (Philadelphia Union), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City), Pepe Reina (Napoli), Christian Fuchs (Leicester City), Timon Wellenreuther (Mallorca), Ciro Immobile (Sevilla), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain), Sebastian Prodl (Watford), Eljero Elia (Feyenoord), Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City), Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham Hotspur), Joselu (Stoke City), John Heitinga (Ajax), Valon Behrami (Watford), Rafael van der Vaart (Real Betis)

Old faces, new places: Max Kruse (Borussia Monchengladbach), Josip Drmic (Borussia Monchengladbach), Emir Spahic (Hamburger), Gonzalo Castro (Borussia Dortmund), Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Bayer Leverkusen), Anthony Ujah (Werder Bremen), Lars Stindl (Monchengladbach), Anthony Ujah (Werder Bremen), Anthony Modeste (Koln), Junior Diaz (Darmstadt)

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Americans Abroad: Johannsson (Werder Bremen), Fabian Johnson (Monchengladbach), Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Julian Green (Bayern Munich, but expected with reserves), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), David Yelldell (Bayer Leverkusen), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Jerome Kiesewetter (Stuttgart).

Yeah, but which ones will factor? Johnson, Brooks and Morales should play a lot. Chandler, too, but the USMNT defender has recently gotten some grief from Frankfurt’s manager Armin Veh. Johansson will get every chance to win playing time and goals for new team Werder Bremen.

Why will Bayern win? Schweinsteiger is gone, but fought fitness for the past few years. The defense is in tact, Manuel Neuer is still between the sticks and Arturo Vidal is in town to strengthen the already-frightening attack unit (Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery, Mario Gotze, et. al).

Make me a case they don’t: Injuries could strike? Realistically, a bounce here or there against Bayern and a congested European schedule could help clubs like Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg, Leverkusen or Monchengladbach make a charge. But, really, Bayern finished with a plus-62 goal differential, allowing just 18, and they eased up on the Bundesliga slate once the 25th German title — 24th in the Bundesliga — was wrapped up.

Premier League Playback: Reassessing the title contenders, debutants after Week 1

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EARLY IMPRESSIONS: ASSESSING THE TITLE CONTENDERS

Okay, so we’ve seen 90 minutes of action from each of the Premier League’s 20 teams during the opening weekend of the 2015-16 season and, as is always the case in August each year, plenty of people are jumping to hefty assumptions about each club.

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Let’s pump the breaks a little and take a closer look at the five title contenders to see how they fared on the opening weekend and if there’s any correlation between these early displays and their title chances. Remember, it’s a long old season.

Chelsea: A 2-2 draw at home against Swansea City isn’t the perfect way to start a title defense. Throw in a shaky defensive display and your star goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois getting a red card and giving away a penalty kick and Jose Mourinho has certainly had better days at the office. Chelsea led 2-1 at the break against the Swans but Branislav Ivanovic had a nightmare against Jefferson Montero and Blues players lost individual battles across the pitch. Playing with 10-men for over 30 minutes wasn’t ideal, and this start to defending the crown they won in 2014-15 wasn’t ideal either. Mourinho wasn’t happy with his medical staff towards the end of the game as they left his side with nine-men, but the Blues show plenty of grit to grab a draw against an impressive Swansea side. It’s too early to drawn conclusions, but it certainly seems like the Blues will have a tougher time of winning the title this time around and most of that will be down to themselves and the fact that their rivals have spent big this summer.

Manchester City: Manuel Pellegrini’s men saw their odds to win the PL title slashed following their impressive demolition of West Bromwich Albion away from home on Monday. The Citizens strolled and led 2-0 after 25 minutes with Yaya Toure scoring a beauty and Vincent Kompany powering home a header to round off a 3-0 win. If Toure and Kompany regain their best form and stay fit this season — the regression of those two last season was key to City’s slump in the second half of the campaign — then they will push Chelsea all the way for the title. With Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Wilfried Bony and possibly Kevin De Bruyne in attack, Pellegrini has an embarrassment of riches to choose from. The Chilean boss signed a contract extension on the eve of the season which will add stability, as City aim for success domestically and in Europe. The PL champions in two of the last four seasons looked the best of the bunch on the opening weekend and hungry to not finish in second once again.

Premier League Schedule – Week 1

Result Recap & Highlights
Arsenal 0-2 West Ham Recap and watch here
Bournemouth 0-1 Villa Recap and watch here
Chelsea 2-2 Swansea Recap and watch here
Everton 2-2 Watford Recap and watch here
Leicester 4-2 S’land Recap and watch here
Man United 1-0 Spurs Recap and watch here
Newcastle 2-2 Saints Recap and watch here
Norwich 1-3 Palace Recap and watch here
Stoke 0-1 Liverpool Recap and watch here
WBA 0-3 Man City Recap and watch here

Arsenal: As you can see in the video above from our analysts, just when everyone thought they were on the up, Arsenal’s problems persist as they fired a blank on the opening day and suffered a shock defeat to West Ham United. Over the offseason the Gunners won every single game, even beating Chelsea at Wembley in the Community Shield, and Arsene Wenger’s men looked to have solved their defensive issues with the signing of Petr Cech in goal. Think again. Cech, 33, has been their only signing of the summer and in his home debut against the Hammers he was at fault for both the goals Arsenal conceded. That’s not the way Wenger was expecting to start the season and if Arsenal are going to be genuine title contenders then bolstering their forward line is key.

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Karim Benzema has been linked with a move to the Emirates and if Wenger is serious about winning the league for the first time since 2004, he must spend big on a striker in the final days of the window. There was lots of optimism around the Gunners this offseason, but most of that has already dissipated after a poor opening day result.

Manchester United: The Red Devils put in a workmanlike display against Tottenham Hotspur in their 1-0 opening day win, but it certainly wasn’t pretty from Louis van Gaal’s side. The new boys all settled in well, with Matteo Darmian looking particularly solid at right back, but you feel like they still need to strengthen at center back if they’re going to challenge for the title this season. And then there’s the issue with David de Gea to sort out. The Spanish international goalkeeper was sat to my left at Old Trafford in the stands on Saturday, as van Gaal said he wasn’t focused enough to play.

Asked afterwards if De Gea will ever play for United again, here is LVG’s response.

“Of course,” van Gaal explained. “Especially with the position of the goalkeeper, it is a position where you need the highest concentration, the highest focus during 90 minutes. When you are in circumstances where David de Gea is, it is difficult to cope with that. We have seen that, we have observed him in the matches against Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, and that was not the David de Gea — he felt the same — as last year. Of course when the situation has been cleared after the first of September, we look again. But I am very happy Sergio [Romero] did well.”

De Gea, 24, still hasn’t committed his future to United and rumors regarding a switch to Real Madrid remain as he has just one-year left on his current deal. New signing Sergio Romero stepped in and made some big saves late on after a shaky start, but de Gea was United’s star man last season. If he leaves and they can’t sign a new center back, United will be unlikely to make the top two.

Liverpool: As other teams stumbled to start the season, Brendan Rodgers’ boys exorcised a few demons and sealed a solid 1-0 win away at Stoke City. Philippe Coutinho’s stunning winner five minutes from time (see in the video below) was worthy of winning any game, but Liverpool’s display was still a little disjointed, but that’s to be expected. Going to the stadium where they closed out their 2014-15 season with the heaviest defeat of their PL history, 6-1, Liverpool rolled up at the Britannia on the opening day and looked more business than brilliant. With James Milner and Jordan Henderson in midfield, they have a solid base to build off and new full backs Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez impressed in an improved defensive display. Going forward, Liverpool lacked spark, but that will come as Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino settle in and Daniel Sturridge returns. Liverpool may not be many people’s title favorites, but maybe their additions this summer after the departures of Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard will give them a better chance of finishing in the top four than many previously thought.

DEBUT WATCH: HIT, MISS, MAYBE

There were plenty of players either making their bow in the Premier League, or just starting with new clubs after transferring over the summer.

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After their opening day displays, let’s take a look at some of the players who looked the part, others who certainly did not and some we haven’t quite made our mind up about yet.

Hit

Reece Oxford (West Ham United) – Just 16 years old, Oxford is the second youngest player to start a game in PL history. He played 80 minutes and shackled Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey in the Hammers’ stunning 2-0 win. A huge prospect.

Dmitri Payet (West Ham United) – Another key part of West Ham’s big win, the man who signed from Marsielle this summer has bags of creativity and was the man threat going forward. Looks like a key addition for Slaven Bilic.

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Reece Oxford, West Ham United

Andre Ayew (Swansea City) – Scoring on his debut for the Swans at Chelsea, the Ghanaian forward linked up well with Swansea other attackers (Montero, Sigurdsson and Gomis) and took his goal really well. Promising.

Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle United) – Could have had a debut hat trick on another day, but his towering header at the Gallowgate End put Newcastle 2-1 up in the second half. The Dutch midfielder made several lung-bursting runs. He’s already a fans favorite at St James’.

Matteo Darmian (Manchester United) – Louis van Gaal singled the Italian right back out in his post-match press conference as the best of United’s debutants. It’s hard to argue with that. Darmian was solid and steady in United’s 1-0 win at home vs. Spurs. His presence will help to steady the backline.

James Milner (Liverpool) – An experienced head in the center of midfield, exactly the type of player Liverpool needed to win away at Stoke on the opening day. Milner returning to his preferred role in the center will bring the best out of him.

Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) – Plenty of sparks to excite Stoke’s fans, as the former Barcelona winger dazzled out on the left wing. When Bojan comes back, those two will be a joy to watch.

Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) – A debut goal wrapped up Palace’s 3-1 win at Norwich and it’s like Cabaye never left the PL. So graceful on the ball, he’s a calming influence in midfield.

Jose Holebas (Watford) – Solid and dependable at the back for Watford and had a hand in their first goal, the Greek international who signed from AS Roma this summer has real quality.

Sebastian Prodl (Watford) – Another new defensive signing shone for the Hornets, as Prodl was composed and Quique Flores’ men were unlucky to not beat Everton away on the opening dday.

Miss

Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) – Hardly had a touch on his PL debut and was replaced by Rudy Gestede who subsequently scored the winner.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) – Must have broken the record for the fastest-ever booking in PL history. Mitrovic came on in the second half and could have got a red card for lunging into Matt Targett. Lucky boy. Not a great first impression.

Petr Cech (Arsenal) – Well, that didn’t go to plan. Cech came flying out in full Superman mode but missed the ball on West Ham’s first goal, then for their second he went down in installments as Zarate’s shot bobbled past him. Poor debut from the man who was meant to be Arsenal’s savior.

Younes Kaboul (Sunderland) – The French center back had a day to forget on his Sunderland debut. Kaboul and the Black Cats were all over the place at the back and trailed 3-0 at half time. Oh dear.

Tom Cleverley (Everton) – Roberto Martinez managed Cleverly at Wigan Atheltic in the past so knows what he is all about, but the former Manchester United midfielder did little to suggest his patchy form for Aston Villa last season has dissipated.

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Memphis Depay (Manchester United) – Some flashes of brilliance, especially early on, but Memphis (as he wants to be known) didn’t look happy when he was hauled off early in the second half. Jury is out.

Joe Gomez (Liverpool) – The 19-year-old is a right back by trade but Liverpool deployed him at left back against Stoke and he did well. Can he make the spot his own ahead of Moreno?

Sergio Romero (Manchester United) – Two really good saves late on from Christian Eriksen proved that there may well be life after David de gea at Manchester United. Distribution was sloppy though.

Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United) – A powerful display from the West Ham center back who was key in their clean sheet at the Emirates Stadium. Looks the real deal alongside Winston Reid.

Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) – Only took 13 minutes for him to score on his Villa debut and what a superb header it was. Tim Sherwood raves about his aerial ability and after excelling with his beautiful bonce in the Championship, Gestede made a dream start. Now, can he become more than an impact player?

NEW BOYS ON THE BLOCK

New boys Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich City struggled on the opening weekend as both Norwich and the Cherries lost at home. Watford came within a few minutes of beating Everton away from home and were good value for their point, as the Hornets’ host of new signings and new manager Quique Flores may have the best chance of staying up this season. Very promising start from the Hertfordshire club who were relegated at the first time of asking in their two previous seasons in the PL.

For Bournemouth, their first-ever PL game ended in a frustrating defeat down at the Vitality Stadium. Basking in the sunshine on the South Coast of England, Eddie Howe’s boys started off brightly and should have led but Marc Pugh, Dan Gosling and Callum Wilson were all guilty of missing gilt-edged chances in the first half. Then, they were welcomed to the PL and its brutality in the second half as Aston Villa stepped up through the gears and Gestede’s header gave them all three points despite the Cherries bossing most of the game and creating plenty of chances. Welcome to the Premier League.

As for Norwich, they could also feel slightly aggrieved. They started brightly too, with Alex Neil’s side flying out of the traps at home to Crystal Palace. But then Lewis Grabban missed a glorious chance six-yards out in the first half and either side of half time sloppy defending cost them dear with Wilfired Zaha and Damien Delaney punishing the Canaries. Again, welcome back to the Premier League. To their credit, Norwich rallied late on at Carrow Road with Nathan Redmond pulling one back and Cameron Jerome inexplicably having what looked to be a perfectly good equalizer ruled out for a high foot, but Neil’s side were naive defensively and that will cost you dear when you’re back in the big time.

GOALS GALORE ON OPENING WEEKEND

30 goals were scored this weekend in the Premier League, as any early season apprehension went out the window. From a thriller at St James’ Park between Newcastle and Southampton, to slack defending at Stamford Bridge and the King Power Stadium, we had plenty of good finishes and terrible defending which always combines for a good time for neutrals.

If this weekend is a precursor of what is to come, we are in for a goal-fest in the PL this season. Check out the video above which has every single goal scored on Saturday. While the video below has all the goals from Sunday.

USMNT CORNER: GUZAN, HOWARD, CAMERON ALL START

Three out of the four U.S. men’s national team players with PL clubs started at the weekend, but Brad Guzan was the only victor. The Aston Villa goalkeeper made a superb reaction save just before half time at Bournemouth as he blocked Marc Pugh’s thunderous effort to seal a clean sheet. Elsewhere, Tim Howard and Everton struggled against Watford with the Toffees twice falling behind but they managed to grab a point late on.

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As for the other USMNT players in the PL, DeAndre Yedlin was not in Tottenham Hotspur’s 18-man squad for their 1-0 defeat at Manchester United, while Geoff Cameron started and played the full 90 minutes at center back for Stoke City in their narrow 1-0 defeat to Liverpool. If Cameron gets some serious minutes at center back in the first few months of the season in the heart of Stoke’s defense, which he is very likely to do after a solid start, Jurgen Klinsmann will almost certainly play him at CB for the Confederations Cup playoff game against Mexico in October… right?

Premier League Playback comes out every week as PST’s Lead Writer and Editor takes an alternative look at all the action from the weekend. Read the full archive, here