The third matchday of the 20/21 Premier League season is in the books and it did not fail to provide plenty of controversial moments across the 10 matches that were played this weekend.
Perhaps one of the biggest bonuses that England’s top-tier saw this weekend was that there was a goal scored in each of the fixtures played, although not every team managed to find the back of the net. Those who would have backed this with the sportsbooks available at sportskokladenje24 will have been very happy this weekend!
Saturday’s fixtures saw a number of goals being scored, although Manchester City would have to take the credit for most of them as they managed to put five past Arsenal, who simply had no answer for Pep Guardiola’s side’s dominance from the first whistle.
Naturally, the sending off of Granit Xhaka did not help, but at least the club’s supporters found something to cheer about, even if it were City’s fourth goal – provided they had not already left before the halftime whistle as pictures had shown some doing.
Newcastle United vs Southampton and West Ham United vs Crystal Palace had four goals each as both matches ended in 2-2 draws, with top goals being scored in each fixture played.
Aston Villa vs Brentford also ended in a draw, but with fewer goals as it finished 1-1, whilst Norwich City were unfortunate not to pick up a point against Leicester City as their game at Carrow Road finished 2-1 to the Foxes.
The fixtures involving the two Merseyside clubs perhaps had the biggest moments of controversy for the day, though, starting with Everton.
The Toffees may have been able to win 2-0 away at Brighton and Hove Albion, however it may have been a long journey home for some of them on the team bus as Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin had an argument before the England international slotted home the penalty to ensure all three points headed to Goodison Park.
Liverpool were not the ones marred by controversy in their game, though, with Chelsea having been on the receiving end of a questionable decision by Anthony Taylor – who happens to have an issue with the Blues according to the Twitter thread provided and the petition that has been signed against him.
Chelsea took the lead via a superb Kai Havertz header but then found that they were conceding a penalty via the hand of Reece James. Taylor missed it originally but decided to look at a still on VAR and not the actual replay, which may have been why he decided to send the defender off.
Sunday saw Tottenham Hotspur continue their fine form under Nuno Espirito Santo and go top of the Premier League as the only team with a 100% record, whilst Burnley and Leeds United drew 1-1.
Oh, Wolverhampton Wanderers had several opportunities to score but still can’t find the back of the net under Bruno Lage – albeit via a superb performance from David de Gea – whilst Manchester United capitalised on a questionable non-decision by Mike Dean in the build-up to Mason Greenwood’s third goal in three games. Why are they signing Cristiano Ronaldo again?