EPL Review: City drop points; Liverpool take full advantage
Wolves 1 v 1 Man City
Wolves were the dominant force in the Championship last season, and that winning mentality was at the fore during a tremendous effort against the English Premier League (EPL) Champions.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side may have only had 29% of the possession, but they became the only team since the start of City’s title-winning season to register double digits in the Shots column.
Joao Moutinho, who picked up the man of the match award, fired in a smart cross, and Wily Boly dived low to send the ball past Ederson via his hand. The EPL is VARless this season, the officials missed it, and Wolves were one-up.
There’s one thing you can guarantee about City – they will score – and it came in the 69th minute. Ilkay Gundogan slung a free kick into the box, and Aymeric Laporte sent a thumping header past the Wolves keeper for his first goal for the club.
It was a point that Wolves wouldn’t have expected, and it means the Midlands club have only lost two of the 28 home games played under Santo’s tutelage, winning 18 and drawing eight.
Liverpool 1 v 0 Brighton
With City dropping two points, Liverpool moved to the top of the league with a professional performance against Brighton.
Both teams came into this one in a confident mood. Liverpool carried a 100% record with them, and the Brighton players were still buzzing after beating Man Utd 3-2 at the Amex the previous weekend.
The solitary goal of the game came via an excellent strike from Salah.
Brighton defence popped the ball about lackadaisically inside their half. James Milner picked a pocket, and three swift passes later, Salah was moving the ball into the back of the net with his left foot.
The goal was world class, and it means Salah has now had a foot or a head in 45 EPL goals (34 and 11 assists) since the start of last season, and he’s still not firing on full cylinders.
It was his 29th goal in 29 Anfield appearances.
Chelsea and Watford are the two other teams to have a perfect win rate after the first three games.
Spurs can join the club if they beat Man Utd on Monday night.