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Ollie Watkins scored a first-half hat-trick on a dream evening for Aston Villa against the Premier League champions.

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Everton maintain perfect start, Chelsea & Arsenal rebount, City falter, Leicester, United and Liverpool take a sound beat down.
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Ahead of their looming clash with Liverpool, who fell behind them by 3 points on Sunday, Everton continued their thus far surprising and perfect run for the title with an impressive 4-2 home win over Brighton that saw Dominic Calvert-Lewin score his ninth goal of the season and James Rodriguez net twice as they beat Brighton to make it four Premier League wins from four for the impressive table-topping Toffees.

Chelsea’s £45m summer signing from Leicester City, Ben Chilwell, inspired his new-look side to a 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace that saw his side rebound from recent adversities.

Also on Saturday, game in hand Manchester City saw their title hopes sputter again as Leeds United came from behind in stirring fashion to secure a thoroughly deserved point in a thrilling draw with the former, who fell 8points behind the lead, while Newcastle picked up a comfortable 3-1 over a disappointing Burnley side.

On Sunday, West Bromwich Albion held on to their disappointing start to the season with a 2-0 spanking at Southampton. Arsenal scored two quick-fire team goals to extend Sheffield United's point-less start to the season - although the Blades did manage their first goal, and Wolves condemned Fulham to their fourth straight loss of the season with a lone goal win at home. Leicester lost a lot of their early season glitter in a shocking 3-0 home shutout loss to West Ham that voided their perfect start to the season.

Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool

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And the shocking development continued deep into the day as Manchester United put up yet another nightmarish performance that saw them give up six goals at home against Tottenham, whilst defending Champions - Liverpool - succumbed to a shameful and unbelievable seven goals to two shellacking at the hands of Aston Villa that crushed their perfect start to the season.

 It was a night to forget for Liverpool, who were ripped apart by Villa in a shock result to conclude a dramatic day of action.

It was a night to forget for Liverpool, who were ripped apart by Villa in a shock result to conclude a dramatic day of action.

 

EPL Week 04 Scores At A Glance

Saturday

Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace

Everton 4-2 Brighton

Leeds United 1-1 Manchester City

Newcastle 3-1 Burnley

Sunday

Leicester City 0-3 West Ham

Southampton 2-0 West Brom

Wolves 1-0 Fulham

Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield United

Manchester United 1-6 Tottenham

Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool

 EPL Week 04 Standings

Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace

Chelsea turned it on in the second half to beat Crystal Palace 4-0 at Stamford Bridge, with Ben Chilwell scoring and assisting on his Premier League debut for the Blues.

Chelsea struggled to break down Palace's low block in the first half, despite having all of the ball, but got their breakthrough just after the break as Chilwell slammed home from eight yards as the visitors failed to clear (50).

Chilwell was involved in the second as his cross from the left was brilliantly headed home by Kurt Zouma (66), before Jorginho slotted two penalties (78 and 82) after Tammy Abraham was brought down by Tyrick Mitchell and Mamadou Sakho had tripped Kai Havertz.

The result means Chelsea bounced following disappointing results against Liverpool, West Brom and Tottenham, while Palace now have two wins and two defeats from their first four.

Everton 4-2 Brighton

James Rodriguez scored two second-half goals to help Everton go top of the Premier League with a 4-2 thrashing of Brighton at Goodison Park.

The in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin had headed the home side into a 16th-minute lead, only for a Jordan Pickford error to bring the visitors level four minutes before half-time.

However, Yerry Mina headed in James's free kick in first-half injury time and the Colombia playmaker scored twice in the second period to seal Everton's win before Yves Bissouma's late consolation.

Everton have won their opening four games of the season for the first time since 1969-70 - when they went on to win the league - while Brighton stay 12th.

Leeds United 1-1 Manchester City

Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiola were reunited as Manchester City and Leeds played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in a deluge at an empty Elland Road.

Raheem Sterling's third goal of the season gave the visitors the lead, but Leeds fought back and levelled when Rodrigo pounced on a mistake by Ederson (59).

Rodrigo also forced the City goalkeeper into a fine save as Leeds grew into the contest in the second half, while Sterling's late appeals for a penalty for a challenge from Liam Cooper were denied as the points were shared.

The result leaves Guardiola's men 14th, while Leeds sit 6th with seven points from their opening four games.

Newcastle 3-1 Burnley

An attacking masterclass from Allan Saint-Maximin led Newcastle to their second win of the season as they beat pointless Burnley 3-1.

The French winger was in a swashbuckling mood, opening the scoring (14) with a fine individual effort before setting up Callum Wilson for the first of his two goals (65) after Ashley Westwood had levelled for the visitors (61).

An uncharacteristic error from goalkeeper Nick Pope - his loose control allowed Ryan Fraser to win a spot-kick which was converted by Wilson (81) - wrapped up the points for Newcastle.

Steve Bruce's side are now in the top half, while Sean Dyche's men have started a season with three straight defeats for the first time in the top flight since 1927.

Sunday

Leicester City 0-3 West Ham

West Ham made it back-to-back Premier League wins with an outstanding performance to dispatch Leicester 3-0 at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester had a chance to go top with victory but were second best in every department as Michail Antonio (14), Pablo Fornals (34) and Jarrod Bowen (83) hit the bullseye for the Hammers.

After putting five past Manchester City last weekend, Brendan Rodgers' team went from terrific to toothless, failing to register a shot on target from their four attempts on goal.

Meanwhile, David Moyes has got the Hammers moving in the right direction despite him having to manage from home due to suffering from Covid-19.

Southampton 2-0 West Brom

A stunning volley from Oriol Romeu helped Southampton to a 2-0 Premier League win against West Brom, scoring with his first touch in the opposition box this season.

The midfielder - who had not scored in 43 Premier League games - doubled the Saints' lead in the 69th minute when he fired a powerful volley home, taking his goal tally for the club to six in some style.

Southampton were dominant in the first half and went ahead just before the break through Moussa Djenepo's low strike (41), his first home goal for the club. West Brom were improved in the first 20 minutes after half-time, but the Saints' quality shone through for an ultimately comfortable win.

It is a second successive Premier League win and clean sheet for Southampton, sending them into 10th in the table. West Brom's were unable to capitalise on their 3-3 draw with Chelsea last season as their wait for a first victory back in the top flight continues, leaving them in 17th.

 

Wolves 1-0 Fulham

Fulham's difficult start to life back in the Premier League continued as Pedro Neto's low drive handed Wolves a 1-0 victory at Molineux.

Scott Parker's side produced a vastly-improved defensive display but Neto's strike in the 57th minute was all that the hosts needed, with Rui Patricio not forced into a save all game.

While Wolves were not at their best, Alphonse Areola was forced into a stunning double save before half-time and he also denied Raul Jimenez two minutes prior to the only goal of the game.

The result means Fulham are rooted to the bottom of the table with no points from their opening four games, while Wolves move up to 12th after putting defeats to Manchester City and West Ham behind them.

Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield United

Second-half goals from Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe in the space of just 190 seconds saw Arsenal beat Sheffield United 2-1 despite a nervy finish at the Emirates on Super Sunday.

There was early controversy as David Luiz escaped punishment despite a tug on Oliver Burke as the Sheffield United man blocked his clearance and looked to run through on goal, while at the other end Aaron Ramsdale did superbly to tip over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's dipping effort from range.

Arsenal were not at their best, but won the game with a quick-fire second-half double. The first came through Saka's far post header from Hector Bellerin's cross in the 61st minute, and then substitute Pepe's pass finish rounded off a fine team move three minutes later.

David McGoldrick made for a nervy final seven minutes with a brilliant curling effort from outside the box - the Blades' first goal of the season - but Arsenal just held on for their third win in four games, while the result leaves Sheffield United without a point in four Premier League games going into the international break.

Manchester United 1-6 Tottenham

Tottenham inflicted a humiliating 6-1 defeat on 10-man Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side imploded at Old Trafford on Super Sunday.

United made the perfect start when Bruno Fernandes converted a second-minute penalty but found themselves a goal behind when Tanguy Ndombele and Heung-Min Son turned the game around inside a frantic first seven minutes.

Anthony Martial was shown a straight red card for lashing out at Erik Lamela on 28 minutes, and Spurs added salt to United wounds as Harry Kane's first and Son's second saw the hosts concede four goals in the first half of a Premier League for the first time.

Serge Aurier rifled Spurs' fifth early in the second and Kane added a sixth from the penalty spot 10 minutes from time as Jose Mourinho haunted his former club on his second return to Old Trafford.

Spurs climb to fifth in the Premier League - two points behind fourth-place Arsenal - after securing their second win of the campaign, while United drop to an unfamiliar 16th after a performance Sky Sports' Gary Neville labelled "pathetic, absolutely pathetic."

Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool

Aston Villa hit seven goals past champions Liverpool as they emphatically made it three wins from three in the Premier League with a stunning 7-2 victory at Villa Park.

Ollie Watkins' perfect hat-trick and John McGinn's deflected volley left Jurgen Klopp and his side, who scored through Mohamed Salah's 100th goal in English football, stunned and 4-1 down at the break, and it could have been more had Ross Barkley converted any of his three golden opportunities.

Dean Smith's side continued to cut through a shell-shocked Liverpool in the second half as deflected goals from Barkley and Jack Grealish further extended their lead.

Klopp's side did net another goal, again from Salah, but it was the hosts who completed the scoring, on what was a magical evening, as captain Grealish added a seventh.

It is the first time Liverpool, who produced "one of the worst defensive performances I've ever seen!", according to Sky Sports' Jamie Carragher, have conceded seven goals since a 7-2 league defeat at Tottenham in April 1963. They are down to fifth after their own perfect start to the season was ended in remarkable fashion.

 

Game day reports from syssports and BBC were used in this compilation.

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