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Abena Alice|myghanalinks - Week three of the English Premier League kicked off this past Saturday with Manchester United raising their unbeaten record to three and also maintaining their 'clean sheet' at a 100% level as they are yet to concede a goal thus far into the season following a zero all tie at home with Newcastle.

Also on Saturday, Bakary Sako's debut strike - a last-gasp goal gave Crystal Palace a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa, Leicester's Riyad Mahrez continued his fine scoring run with his fourth goal of the season to help his side stay unbeaten after 3 outings, Sunderland earned their first point of the season with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at home to Swansea, Norwich divvied up the points with Stoke whilst Callum Wilson hit a hat-trick in a dramatic win for newly promoted side Bournemouth in a goal-fest match that yielded 7 goals.

And on Sunday, EPL title contenders Manchester City made it 3 straight wins in as many appearances as they finally broke down Everton for a 2nil victory and Pedro Rodriguez struck a debut Chelsea goal to inspire the champions to their first win of the season - a 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion despite John Terry being sent off at the 54th minute mark. Watford and Southampton continued their wait for their first win of the season as they settled for a scoreless tie

Arsenal took on Liverpool on Monday Night Football but the zero all outcome left the Gunners waiting for their first home win of the season.

Manchester United 0-0 Newcastle

Wayne Rooney had a goal controversially disallowed for offside as Newcastle held Manchester United to a 0-0 at Old Trafford.

The linesman's flag cut short Rooney's celebrations on three minutes after he had gotten behind the Newcastle defence and finished past Tim Krul.

Aleksandar Mitrovic, on his first start for Newcastle, hit the crossbar before Javier Hernandez was denied by Krul and Chris Smalling hit the post in stoppage time.

Louis van Gaal handed a first full start to Bastian Schweinsteiger, who replaced Michael Carrick while Newcastle made three changes to the side that was beaten at Swansea.

Sunderland 1-1 Swansea

Sunderland picked up their first point of the Premier League season with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at home to Swansea.

Garry Monk's side (Swansea) were the more dominant throughout the match and created the better chances, but Jermain Defoe's goal after an hour cancelled out Bafetimbi Gomis' first-half strike.

Sunderland fans demanded a reaction from their players after two desperate performances had seen them ship seven goals in their opening two games and they certainly got that at the Stadium of Light.

Leicester City 1-1 Tottenham

Riyad Mahrez continued his fine scoring run as his equalizer earned Leicester a 1-1 draw against Tottenham.

The 24-year-old netted his fourth goal of the season just 90 seconds after Dele Alli had put Tottenham in front.

Mahrez was denied a strong penalty shout in the first half and hit the post after the break before netting his side's equalizer.

The result means the Foxes couldn't register wins in their opening three top-flight fixtures for the first time in their history, but they maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

West Ham 3-4 Bournemouth

Callum Wilson hit a hat-trick as Bournemouth earned their first Premier League points in a thrilling 4-3 win against West Ham at Upton Park.

The striker scored twice to put his side 2-0 ahead at half-time and netted Bournemouth's fourth from the spot after Carl Jenkinson was sent off.

West Ham had battled back to 2-2 through a Mark Noble penalty and a Cheikhou Kouyate goal, but Mark Pugh restored Bournemouth's lead in the 66th minute.

Then came the late drama as Jenkinson saw red for a foul on Max Gradel with Wilson stroking home the penalty, before Modibo Maiga struck eight minutes from time to ensure a nervy finish.

Norwich City 1-1 Stoke City

Norwich and Stoke shared the spoils at Carrow Road after a brilliant display from visiting goalkeeper Jack Butland ensured the score remained deadlocked at 1-1.

Attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri made his debut for Stoke and impressed after his big-money move from Inter but Butland was the key man for the visitors, producing some fabulous saves in the second half.

Mame Biram Diouf gave Stoke a first-half lead from a Shaqiri free-kick but Russell Martin levelled for Norwich just before the half-hour.

Crystal Palace 2-1 Aston Villa

Malian international Bakary Sako hit a winner three minutes from time on his Palace debut after the match had appeared to be heading for a draw.

Palace defender Scott Dann had headed his side in front after 71 minutes, only for the visitors to draw level when Pape Souare turned in debutant Adama Traore's cross six minutes later.

Eagles boss Alan Pardew made two changes from the side that lost to Arsenal last weekend, with the injured Conor Wickham being replaced in attack by Glenn Murray, while Sako came in for Yannick Bolasie.

 

Sunday

West Brom 2-3 Chelsea

Pedro Rodriguez enjoyed a dream debut as Chelsea earned a 3-2 win at West Brom, but the victory was tarnished by John Terry's dismissal.

Pedro gave the visitors the lead in the 20th minute of Sunday's clash at The Hawthorns after James Morrison had seen a penalty saved down the other end, before the Spaniard provided the assist for Diego Costa to double the champions' lead on the half-hour mark.

Morrison made amends for his earlier miss to put the Baggies back in it five minutes later, but Cesar Azpilicueta restored the Blues' two-goal lead three minutes before the break.

Chelsea looked to be in command until Terry was given his marching orders for bringing down Salomon Rondon on the edge of the box on 54 minutes, before Morrison scored again five minutes later to really worry Jose Mourinho on the Blues bench.

However, Chelsea managed to hold on to record their first win of the season, but this encounter provided further evidence that retaining their title, even with Pedro firing on all cylinders, will be anything but easy.

Chelsea remains 5points off the top spot held by Manchester City.

Everton 0-2 Manchester City

Manchester City maintained their perfect start as they won 2-0 at Everton to go top of the Premier League on Sunday.

Aleksandar Kolarov fired City in front on the hour mark after Romelu Lukaku had hit the bar for Everton, while David Silva struck against the post.

Both sides had chances in a very open encounter at Goodison Park, with Sergio Aguero twice denied by Tim Howard and Jesus Navas spurning a glorious opportunity to kill the game off, before Samir Nasri sealed the result late on.

The win gives Manuel Pellegrini's men their third victory out of three, moving them to the top of the table and restoring their five-point gap over Chelsea.

Watford 0-0 Southampton

Watford and Southampton played out a goalless draw at Vicarage Road on Sunday, with both teams still looking for their first Premier League victory of the season.

The Hornets had the two best openings of the match, however, with forward Odion Ighalo and midfielder Etienne Capoue both failing to hit the target from close range.

And that means a second consecutive 0-0 draw at home for Watford, while the visitors will have been pleased to have recorded their first clean sheet of the campaign.

 

Monday Night

Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool

Arsenal and Liverpool played out a thrilling goalless draw on Monday night as the home side's wait for a first Premier League win at the Emirates this season continues.

It was a game of two halves, with the visitors dominating the opening period, only to be denied on several occasions by the brilliance of Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech.

However, Arsene Wenger's team took control of proceedings after half-time, with only the woodwork and some near misses denying them a first league goal at home this season.

 

 

 

(Match reports from skysports, BBC and theguardian were used in this compilation)

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