There’s something special about football at this time of the year, with the fluorescent ball now in use and the nights drawing in early.
Saturday had four cracking Premier League games in store for us. Here’s what went down …
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West Brom 1-0 Sheffield United
Scorers: Gallagher 13′
Baggies get first win of the season as Blades are blunted again
Sheffield United made a bright start and Oliver Burke squandered a good opportunity to score inside the first minute.
But it was West Brom who did open the scoring after 13 minutes, when the ball dropped to Conor Gallagher on the edge of the area and his low shot crept into the far corner.
Sam Johnstone then made a good save to deny Burke a headed equaliser, before George Baldock cleared one off the line at the other end.
Baldock then missed a great chance to equalise in the 63rd minute when he ballooned an effort over the bar, Lys Mousset did the same in the 96th minute, and West Brom were able to hold out for their first victory of the season.
The Blades remain bottom of the table with just one point from 10 games, while this result lifts the Baggies out of the relegation zone.
Everton 0-1 Leeds
Scorers: Raphinha 79′
Raphinha opens Leeds account to clinch entertaining encounter
The biggest chance of the early stages fell to Patrick Bamford after 20 minutes, but the Leeds striker’s close range effort was saved well by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with his feet.
James Rodriguéz then thought he’d given the Toffees the lead but his fine finish from a tight angle was correctly ruled out for offside.
Pickford then made another good save to deny Luke Ayling, before Ben Godfrey cleared a Jack Harrison effort off the line.
Everton had another goal ruled out just half-time. Richarlison headed in from a corner but Godfrey was blocking the goalkeeper in an offside position.
And the action packed first half wasn’t done there, as Harrison found time to rattle the post with a header at the other end before the whistle blew for the interval.
In the 65th minute it was Leeds’ turn to have a goal ruled out for offside. Bamford finished from close range but Ezgan Alioski was clearly offside in the build-up.
But the deadlock was finally broken 11 minutes from time when Raphinha made space for himself before finding the bottom corner from outside the box for his first Leeds goal.
Hélder Costa then had an amazing opportunity to make it 2-0 in stoppage time, but he was denied by a good save from Pickford.
This result lifts Leeds up to 11th in the table, while Everton remain 6th.
Manchester City 5-0 Burnley
Scorers: Mahrez 6′, 22′, 69′, Mendy 41′, Torres 66′
Mahrez hat-trick helps slick City get back to winning ways
City took an early lead when Burnley’s sloppiness in possession was punished by Kevin De Bruyne, who fed Riyad Mahrez to slot home his second goal of the season.
And Mahrez soon got on the scoresheet again to make it 2-0 when he brilliantly danced around the Burnley defence before bending his shot into the far corner.
Mahrez whenever we play Burnley
Five minutes before half-time City went 3-0 up when De Bruyne chipped a cross to the back post and Benjamin Mendy volleyed home his first ever goal for the club.
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Burnley’s attempted fightback in the second half was short-lived when after a well worked team move, Gabriel Jesus laid it off for Ferran Torres to make it 4-0.
Mahrez then completed his hat-trick with 20 minutes to go when a Phil Foden cross found the Algerian at the back post, and he headed home powerfully.
City then thought they’d gone 6-0 up when Burnley goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell fumbled the ball into his own net, but the goal was disallowed for a Gabriel Jesus offside in the build-up.
That result leaves City six points behind Liverpool with a game in hand.
Brighton 1-1 Liverpool
Scorers: Groß PEN 90+3; Jota 60′
VAR proves to be Liverpool’s nemesis once again as Pascal Groß’s stoppage-time penalty earned Brighton a 1-1 draw against the champions
Andy Robertson was adjudged to have fouled Danny Welbeck in the dying minutes after referee Stuart Attwell had been referred to the pitch side monitor.
Jürgen Klopp’s patience had already been tested after the technology ruled out Mohamed Salah’s goal in the first-half with the Egyptian judged to be offside by the tightest of margins.
Diogo Jota had given the champions the lead at the hour mark after jinking past three Brighton defenders before slotting the ball into the bottom corner but the Seagulls earned a deserved point from the fixture when Groß smashed his penalty right down the middle in the 93rd minute.
Join us on Sunday for four more Premier League fixtures.