Sunday’s matches in gameweek 5 of the Premier League produced two very different results, as Wolves recorded a win over Burnley and West Ham secured a surprise victory at Everton. Here is the story of Sunday’s games:
Wolves record a comfortable win over Burnley
Wolves recorded a 1-0 win over struggling Burnley at Molineux to make it back-to-back victories in the top-flight. In truth, the margin of victory could have been far bigger if it had not been for numerous missed chances from the home side and some excellent work by Joe Hart in the visitor’s goal.
The only goal of the game arrived just past the hour mark. Mexican striker Raul Jimenez produced a clever deft finish from an excellent cross from the impressive Matt Doherty to give the home side the victory.
Burnley had their chances in the second half, but could not find the killer touch in front of goal to take anything from the trip to the Midlands.
The win means that Nuno Espirito Santo’s team have won their last two Premier League games without conceding a goal. Last season’s Championship title winners have also moved into the top half of the table.
Meanwhile, Burnley are now routed to the bottom of the Premier League having picked up just one point from their opening five league outings. Sean Dyche’s side needs to turn things around and quickly or they could be in for a tough season. The Clarets odds of relegation have significantly dropped since the start of the campaign.
West Ham and Yarmolenko stun Goodison Park
West Ham arrived at Everton’s Goodison Park having lost all four of their opening league games. However, the Irons pulled off a superb 3-1 victory on the blue half of Merseyside.
The visitors took the lead on 11 minutes through the simplest of goals. A ball was played right through the heart of the Toffees defence to Marko Arnautovic who squared the ball to Andrey Yarmolenko for the easiest of tap-ins.
The Hammers doubled their lead on 31 minutes. A poor clearance from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford eventually led to Yarmolenko picking up the ball and curling home a superb effort from the edge of the area.
Everton struggled to build up the momentum to get back into the game. However, the Toffees were back in the game in first-half stoppage-time. Young Full-back Jonjo Kenny produced a superb pinpoint cross to find Gylfi Sigurdsson in the penalty area and the Icelandic international bulleted a header past Lukas Fabianski.
The home side’s hopes of getting back into the game were all- but extinguished on 61 minutes. Pedro Obiang and Arnautovic played a nice one-two before the latter toe-poked an effort beyond Pickford in the Everton goal.
Everton came close to snatching a lifeline late on, but Oumar Niasse’s powerful effort smashed off Fabianski’s bar. The effort rather summed up the Toffees day.
The Merseysiders have now won just one of their first five league games. The win for the visitors moved them off the bottom of the table and out of the relegation zone.
Can Burnley turn their fortunes around this season?