The 2015-16 Premier League season started earlier than usual this year (too early according to Arsene Wenger!), meaning we were treated to four weeks of action in the opening month. How have the newly promoted sides started? How is Chelsea’s title defence going? One thing is for sure, the English top flight reminded us of what an entertaining, dramatic league it can be!
What we can see from the table
- Manchester City are top of the Premier League with the division’s only 100% record.
- The only other unbeaten sides are Leicester City (3rd) and Swansea City (4th), with second placed Crystal Palace having won three and lost one.
- Last season’s champions Chelsea have had a poor start to this campaign, winning just once and losing twice, meaning that they sit in 13th.
- The only sides that are still yet to win are Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, Stoke City, Newcastle and Sunderland.
- Newly promoted sides Bournemouth, Norwich and Watford sit in 11th, 14th and 17th respectively, two wins and five draws and five defeats between them.
Player of the Month
Bafetimbi Gomis – Swansea City
After ending the 2014-15 season in fine form, Bafetimbi Gomis, along with new strike partner Andre Ayew, has been key to Swansea’s superb unbeaten start to the campaign. Gomis scored in all four games during August, meaning had he not hit the back of the net at all, Garry Monk’s side’s points tally of eight would be halved. On the opening day, he won and then converted a penalty at champions Chelsea to earn a 2-2 draw as well as having a goal ruled out for offside. Strikes against Newcastle and Sunderland followed, before the Frenchman ended the month by scoring the winner against Manchester United, to give Swansea a third successive victory over the Red Devils. His performances meant that he was even linked with a deadline day switch to Old Trafford!
2nd – Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)
3rd – Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
Manager of the Month
Manuel Pellegrini – Manchester City
Only three teams remain unbeaten in the Premier League, but only one of those is yet to drop a point – Manchester City. Manuel Pellegrini obviously fired his troops up during the summer break and made sure that they were ready to fight for the title again. The Chilean spent big this summer, splashing over £150 million on players such as Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi. On the pitch, City began with a 3-0 win at West Brom on the opening weekend before beating reigning champions Chelsea by the same scoreline. 2-0 wins over Everton and then Watford followed, meaning that not only to Pellegrini’s men sit top with an 100% record, but they also are yet to concede a goal this season. It’s impressive stuff that has sent an intimidating message out to the rest of the division.
2nd – Garry Monk (Swansea City)
3rd – Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace)
Goal of the Month
Philippe Coutinho vs Stoke City
2nd – Ross Barkley vs Watford
3rd – Callum Wilson vs Leicester City
Game of the Month
West Ham United 3-4 Bournemouth
Bournemouth earned their first ever top-flight win as Callum Wilson’s hat-trick downed West Ham in a dramatic encounter. Wilson scored twice in the first half with first-time finishes, with left-back Aaron Cresswell at fault for both. Mark Noble scored a penalty for West Ham and Cheikhou Kouyate levelled. Marc Pugh put the Cherries ahead from 16 yards and Wilson scored a penalty, with Carl Jenkinson sent off, before Modibo Maiga ensured a tense finale. Jenkinson’s sending off, for a foul on the lively Max Gradel, was West Ham’s fifth red card of the season [BBC]. Read the full report here.
2nd – West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Chelsea
3rd – Manchester City 3-0 Chelsea
Come on, no one has done that badly to be sacked after just a few games into the new season!
Games to look forward to in September
- Manchester United vs Liverpool (12/09)
- Chelsea vs Arsenal (19/09)