September began and ended with the focus on the English national team, but in between the narrow win over Slovakia and Sam Allardyce’s dismissal, we witnessed three weeks of quality Premier League action, including Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola facing off for the first time in England in the Manchester derby. See who stood out the most last month below.
What We Can See From The Table
- Five teams won all three games in September, with Manchester City keeping their 100% record so far in the league under Pep Guardiola.
- The Sky Blue boys sit four points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the table, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are the only other unbeaten side in the top flight.
- Chelsea were winless in September, whilst Manchester United also two games in a row as the pair dropped out of the top four.
- Middlesbrough, West Ham and Sunderland lost all three games in September.
- The Hammers have dropped into the relegation zone, joining the only two winless teams – The Black Cats and Stoke City.
Player of the Month
Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City
Last month, Raheem Sterling won this accolade and now his team-mate Kevin De Bruyne has collected the honour as Manchester City continue to dominate the early stages of this Premier League season. 6 wins from 6 is an impressive start under Pep Guardiola, and the Belgian had a key part to play in all three of City’s victories in September. He opened the scoring in the 2-1 win against Manchester United and then effectively set up Kelechi Iheanacho’s goal as his effort struck to post and rebounded back to the Nigerian to tap in. City’s biggest win of the month then came as they thrashed Bournemouth 4-0, De Bruyne again scoring one and assisting one – his clever free-kick put his side in front, before playing a beautiful through ball to Ilkay Gundogan to net the fourth. Finally, in the 3-1 win over Swansea, he won a penalty which Sergio Aguero scored and set up Raheem Sterling’s strike in a deadly City counter attack. The 25 year old’s injury last season undoubtedly hindered their title challenge, and they’ll hope he won’t be out for too long again as a hamstring injury picked up at the Liberty Stadium is set to rule him out for up to three weeks.
2nd – Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
3rd – Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur)
Manager of the Month
Jurgen Klopp – Liverpool
It was an emphatic month for Liverpool as they scored 11 goals in three games to claim a maximum nine points and rise to fourth in the table. Jurgen Klopp made the Reds team his own over the summer with six new signings and they are starting to look like an incredibly dangerous team. September began with a 4-1 demolition of champions Leicester City who granted aren’t the same force as last season, but are still a hard side to beat. A 2-1 win away from home against Chelsea may have been their narrowest win last month, but it was arguably the most impressive, with a stunning goal from Jordan Henderson helping the Reds take apart the Blues on Friday Night Football. Liverpool ended the month as they started it, with a thrashing, as they conquered Hull City 5-1. In the words of the German boss: Boom. Can the Merseyside keep this form up and mount a title challenge? Or will inconsistency be their downfall again?
2nd – Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)
3rd – Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)
Goal of the Month
Jordan Henderson vs Chelsea
2nd – Granit Xhaka vs Hull City
3rd – Demarai Gray vs Manchester United
Game of the Month
Sunderland 2-3 Crystal Palace
Christian Benteke’s last-minute header left Sunderland waiting for their first league victory of the season as Crystal Palace came from 2-0 down to win. The Belgian powered home from six yards out after a free-kick to give Palace a third straight league win and leave the Black Cats bottom of the table. Jermain Defoe had put the hosts in charge with two well-taken goals. But Joe Ledley pulled one back with a deflected shot before James McArthur’s header pulled Palace level. For the full BBC report, click here.
2nd – West Ham 2-4 Watford
3rd – Liverpool 5-1 Hull City
Did You Know?
Sunderland have gone 25 matches – spanning four years – without a Premier League victory in the months of August and September.
Games To Look Out For In October
- Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City (02/10)
- Liverpool vs Manchester United (17/10)
- Chelsea vs Manchester United (23/10)