Manchester City opens up lead at top of Premier League table after Wk 3

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Manchester City fans invade the pitch after their side won the English Premier League following a 3-2 victory over Aston Villa at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Sunday, May 22, 2022. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)

The third week of action in the Premier League did not disappoint, serving up a plethora of surprises, stunning goals, and the signature drama that fans have come to expect from the league. From Manchester United’s remarkable comeback to Tottenham’s resurgence and Liverpool’s fighting spirit, the weekend showcased the essence of English football.

Manchester United staged an impressive comeback in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest. Bruno Fernandes took center stage, leading the charge from midfield with a performance that earned praise. Despite Mason Mount’s absence, Fernandes stepped up to the challenge, orchestrating the midfield while Casemiro and Eriksen contributed to the game’s rhythm. Victor Lindelof’s solid performance in place of Raphael Varane was noteworthy, as was the anticipation for Rasmus Hojlund’s arrival. While United’s center forward position remained a concern, their spirited play promised more to come.

Everton faced a familiar narrative in their 0-1 loss to Wolves, mirroring their opening weekend defeat to Fulham. The start of the season had been tough for the Toffees, leaving fans concerned about their fortunes. Despite their efforts, Everton’s injury-hit squad struggled to convert opportunities, reflecting the need for reinforcements. The upcoming clash with Sheffield United holds the key to reversing their fortunes and creating momentum.

Arsenal shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw against Fulham, with Mikel Arteta acknowledging defensive errors that hindered their victory. Arsenal’s attacking prowess shone, yet their inability to capitalize on their dominance was a point of frustration. While some substitutions proved vital, the pressure intensified ahead of their clash with Manchester United, a game that promised an early-season statement.

Tottenham’s attack clicked into gear in their 2-0 victory over Bournemouth, highlighting the potency of Angeball. The well-timed runs of Maddison and Kulusevski contributed to their goals, demonstrating the team’s belief in Ange Postecoglou’s philosophy. As they headed into the North London derby against Arsenal, Tottenham’s flowing midfield and attack inspired confidence among fans.

Liverpool’s 10-man fightback against Newcastle was a testament to their determination and resilience. Taking advantage of a Newcastle mistake, Liverpool turned the game around, showcasing their never-give-up attitude. Jurgen Klopp’s side capitalized on the momentum shift, securing a dramatic late victory. The win highlighted Liverpool’s ability to seize opportunities even in adversity.

The Premier League’s Week 3 offered a wealth of insights and thrills, reminding everyone why it remains one of the most captivating football leagues globally. Each match contributed to the tapestry of stories, from teams fighting back to unexpected twists, setting the stage for an intriguing season ahead.

Here are the current odds to win the Premier League, according to Sports Encyclopedia

Odds to win 2023-24 Premier League

  • Manchester City -150
  • Arsenal +450
  • Liverpool +900
  • Manchester United +2000
  • Newcastle United +1400
  • Chelsea +1600
  • Tottenham +3300
  • Brighton & Hove +8000
  • Aston Villa +10000
  • West Ham +25000
  • Brentford +25000
  • Crystal Palace +50000
  • Everton +150000
  • Wolverhampton +150000
  • Fulham +150000
  • Nottingham Forest +100000
  • Burnley +150000
  • Bournemouth +250000
  • Sheffield United +450000
  • Luton +450000