The final round of Premier League matches before October begins got underway today, with six games taking place at the traditional 3pm kick-off time.
The early game saw Liverpool maintain their 100% start with a narrow 1-0 win at Sheffield United, and because their nearest challengers Manchester City were playing in the evening all eyes were on Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
Elsewhere, Bournemouth entertained West Ham, who have looked decent on the road this season, while Watford – who were humbled 8-0 at the champions last weekend – rocked up at Molineux to face fellow strugglers Wolves.
Crystal Palace, meanwhile, were hoping to end a two-match winless streak when Norwich City came calling; though the same couldn’t be said for Burnley who won last time out and met Aston Villa in England’s second city.
So, how did the games play out?
Aston Villa 2-2 Burnley
The match summed up in one stat… Anwar El Ghazi is the first non-British player to score in a Premier League fixture between Aston Villa and Burnley.
What does this mean for the Premier League? Villa remain in the bottom three, while Burnley lose a spot and find themselves in 10th place.
Man of the match? John McGinn, whose habit of scoring spectacular goals didn’t let him down today, has now scored in consecutive league games.
Spare a thought for… Ashley Barnes, an early Golden Boot contender not so long ago, has now gone 320 minutes without scoring a Premier League goal.
Bournemouth 2-2 West Ham
The match summed up in one stat… Andriy Yarmolenko has scored more goals (3) in his last four Premier League matches for West Ham than across his opening 11 outings (2).
What does this mean for the Premier League? Bournemouth remain in seventh. As for the Hammers, they go up three spots to nestle in behind Liverpool and Man City in third.
Man of the match? Josh King grabbed a goal and an assist.
Spare a thought for… Lukasz Fabianski, who lasted for 33 minutes before taken off injured.
Chelsea 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
The match summed up in one stat… Jorginho scored the 100th penalty at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League era.
What does this mean for the Premier League? Chelsea’s first home league win of the season sees Frank Lampard’s men rise four places up to seventh. Brighton, meanwhile, remain precariously above the relegation spots.
Man of the match? Jorginho stepped up when it mattered and has to now be Chelsea’s first-choice penalty kicker going forward.
Spare a thought for… Matt Ryan kept his side alive in the first half but couldn’t prevent the inevitable.
Crystal Palace 2-0 Norwich City
The match summed up in one stat… No one has scored more Premier League penalties than Luka Milivojevic (11) since the beginning of the 2018/19 season.
What does this mean for the Premier League? By way of their victory, Palace rise up three positions and find themselves in ninth, while Norwich drop to a place above the danger zone.
Man of the match? Wilfried Zaha, thoughts of moving away last summer are now firmly behind him.
Spare a thought for… Ralf Fahrmann, substituted after 22 minutes on his Premier League debut.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Southampton
The match summed up in one stat… Harry Kane has now scored in six consecutive Premier League matches against Southampton.
What does this mean for the Premier League? Kane’s latest heroics for Spurs sees them end the day in fourth spot, but that could all change after Leicester City and Arsenal play. Southampton, meanwhile, go down a place and sit 14th.
Man of the match? Harry Kane, who else after producing yet another match-winning goal for the Lilywhites.
Spare a thought for… Serge Aurier, who received his marching orders just after the half hour mark following two yellow cards picked up in a four-minute period.
Wolves 2-0 Watford
The match summed up in one stat… Since August 2018, only Trent Alexander-Arnold (16) and Andrew Robertson (13) have been involved in more goals by a Premier League defender than Matt Doherty (10).
What does this mean for the Premier League? A much-needed win that came with a boost, Wolves travel six places up, whilst Watford remain rock bottom.
Man of the match? Matt Doherty was back to his usual self after a period of ineffectiveness.
Spare a thought for… Ben Foster, who has now conceded 12 across 270 minutes (or one every 23 minutes).