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Man City squash sorry Hornets: Big stats & stories behind today’s 3pm Premier League results

By Harry Edwards

Published: 17:06, 21 September 2019

With European football returning in midweek, Saturday saw a depleted schedule with regards to the traditional 3pm kick-offs.

There were just three matches on offer in the afternoon, with Manchester City the only team from last season’s top six in action, welcoming Watford to the Etihad Stadium.

Elsewhere, Norwich City – who shocked Man City last weekend – traveled to Burnley looking to build on their win, while Everton hosted Sheffield United.

So, how did the three games go down?

Burnley 2-0 Norwich City

The match summed up in one stat… Only Ashley Barnes (36) has scored more Premier League goals for Burnley than Chris Wood (@22).

What does this mean for the Premier League? Burnley have moved up to seventh, with Norwich dropping to 15th.

Man of the match? Chris Wood, who grabbed both goals to spoil Norwich’s party.

Spare a thought for… Norwich fans. The Canaries supporters would have undoubtedly been on a high after their 3-2 win over Manchester City last weekend, potentially dreaming of Daniel Farke’s side building a good run of form. Burnley themselves hadn’t exactly been expiring, but Sean Dyche got his tactics spot on to bring Norwich back down to earth with a bang.

Everton 0-2 Sheffield United

The match summed up in one stat… Sheffield United managed just one shot on target against Everton, despite scoring twice.

What does this mean for the Premier League? Everton drop four places to 14th, while Sheffield United have jumped up to eighth.

Man of the match? John Lundstram, who helped control the midfield and set up Lys Mousset to confirm the points.

An afternoon to forget for… Moise Kean. The Italian forward was handed just a second Premier League start for Everton since his summer move from Juventus, replacing Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the starting XI. But he could not find the breakthrough for his side, hitting the target with just one of his five shots. The teenager also managed just 32 touches, with only Jordan Pickford managing fewer among Everton’s starters.

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Manchester City 8-0 Watford

The match summed up in one stat… Manchester City recorded their biggest ever top-flight win, while Watford received their heaviest defeat.

What does this mean for the Premier League? Manchester City returned to second, two points behind Liverpool, while Watford remain bottom.

Man of the match? Bernardo Silva, who certainly played his part in the mauling, scoring a hat-trick.

Spare a thought for… Dimitri Foulquier. The 26-year-old Guadeloupe right-back was making his Premier League debut at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon, but it didn’t prove to be a good or very long one. Foulquier was part of the defence that conceded five goals in the opening 18 minutes and managed to complete just two passes before being taken off after 33 minutes, replaced by Roberto Pereyra. No injury, just a very bad afternoon in Manchester.