MONACO - AUGUST 31: A Chelsea banner is displayed during the UEFA Super Cup match between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid at Louis II Stadium on August 31, 2012 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
After deadline day, it was kind of nice to have a few days of games that didn't involve Chelsea to relax and enjoy. Chelsea entered the weekend having played one more game then all of their major rivals, and this would be the chance for all of them to make up their game in hand. The games are now finished, and when the dust settles Chelsea are the only team that has taken maximum points from their first three fixtures. Here's a look at what transpired this weekend:
Wigan 2 - Stoke 2: That's now three draws form three games for Stoke, and that really shouldn't come as a surprise to many. They've built a style that's very conducive to taking a single point, and betting the draw is always a fairly safe call when they play. It's nice to see Wigan picking up early points this season, as they've been in pretty bad shape at the midway point in the previous few.
Swansea 2 - Sunderland 2: Swansea had surprised everyone with their absolutely flying start to the season, but they'd have to settle for a draw in their third fixture of the season. I don't think anyone really expects Swansea to be hanging around the top of the table for too much longer, but seven points already sure will help them stay out of the relegation discussion.
Tottenham 1 - Norwich 1: Tottenham had themselves a very nice deadline day. They landed Hugo Lloris and Clint Dempsey, and almost managed to land Joao Moutinho. It looked like most of their players were still watching the sky ticker to see what happened there though, as they had a real stinker on the pitch Saturday morning. Obviously there are still a lot of fixtures left, but I certainly don't mind being spotted so many points early because Spurs decided to leave their business to the last second again.
West Brom 2 - Everton 0: Everton entered the weekend on maximum points, but they'd finish it on the same total as they began it. I'm sure most of you are hoping for more news about Romelu Lukaku, but he missed out on this one with a slight ankle injury. He's expected back for their next game, so don't be too concerned.
Manchester City 3 - QPR 1: City entered the weekend looking like the best of the non-Chelsea contenders, and they'd win again to stay within easy reach of the league leaders. Like Chelsea, City have drawn an awfully tough Champions League group and could really use all of the early points they can get.
Liverpool 0 - Arsenal 2: Arsenal have now played three without conceding, and they actually scored in this one. Once Arsenal got on the scoresheet today, there was never any real doubt as to the outcome. Liverpool are getting absolutely killed whenever they make a mistake, and they aren't even looking a threat to score most of the time to compensate. They do manage to keep an awful lot of the ball though...
Southampton 2 - Manchester United 3: With a few minutes to go, I thought this one was going to be a great result for both Chelsea and City. It wasn't. Oh well.
Aston Villa 1 - Newcastle 1: Unlike the United or Arsenal results, this one went very well for Chelsea fans. Again, oh well. Here's the match report from 7500 to Holte.
- West Ham 3 - Fulham 0: Dembele out, Dempsey out, Fulham's good form gone. West Ham were out of sight before half time in this one, and it turned into a bit of a laugher. Dimitar Berbatov and Andy Carroll both made their debuts for the London clubs, but Yossi Benayoun was not involved.
While more results could have gone Chelsea's way, all of Tottenham, Newcastle, and Liverpool dropped points over the weekend. I certainly won't complain about those types of results, as fourth is starting to look like it won't be as much of an issue already.