Jose Mourinho's men preserved their 100 per cent record by exploiting Everton's worst defensive start to a season since 1956 while Louis van Gaal's men remain toothlessBy Duncan Alexander
After the first few minutes of the Everton versus Chelsea game it was clear that this wasn’t going to be a standard game. Largely because Chelsea were already two-nil up.
Records and notables fell like dominoes as the Toffees and the Blues fought out a nine goal special. Firstly, Diego Costa reached four Premier League goals in three games, a total that his now-departed predecessor Fernando Torres took 39 games to achieve. Secondly, Costa became the first Premier League player to score in his opening three games since Michu for Swansea two years ago, and the first Chelsea player to do so since Adrian Mutu more than a decade ago.
Tottenham produced one shot on target against Liverpool; the only game in which they managed fewer than two last season was in the 5-0 home defeat to … Liverpool.
Alexis Sanchez became the 100th different player to score a Premier League goal for Arsenal (not including own goals).
Newcastle’s Rolando Aarons became alphabetically the first name of any player to score in Premier League history, displacing Gary Ablett.
In three games back at Swansea this season, Gylfi Sigurdsson has already equalled his assist tally in 58 Premier League games for Tottenham (four). Sometimes it just works at specific clubs.
The gap between Mame Biram Diouf’s last two Premier League goals is a fairly hefty 1,341 days. Expect another one sometime in May 2018.
No more Loic Remy but QPR’s Charlie Austin has scored nine goals in his last nine league games at Loftus Road (including play-offs).
Once very briefly hailed as the finest one touch finisher in the game, Nikica Jelavic scored in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since October 2012.
Southampton came from behind to win a Premier League away game for the first time since New Year’s Day 2002, as Ronald Koeman does something that Mauricio Pochettino could not.
The wait for Manchester United to hit their stride goes on. At Burnley on Saturday Louis van Gaal’s side fielded costly recruit Angel Di Maria for the first time yet they ended the match with a paltry total of just seven shots.
To put that into perspective, only Arsenal have restricted United to fewer efforts in a Premier League game since the start of last season. Burnley’s defence is well-drilled, but they surely expected more from their illustrious visitors.
Two points from three games sees United trail their rivals already (last season it took Chelsea until December to pull seven points clear of the Red Devils), with only memories of the glory days of 2007-08 providing comfort.
That season they had two points from three games and went on to win the title and the Champions League. That season they had Cristiano Ronaldo.
They will not admit it, but Stoke surely felt despondent on the way to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The Potters had lost all 12 of their Premier League trips to Manchester, be it Old Trafford or City’s manor, and with Manuel Pellegrini’s team fresh from a 3-1 win against Liverpool on Monday and a record of having scored at least two goals in each of their last 10 Premier League games, this was as home banker-ish as a Premier League encounter gets.
And yet Stoke kept a clean sheet, their first away from home since last December, and followed that up with a goal and three points that kickstart their campaign.
Like someone working a shift pattern, Crystal Palace went early, early, late on Saturday. Firstly they scored the quickest goal of the new Premier League season (31 seconds), followed by the earliest second half goal (47:41), and finally the latest goal of the season so far (94:50) in an entertaining 3-3 draw with Newcastle.
All of which means the Eagles have scored 13 goals in their last six Premier League away games, after scoring only eight times in their previous 19. Neil Warnock has something to work with.
Brendan Rodgers clocked up 100 games as Liverpool manager on Sunday, and in claiming his 56th win, he matched Bill Shankly. The only Reds manager to win more of his opening 100 matches was Kenny Dalglish, who inherited arguably the most complete team in Europe in 1985, something Rodgers definitely did not.
And by scoring at Tottenham, Liverpool equalled a club record set in Dalglish’s first spell as manager, namely a run of 16 top-flight away games in a row where the Reds have notched, something previously achieved by the squad of Barnes, Beardsley and Aldridge in 1988.