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Premier League winners and losers - week four

06:29 BST 03/09/2019
Sergio Aguero Manchester City 2019-20
Sportsbet's Ed Wyatt talks up the positives and negatives from another round English top-flight action

Winners

Manchester City highlight reel editors

Talk about an easy gig. Every week City seems to come up with a magnificently worked, beautiful-to-watch goal. You can hate City, but surely you can’t hate what they create?

The Vardy Party is still going

Fresh off winning a Carabao Cup match on penalties, Jamie Vardy knocked home a brace in a 3-1 win over Bournemouth. The 32-year old has now scored an unbelievable 12 goals in 14 league appearances under Brendan Rodgers.

Sheffield United

While the other two promoted clubs sit in the relegation zone, Sheffield United are currently 10th, coming off a gritty, come-from-behind win away to Chelsea. It’s a long season but the Blades may not be the easybeats many thought they’d be.

Losers

The Post-Fergie era

Not all Manchester United fans are angry – many seem to be resigned to the fact that their team is no longer the juggernaut that it used to be. After a desultory 1-1 draw against Southampton (who were down a man from the 73d minute), the social media reaction was at times pensive, at times, bummed out.

Alleged divers

What to make of that bizarre decision that cost Villa a goal and a point? The anti-Jack Grealish brigade (it seems like a thing) are claiming he took a dive – as did referee Kevin Friend – but to this neutral eye, he seemed to get slightly bumped, stumble, and go on with his pass – which resulted in a disallowed goal – before falling. Our old friend VAR didn’t overturn it either.

We talked about Harry Kane last week and the Spurs’ star was in the spotlight again. This time it was a clash with Arsenal defender Sokratis, which was deemed a dive by everyone bar Tottenham fans.

Fans of a competitive league

It looks like another two-team race, with Manchester City and Liverpool both unbeaten (City have a draw) and scoring almost at will. We’re four games in and Manchester United, Spurs and Chelsea are already seven points behind Liverpool.

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