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Five things we learned from the Premier League this week

City Perfect

A 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday maintained Manchester City’s 100% start to the season.

Not only have last year’s Premier League runners up won all three of their games this season, but Manuel Pellegrini’s men notched up six victories in a row at the end of the last campaign, bringing them to within one of their all-time record of 10 successive league victories – set way back in 1912. sterllyyyyyyyyy

City are yet to concede this term too, with Vincent Kompany and Eliaquim Managala looking rock solid at the back.

But it’s in attack where the two-time Premier League champions have been most impressive, scoring eight goals in their first trio of matches. Sergio Aguero is a constant threat and Raheem Sterling and Aleksandar Kolarov seem to be forming a devastating partnership down the left wing. David Silva has also been in scintillating form in the early rounds of the new season.

With new boys Watford up next at the Etihad Stadium, it’s hard to see City not matching their 103 year-old straight win record this weekend.

Terry past his prime?

It has been a disastrous start to the season for Chelsea’s John Terry, compounded by a red card at West Brom on Sunday. john-terry

The former England skipper hauled down Salomon Rondon just outside his own penalty area, denying the Venezuela international a clear goal scoring opportunity.

Chris Brunt’s wonderful through-ball caught the 34 year-old centre-back out, and he was outpaced by the Baggies new signing.

Terry, who was subbed off at half-time in the previous week’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City, now faces a 3-match ban for receiving a straight red card.

Hornets have no sting

Newly promoted Watford played out a forgettable goalless draw at home to Southampton on Sunday, their second straight blank in front of goal.

Worryingly for the Hornets, they failed to direct any of their 13 shots on goal against the Saints, a week after failing to convert any of their 16 attempts against West Brom.  Troy-Deeney

Last season’s leading goal scorers Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo scored 41 between them last campaign, but of the pair only Ighalo has found the net this season – in a 2-2 draw with Everton.

New manager Quique Sanchez Flores has said that he expects more signings before the end of the transfer window, and a striker will surely be at the top of his shopping list.

Callum shows Howe it’s done

Eddie Howe led his Bournemouth side to their first-ever top flight victory on Saturday in a seven goal thriller against West Ham at Upton Park.

The Cherries capitalized on defensive errors by the Hammers to clinch a 4-3 victory with Callum Wilson netting a hat-trick for the Premier League debutantes. Callum-Wilson-323265

23 year-old Wilson was playing in England’s third tier in May 2014, having spent time on loan at non-league Kettering Town and Tamworth previously.

Manager Howe praised his match-winning hero after the game: “I don’t mind singling Callum out on the back of a hat trick,” he said. “I thought he was a real menace with his pace, his energy and his movement. The first goal was an excellent finish from a really difficult chance and from that moment, I felt that we had the belief to win the game.”

No home comforts

Oddly, after 30 Premier League matches of the new season, only six home victories have been recorded. 4344998

Crystal Palace were the only team to win on their home turf in round three, defeating Aston Villa 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

The half dozen home triumphs tally is the lowest at this stage in the top flight since the Premier League began 23 years ago.

The likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Everton and Southampton have yet to record a home victory so far this campaign.

However, with Chelsea hosting Crystal Palace and Man City entertaining Watford next week, we should see some more home victories being chalked up.

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