Brighton, Spurs & Liverpool: Winners & Losers of Premier League Week 4

Another weekend full of drama, RealSport pick three winners and losers from Week 4 of the season.


  1. 1 Jamlal Lascelles

    The difference between three points and zero for Newcastle United.

    The Magpies' skipper made a brilliant, last-ditch clearance from the goal line to keep the score at 0-0 before planting a bullet header into the back of the net to claim a crucial 1-0 victory and three points for his side.

    Newcastle were well-organised, with Swansea having little joy, and he was a big part of that at centre-back.

    A true captain's performance.

  2. 2 Harry Kane

    August is over, so Kane is scoring goals again.

    He has failed to net in 13 appearances in the Premier League during August, but as soon as it became September, Kane was on the scoresheet, netting two for England against Malta, and another two against Everton on Saturday. 

    It was a momentous game for the striker as the first goal was his 100th for Tottenham Hotspur in only 169 games.

    To put that into perspective, he reached the landmark quicker than Thierry Henry did for Arsenal.

  3. 3 Brighton & Hove Albion

    They were most people's favourites to go straight back down to the Championship and only gained one point, failing to score in their opening three games. A celebratory season was looking rather bleak.

    However, the South Coast side were superb at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, running out 3-1 winners against a tough opponent in West Brom, who themselves had made a great start to the season.

    They are still likely to go down, however, their first goals and victory in the Premier League will be a moment their fans will cherish.


  1. 1 The rules

    It would be easy to say Sadio Mane deserved his red card for a karate kick against Manchester City 'keeper Ederson.

    However, in typically ironic fashion, the very next day Matt Ritchie escaped with only a yellow, despite an identical challenge.

    The only difference, however, was Ritchie made no contact with Alfie Mawson's face,  and Swansea's centre-back subsequently didn't share Ederson's reaction.

    However, according to the rules, contact, or even intent, is irrelevant, with the dangerous action alone warranting a red card.

    It is this inconsistency and confusion that rightly drives players, managers and fans alike mad.

  2. 2 Frank de Boer

    Four games, four losses, and zero goals scored.

    Frank De Boer was brought in to try to change the style of play at Crystal Palace to a more attractive brand of football. However, he doesn't have the players at his disposal to play his favoured style.

    It left the Palace board in an awkward position.

    Do they stick with De Boer and allow him the time to bring in his players and get his style across, appreciating it may cause more losses?

    Or do they bite the bullet and revert to type at the fear of relegation to the Championship?

    They chose the latter, and the Dutchman was sacked this morning.

  3. 3 Jurgen Klopp

    After a brilliant 4-0 victory over Arsenal, Klopp and Liverpool were brought right back down to earth with a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City.

    The sending off of Sadio Mane when the score was only 1-0 had a massive impact on the game, but the German made some questionable decisions.

    Including Ragnar Klavan at centre-back was bizarre and backfired. Not only that, but Klopp only has one way of playing, which can leave them open at the back.

    It was far too easy for City's creative players to find space and get in between the lines. It was a dominant performance from Pep Guardiola's side, but you got the impression they didn't even need to reach top gear to put Liverpool to the sword.

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