Biggest winners and losers from Premier League gameweek three

Abdullah Mulla - Writer 13:33 29/08/2018
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Moura has pedigree as a goalscorer.

Time is flying. The third round of Premier League fixtures have already flashed before our eyes but as usual, it was a frantic, action-packed and wild three days.

Liverpool, Watford, Chelsea and Tottenham are the only teams to continue their 100 per cent win record as Bournemouth and Manchester City were held to draws by Everton and Wolves respectively.

Leicester picked up their second win in a row whist London clubs Arsenal and Fulham secured their first three points of the campaign, with Huddersfield also getting off the mark with a draw.

However, there is concern growing at the London Stadium as Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham remain rock bottom with zero points after losing their third successive match.

So, who stood out from the rest and who had a weekend to forget? Here’s our picks.

WINNERS

1) Lucas Moura – Tottenham

Spurs produced a phenomenal performance to beat Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford, with Lucas Moura’s brace the highlight of the match.

The diminutive forward was a constant threat and he found the back of the net with his only two efforts on target.

Moura started life with the north London club slowly last season, but he has now scored three in the opening three fixtures of the league season. Definitely a day to cherish for the former Paris Saint-Germain man.

2) Aleksandar Mitrovic – Fulham

Mitrovic made his big-money move from Newcastle to Fulham for afternoons just like these. The forward was given immaculate service by his team-mates, allowing him to power home two goals to earn Fulham their first win since returning to the top-flight.

The Serb has been in irresistible form ever since he joined the London club, with only Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah matching his league goals tally of 15 since February.

He seems to be thriving under the spotlight at Craven Cottage and he’ll be hoping to be the one to fire the Cottagers to survival this season.

3) Eden Hazard – Chelsea

After much speculation regarding his future at the club, Hazard produced a dazzling display at St James’ Park to prove his worth to the Blues.

Hazard was almost unplayable, and he was at his sparkling best to help Chelsea to a crucial 2-1 win to maintain their winning streak under Maurizio Sarri.

This was the Belgian’s first start of the season and he showed why he is one of the best players in the league by nonchalantly slotting in a penalty to give the Blues the lead. If he continues this level of performance, then good luck to all the defences who will try to stop him!

LOSERS

1) Richarlison – Everton

The Everton man quickly went from hero to zero after he received a red card against Bournemouth for a headbutt.

The Brazilian has been in fine form, scoring three times in the opening two matches but he’ll want to forget this match against the Cherries in a hurry.

To add to his misery, the winger will miss the next three matches for the Toffees, which could see him lose his early season momentum, and fantasy football picks!

2) Manchester United

The Red Devils were swept aside by Spurs on Monday night and manager Jose Mourinho is suddenly under immense pressure to produce results.

United have lost two of their opening three matches and need to bounce back from the disappointment immediately.

Things just didn’t seem to go their way, with Romelu Lukaku missing a glorious chance to give them the lead with the score still 0-0.

This was the second successive match that Mourinho’s men conceded three in a match, which has alarm bells ringing throughout the club.

Doom and gloom: Jose Mourinho.

3) Issa Diop – West Ham United

The last thing that you want to happen on your debut for a new club is to score an own goal, but that was the fate suffered by Diop as the Hammers fell to a 3-1 defeat against Arsenal.

The defender sliced a clearance and then diverted Alexandre Lacazette’s cross into his own net to give the Gunners the lead with only 20 minutes to play.

This isn’t a match he’ll want to tell his grandchildren about in the future as the Hammers still search for their first point of the season.

KINGSTON UPON THAMES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Issa Diop of West Ham United the Carabao Cup Second Round match between AFC Wimbledon and West Ham United at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on August 28, 2018 in Kingston upon Thames, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Disappointing outing: Issa Diop.

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