The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) had a rather quieter weekend last weekend with the only incident of note being Harry Kane’s dubious penalty claim in his sides 1-0 defeat at home to Newcastle. That was a fantastic result for Newcastle and so too were some of the other results. Crystal Palace won at Manchester United for the first time since 1989 through a Patrick van Aanholt winner (Pictured, image from Fox Sports Asia) while Frank Lampard got off the mark with his first win as Chelsea boss and in the battle of the fast starters, Liverpool swept Arsenal to one side.
The Premier League sides in Europe now know who they will be facing in the group stages of the Champions League and Europa League. Wolves got through to the Europa League group stages with a 2-1 win over Torino and they face Braga and Turkish side Besiktas in their group as well as Slavan Bratislava. Man United face trips to Kazakstan to play Astana and must also meet AzAlkmaar and Partizan Belgrade. Arsenal must face last seasons semi-finalists Eintracht Frankfurt, Standard Liege and Vitoria. As the only English team in pot two, Spurs face the daunting task in the Champions League of having to face Bayern Munich but at least they don’t have Inter Milan’s situation. They’re in the same group as Barcelona and Dortmund so that will be the eye-catching group.