With another Premier League weekend in the books, theScore looks at some of the winners and losers following the fourth Sunday in England’s top flight.

Winner: Romelu Lukaku

Towering Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is a different player with Alexis Sanchez in the starting XI, and the Belgian profited from that relationship with the opener in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Burnley. Lukaku scored a second on the stroke of halftime, registering his first brace for the Red Devils since his league-debut double against West Ham in 2017.

The Anderlecht academy product could have had five after a trio of one-on-one opportunities against the Clarets resulted in two slick stops from Joe Hart and a daft tackle from Ben Mee yards from goal, which match official Jon Moss was wrong not to award as a penalty.

Loser: Risk-taking ‘keepers

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and while Unai Emery’s commitment to playing the ball from the back is commendable, Petr Cech is not the man for that job. The Czech shot-stopper confirmed as much in the seventh minute of Sunday’s clash with Cardiff City, gifting Harry Arter an opportunity inside the area thanks to a dopey pass. Though Arter saved Arsenal’s blushes by firing a strike into Row Z, Cech did it again seconds after the interval.

Cech wasn’t the only ‘keeper to make a daft decision this weekend. Liverpool big-money buy Alisson learned a lesson during Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Leicester City when his unnecessary attempt to evade Kelechi Iheanacho in the penalty area resulted in Rachid Ghezzal’s first Foxes goal.

Winner: Pedro

If there’s one player reveling in a Maurizio Sarri-inspired renaissance at Chelsea, it’s 31-year-old Pedro. On Saturday against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge, the Spaniard came on shortly past the hour mark for Willian. The former Barcelona man made an almost immediate impact, scoring his third of the season seven minutes after his introduction. Pedro’s deft runs without the ball suit Sarri’s tactics to a T, creating opportunities to benefit from the Italian gaffer’s possession-based approach.

Loser: Carlos Sanchez

Any number of West Ham players who went through the motions during Saturday’s late home defeat to Wolves could be labeled losers following the club’s fourth loss in four, but Colombian Carlos Sanchez was the biggest dud. Seconds away from their first point of the campaign, the Hammers were nailed when Sanchez was clumsily dispossessed in the midfield, leading to Adama Traore’s 92nd-minute match-winning account-opener. Aston Villa and Fiorentina supporters nod in unison.

Winner: Javi Gracia

The bookmakers’ favorite among managers set for an early sacking, Javi Gracia instead made an argument for Manager of the Month after leading Watford to three wins in three matches. The Pamplona-born gaffer and his bullish Hornets are enjoying similar September fortunes so far after an enthralling come-from-behind win over Tottenham at Vicarage Road. Troy Deeney’s thumping 69th-minute header leveled matters before Craig Cathcart – yes, Craig Cathcart – bagged the match-winner minutes later. Watford now sit third.

Loser: Zaha-less Crystal Palace

Last season without Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace lost nine league matches in nine tries, scoring a scant three goals. On Saturday at Selhurst Park against a Southampton side that arrived in south London with a scant point, the Eagles made it 10 for 10 without Zaha and the Saints doubled their goal haul in a 2-0 victory. Reports suggest the Ivorian winger could miss a month with his groin injury, making Roy Hodgson one of a few in football who will welcome the upcoming international break.

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