So we are going to a look at the weeks games:
Arsenal vs Hull
Arsenal won 2-0. This wasn’t without any controversy though as the opening goal from Chilean forward appeared to have come off his hand. Kieran Gibbs was also lucky to have not seen red as on-loan Liverpool star Lazar Markovic was chasing a ball upfield, he was impeded by Gibbs. Gibbs was the last man before a clear goal scoring opportunity, however the referee deemed otherwise and only presented Gibbs with a yellow card. With the game level at 1-0 Hull got caught on the counter by the gunners, Sanchez went round ‘keeper Jakupovic and found Perez at the back post. Perez’s header was kept out by Sam Clucas’ arm on the line, referee Clattenburg showed Clucas a red, rightfully so in my eyes. Alexis Sanchez converted the resulting penalty and won the game for his side 2-0.
Manchester United vs Watford
United came into this on the back of the 15 game unbeaten run, and that really showed in the first half as it was attack after attack after attack, the best attacking display I’ve seen from the Red Devils since Fergie retired. United’s siege on Watford’s box eventually paid off just after the half hour mark when Juan Mata started and finished a brilliant move to put his side 1-0 up. Zlatan was snatching at his chance all game long, sending volleys over the bar and just missing out due to great keeping from Gomes. However he somewhat saved himself when he played through Anthony Martial who scored what proved to be winning goal at 2-0. Even though Watford lost today, Gomes should be pleased with his amazing display as without him it could’ve potentially been 4-0 or 5-0.
Middlesborough vs Everton
This was a fairly entertaining game considering the score ended 0-0 both teams had chances, with Valdes denying top scorer Lukaku and Robles having to keep out January signing Rudy Gestede.
Stoke vs Crystal Palace
The Welsh Xavi, Joe Allen himself dealt a killer blow to Big Sam’s record of never being relegated, Palace withstood the pressure for over an hour before Allen eventually broke the deadlock on 67 minutes to make it 1-0. This result leaves Palace in 19th position in the table. Can Big Sam guide them to survival?
Sunderland vs Southampton
Southampton new boy Italian forward, Manolo Gabbiadini continued his impressive start to life in the Premier League, following his January transfer to the Saints from Napoli. He scored another two goals for Southampton to send them into the break 2-0 up. Thanks to a late own goal from Sunderland defender Jason Denayer and a late injury time strike from Shane Long made it 4-0. This result really hasn’t done anything to suggest that David Moyes‘ side can avoid relegation this season.
West Ham vs West Brom
This was a great game to watch that ended with a late goal to end the game a dramatic draw. West Brom drew first blood in this one when Chadli scored just after the referee waved play on after an alleged foul on Sofiane Feghouli. The Baggies went into the break 1-0 up and it looked to be another dull day for for West Ham at the London Stadium. However the Hammers soon hit back first levelling the game up at 1-1 through Sofiane Feghouli. The Hammers then turned the game on its head with what they thought was a late winner through Manuel Lanzini. However this game wasn’t over, West Brom had other plans, a stoppage time corner was headed home by Jonny Evans, however was later credited to Gareth McAuley as the ball appeared to come off his head before finding the back of the net.
Liverpool vs Tottenham
A sensational attacking display from Liverpool saw them back to winning ways, a quickfire first half double from the returning Saido Mane saw Liverpool head into the break 2-0 up. Mane also had a massive chance to net a hat trick but Lloris managed to send the ball round the post into the side netting. This result sends Liverpool into 4th in the Premier League.
Chelsea vs Burnley
The League leaders faced a tough test today from a stubborn resolute Burnley side. Sean Dyche’s men have one of the best home record’s in the Premier League. Spanish winger Pedro, gave Antonio Conte’s men an early lead. The Blues started brightly, with a Victor Moses run on the counter assisting the opening goal. However Burnley’s club record signing Robbie Brady stunned everyone in the ground with an absolutely beautifully hit free kick straight into the top corner. Even though Chelsea failed to win this one, they remain at the top of the Premier League.
Swansea vs Leicester
The Premier League Champions travelled to Wales for this game at the Liberty Stadium. It certainly wasn’t an enjoyable one for The Foxes‘ supporters or the team themselves. This one surely was a relegation “6 pointer”. The Swans blew the champions away in the first half with two late goals to win 2-0. Alfie Mawson got the first on 36 minutes and new boy Martin Olsson scored his first goal for the club since his January transfer. This result leaves Leicester in 17th, just 1 point above the drop zone. Could Ranieri’s men be the first champions to be relegated?
Manchester City vs AFC Bournemouth
The biggest talking point out of this one was simply the fact, Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus started over what has to be by now after that league winning goal, club legend Sergio Aguero. However during the course of the game, the young Brazilian limped off injured which has to be a cause for concern for Pep Guardiola. Aguero was subbed on for the injured Gabriel Jesus early in the first half. City didn’t the early blow affect them as they came forward with a barrage of attacks until finally on the 29th minute Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock after Leroy Sane’s cross was deflected and found the England international at the far post. The other big talking point is that once again, Jack Wilshere is out injured, will we see him again this season, or is this just a slight knock? You never know with Jack. Just after the hour mark, Sergio Aguero made his mark on the game, as his shot was deflected into the back of the net of Tyrone Mings’ leg. Guardiola’s men won the game 2-0. A result which sees them move up to 2nd and leapfrog Tottenham, in the race to catch the high-flying Chelsea. It was good performance from the winning side, however it is interesting to note that Pep Guardiola has never picked the same starting eleven back-to-back, surely that has to be a concern as we are now over the half way mark of the season and the Spaniard still doesn’t know his best XI or has the mighty Pep Guardiola just been figured out? Has Pep got what it takes to be a success in the toughest League in world football?