10 Points Clear

We take a look back at the weekends games with all 20 teams in action.

Manchester United vs AFC Bournemouth

This one really had it all, controversial decisions, goals and cards. The first half was back and forth it was non stop attacks. Until Marcos Rojo finally broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute to make it 1-0 United. Bournemouth managed to level the score after former United youngster Josh King scored from the spot to make it 1-1. The first half ended in clouds of controversy as Tyrone Mings stamped on Ibrahimovic’s head. Zlatan responds as he elbows Mings in the face. It appears the referee has missed both these incidents though he sends off Surman for his role in a confrontation with Zlatan. Mings and Ibrahimovic should both be sent off in my view. United started the second half on the attack looking to regain their lead, however some super defending from Bournemouth thwarted every attempt. United dominated possession and had a lot more chances yet couldn’t find a way through including in the 70th minute as United were awarded a penalty for handball. However, Boruc kept out Zlatan’s attempt and Martial sends the rebound out for a goal kick. Bournemouth should’ve arguably been down to 9 men as Harry Arter comes in late on Pogba whilst already on a yellow card. Poor decisions all round today from the referee. The game was full of chances mainly for United who missed a massive chance here to move into the top 4 finishing the game 1-1.

Leicester City vs Hull City

Leicester continued their surprising resurgence under Craig Shakespeare with a 3-1 win over relegation candidates Hull City.However, the Champions did have to come from behind as Hull took the lead in the 14th minute through Sam Clucas. Hull caught Leicester completely unaware as Clucas finishes from close range to cap off a brilliant counter attack making it 1-0. The lead didn’t last very long however as Christian Fuchs drew Leicester level in the 27th minute with a brilliant attacking move that starts with Fuchs exchanging passes with Vardy before he crosses in for Fuchs to make it 1-1. Plenty more chances for either side in the first half but they all amounted to nothing as the two teams went into the break 1-1. Leicester came out in the second half with a new lease of life. This lead to them taking the lead in the 59th minute through Riyadh Mahrez whose shot rolled into the net after Jakupovic gets a hand to it. Leciester lead 2-1. The two teams goes back and forth trying to find the next goal. The goal came right at the death from Tom Huddlestone, however sadly for Hull fans it was an own goal. Ndidi’s header came off Huddlestone before it went in giving Leicester a 3-1 win. This result puts Leicester 5 points clear of the relegation zone. 

Stoke City vs Middlesborough

Stoke bounced back from last weeks 4-0 defeat with a 2-0 win at home to Middlesborough. Two first half goals from Marko Arnautovic saw off the visitors. He scored his first in the 29th minute with a beautiful goal from inside the area. He completed his brace before half time in the 42nd minute.Scoring after an assist from Peter Crouch inside the 6 yard box. The defeat keeps Boro‘ in the relegation zone. Stoke move to 9th.

Swansea vs Burnley

This was an eventful clash ending with a 3-2 victory to the home side. Burnley’s poor away record continued as they got off to a terrible start with Fernando Llorente scoring in the 12th minute. Llorente connected with Leroy Fer’s cross at the far post to head home for 1-0. After a handball in the box, Burnley are awarded a penalty in the 20th minute. Andre Gray scores from the spot putting his shot straight down the middle to make it 1-1. After the break, Burnley turn the game on its head making it 2-1 in 61st minute. The goal came from Andre Gray. Burnley’s lead didn’t last long as Swansea equalised in the 69th minute. The goal came from Martin Olsson after a brilliant backheel pass from Sigurdsson allows the left back to find the top left corner to make it 2-2. There was late drama as Fernando Llorente scored in the 91st minute again heads home at the far post to make it 3-2 and secure the win. This win takes Swansea level with Leicester onto 27 points, 5 clear of the relegation zone. Burnley’s horrific away record continues leaving them 12th in the League.

Watford vs Southampton

Watford started fast scoring in the 4th minute through Captain Troy Deeney. Deeney volleys a deflection into the far corner of the net making it 1-0. Tadic bought the game level 1-1, capitalising on a poor clearance to fire home from 15 yards out. Just before half time, Southampton struck again this time Nathan Redmond fires into the far corner to make it 2-1. Persistent pressure from Watford eventually leads to an equaliser from Stefano Okaka as he scores from six yards out making it 2-2 in the 79th minute. Its not long before The Saints, are back in front as Gomes spills the ball to Gabbiadini who makes it 3-2 in the 83rd minute. Southampton strike again late on, in the 86th minute as Redmond scores again to give them a 4-2 lead. Another late goal, this time from Watford in the 94th minute to make it 4-3, as Doucoure scores what can only be considered a consolation goal. The result leaves Watford 13th in the League, the win for Southampton keeps them in the top half of the Premier League in 10th.

West Brom vs Crystal Palace

Sam Allerdyce’s side picked up another win on his quest to continue his record of never being relegated. Both goals came in the second half as Wilfried Zaha scored in the 55th minute to put his side 1-0 up, a left footed shot that beats Ben Foster. The second goal, came from Andros Townsend in the 84th minute to seal the win and the points. He finds the bottom left corner from 12 yards after a fabulous run to make it 2-0. This win takes Crystal Palace to 17th and 3 points clear of the relegation zone.

Liverpool vs Arsenal

Liverpool start fast in the 9th minute making it 1-0 as Firmino takes a touch and hits high into the roof of the net. Liverpool strike again just before half time, Sadio Mane scores in the 40th minute, as he’s picked out unmarked by Firmino at the far post to make it 2-0. Arsenal pull a goal back in the 57th minute through Danny Welbeck as he lifts the ball over Mignolet to make it 2-1. Liverpool seal the win in the 91st minute as Wijnaldum scores Liverpool’s third goal to make it 3-1 putting the ball past Cech. The win takes Klopp’s men 3rd in the League.

Tottenham vs Everton

Spurs carry on their good form after the 4-0 win last week. Kane also continued his goal scoring form in the 20th minute scoring his first of the game, with a 25 yard strike to make it 1-0. Spurs struck again after half time in the 56th minute, after an assist from Alli, Kane puts the ball past Robles to make it 2-0. Everton strike back as they to salvage the game late on with a goal in the 81st minute, Lukaku capitalises when Vertonghen slips and he fires clinically to make it 2-1. Clever thinking in the 92nd minuteHarry Winks as he clips a quick free kick into Dele Alli who goes past two defenders to shoot past Robles to make it 3-1. Everton hit back in 93rd minute, Enner Valencia puts the ball past Lloris making it 3-2.

Sunderland vs Manchester City 

City come into this one looking to close the gap on Chelsea and leapfrog Liverpool. They made sure they’d be going back into 3rd after Aguero opened the scoring in the 42nd minute. Aguero managed to flick home a cross from Raheem Sterling to make it 1-0. With one goal before the break, City struck once again after the break in the 59th minute. This time, the goal came from Leroy Sane strikes in the net off the far post to make it 2-0. This win takes City 3rd in the table looking to close the gaps on Tottenham and Chelsea. The loss leaves Sunderland rooted at the bottom of the Premier League. 

West Ham vs Chelsea

A London Derby in the London Stadium, West Ham welcome League leaders Chelsea. Chelsea are flying high at the top with a 7 point lead with a chance to extend that with a win over their rivals. Chelsea sought to extend the lead with a first half goal from Belgian superstar Eden Hazard. The goal came in the 25th minute. Chelsea hit the Hammers on the counter as N’Golo Kante wins the ball back and picks out Hazard with a brilliant pass, he exchanges a one-two with Pedro and Hazard finds the back of net to make it 1-0. Chelsea began to slowly take control of the half and the the Blues took a 1-0 lead into the break. Shortly after the break, Chelsea doubled their lead with an easy goal in the 50th minute. A defensive miscommunication between Pedro Obiang and Andy Carrol allowed Diego Costa to knee the ball into the net from close range to make it 2-0. West Ham could only manage a consolation goal in the 92nd minute. Manuel Lanzini scored for a hard low shot past Thibaut Courtois, to make it 2-1. Chelsea win the game 2-1. The 3 points allows them to keep sailing high above the competition with a nice 10 point lead. West Ham drop to 11th as a result of the defeat.


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