I take a look back at the weekend’s action in the Premier League.
Liverpool vs Everton
A fiery start in the Merseyside Derby, with plenty of challenges going in early. Mane scores early for the home side after a brilliant run is finished with a beautiful shot to make it 1-0 in the 8th minute. Everton equalise in the 29th minute after Matthew Pennington slots the ball home from a corner to make it 1-1. Liverpool hit back almost immediately as they press The Toffees and they made them pay in the 31st minute as Coutinho puts the ball past Robles to make it 2-1. The second half started just as the first did, plenty of aggressive challenges. Liverpool added to lead in the 60th minute as substitute Divock Origi lashes a shot into the back of the net making it 3-1 and sealing the win.
This victory sends Jurgen Klopp’s men 3rd, whereas Everton’s loss leaves them sitting 7th. I had predicted Everton win 3-1. I got the scoreline right however, I got the team wrong.
Burnley vs Tottenham
Burnley’s strong resolves was surely tested in this one as they came up against an in form Tottenham side. The game was pretty even until Spurs finally found a breakthrough in the 66th minute through Eric Dier to make it 1-0. Spurs doubled their lead soon after, Son Heung-min in the 77th minute to make it 2-0 and guarantee the win for Tottenham.
A hard fought win sees Tottenham close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea to 7 points. Burnley slip down to 15th.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
In one of the biggest shocks of the season so far, Sam Allerdyce’s Crystal Palace stole what was a massive win. Chelsea started fast as they drew first blood in the 5th minute when Cesc Fabregas made it 1-0. Palace soon retaliated in the 9th minute when Wilfried Zaha struck to make it 1-1. The tide turned dramatically in the 11th minute. Christian Benteke scored a beautiful goal after some sublime passing on the counter, Benteke chipped Courtois to make it 2-1.
The loss for Chelsea sees them remain top of the League, however their lead is cut to just 7 points. Crystal Palace go 4 points clear of the relegation zone.
Hull City vs West Ham
West Ham got off to a positive start in the 18th minute, Andy Carroll scored to make it 1-0 right after he brings down a beautiful pass from Aaron Cresswell to slot home. Hull changed their approach after conceding and it paid off in the 53rd minute. Andrew Robertson equalised to make it 1-1. A dramatic end to the game saw Hull score a late winner as Andrea Ranocchia heads in from the corner to seal a 2-1 win.
The win for Marco Silva’s men sees them climb within a point of escaping the relegation zone. On the other hand, The Hammers slip down to 14th, if they aren’t careful they may be dragged into the relegation battle.
Leicester City vs Stoke
Craig Shakespeare’s Foxes continued their impressive run of form in this one. Leicester walked out 2-0 winners at home. Wilfried Ndidi scored in the 25th minute to make it 1-0. A revitalised Jamie Vardy sealed the victory and guaranteed the points for his side when he made it 2-0 in the 47th minute.
A victory for The Foxes sees their resurrection continue and brings them closer to safety. Leicester move upto 13th in the League whilst the loss keeps Stoke in 9th.
Manchester United vs West Brom
In a game that United absolutely dominated at Old Trafford, it took a heroic performance from Ben Foster to ensure a point for his team. The former United ‘keeper was on top form as he kept out everything United had to throw at him. West Brom did test De Gea late on as they forced him into a good save to keep the score level.
The draw didn’t really help either team and it was a very good defensive performance from West Brom. However, the harsh reality is that United just weren’t that good. United remain in 5th as they close in on the top 4. West Brom stay 8th.
Watford vs Sunderland
Watford brushed away a relegation threatened Sunderland side in a game they dominated. They had slightly more of the ball, but when they had the ball they were bombarding the Sunderland goal. They finally made their pressure count in the 59th minute when Miguel Britos headed in to make it 1-0.
Sunderland remain rooted at the bottom of the table following this latest defeat. Watford have moved upto 12th and are closing on a mid table finish.
Southampton vs Bournemouth
Southampton welcomed Bournemouth to the St Mary’s Stadium in this one. It turned out to be a very entertaining goalless draw. There was plenty of chances for both sides but neither could find a breakthrough leading to a full time 0-0 scoreline.
The draw didn’t effect either side. They remain 10th and 11th respectively.
Swansea vs Middlesborough
Both teams gave it everything in a desperate attempt to push away from the relegation zone. This one was a real 6 pointer. There was a number of chances both teams had to take the lead or even win it late one. However, no one found the breakthrough therefore giving us a 0-0 draw when it was all said and done.
Swansea remain in 17th just a point above the relegation zone as a result of the draw, however Middlesborough sit in 19th, 5 points from safety.
Arsenal vs Manchester City
A massive clash at the Emirates saw two of the most attacking teams in the League meet, it didn’t disappoint. City got off to a flyer as Leroy Sane got on the end of De Bruyne’s clearance and made it 1-0 in the 5th minute. Arsenal began to grow in the game as they pulled level in the 40th minute, when Theo Walcott manages to win a scrappy exchange and puts the ball past Caballero to make it 1-1. City hit back immediately some brilliant passing between their front 4 leads to Aguero making it 2-1 in the 42nd minute. Arsenal came from behind a second time to equalise, this time in the 53rd minute when Shkodran Mustafi heads home to make it 2-2.
A thoroughly entertaining game, both sides played some good football. City drop to 4th and Arsenal remain 6th.