No Break for the Champions
Leicester saw their fourth consecutive away defeat, courtesy of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, on Saturday. The Blues took the match 3-0, with Costa scoring after just seven minutes, and goals following from Hazard at the 30’ mark and Moses at 80’. Leicester confined Mahrez to the bench for the first time in thirty-six league games, and the Foxes were clearly struggling to cope with an aggressive home side. It looks like rumours of Conte’s demise may be premature as Chelsea moved up to sixth in the league table and Leicester tumbled to an unlucky thirteenth.
Open Season on the Tigers
Bournemouth hunted down the Tigers on Saturday, slaughtering Hull City 6-1 at the Vitality Stadium. The third home win in a row for the Cherries, and sixth winless game for the visitors, saw Daniels open the scoring for Bournemouth after just five minutes. Cook added to the tally at 41’, Stanislas found the back of the net at 45’ and 65’, Wilson followed suit at 83’ and Gosling put the final nail in the Tiger’s coffin at 88.’ Mason managed to salvage something for the visitors at the 34’ mark, but it was a humiliating defeat for Phelan’s side. This week saw Phelan take on the role of full-time manager at Hull, and his task already looks monumental, needing to overhaul the Tiger’s defence badly, and bring some real coherency to his team’s efforts.
Swans Show Some Spirit
The Gunners defeated Swansea 3-0 in a tough fight at Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Walcott put Arsenal in the lead at the 26’ mark, and then cemented it at 33’ with another goal. The Swans put up a spirited defence and Sigurdsson led the fight back scoring at 38.’ However, Ozil secured another for the home side at 57’, which, despite a red card for Xhaka, and another on-target shot for the visitors courtesy of Baston at 66’, was enough to settle things. Bradley’s team were left languishing nineteenth in the league table after the match, but the American’s players did show some promising spirit; so it maybe too early to write them off. Arsenal, on the other hand, were left sitting at number two in the table.
Saturday’s match at Selhurst Park may not have been the most inspiring to watch, but West Ham’s victory over the home side, beating Crystal Palace 1-0, did see the Hammers move out of the relegation zone. Lanzini’s goal at 19’ was enough to secure West Ham’s first win in six Premier League matches. There was some drama when Cresswell earned two bookings in less than a minute, and the Hammers keeper saved a header from Wickham in injury time, but overall it was a lacklustre performance from both sides. Nevertheless, the result will be welcomed by Bilic, and Hammers supporters will be hoping it is the start of a turnaround.
Allen does it for the Potters
Stoke claimed their first win of the season, thanks to two goals from Joe Allen, beating bottom side Sunderland 2-0 at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday. Allen’s head found a cross from Arnautovic in the eighth minute, and then he got an 18-yard shot on target just before half time. The visitors saw some inspiring play from keeper Jordan Pickford, who blocked Bony’s efforts, and from Defoe, who made a convincing attempt on the goal – but was blocked by Shawcross. Sunderland are in trouble and manager David Moyes must be feeling the pressure as they sit at the very bottom of the league table, having earned a miserable two points from eight games.
City Frustration at Etihad
Saturday also saw Manchester City and Everton draw 1-1 at the Etihad Stadium. Lakaku almost made it a victory for the visitors with a goal in the 64th minute, but Nolito salvaged things at the 72’ mark. Maarten Stekelenburg saved two penalties for Everton, and City boss Guardiola was evidently frustrated watching his side dominate the game but fail to find the net more than once thanks to a formidable Everton defence. At the end of the day, City were still enjoying the view from the top of the table whilst Everton had fallen to sixth.
The Baggies thought things were going their way for a while, at the Hawthorns on Saturday, as they took the lead against Spurs thanks to Chadli in the 82nd minute. But Alli brought West Brom back down to earth with an equaliser at 89’. With a final score of 1-1 Tottenham remain unbeaten and just two points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, whilst West Bromwich fell to tenth.
On Sunday Watford beat Middlesbrough 1-0 thanks to a goal from Holebas at 54,’ meaning Watford moved up. Boro were left hovering just above the relegation zone, in seventeenth place. The other Sunday fixture say Southampton take advantage of a poor Burnley defence, beating the visitors 3-1 at St. Mary’s Stadium. Two goals from Austin and one from Redmond staked up against a solitary Burnley goal from Vokes. The result saw Southampton climb to eighth in the league, while Burnley remained at fourteenth.
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