Black Cats Catch a Break: Bournemouth 1 – 2 Sunderland
Something special happened for Sunderland on Saturday at Dean Court. Despite the Cherries getting in 22 shots and claiming 70% possession, they were defeated and the Black Cats got their first league win of the season. This despite being down to 10 men after Steven Pienaar was sent off in the 59th minute. Bournemouth had taken an early lead thanks to a goal from Gosling after 11 minutes, but Anichebe equalised in the 33rd and Defoe landed a penalty at the 74th minute. Moyes was over the moon, but Sunderland still need a miracle to salvage the season.
Burnley Break Some Crystal: Burnley 3 – 2 Crystal Palace
It was edge of your seat stuff at Turf Moor on Saturday as Burnley just snatched victory over Crystal Palace. Ashley Barnes, making only his second appearance of the season, got the winning goal in the 4th minute of injury time. Vokes had opened the scoring for Burnley in just the 2nd minute, with another following from Berg Gudmundsson in the 14th, whilst Palace had fought back with a goal from Wickham at the 60’ mark and a penalty from Benteke in the 81st minute. Burnley moved up to 9th and Palace dropped to 15th.
The Boro Thwart City: Man City 1 – 1 Middlesbrough
Pep Guardiola’s side were humiliated by Middlesbrough at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The league leaders dropped to second in the table after the Boro managed to equalise at the very last minute thanks to de Roon. Agüero had put City in the lead at the 43’ mark, but a careless and sloppy performance, especially in the second half, and illustrated when De Bruyne missed an undefended net, gave the visitors the confidence to keep fighting to the last.
Potters Contain the Hammers: West Ham 1 – 1 Stoke
Visiting Stoke nearly claimed victory over the Hammers at London Stadium, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw. It was West Ham that took the lead first, with a goal from Whelan in 65th minute, but the Potters’Kirkic equalised in the 75th. The Potters nearly got their late win thanks to a free kick by Charlie Adam, but it wasn’t to be. Hammers manager Slaven Bilic showed some initiative with his inspired substitutions, but their goalkeeper, Adrian, was all over the place and scuppered their chances. Both sides moved up one place, West Ham to 16th and Stoke to 11th.
Chelsea Chews up the Toffees: Chelsea 5 – 0 Everton
Chelsea trounced Everton at Stamford Bridge, with 2 goals from Hazard, and 1 each from Alonso, Diego Costa and Pedro. An aggressive Chelsea made sure Everton didn’t get a chance to get in even a single on-target shot, and Antonio Conte’s men so out-classed the visitors that many of the Toffee’s fans were heading home well before the final whistle. Chelsea ended the day at the top of the league table and, armed with Eden Hazard, they seem like a formidable force.
North London Deadlock: Arsenal 1 – 1 Tottenham
The north London derby at the Emirates Stadium ended in a draw, leaving Spurs as the only unbeaten team in the season. Despite Wenger’s men looking confident, and knowing that a win would put them at the top of the table, they just couldn’t break a strong Spurs defence, and their only chance of victory came courtesy of Spurs’ Wimmer, who scored an own goal in the 42nd minute. However, Kane got a penalty in the back of the net at the 51’ mark, putting an end to that hope.
Hope for Hull: Hull 2 – 1 Southampton
Hull City snatched victory from Southampton at the KC Stadium on Sunday. The Saints had taken an early lead after just 6 minutes thanks to an Austin penalty, but Snodgrass equalised almost an hour later at the 61st minute, and Dawson quickly followed suit, netting the winning goal just a couple of minutes later. Hull remain in the relegation zone, but their first Premier League win since August 20th will do much to boost the morale of Phelan’s side.
Reds Roast the Hornets: Liverpool 6 – 1 Watford
Klopp’s Reds stormed to the top of the league with a resounding victory over Watford at Anfield on Sunday. Watford looked totally outclassed as they struggled to find themselves under the Liverpool barrage. Liverpool’s goals came from Mané (2), Coutinho , Can, Firmino and Wijnaldum, with just a token reply from Watford’s Janmaat in the 75th minute. Perhaps Watford’s Walter Mazzarri should just be glad that the Reds didn’t make it a double-digit defeat.
United Sink the Swans: Swansea 1 – 3 Man Utd
Manchester United made easy work of a dejected Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. United were three up by half time thanks to one goal from Pogba and two from Ibrahimovic. Van der Hoorn salvaged some dignity for the home side with a goal in the 69th minute, but the Swans’ fans didn’t try to hide their disappointment. Jose Mourinho, still under a touchline ban and watching from the stands, must have been laughing inside as he heard the Swansea fans chant “we want our club back.”
The Baggies Punish the Foxes: Leicester 1 – 2 West Brom
West Bromwich beat current champions Leicester 2-1 at the King Power Stadium on Sunday. After an uneventful first half, the game kicked into gear with the Baggies’ Morrison opening the scoring in the 52nd minute, followed almost immediately by an equalizer for the Foxes from Slimani in the 55th. Phillips clinched the match in the 72nd, with his first goal of the season for West Brom, after capitalising on a glaring mistake by Foxe’s midfielder Danny Drinkwater. Leicester, still trying to find their inspiration, fell to 14th in the league table, while West Brom climbed to 11th.