The Premier League 10th round of fixtures went down thus :
Sunderland 1 – 4 Arsenal
Man Utd 0 – 0 Burnley
Middlesbrough 2 – 0 Bournemouth
Tottenham 1 – 1 Leicester
Watford 1 – 0 Hull
West Brom 0 – 4 Man City
Crystal Palace 2 – 4 Liverpool
Everton 2 – 0 West Ham
Southampton 0 – 2 Chelsea
Stoke 3 – 1 Swansea
The Gunners kicked off proceedings for the matchday with a visit to the Stadium of Light, and while their were nerves pointing to consecutive stalemate after Defoe restored parity from the spot following Sanchez’s 1st half opener, Wenger pulled off a great move. Giroud was brought on a sub, and 2 successive goals from the France international helped secured victory, while Sanchez added the 4th to also get a brace.
Manchester United couldn’t use midweek derby victory over City to inspire themselves as they failed to win a 5th consecutive league game. Burnley held Jose’s men at Old Trafford in a game that saw the Portuguese and Herrera sent off. The draw means United have picked up just 6 points in their last 6 league games.
Following their spirited draw against Arsenal last weekend, Middlesbrough stepped their game up as they got the better of Bournemouth. Goals from Gaston Ramírez and Downing put Howe’s men to the sword, and Karanka would be far more than relieved to have finally gotten his 2nd win of the season.
King of draws Tottenham, got their 5th draw of the season as a fighting Leicester side pulled themselves back with a goal from summer signing Ahmed
Musa, after Janssen had gotten off the mark in the EPL by converting from the spot. Pochettino can do with some Harry Kane at the moment no doubt. And his team are still unbeaten.
Watford further heaped woes on Mike Phelan’s Hull City, as the visiting Tigers were defeated for the 7th time this season. And all it took the hosts to win was an own goal from Hull’s captain Dawson, having diverted Amrabat’s cross into his own net.
Manchester City finally got a win after 6 games, and they did it in style away from home. Braces from Aguero and Gundogan condemned Tony Pulis’ side to a consecutive defeat. Guardiola is definitely at ease following the win that saw his side maintain their topmost position on the league on goal difference.
Crystal Palace lost a hard-fought battle at the Selhurst Park having pulled level twice against Liverpool. Goals from Can, Lovren, Matip and Firmino handed Klopp a vital victory as the Reds kept up with fellow frontrunners City and Arsenal to remain joint-top on the log.
On Sunday, Everton sank West Ham at the Goodison Park, as Lukaku hit his 50th EPL league goal and also assisted Barkley to keep a top 4 finish hope alive.
Southampton finally lost at home as goals from Hazard and Costa got the job done for Antonio Conte. Chelsea have now won 4 games on the bounce, and did not concede a goal in any.
On Monday night, Stoke wrapped up proceedings for matchday 10, as a brace from Bony and an own goal from Mawson made things worse for Swansea. Will Bradley be able to stop their rot?