The weekend offered a lot of quality football as the 11th round of EPL fixtures came to an end, and here is how it all went down.
Bournemouth 1 – 2 Sunderland
Burnley 3 – 2 Crystal Palace
Man City 1 – 1 Middlesbrough
West Ham 1 – 1 Stoke
Chelsea 5 – 0 Everton
Arsenal 1- 1 Tottenham
Hull 2 – 1 Southampton
Liverpool 6 – 1 Watford
Swansea 1- 3 Man Utd
Leicester 1 – 2 West Brom
On Saturday, Sunderland finally got that long-awaited win, with goals from Anichebe and Defoe condemning Bournemouth to their 5th win of the season. Moyes have seemingly bought himself some time, though his side are still far from leaving the relegation zone.
Burnley overcame a comeback scare against Crystal Palace at the Turf Moor. Goals from Vokes and Gudmundsson had put the hosts ahead within 15 minutes of play.
But it all seemed to have gone down the drain with 10 minutes to go as Palace got 2 goals via Wickham and Benteke. An injury-time winner from Barnes however made sure the hosts secured all 3 points and their 4th win of the season.
Manchester City were close to maintaining their number 1 spot until an equalizer at the death by Boro via a Moon’s header snatched 2 points from them. It’s the first time since week 2 that the Cityzens are off the top spot.
West Ham failed to reply with a win following their loss against Everton last week, as they could only share the spoils with a resilient Stoke City side. Antonio’s header put the hosts ahead and it might have been enough until Adrian unnecessarily rushed out of his line to make a clearance, only for him to gift Bojan an equalizer.
Chelsea cruised to a 5th straight Premier League win as they put 5 unreplied goals to make light work of Everton’s defence. It’s now 16 goals for and no goal(s) against the Blues, and their fine form at both ends of the pitch is more than applaudable. Convinced now Ferguson?
On Sunday, north London rivals Arsenal, and Tottenham played out a draw – the 3rd in as many Premier League fixtures since last season. An own goal from Kevin Wimmer after he headed Mesut Ozil’s freekick beyond Iloris’ reach put the hosts ahead until the restart. But it wasn’t long until Koscielny tripped Dembele after play resumed. And the returning Kane converted his spot kick to share the points.
Hull finally got that 3rd win at the expense of Southampton at the KCOM Stadium. Goals from Snodgrass and Dawson helped the relegation zoned hosts complete a comeback after Austin had put the Saints ahead after 6 minutes of play. However, the win wasn’t enough for Phelan’s side to leave their current 18th position.
Liverpool’s ruthlessness in front of goal continued as Watford were at the receiving end of 6 goals, with Mane, Coutinho, Can Firmino, Wijnaldum all getting on the scoresheet for the hosts. Janmaat pulled a consolation back for Walter Mazzarri’s men, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Reds from going top of the table.
Manchester United got back to winnings way with Zlatan Ibrahimovic breaking the duck to bag a brace alongside a Pogba strike, easing the pressure on the Red Devils. Swansea couldn’t do much to contain the visitors, and remain 2nd to last on the log.
Defending champions fell at the King Power Stadium to Pulis’ West Brom side, as the visitors smashed their home record of 20 games undefeated. Slimani had put them back into the game following a Morrison opener, only for Phillips to secure their fate with the winner, leaving Leicester with 3 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses.