The international break had its heavy toll on a couple of EPL players, and that told on the performances of their teams.
However, the weekend still offered so much excitement as anticipated, and here are the results from all 10 fixtures.
Man. United 1 – 1 Arsenal
Crystal Palace 1 – 2 Man. City
Everton 1 – 1 Swansea City
Southampton 0 – 0 Liverpool
Stoke City 0 – 1 Bournemouth
Sunderland 3 – 0 Hull City
Watford 2 – 1 Leicester City
Tottenham 3 – 2 West Ham
Middlesbrough 0 – 1 Chelsea
West Bromwich 4 – 0 Burnley
Manchester United and Arsenal clashed in the battle of the titans midday on Saturday, and both had to share the spoil, though United should have taken all 3 points. More details here.
City visited Selhurst Park later in the day, and the returning Yaya Toure grabbed the headlines for all the right reasons. Having been ostracized from the team since August, his inclusion in the lineup was a surprise, but he was the hero of the day as his brace secured all 3 points for the visitors as the hosts threatened a comeback.
Swansea nearly got a shocking win at the Goodison Park after Gylfi Sigurðsson put the visitors ahead from the spot. However, Bradley was made to wait for his first win after Coleman got the equalizer for Koeman’s side with his first shot of the day.
Elsewhere, Southampton and Liverpool played the only goalless of the day as the Reds squandered a lot of their chances at the Saint Mary’s. Surely, the impact of the break prevented the Reds from being at their best.
Stoke City failed to continue their unbeaten run of the past 4 games as a solid Bournemouth side secured all 3 points at their expense at the Bet 365 Stadium courtesy of a Nathan Ake’s header. The Chelsea loanee ensured Howe’s side recorded a win having failed to do so in their last 3 games.
Sunderland’s rise continued against Hull City as a solo strike from Defoe and an Anichebe brace secured Moyes his 2nd win of the season. The goals were historical too, as the England international bagged his 150th EPL career goal, while the ex Nigeria international’s brace was his first since 2006.
Leicester City’s poor run continued as Watford condemned the defending champions to their 6th defeat of the season. An early goal in the 33rd second of the game from Capoue served as a big blow, while Pereyra increased the lead some 11 minutes later.
Though Mahrez put the visitors back from the spot almost immediately, it wasn’t enough to see them complete a comeback.
The best was saved for the last as the London Derby between West Ham and Tottenham was the most exhilarating game of the day. The Hammers were 2 – 1 up until the 89th minute when Kane pounced on a rebound to draw Spurs level.
But the damage wasn’t done yet, and Nordtveit fouled Son in the box to gift the visitors a very late penalty. And Kane wasted no time taking his goal tally to 5
On Sunday, Chelsea went on top of the table after a spirited win over Boro. Costa’s strike was enough to hand the Blues all 3 points and a 6th consecutive victory.
It was the first time Chelsea named the same starting XI for 5 EPL games in a row. Guess it’s true when they say, if it isn’t broken it doesn’t need fixing.
Monday night football saw an inspired West Brom side put 4 unreplied goals past Burnley, and it might have been more if Heaton hadn’t make 2 superb safes to keep the hosts from running riot.