The excitement hit an all time high over the weekend with the thrilling matches that played out in the EPL. Late goals, few goals and no goals. All 20 teams had their fair share of returns in front of goal as only 20 goals were managed all through the 10 fixtures played over Friday through Sunday.
Everton 1 – 1 Crystal Palace
Swansea 1 – 2 Liverpool
Hull 0 – 2 Chelsea
Sunderland 1 – 1 West Brom
Watford 2 – 2 Bournemouth
West Ham 1 – 1 Middlesbrough
Manchester United 1 – 1 Stoke
Leicester 0 – 0 Southampton
Tottenham 2 – 0 Man City
Burnley 0 – 1 Arsenal
Palace’s bouts of comebacks continued on Friday night, and it was Benteke who was at the end of it again. The former Liverpool striker headed his side back into the game at Goodison Park to secure them a point. Lukaku had put his side in front in the first half, but a lack of finishing in the final third afterwards from the hosts came back to haunt them in the end.
Another comeback was recorded on Saturday as Liverpool’s fine form continued. Fer grabbed an early goal for the Welsh hosts, and the lead was maintained into the 2nd period. However, the Reds attacking quality came to fore once again as Firmino placed a fine header to get the equalizer. Later on, Milner proved his danger in front of goal from the spot to hand Klopp well-deserved 3 points.
Chelsea finally ended their losing streak in the league with a win as Willian and Costa sealed an important victory at the KCOM Stadium. The victory means their title ambition is back on track, and they would hope to build on that positive result when play resumes after the international break.
Sunderland battled from a goal down against West Brom thanks to Van Aanholt’s 83rd minute strike. And although it wasn’t enough to turn results around, it came handy to give them their 2nd point of the season. Moyes’ search for a win continues after the break.
Watford pulled off a string of comebacks to secure a point at home having fallen behind to Bournemouth twice in the game. Clinical displays from Eddie Howe’s men had threatened to hand Mazzarri a defeat, but a spirited fight from his team meant both sides had to share the points.
West Ham’s loss was almost made 6 by the former Championship side after Stuani’s goal put them in front after the break. However, Payet rescued the day with a superb goal (orchestrated by a solo run) worthy of a goal-of-the-season nomination.
United were left to rue their many missed chances against Mark Hughes men as a late goal from Joe Allen, after Degea spilled a shot denied the hosts all 3 points. Pogba and Zlatan were guilty of missing clearcut chances within the opening minutes of the game, and Martial’s goal looked to have spared their blushes. But in what was a poor attacking display, United had to settle for a deserved draw.
Leicester’s league struggles continued against the Saints as both sides couldn’t muster any meaningful attacking threats. It was the only game of matchday 7 that failed to produce a goal, and the 2nd goalless affair of the season.
Arsenal secured crucial 3 points at the death to put Burnley to the sword at Turf Moor. The hosts played with 9 men behind the ball, and their defensive game plan looked to have earned them a point until a Koscielny header, the last touch of the game put them down.
Guardiola tasted his first defeat in charge of City at the hands of Mauricio Pochettino boys. Tottenham wrapped up their victory early in the first half with goals from Kolarov and Alli. The margin threatened to increase after the England international was fouled by Fernandinho in the 2nd half. Lamela failed to convert from the spot, but City couldn’t capitalize, with Iheanacho and Aguero firing blanks.