Another weekend, another action-packaged thrillers of matches in the top flight. The season is definitely beginning to take shape already, and predictions for week 38 can start trickling in.
Here are the results from all 10 matchday 8 games:
Liverpool 0 – 0 Manchester United
Middlesbrough 0 – 1 Watford
Southampton 3 – 1 Burnley
Chelsea 3 – 0 Leicester
Arsenal 3 – 2 Swansea
Bournemouth 6 – 1 Hull
Man City 1 – 1 Everton
Stoke 2 – 0 Sunderland
West Brom 1 – 1 Tottenham
Crystal Palace 0 – 1 West Ham
The Red rivals ended proceedings for the matchday with their much-anticipated clash at Anfield. However, both teams couldn’t get the better of one another, eventually settling for the shares of the spoil. David Degea produced 2 spectacular saves to deny Liverpool, while it was largely quiet on the other end except for a Zlatan’s miss from a header.
On Sunday, Watford got all 3 points on the road against Middlesbrough, securing their 3rd win of the season in the process. The hosts have now picked up just a point in their 5 games, making Aitor Karanka one of the favorites to get the next sacking following Francesco Guidolin’s forced exit from Swansea prior to the last international break.
Southampton’s fortunes continued to rise, and despite wonderful saves from Tom Heaton in the first period, the Saints did get a way past the England international goalie in the 2nd half. Vokes pulled one back for the Football League Championship champions, but it was too little, too late.
Saturday saw the clash for the top positions on the table take different dimensions. Chelsea took Leicester to the cleaners with a solid 90-minute total dominance, and Conte’s 3-4-3 formation seems the answer to the Blues conundrum. Meanwhile everything continues to look gloomy for the defending champions having lost 4 games this term already.
Arsenal put their clash against Swansea to bed early enough with 2 quick first half goals, and despite all attempt by Bradley’s men to complete a comeback twice, the Gunners fought till the end even with a man down. The victory sees them level with Manchester City on the table following the Etihad’s outfit draw with Everton.
Romelu Lukaku got his 6th goal of the season at the Etihad after De Bruyne failed to put the hosts in the lead from the spot in the first half. Aguero also fluffed a 2nd penalty, but Nolito helped rescue Guardiola’s charges with a fine equalizer. And for the 7th week running, Manchester City top the log.
Title contenders Tottenham remain the only unbeaten side despite failing to capitalize on City’s draw to go top. Chadli looked to have secured all 3 points for West Brom before a goal at the death from Dele Alli ruined the party.
Bournemouth recorded their highest topflight victory ever by wrecking Hull at the Vitality Stadium. Mike Phelan’s life in charge of the Tigers officially started with an heavy loss, while the host’s total domination once again highlighted why many believe Eddie Howe will do a good job with the Three Lions due to his playing pattern.
Stoke finally got that win, and it came at the expense of Sunderland, courtesy of Joe Allen’s brace. David Moyes’ odds to get sacked next is definitely higher than that of the Black Cats not relegating at the end of the season.
Crystal Palace couldn’t continue their winning streak as an early strike from Lanzini handed West Ham their 2nd win of the season. No thanks to Benteke’s penalty miss.