Matchday 9 was probably the most exciting weekend the English Premier League has seen so far this season, as almost every result from each game left us bewildered and in disbelief.
Here are those results :
Bournemouth 0 – 0 Tottenham
Arsenal 0 – 0 Middlesbrough
Burnley 2 – 1 Everton
Hull 0 – 2 Stoke
Leicester 3 – 1 Crystal Palace
Swansea 0 – 0 Watford
West Ham 1 – 0 Sunderland
Liverpool 2 – 1 West Brom
Man City 1 – 1 Southampton
Chelsea 4 – 0 Man Utd
On Saturday, Tottenham laboured to another draw – their 4th of the season at the Vitality stadium against Bournemouth, and despite still undefeated this season, they languish way down in 5th position.
Their fellow north Londoners Arsenal, also failed to take advantage in establishing themselves as league leaders following their stalemate against Middlesbrough at the Emirates.
The goalies at both ends Valdes, and Cech put in great displays to keep the opposition attacks at bay. Arsenal almost snatched another victory at the death for the 3rd time this season, only for the lineman to rightly rule Ozil offside.
Hull’s woes continued as a Shaqiri brace condemned them to their 6th defeat of the season. The visitor’s victory however saw them snatch their 2nd of the season, moving them 2 points clear relegation zone.
Leicester City were on fire to hand Crystal Palace a defeat at the King Power Stadium. Goals from Musa, Okazaki and Fuchs got the job done for the defending champions in what was their best performance since their title defence started. Crystal Palace attempted to come back after Cabaye got a goal, but it was too little, too late.
Bradley’s search for his first ever EPL win continues as Swansea could only play another goalless draw – the 3rd of the day against the visiting Watford. With just 5 points gotten in 9 games, the Welsh club continues to stare relegation right in the face.
West Ham’s turnaround continued as an injury time winner from the unlikeliest of sources got them the only goal of the game against the struggling Sunderland. Centre back Winston Reid coolly slotted in his winning strike after a corner kick was cleared into his path outside the box.
Liverpool wrapped up Saturday’s fixtures just as early as they kicked it off. Goals from Mane and Coutinho sealed victory in the first half, and despite West Brom’s attempt to complete a comeback after a goal got them back into the game, the Reds outclassed them. Klopp’s men are now joint league leaders with Manchester City and Arsenal, with the trio having won 6 drawn 2 and lost 1.
On Sunday, Guardiola’s charges poor run continued as they battled from a goal down to secure a point at home against Southampton. A back pass from John Stones gifted Nathan Redmond the opportunity to put the Saints into the lead, and the England youth international calmly rounded Bravo to get the goal.
Iheanacho however saved the day, as the Nigeria international converted Sane’s assist to spare Manchester City’s blushes. The Etihad outfit are without a win in their last 5 games, and these trying times will worry Pep after he started life in charge at the club with 10 consecutive victories.
Chelsea made a mockery of Manchester United’s mega squad with a 4 nil shellacking. More details here