- Chelsea puts four past Stoke City
- Man City with a five star performance at the Etihad
- Tottenham claim victory in five goal thriller and more…..
The nerve racking spectacle in the English Premier league continues. The fight for biggest seat at the table between the Manchester Clubs is still ongoing with City only ahead on goal difference. What should we expect in the coming fixtures? Will United or City win it in the end? Will Chelsea overtake them? Can Liverpool challenge the others for it? Let us take you through the action last weekend.
Southampton 0-1 Manchester United
The Red Devils stretched their unbeaten run to six games with a single goal win over Southampton at St. Mary’s during the weekend. Romelu Lukaku got the job done in the 20th minute, rebounding his initial attempt which was saved by Fraser Forster.
Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands in the dying minutes of the game but he should be happy with the result. United have kept 5 clean sheets in the league this season, the most attained by any Premier League team.
The run can go on for a long time with the way United are playing so far. Southampton places 11th and Manchester United places 2nd.
Everton 2-1 Bournemouth
Ronald Koeman’s men got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over out of form Bournemouth. Joshua King got the lead for the away side in the 49th minute, finding the net from 20 yards out.
Oumar Niasse cancelled that out from the bench in the 77th minute, finishing off a pass from Tom Davies. Niasse then crowned his impressive performance with a well-deserved brace, finding the net from close range in the 82nd minute.
The result will be a heavy sigh of relief for Koeman after a period of mixed results. Bournemouth however will wonder where it is going wrong for them with only a win so far this season (1W 5L).
Eddie Howe will surely be under pressure to turn things around. Everton places 14th and Bournemouth places 19th.
Leicester City 2-3 Liverpool
Liverpool finally got all three points against 2016 champions Leicester after some poor form recently. Mohammed Salah was the first name on the score sheet in the encounter, converting his opportunity from Coutinho’s pass in the 15th minute.
Coutinho made his presence known in the match with a brilliantly taken free kick to double the advantage in the 23rd minute.
Shinji Okazaki gave the home fans a glimmer of hope just before the break, finding the net from close range. The visitors extended the lead again through Jordan Henderson in the 68th minute.
The Englishman finished off a smart counter attack to take the game away from Shakespeare’s men.
The Foxes clawed back into the game again one minute later through Jamie Vardy’s header but wasn’t enough to get a result. The Reds place 5th and Leicester places 17th.
West Ham 2-3 Tottenham
Spurs continued their fine form with yet another win away from home during the weekend. They beat West Ham by 3 goals to 2 when all was said and done.
Harry Kane headed in the first goal of the encounter in the 34th minute. The prolific Englishman then got his brace with a low strike four minutes later.
Christian Eriksen made it three in the 60th minute, firing one past Joe Hart. Javier Hernandez reduced the deficit to two with a close range finish in the 65th minute.
The away side had to play with a man down in the 70th minute after Serge Aurier was dismissed for a second bookable offence. Cheikhou Kouyate gave the home supporters more reason to cheer after beating Hugo Lloris 87th minute.
The pressure was not enough in the end and Tottenham took all three points. The Hammers place 18th in the standings and Tottenham places 4th.
Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace
Pep Guardiola’s men showed their superiority at the Etihad when they faced Crystal Palace during the weekend. The score line in the end was 5-0. Leroy Sane showed an incredible piece of skill to put City ahead in the 44th minute.
Raheem Sterling made it two for the hosts, converting Sane’s cross in the 51st minute. Sterling then got his brace eight minutes later, finishing off Sergio Aguero’s pullback.
Aguero headed in Leroy Sane’s cross to make it four for the home side in the 79th minute and Fabian Delph ended the match as a contest with his finish coming in the 89th minute. City places 1st and Palace places 20th.
Stoke City 0-4 Chelsea
The Blues performed brilliantly to claim maximum points in their encounter against Stoke at the bet 365 stadium. Alvaro Morata raised the curtain inside just two minutes, placing his effort past Butland with the help of Azpilicueta’s feed.
Pedro Rodriguez capitalized on a mistake by Darren Fletcher to make it two for the visitors in the 30th minute. Morata capped a brilliant run from the halfway line with a smart finish to grab his brace in the 77th minute.
The Spaniard then found the net from the six yard box to complete his hat trick in the 82nd minute. Chelsea places 3rd and Stoke places 15th.
Arsenal 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
The Gunners came out on top against West Bromwich Albion in their fixture at the Emirates Stadium on Monday.
Alexandre Lacazette put the hosts ahead in the 20th minute, heading one in from close range after Sanchez’s initial attempt was saved by Ben Foster.
Lacazette got his brace from the penalty spot after Aaron Ramsey was brought down by Nyom in the 67th minute.
Arsene Wenger will be happy with the result with a Europa League fixture coming soon and more top flight division fixtures ahead. Arsenal places 7th on the table and West Brom places 12th.