- The Cityzens put on a show against Stoke
- Liverpool held to a draw by the Red Devils
- Wilfried Zaha leads Palace to shock win over Chelsea and more…
The top flight division in England is back after two weeks of international break and it promises to be action packed as usual. The two sides in Manchester are still battling for the right to be the best in England this season. City are currently ahead with a two point advantage over United after their impressive display during the weekend. Can they go all the way? Will we see a shift of power in the coming weeks? Let us take you through the action during in the last match day.
Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United
The biggest derby in the Premier League between Liverpool and Manchester United ended in a draw but was not short of excitement for the home fans.
Liverpool ended up dominating proceedings from the off with 62% possession and 19 attempts of which five were on target. Manchester United however managed 38% possession and only 1 shot on target.
This goes to show how Jose Mourinho’s men were forced to defend from start to finish. The Red Devils place 2nd on the log and Liverpool places 8th.
Crystal Palace 2-1 Chelsea
The defending champions suffered a shock defeat in the hands on bottom placed Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
The hosts had not scored a single goal in the top flight before their encounter with the Blues this season. The Eagles went ahead with the help of an own goal from Cesar Azpilicueta in the 11th minute.
The goal ended a 640 minute run of failure to find the net for Roy Hodgson’s side. Antonio Conte’s men responded well 7 minutes later with Tiemoue Bakayoko heading in a delivery from Cesc Fabregas.
Wilfried Zaha settled matters in the 45th minute, finding a way past Thibaut Courtois from close range. Chelsea places 5th and Palace places 20th.
Manchester City 7-2 Stoke City
The Cityzens carried on their red hot form with another massive win during the weekend. Their opponents this time were the Potters at the Etihad stadium.
Gabriel Jesus showed his tenacity to open the scoring for Pep Guardiola’s men inside 17 minutes. Raheem Sterling then made it two, finishing off an excellent passage of play from his team mates in the 19th minute.
David Silva then increased the lead to three in the 27th minute, converting from close range. The deficit was reduced to two before the half time whistle with Diouf’s shot finding its way into the net.
The lead was then cut down to one after Kyle Walker put the ball into his own net just two minutes after the restart. The Cityzens regained control of the game through Gabriel Jesus’ strike, grabbing his brace in the 55th minute.
Fernandinho got into the act right on the hour mark with a powerful effort from 25 yards. Leroy Sane made it six on the day for his side with a tap in from an inch perfect ball from Kevin De Bruyne in the 62nd minute.
Bernado Silva then ended the match as a contest in the 72nd minute with the help of Sterling’s feed. City places 1st on the log and stoke places 17th.
Watford 2-1 Arsenal
Arsene Wenger’s men relinquished their lead earlier in the game and ended the match with a defeat to Watford at Vicarage road.
Per Mertesacker was the first name on the score sheet during the encounter, heading one in from a corner in the 39th minute.
Troy Deeney then converted a controversial penalty to make it 1-1 after Richarlison went down in the box due to Bellerin’s challenge.
The tide was then turned in the 92nd minute and it was Tom Cleverley who found the net for Marco Silva’s side to claim the win. Arsenal places 6th on the table and Watford places 4th.
Tottenham 1-0 Bournemouth
Spurs were dominant in their fixture and grabbed the victory against a struggling Bournemouth side at Wembley stadium. The possession stats read 73% for the hosts and 27% for the Cherries.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men had 18 attempts on goal with 6 finding the target on the day which goes to show their dominance in the fixture.
Christian Eriksen found a way past Asmir Begovic in the 47th minute to seal Tottenham’s first Premier League home win of the season. Tottenham places 3rd after the result and Bournemouth places 19th.
Southampton 2-2 Newcastle
The Saints came back from two goals down to earn a draw at St. Mary’s stadium against Newcastle United.
Isaac Hayden produced a special goal from 25 yards to give the visitors the lead in the 20th minute. Gabbiadini got the equalizer for the home team just four minutes after the restart.
The Magpies regained their lead two minutes later through Ayoze Perez. The Spaniard found a way past Forster after his initial attempt was saved.
Manolo Gabbiadini converted a penalty in the 79th minute to bring the scores level again. Southampton places 11th after the result and Newcastle places 9th.
Leicester City 1-1 West Brom
The 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City left it late to salvage a 1-1 draw when they faced West Bromwich Albion at the King Power stadium on Monday.
Nacer Chadli’s sumptuous free kick gave the away side the advantage three minutes after the hour mark.
Chadli’s strike was his first since February this year. Riyad Mahrez provided a suitable reply with 10 minutes left to the final whistle, converting from close range.
The last time he found the net was against Watford in May this year. The result leaves Leicester City in 18th place and West Brom in 10th place.