- Salah at the double in Liverpool’s splendid victory
- City’s dominance continues after another positive result
- Alvaro Morata the hero against Manchester United and more….
The form of Manchester City is something on the minds of fans and pundits as we head into the international break. Ten victories and one draw in eleven games is no small feat and it is something that Pep Guardiola will surely be elated about. Will they keep this up or crumble to dust after the break? Let us take you through all the action last weekend.
Stoke City 2-2 Leicester City
The first fixture in the weekend between the Potters and the Foxes ended with points shared at the Bet 365 stadium.
Iborra pounced on a failed clearance by the Stoke defense to grab his first ever goal for Leicester in the 33rd minute. Xherdan Shaqiri curled one into the far post to make it all square in the 39th minute.
Riyad Mahrez put the visitors back in the driving seat with a drilled effort in the 60th minute and Peter Crouch levelled matters for the hosts with a header from Shaqiri’s set piece in the 73rd minute. Stoke places 14th on the standings and Leicester places 12th.
Swansea 0-1 Brighton
The Seagulls ran away with all three points in their match against the Swans at the Liberty stadium on Saturday afternoon. Glenn Murray was the man on the day for the visitors with a close range finish just before the half hour mark.
Murray is also going through a form of his life at the moment after finding the net in three consecutive Premier League encounters.
The home side have plenty to worry about this season as they have now lost five out of six top flight division fixtures at home. Paul Clement will surely try to turn things around for his team. Swansea places 19th and Brighton places 8th so far.
West Ham 1-4 Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp’s men put on a counter attacking show in their match against struggling West Ham at the London stadium on Saturday.
Mohammed Salah was put through on goal by Sadio Mane and the Egyptian speedster made no mistake in giving the Reds the lead in the 21st minute.
Joel Matip turned the ball in from close range to make it two three minutes later. Manuel Lanzini latched onto a great ball from Andre Ayew and powered his attempt past Simon Mignolet to signal the possibility of a comeback in the 55th minute.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got his first Premier League goal for Liverpool to restore the two goal advantage one minute later.
Mohammed Salah then put the result beyond all doubt with a powerful effort in the 75th minute. Liverpool moves up to 5th place and the Hammers find themselves in 18th place.
Everton 3-2 Watford
After going through a horrible period of failure and sacking Ronald Koeman, Everton have finally gotten a win to lift the mood of their fans at the Goodison Park.
The goals started coming after the break and it was Richarlison who gave Watford the lead a minute after the restart. Christian Kabasele doubled the advantage for the Hornets, leaving the home fans with their heads in their hands in the 64th minute.
The injury to Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes proved to be the turning point for the Toffees late on.
Oumar Niasse rounded the substitute goalkeeper and slotted it home to reduce the lead to just one in the 67th minute. Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed one in from a set piece to make it all square in the 74th minute.
There was one final twist in the tale in stoppage time. The hosts were awarded a penalty after Jose Holebas was adjudged to have fouled Aaron Lennon and Leighton Baines calmly converted to the complete the comeback. Everton places 15th after the win and Watford places 9th.
Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace
Spurs labored in their fixture against the Eagles on Sunday but ran out 1-0 winners after the final whistle was blown at Wembley stadium.
Son Heung-Min’s curled effort from the edge of the 18 yard box right after the hour mark separated the two sides on the day.
Spurs are now finding their feet in their new home ground after a defeat to Chelsea and a goalless draw with Swansea City.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have now secured 3 victories on the trot in the league (Bournemouth, Liverpool and Palace). Tottenham places 3rd on the log and Palace places 20th after 11 game weeks.
Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
The Blues came out on top in their encounter with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Alvaro Morata skillfully directed Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross with his head into the net to separate the two sides in the 55th minute.
The connection between Cesar and Morata is one to look out for this season as 71.43% of Morata’s strikes have come from Azpilicueta’s feeds.
Antonio Conte will be glad with the response from his side after that humiliating defeat to Roma in the Champions League. Chelsea now places 4th and Manchester United places 2nd.
Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal
The league leaders Manchester City were fairly comfortable victors in their fixture against the Gunners at the Etihad stadium on Sunday. Kevin De Bruyne drilled his effort past Petr Cech to become the first name on the score sheet inside 19 minutes.
Sergio Aguero converted a spot kick in the 50th minute to make it two for the hosts after Raheem Sterling was fouled by Monreal.
Alexandre Lacazette slid his effort through the legs of Ederson to cut down the deficit to one in the 65th minute.
Gabriel Jesus controversially tapped in David Silva’s pass to restore the two goal lead for the noisy neighbours. The Cityzens sit comfortably on top of the standings whilst the Gunners move down to 6th place.