English Premier League is bracing up to the festive season with some midweek clashes. We go straight into the action review.
Everton 2 – 1 Arsenal
Arsenal missed their chance to go top of the table as Everton came from behind to secure a 2-1 win. For Ronald Koeman’s side, this is their first victory since October and a much needed one! Alexis Sanchez gave the Gunners an early lead but Seamus Coleman and Ashley Williams gave the Toffees a crucial win. Phil Jagielka was sent off in the dying minutes but the hosts held on.
Chelsea produced evidence of why they are strong candidates to be Champions this season when they capped a brilliant comeback to defeat direct rivals Manchester City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium. Gary Cahill’s own goal gave the hosts an advantage in this crucial clash but goals from Diego Costa, Willian and Eden Hazard shocked the home supporters into silence.
MAcn City v Chelsea and End-to-end action game
Antonio Conte recalled Cesc Fabregas to the line-up as Chelsea tried to cement their spot at the top of the Premier League. The match started on expected lines as end-to-end action saw both sides keep the spectators on the edge of the seat. There were chances at both ends as the two title hopefuls gave glimpses of their attacking intent which took them to the top of the league.
But it was an own goal that opened the scoring. A Jesus Navas cross was acrobatically volleyed into the net by Cahill – a wonderful goal in a wrong net. It was a cruel end to the first half but that was just the beginning of things for the Blues.
A transformed second half!
Chelsea came quick off the blocks after the break and it was that magical Fabregas-Costa combination that brought them back on level terms. Starting a match for just the second time this season, the Spaniard played a stunning long ball helping Costa score his 11th goal of the campaign.
City tried to restore their lead but the midfield of Chelsea is one of the best this season. The frustrations of the home side got bigger when the Blues went ahead 20 minutes from time through a counter-attack. Willian – who replaced Pedro – scored a beautiful goal to put the visitors into lead.
A fiery end to a great match
Hazard added gloss to the score line for the Blues as he scored from another counter attack to put the game beyond City. There were dramatic scenes to end the fiery contest though as a high lunge from Sergio Aguero on David Luiz was bad enough to get him a red card. That resulted in an ugly skirmish which saw Fernandinho get a red card too.
The reactions from City were probably from a tackle earlier in the game from Luiz on Aguero but that incident shouldn’t take anything away from what was a wonderful game from the Blues. It’s still early days but on current form – against Tottenham and now against City – they look Champion material!
What a weekend we had in English Premier League – tight games, touch matches, late goals, dropped points…there was so much action everywhere. We look back at what transpired on Matchday 14.
Manchester City 1 – 3 Chelsea
In a clash of the top, Chelsea underlined its growing ascendancy by condemning Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to a 3-1 loss at home. It was a feisty encounter which ended with City receiving two red cards – Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho. The Blues now look huge favorites to win the title while City have a lot to look at.
Chelsea versus Tottenham hotspur
There is something about Chelsea and Antonio Conte this season. After a tough initiation and a change of formation to back-three, the Blues have gone from strength to strength. And this weekend they added another scalp to return to the top of the table. The 2-1 win for Chelsea is the first loss this season for Tottenham although it also meant a first goal conceded by the Blues after 601 minutes.
Is Saturday was all about last-gasp goals and tight encounters, Sunday action in English Premier League gave a glimpse of close matches. We look back at what happened on Sunday.
Watford 0 – 1 Stoke City
For all they say about Watford, they always punch above their weight. Before this round, they were trailing Manchester United – obviously a team of huge financial resources – by just one point. But their good form didn’t help them as a Heurelho Gomes’ error gifted an away victory for Stoke City. The Potters have been in such bad form that this is nothing short of an early Christmas present for them. For the Hornets, it’s a missed chance at putting a genuine claim for the top-six.
English Premier League had a wonderful weekend after all games witnessed at least one goal. We look back at the action in two posts, covering Saturday and Sunday.
Burnley 1 – 2 Manchester City
Manchester City once again showed that they can win dirty by scoring a vital win against Burnley. The hosts took a shocking lead early on but couldn’t hold on to it after the Citizens went relentless with their pressure. Sergio Aguero scored a brace for the visitors helping them score back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since September.
It was as if there wasn’t any break at all! The international break didn’t seem to affect English Premier League teams at all as the intensity and goals were the same as ever, this weekend. Bettingxpert.com look back at the actions.
Sunderland 3 – 0 Hull City
For so long, David Moyes was desperate for a win, and now he has two in two. A brace from Victor Anichebe and one from Jermain Defoe (his 150th Premier League goal) lifted Sunderland off the bottom of the table. They now are just two points from moving out of the relegation zone. Ironically, their visitors this weekend Hull City are the ones who are just above them.
Crystal Palace v Manchester City: Yaya Toure returns
If ever there is a fairy tale, then it is this! The forgotten man of Manchester City Yaya Toure was reinstated to the starting XI after receiving an apology and the midfielder responded by scoring a brace. His goals helped City defeat Crystal Palace 2-1 in a tense encounter and keep in touch with League leaders Liverpool. The Reds were not so lucky and had to endure a frustrating 0-0 stalemate at Southampton. Both these sides would keep an eye on Chelsea who will take the field on Sunday against Middlesbrough.
Man UTD v Arsenal: Giroud saves the day with a last minute goal
Jose Mourinho was minutes away from extending his dominance over Arsene Wenger. Wish football was predictable! Oliver Giroud came off the bench to link with another substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and save the blushes for the Gunners. In the end, the 1-1 result was a heartbreak for the Red Devils who were more desperate for a win than their visitors.
The race to the title gets heated
EPL Season 2016/2017
Frustrating draw between Arsenal and Spurs
EPL Season 2016/2017
|England - Premier League - WEEK 11Season 2016 - 2017|
|Date||Home team||Score/ Time||Away Team||Stadium||Capacity|
|Sat Nov 5, 2016||West Ham United||1 - 1||Stoke City||London Stadium, London||60,000|
|Burnley FC||3 - 2||Crystal Palace||Turf Moor, Burnley||21,401|
|AFC Bournemouth||1 - 2||Sunderland AFC||Bournemouth's Dean Court||11,464|
|Manchester City||1 - 1||Middlesbrough FC||Etihad Stadium||55,097|
|Sat Nov 5, 2016||Chelsea FC||5 - 0||Everton FC||Stamford Bridge, London||41,631|
|Sun Nov 6, 2016||Arsenal FC||1 - 1||Tottenham Hotspur||Emirates Stadium||60,432|
|Sun Nov 6, 2016||Liverpool FC||6 - 1||Watford FC||Anfield, Liverpool||54,167|
|Hull City||2 - 1||Southampton FC||KCOM Staium, Hull||25,586|
|Sun Nov 6, 2016||Swansea City||1 - 3||Manchester United||Liberty Stadium, Swansea||21,088|
|Sun Nov 6, 2016||Leicester City||1 - 2||West Bromwich Albion||King Power Stadium, Leicester||32,500|
What a Saturday of action we had! Let’s look back at what transpired on the field across in Premier League.
|England - Premier League - WEEK 10 Season 2016 - 2017|
|Date||Home team||Score/ Time||Away Team||Stadium||Capacity|
|29/10/2016||Sunderland||1 - 4||Arsenal||Stadium of Light||48,707|
|29/10/2016||Watford||1 - 0||Hull City||Vicarage Road||21,368|
|29/10/2016||Spurs||1 - 1||Leicester||White Hart Lane||32,284|
|29/10/2016||Manchester Utd.||0 - 0||Burnley FC||Old Trafford||75,635|
|29/10/2016||West Brom||0 - 4||Manchester City||The Hawthorns|
|29/10/2016||Middlesbrough||2 - 0||Bournemouth||Riverside Stadium|
|29/10/2016||Crystal Palace||2 - 4||Liverpool||Selhurst Park|
|30/10/2016||Everton||2 - 0||West Ham||Goodison Park|
|30/10/2016||Southampton||0 - 2||Chelsea||St. Mary's Stadium|
|31/10/2016||Stoke City||1 - 1||Swansea||Bet365 Stadium|
The intense fight at both ends of the Premier League table continued this weekend as sides grappled with expectations. We look back at what happened in the weekend.
Arsenal thrash Sunderland
Arsenal pushed David Moyes close to the brink as a 4-1 win at the Stadium of Light left the hosts rooted to the bottom of the table without a win this season. Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud scored a brace each while Jermaine Defoe scored from the spot for Sunderland. The win kept Arsenal maintain close proximity to the leaders City.
Not even the harshest of Jose Mourinho’s critics would have envisaged what happened at Stamford Bridge on Sunday night. Chelsea not only steamrolled past Manchester United, they humiliated them in a 4-0 win. Jose’s reported suggestion to Antonio Conte to tone down his celebrations was a stark reminder of how much the loss hurt.
Breathtaking start for Chelsea
|England - Premier League - WEEK 9Season 2016 - 2017|
|Date||Home team||Score/ Time||Away Team||Stadium|
|FT||Bournemouth||0 - 0||Tottenham Hotspur||AFC Bournemouth|
|FT||Hull City||0 - 2||Stoke City||Hull City|
|FT||Burnley FC||2 - 1||Everton FC||Burnley FC|
|FT||Swansea||2 - 1||Watford FC||Swansea City|
|FT||Arsenal||0 - 0||Middlesbrough FC||Arsenal FC|
|FT||Leicester||3 - 1||Crystal Palace||Leicester City|
|FT||West Ham||1 - 0||Sunderland AFC||West Ham United|
|FT||Liverpool||2 - 1||West Bromwich Albion||Liverpool FC|
|FT||Manchester City||1 - 1||Southampton FC||Manchester City|
|FT||Chelsea||4 - 0||Manchester United||Chelsea FC|
It was thrilling action in English Premier League which witnessed engrossing matches through the weekend. At the end of it, we are left with intensely competed table at both ends.
Bournemouth 0 – 0 Tottenham
The midweek European action will only serve as a catalyst to increase the attention on English Premier League this weekend. All eyes will be on Stamford Bridge where Chelsea will take on Manchester United. That takes nothing away from the other encounters which are going to be fiercely competed.
Bournemouth versus Tottenham
It’s going to be a clash of two exciting managers where Mauricio Pochettino will have one eye on claiming the top spot. Having kept in touch with the leaders with a battling draw in the last round, the Spurs wouldn’t want to drop further points. Back them to win and may be even a goal for Dele Alli could be on the cards.
Weekend eight in English Premier League had many talking points – Chelsea thrashing Leicester, Arsenal catching up with City who slipped against Everton and many more. We look back at the action.
Chelsea get back on track
Chelsea continued their recovery with a second win on the trot in the Premier League. Their 3-0 win over Leicester was achieved through goals from Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Victor Moses. The Blues are now in the top five and just three points from the top. For the Champions, it is another setback in a season that is fast turning out to be a nightmare.
English Premier League (EPL) will be back into the thick of things this weekend, after a brief hiatus for International encounters. We have two blockbuster matches this weekend at Stamford Bridge and Anfield. That’s not just it – there are many more matches in the weekend that are waiting to keep us entertained.
Arsenal versus Swansea City
Just like every season, Arsenal fans are drooling over a couple of performances and predicting that they can win the title. It’s too early too little to predict anything but for now Arsenal look good enough to continue their winning run. Of course, this match is Bob Bradley’s debut as Swansea manager and there would be extra attention on him. Can the Swans spring a surprise and snatch a point? Looks highly unlikely but that’s a prospect you can’t rule out!
After a long break for the International matches, English Premier League kicks back into action. One of the biggest matches on show will be at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea take on Leicester City on Saturday, October 15.
Chelsea and Leceister Season so far
Chelsea started their season well under new coach Antonio Conte. With no European action this season, many predicted that Chelsea would be one of the underdogs for the title. But their quick start fizzled out before the international break as consecutive losses to Liverpool and Arsenal came as a reality check. After seven rounds of matches, the Blues are sitting at seventh place with 13 points.
International breaks are always looked back as a break in momentum by the clubs but it is something they can’t run away from. And when the English Premier League season restarts after the short break, all eyes would be on Manchester City.
Man City and Everton Season so far
The arrival of Pep Guardiola to the Etihad has been the talking point of the entire Premier League this season. And true to the expectations, City have been in scintillating form annihilating every opponent. But that was only until they encountered fellow pace-setters Tottenham. The loss before the break must have hurt Pep and his troops. A retaliation in the pipeline? Quite possible! The Citizens have 18 points from seven matches and currently are top of the table.
English Premier League weekend seven started with a bang with some wonderful action in six matches. Although four of the six matches ended in stalemate, there was so much action all around.
Belgian show at Goodison Park
Everton and Crystal Palace played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Goodison Park. While Romelu Lukaku scored a spectacular free-kick for the hosts, it was his Belgian team-mate Cristian Benteke who levelled the scores for the Eagles. The win continues the great start to the season for the Toffees who are in fourth place provisionally while Palace remain eighth.
It was as if Arsene Wenger found a new lease of live in the absence of Jose Mourinho. In a tie that has in the recent past been dominated by the tussles of Wenger and Mourinho, Arsenal underlined its title credentials with a comfortable 3-0 win over Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.
Bright from the start
What a Super Saturday we had in Premier League! There were goals galore and action till the last minute in most matches highlighting how close the league is! Let’s look back at the action.
Klopp…you little beauty!
It was irresistible Reds all the way at Anfield as five-star Liverpool thrashed Hull City 5-1. Goals from Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and a brace from James Milner were indicative of how dominant the Reds were this evening. David Meyler grabbed a goal for the visitors early in the second half who had to play for more than an hour with 10 men. Ahmed Elmohamady was sent-off in the first-half for the Tigers. Jurgen Klopps’ men surely look top four contenders on current form.
Crisis? What crisis? That seemed to be the theme at Old Trafford from a Mancehster United side that for the first time this season looked confident, sublime and clinical. Performance in one game is not enough to judge a team or a season but this is something that looks potentially season-changing for the Red Devils. A 4-1 win over Champions Leicester City has all the signs of being that, for the Old Trafford faithful.
A hectic midweek in EFL Cup notwithstanding, the teams are now extra motivated to continue their quest in Premier League. With so little separating the teams both at the top and bottom, there’s so much to look forward to on this weekend.
Liverpool versus Hull City
Is there any doubt that the Reds are the team of the moment? Jurgen Klopp side is one of the dangerous on form and this season they have started in the right mode winning all the big matches. Losing to mid-table teams hurt their chances last season which is something they are still wary of. Hull City surprised with their start to the season but are looking destined to the mid and lower rungs of the table. Can’t see any result other than Liverpool winning – probably by a margin of two or more goals.