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!
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|17||Leganés||38||8||11||19||36||55||-19||35||D D W L W|
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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.
The first El Clasico of the 2016-17 season ended in a 1-1 stalemate when a late Sergio Ramos goal helped Real Madrid share the honors after Luis Suarez fired the hosts into lead. The point helped Real maintain their six-point advantage at the top over their fierce rivals and keeps them unbeaten this season. For Barcelona, it’s a case of another missed chance to close the gap.
Real Madrid enjoyed a better start
Real started the game on the front foot and were the better side in the first-half. Barcelona looked tentative and their midfield in the absence of Andreas Iniesta looked very ordinary. Luka Modric ran the show from the midfield for Madrid and was at the centre of all their attacks.
It was a great weekend for Real Madrid as they consolidated their lead at the top of the Spanish La Liga standings as their nearest competitors faltered. El Clasico ended in a draw leaving Madrid as the real winners while Sevilla and Atletico Madrid too dropped points gifting them a huge advantage. We look back at matchday 14 action.
Barcelona 1 – 1 Real Madrid
It was a cagey affair at the Nou Camp – a tale of two halves. First half was completely dominated by Real Madrid but remained goal less at the break. Second half started with Barcelona dominating the play and taking the lead through Louis Suarez. It looked to end that way until Sergio Ramos headed late in the half to earn the spoils. It was a well-deserved point for Madrid as they continue to hold their six pojnt advantage over Barcelona at the top of the standings. For the Catalans, it was a game of missed chances – one they may end up ruing at the end of the season.
Real Madrid increased their lead at the top of Spanish La Liga to six points while Barcelona continued to struggle. Sevilla showed once again that they are serious contenders to gatecrash the top three while Atletico Madrid are trying hard to stay relevant. We look back at some of the action from Spain.
Real Madrid 2 – 1 Sporting Gijon
Real Madrid rode on a brilliant brace from Cristiano Ronaldo but the hosts needed some luck to overcome the gritty visitors. Ronaldo opened the scoring from a penalty and then doubled the lead. Carlos Carmona pulled one back for Sporting who had a golden chance to level things late in the second half. But Duje Cop missed a penalty with 13 minutes left in the game and Madrid had a narrow escape. The win boosts the morale of Zinedine Zidane’s men who now will get into El Clasico next week with a six-point advantage.
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.