The EPL gameweek threw up a lot of goals, comebacks and the Chelsea juggernaut continued its run.
Chelsea Show True Grit
The game between the Blues and Stoke City ended 4-2. It was a display of determination and true champion quality. Chelsea opened the scoring via Cahill off a corner kick from Fabregas, Stoke City equalized via Martins Indi whose desire to get to the ball trumped all the efforts of the Chelsea defenders. Good work from Victor Moses on the left led to Willian scoring Chelsea’s first goal and Willian’s first of the day. However, Stoke refused to back down and levelled the scores through peter crouch with his 97th premier league goal. Chelsea shifted gear after this and retook the lead in the next passage of play when Willian made them pay for a defensive error in the box. Diego Costa closed out the game with a powerful shot to the left of Grant’s goalpost.
With the win, Chelsea matched Arsenal’s and Preston’s run of 13 consecutive wins in the top flight and temporarily pulled nine points clear of second-place Liverpool, who hosted third-place Manchester City later in the day.
Manchester United winning run almost came to an abrupt end. This was after an Ibrahimovic goal was ruled out for dangerous play and then falling behind to a 66th minute goal by Middlesbrough’s Grant Leadbitter.
In a comeback reminiscent of the Sir Alex era, the manchester united team scored two goals in the dying moments of the game. The first was by Martial after a headed pass from Ibrahimovic and the second was by Pogba who headed in Mata’s cross.
Liverpool beat Manchester City one-nil courtesy of a beauty of a goal from Wijnaldum. This compounded Pep’s woes and put them at the risk of finishing the week outside the top four (which they did). The game, billed as the game of the week, did not, however, live up to the hype as it was more a cagey affair than the all-out attacking football that was expected from two teams known for their attacking flair.
Gooners Plod On
With the rest of the top six, barring Manchester City winning their games, it became imperative for the Gooners not to drop points. A 4-1 victory for the Spurs in the early Sunday game kick-off helped them leapfrog Arsenal into third place based on goal difference.
The game started with Mesut Ozil being noticeably absent due to illness. Flamini made a return to a hunting ground.
The game started and the Gooners literally rose to the occasion as Olivier Giroud scored with a scrumptious scorpion kick sent the whole of the Emirates into rapturous celebrations. The Gooners were in total control of the game without moving gears up and looked content to just control play. The first half ended one-nil to the Arsenal. The second half started and theGoonerss went in search of the win-assuring second goal which was duly provided by Alex Iwobi.
Defeat leaves Crystal Palace one place and two points above the relegation zone, with a massive game against Swansea coming up on Tuesday.
In his reaction, Palace boss said: “We’ve got a big game, bigger than this game, on Tuesday night.
“Our season won’t be defined by results against the top six. What we do when we play the teams in the bottom half of the league will be the defining reason of whether or not we get out of the bottom half.
Leicester City claimed a much-needed win, beating West Ham United 1-0 courtesy of Islam Slimani’s 20th-minute header to climb six points clear of the relegation zone.
Swansea City lost 3-0 at home Bournemouth. Goals from Benik Afobe, Ryan Fraser and Josh King gave Bournemouth victory.
Andre Gray became the first Burnley player to score a Premier League hat-trick as they beat third from bottom Sunderland 3-1. Sunderland’s lone goal was scored by Jermaine Defoe.