Wednesday, 26 October 2016

City/Gunners/Reds On Top After Defeating Baggies

Game-week nine of the Premier League saw one of the lowest scoring weekends of the season while three sides are now level at the top.

Tottenham had the chance to move top of the table with a win as they visited Bournemouth.

The Cherries looked to become the first side to defeat Spurs this season but will surely be the happier of the two sides as they shared the points in a 0-0 draw.

Alike their North London rivals, Arsenal had the chance to move top as they welcomed Middlesbrough to the Emirates.

The Gunners were unable to breakthrough against 'Boro who moved out of the bottom three with a point in the 0-0 draw.

After defeating Liverpool earlier in the season, Burnley hosted Everton at Turf Moor looking to claim a Merseyside double.

The Clarets struck an opener six minutes before half-time through Sam Vokes only for Yannick Bolasie to level for the Toffees with his first goal for the club just before the hour mark.

The sides looked on course for a share of the points until a last gasp strike from Scott Arfield sealed a 2-1 win for the hosts.

In a battle to move away from the bottom three, Stoke City travelled to fellow strugglers Hull City. The Potters secured a 2-0 win to move clear of their opponents with a superb brace from Xherdan Shaqiri on 26 and 50 minutes.

Leicester City and Crystal Palace both looked to advance up the table as they met at the King Power stadium.

The Foxes led 1-0 at half-time after Ahmed Musa's 42nd minute opener before Shinji Okazaki doubled the lead in the 63rd minute.

Christian Fuchs confirmed the win ten minutes from the end with his first strike for the club but it was to be the Eagles with the last say as Yohan Cabaye struck for 3-1 in the 86th minute.

Swansea hoped to cut the gap to safety as they welcomed Watford to the Liberty Stadium. They remain second bottom and two points shy of safety after a 0-0 draw with the Hornets.

West Ham United looked to boost their woeful home form as they hosted basement boys Sunderland at London Stadium.The two sides were evenly matched for the majority of the game with the score remaining at 0-0 into added time.

However, it was to be joy for the home fans as Winston Reid fired in a stunning last gasp winner to secure a 1-0 victory.

The evening game saw Liverpool look to move level at the top with a win as they hosted West Bromwich Albion. The Reds struck an opener in the 20th minute through Sadio Mané before a superb effort from Phillipe Coutinho on 35 minutes doubled the advantage to 2-0.

Despite their free-scoring form this season, the Reds have only claimed one shut-out and that figure remained as Gareth McAuley got the Baggies on the board with nine minutes to go, a strike which denied the hosts top spot outright.

Sunday's double header began at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City looked to regain top spot as they hosted Southampton.

The Saints led after 27 minutes after Nathan Redmond capitalised on poor defence from City. However, the hosts did manage to claim a point as substitute Kelechi Ihenacho struck on 55 minutes. The 1-1 draw ensured that City would end the weekend on top.

The final game of the weekend saw a huge clash between Chelsea and Manchester United in Jose Mourinho's first return to Stamford Bridge since his sacking by the Blues.

A perfect start from Chelsea saw Pedro score the opener within 30 seconds before Gary Cahill doubled the lead on 21 minutes, The win looked to be safe when Eden Hazard made it 3-0 just after the hour but the gloss on a superb home win came with 20 minutes to go as N'Golo Kanté struck to complete a 4-0 rout of the visitors.