Friday, 21 October 2016

Gunners Join City On Top As Reds Held By United

After the International break, Premier League action resumed with game-week eight which saw a low scoring weekend overall.

The early-kick off on Saturday saw Chelsea host Leicester City and the champions mixed start to the season continued as they fell to a 3-0 defeat at the Bridge.

Diego Costa continued his fine scoring streak with the opener inside seven minutes before Eden Hazard doubled the lead just after the half hour mark. The gloss on the hosts' win came with Victor Moses' strike on 80 minutes.

Arsenal moved towards the top with a 3-2 win at home to Swansea who remain in the bottom three. A seven minute brace from Theo Walcott put the hosts 2-0 up before Gylfi Sigurdsson cut the gap before the interval.

Mesut Ozil regained the hosts' two goal advantage just before the hour mark but the Swans hit back again with Borja Baston striking on 66 minutes for 3-2. The Gunners held on for the win with ten men after the dismissal of Granit Xhaka with 20 minutes left of the 90.

Bournemouth moved clear of the bottom three with a 6-1 hammering of Hull City at the Vitality Stadium. Charlie Daniels fired the Cherries ahead inside five minutes before Ryan Mason levelled for the visitors. Steve Cook and a penalty from Junior Stanislas saw the hosts take a 3-1 lead into the interval.

Stanislas struck his second after the hour for 4-1 before Callum Wilson and Dan Gosling completed the rout in the 83rd and 88th minutes.

Manchester City missed the chance to move clear at the top as they salvaged a 1-1 draw at home to Everton. 

The hosts had a first half penalty from Kevin De Bruyne saved by Maarten Steklenburg which proved costly as Romelu Lukaku put the Toffees ahead on 64 minutes. Stekelenburg was on course to prevent City from levelling as he saved a penalty from Sergio Aguero but was unable to deny an equaliser a minute or so later from Nolito.

Stoke City remain in the bottom three despite a 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Sunderland at the Bet365 Stadium. A first half brace from Joe Allen sealed the points as he continued his scoring run in the eighth and 45th minutes.

Tottenham had the chance to close up at the top as they visited West Brom at The Hawthorns. A tight game between the two sides saw a late show to confirm the points.

Former Spurs midfielder Nacer Chadli fired the Baggies in front only for his effort to be cancelled out by an 89th minute leveller from Dele Alli.

The evening game saw a London Derby as Crystal Palace hosted West Ham United. The Hammers have had a mixed start to the season but boosted their position with a 1-0 win at Selhurst Park.

An early strike from Manuel Lanzini was enough to secure the points as the visitors held on despite the dismissal of Aaron Cresswell with 15 minutes remaining.

Sunday's early action saw Middlesbrough hosting Watford with a stunning 54th minute  from Jose Holebas sealed a 1-0 win for the visitors.

The day's other game saw Southampton hosting Burnley at St Mary's Stadium. The Saints secured a 3-1 win with Charlie Austin striking an opener in the 52nd minute before Nathan Redmond doubled the lead on the hour.

Austin stuck a third for the hosts from the spot before Sam Vokes got the Clarets off the mark on 72 minutes.

Monday night saw fierce rivals Liverpool an Manchester United face off at Anfield. A tight game saw the Reds denied the chance to move joint top as the sides shared he points in a 0-0 draw.