Thursday, 3 November 2016

Reds Defeat Eagles To Join City/Gunners On Top

Game-week 10 of Premier League action saw three teams end the weekend level on points at the top with the trio all scoring four in comfortable wins during a high scoring programme.

The early kick-off saw rock bottom Sunderland hosting Arsenal with the Gunners looking to move top of the table. Their pursuit of success saw Alexis Sanchez open the scoring on 19 minutes.

The hosts drew level on 66 minutes with a penalty from Jermain Defoe before a rapid brace from substitute Olivier Giroud on 72 and 76 minutes saw the Gunners lead 3-1 before Sanchez struck his second two minutes later to wrap up a 4-1 victory.

Manchester United looked to close the gap at the top as they hosted Burnley at Old Trafford. A tight game saw the sides share the points in a 0-0 draw which saw United end with ten after the 68th minute dismissal of Ander Herrera. 

Middlesbrough looked to move away from the danger zone as they hosted Bournemouth who themselves hoped to move further into the top half.

The hosts opened the scoring through Gaston Ramirez seven minutes before the interval with Stewart Downing completing a 2-0 win in the 56th minute.

Tottenham hosted Leicester City with both sides hoping to secure a win ahead of their return to European action.

Spurs took the lead just before the interval as Vincent Janssen slotted in a penalty for 1-0 before Ahmed Musa levelled for the Foxes within three minutes of the restart to salvage a point at 1-1.

Hull City travelled to face high-flying Watford looking to move out of the bottom three,

They remain in the danger zone after a narrow 1-0 loss to the Hornets who benefited from a Michael Dawson own goal eight minutes from the end.

Manchester City had the chance to move back to the top as they visited West Bromwich Albion.

Sergio Aguero fired City ahead on 19 minutes and doubled the lead just eight minutes later. The two goal lead remained until deep into the second half before a brace from Ilkay Gundogan  in the 79th and 90th minutes completed a 4-0 rout.

The evening kick-off saw a six-goal thriller at Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace hosted a Liverpool side eyeing top spot.

The Reds opened the scoring on 17 minutes through Emre Can only to be instantly pegged back by James McArthur's equaliser for 1-1 after a mistake from Dejan Lovren who redeemed himself three minutes later for 2-1.

McArthur levelled for a second time on 34 minutes before Joel Matip regained the lead for the Reds at 3-2 just before the interval. The win was sealed in the 71st minute as Roberto Firmino fired in for 4-2.

Sunday's action began with Everton hosting a West Ham side looking to move away from the danger zone.

Everton claimed a 2-0 win with two second half strikes as Romelu Lukaku continued his scoring streak against the Hammers with a 55th minute opener before Ross Barkley confirmed the win on 75 minutes.

Sunday's second game saw Southampton host Chelsea with the Blues looking to move back into the top four.

An early opener from Eden Hazard came after just six minutes for the Blues with Diego Costa doubling the lead and confirming the win on 55 minutes.

The final game of the week saw Stoke City hosting fellow strugglers Swansea City on Monday night.

Former Swans attacker Wilfried Bony put the Potters ahead inside three minutes but a leveller just five minutes later came from Wayne Routledge for 1-1.

An unfortunate own goal from Andy Mawson put the Potters back in front before a second from Bony on 73 minutes confirmed a 3-1 win.