Thursday, 1 December 2016

Chelsea Stay Top While Reds Defeat Sunderland

Game-week 13 was to be a lucky one for some and unlucky one for others with a nine goal thriller the highlight of the weekend.

Saturday's opening game saw Burnley host Manchester City at Turf Moor and the Clarets took a surprise early lead on 14 minutes through Dean Marney. 

City levelled on 36 minutes through Sergio Aguero and the Argentine struck the winner for the visitors on the hour mark for 2-1.

Hull City looked to move out of the bottom three as they hosted West Bromwich Albion at the KCOM Stadium.

The Baggies opened the scoring on 35 minutes through Gareth McAuley before being pegged back on 75 minutes as Michael Dawson salvaged a point at 1-1.

Leicester City and Middlesbrough both looked to move clear of the drop zone when they met at the King Power Stadium.'Boro took an early lead as Alvaro Negredo netted for the first time since the opening week of the season on 13 minutes.

Riyad Mahrez equalised with a penalty on 34 minutes before Negredo restored 'Boro's lead midway through the second half. They would have to settle for a point though as Islam Slimani made it 2-2 late on.

Liverpool had the chance to regain top spot as they welcomed struggling Sunderland to Anfield.

The Reds found it hard to break down a resolute Sunderland defence that held firm long after the hour mark but was finally carved open as Divock Origi fired the hosts ahead on 75 minutes. Sunderland fought to draw level but the defeat was confirmed in added time as James Milner slotted in a penalty for 2-0.

Swansea looked to move off the bottom as they hosted Crystal Palace at the Liberty Stadium and the two sides played their part in a nine-goal thriller. Wilfried Zaha put the Eagles ahead in the 18th minute before Gylfi Sigurdsson levelled before the interval.

A rapid brace from Leroy Fer gave the Swans a 3-1 lead but a three goal spree in nine minutes from Palace saw them lead 4-3 with James Tomkins and Christian Benteke striking either side of a Jack Cork own goal.

The Swans were not to be outdone though as Fernando Llorente levelled in the 90th minute before sealing a 5-4 win in added time.

Chelsea hoped to regain top spot as they hosted fierce London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge. The Blues were stunned by an early opener as Christian Eriksen struck in the 11th minute. However, the hosts were level into the interval as Pedro fired in for 1-1 in added time. The winning goal came just six minutes after the restart as Victor Moses struck for 2-1.

Sunday's action began at Vicarage Road as Watford hosted Stoke City. The Potters were gifted the win as Heurelho Gomes deflected an effort into his own net on 29 minutes.

A bad day for the Hornets was completed by the late dismissal of Miguel Britos as the slipped to a 1-0 loss.

Arsenal hoped to cut the gap to the leaders as they hosed Bournemouth at the Emirates.The Gunners led early on after Alexis Sanchez's 12th minute strike but a penalty from Callum Wilson drew the Cherries level on 23 minutes.

Theo Walcott restored the hosts' lead on 53 minutes which saw him celebrate in tribute to his newborn son and the win was confirmed late on as Sanchez struck in added time for 3-1.

Ahead of a midweek meeting in the EFL Cup, Manchester United hosted West Ham United at Old Trafford. The Hammers made a perfect start as Diafra Sakho fired them in front inside two minutes. The hosts drew level with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's effort on 21 minutes but neither side was able to score a winner in the 1-1 draw.

Southampton welcomed Everton and former manager Ronald Koeman to St Marys and they made a superb start as Charlie Austin opened the scoring inside the first minute. The early strike proved to be enough to secure a 1-0 win and a miserable reunion for Koeman