Friday, 27 January 2017

Chelsea Stay Clear As United Deny Reds

Catching up after a busy period with gameweek 21 of Premier League action which saw some surprise results at either ends of the table.

The weekend opened with the early kick-off at White Hart Lane as Tottenham Hotspur hosted West Bromwich Albion.

The hosts took just 12 minutes to go ahead as Harry Kane struck but the lead was soon doubled as Gareth McAuley hit into his own net. The Baggies afternoon got worse deep into the second half as Kane struck twice in five minutes to complete his hat-trick and a 4-0 rout.

Burnley secured a narrow 1-0 win over Southampton at Turf Moor to continue their rise away from the drop zone.

The winning goal came on 78 minutes as Joey Barton made an instant impact on his return.

Hull City moved off the bottom of the standings with a 3-1 win over Bournemouth at the KCOM Stadium.The Cherries started superbly with a third minute opener as Junior Stanislas struck from the penalty spot.

The hosts hit back with Abel Hernandez levelling on 32 minutes before completing the comeback with his second goal on 50 minutes.The points were confirmed just after the hour mark as Tyrone Mings hit into his own net.

Sunderland replaced Hull at the bottom as they suffered a 3-1 loss to Stoke City. The Potters raced into a 2-0 lead inside 23 minutes with a superb brace from Marko Arnautovic before Peter Crouch made it three on 34 minutes. A packed first half saw another goal though as Jermain Defoe made it 3-1 five minutes before the interval.

Arsenal closed up on Chelsea at the top with a comfortable 4-0 rout over Swansea City. Despite the high score, it took until eight minutes before half-time for the Gunners to strike with Olivier Giroud putting them ahead.

Two own goals from the Swans saw Jack Cork and Kyle Naughton boost the Gunners lead which soon reached four goals with a 73rd minute effort from Alexis Sanchez.

Watford and Middlesbrough both remain just outside the fringes of the drop zone after sharing the points in a 0-0 draw.

West Ham United eased to a derby win over Crystal Palace with a 3-0 win at London Stadium.

Sofiane Feghouli put the Hammers ahead on 68 minutes before a seven minute double saw Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini wrap up the victory.

Chelsea continued their stay at the top with a comfortable win over struggling Leicester City.

The Blues went ahead inside five minutes with a strike from Marcos Alonso who then doubled the lead six minutes after half-time. The win was wrapped up with Pedro's 71st minute strike.

Everton closed up on the top four with a superb 4-0 win over Manchester City at Goodison Park.

The Toffees opened the scoring with a 34th minute strike from Romelu Lukaku with Kevin Mirallas doubling the lead just after half-time.

A clever move saw Tom Davies strike his first goal for the club on 79 minutes before a superb debut goal from Ademola Lookman completed the rout.

The final game of the weekend saw a heavyweight clash between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford. The Reds opened the scoring with a penalty from James Milner on 27 minutes before Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured a point for the hosts at 1-1 six minutes from the end.