Premier League Review Week 11

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Ten man Sunderland come from behind at Bournemouth to pick up their first three points of the season.

Despite holding the worst record in Premier League history after gaining just 2 points in 10 games, the Black Cats came out on top against Bournemouth. It was the hosts who struck first; Junior Stanislas played in Adam Smith who crossed to Dan Gosling who converted from close range.

Sunderland equalised on the 33rd minute after Jermain Defoe assisted Victor Anichebe for his first of the season, after he finished powerfully from 6 yards out.

Stephen Pienaar was sent off for a second bookable offence after a late challenge on Stanislas but Bournemouth couldn’t make their numerical advantage count.

Anichebe was fouled by Smith in the box and referee Mike Dean had no option but to give a Sunderland penalty. Defoe stepped up to slot past Artur Boruc and give the visitors all three points.

Sunderland manager David Moyes said his players ‘’deserved’’ the win.

 

Burnley leave it late to edge past Crystal Palace in a five goal thriller at Turf Moor.

Burnley flew into the lead at home to Palace. Scoring in the first 90 seconds when Sam Vokes took advantage of a scramble in the box to poke past Steve Mandanda in the Palace goal.

The Clarets extended their lead in the 14th minute when Johann Berg Gudmundsson made a neat run to drill it at Mandanda who got a big touch on it but couldn’t keep it out.

Palace reduced the deficit in the second half when Wilfried Zaha played a deep cross to Connor Wickham who scored with his first touch after coming off the bench.

Andros Townsend won a penalty for Palace in the 81st minute after Matt Lowton handballed it in the box and Christian Benteke stepped up to equalize.

However the Clarets would have the last laugh as Gudmundsson crossed it for Ashley Barnes to score after coming off the bench to give Burnley all three points.

 

Middlesbrough hold on to snatch draw at The Etihad after a City first half onslaught.

Manchester City had 25 shots to Middlesbrough’s 5 but it took the hosts until the 43rd minute to go ahead after Kevin De Bruyne played in Sergio Aguero for his 150th goal for the club.

Middlesbrough looked a lot more dangerous in the second half and former Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo impressively tried to lob Claudio Bravo from the half way line and Bravo could only claw it for a corner.

The hosts looked to have held on to secure all three points but in the 91st minute George Friend played a teasing cross into the box for Marten De Roon to head past Bravo for ‘Boro to gain an unlikely point.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was ‘’frustrated’’ not to get all three points while his counterpart Aitor Karanka said ‘’it is a big step to showing how good we are’’.

 

The Potters go six unbeaten while West Ham woes continue at the London Stadium.

West Ham remain in the bottom five after being pegged to a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke who extend their unbeaten run to six games.

In a game of few chances The Hammers struck first in the 65th minute courtesy of a Glenn Whelan own goal. Dimitri Payet crossed it to Michail Antonio and the resulting header was adjudged to have come off the Stoke midfielder.

It took the Potters just ten minutes to equalise after Adrian made a goalkeeping error fouling Jon Walters in the box as he squared it to Bojan to smash it home for a point.

 

Chelsea put five past Everton at Stamford Bridge to top the table on Saturday night.

Eden Hazard started proceedings with a fine finish past Stekelenburg in the Everton goal in the 19th minute.

Marcos Alonso scored his first for the club just a minute later capitalizing on some poor Everton defending to slot it through Stekelenburg’s legs.

Diego Costa added a third just before the break from a Chelsea corner, he was in space to sweep it in after more poor defending from Everton.

Hazard scored a brace, getting his second midway through the second half with an exquisite finish that fooled Stekelenburg as he slotted it into the bottom corner.

Pedro added the finishing touch with a fifth with a tap in after Stekelenburg could only parry Hazard’s shot.

It was a totally dominant performance from Chelsea as Everton only managed one shot in the entire game.

 

It finishes all square in the North London Derby at the Emirates.

In undoubtedly the biggest game of the weekend, Spurs held Arsenal to a 1-1 draw at the Emirates, the same scoreline as when the two sides met here last season.

The Gunners struck first as a Mesut Özil free kick was swung in and Kevin Wimmer completely got it wrong heading the ball into his own net to put Arsenal 1-0 up on the stroke of half time.

It didn’t take long for Spurs to equalise after they were awarded a penalty in the 51st minute as Moussa Dembele was fouled in the box by Laurent Koscienly. Harry Kane who had only just come back from injury after a seven week layout stepped up to take the spot kick and emphatically finished past Cech.

 

Ruthless Liverpool put six past Watford to top the table.

Liverpool needed to win to top the table and did so with a simply ruthless performance against Watford.

Sadio Mane got the rout underway with a neat flick on from a Liverpool corner as Watford’s defence were too static.

It took just three minutes for Liverpool to add to that tally as Phillipe Coutinho swept home an impressive strike just outside the box.

Liverpool were 3-0 up by halftime, more incisive attacking play from the Reds meant that Adam Lallana could put in a peach of a cross for Emre Can to head home.

The second half continued in much the same way as Roberto Firmino added a fourth, with a tap in following more poor Watford defending.

Liverpool added a fifth not long after, Watford gave the ball away cheaply in the middle of the park, Liverpool broke and Firmino squared it to Mane to slot away his second of the match.

Watford did get a consolation goal in the 75th minute when Daryl Janmaat had space in the box to convert but Liverpool had the last laugh as they added a sixth goal in stoppage time Georgino Wijnalfum pounced on a loose ball to poke it home.

Liverpool now lead the pack on 26 points.

 

A resurgent Hull come from behind at home to Southampton to pick up a vital three points.

Hull reduce their deficit in the relegation zone and are now only one point off safety following a 2-1 victory at home to Southampton.

It was by no means plain sailing for Hull who went behind very early on when Curtis Davies gave away a penalty and Charlie Austin stepped up to take it for his fifth goal in seven games.

Hull equalised in the 60th minute when Sam Clucas found Robert Snodgrass in space and he coolly swept home past Fraser Forster.

The wind was in the host’s sails now as they went ahead just two minutes later to wrap up the points when Snodgrass turned to the provider sweeping in a free kick for Michael Dawson to get on the end of.

Hull are now on ten points just one off 17th placed West Ham.

 

Ibrahimovic gets 25,000th Premier League goal to heighten Swan’s suffering.

 Manchester United were rampant in the first half getting three goals in a twenty minute period.

Paul Pogba started proceedings by getting his second league goal of the season, with arguably the best goal of the weekend’s action the ball came out to him on the edge of the area and he hit it first time rifling it home.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic got United’s second soon after sweeping the ball home from the edge of the area after Wayne Rooney’s cross.

It was Rooney again who set up Ibra’s second as he lashed it past Lukasz Fabianski to score the Premier League’s 25,000th goal.

Swansea got a consolation goal in the second half in the form of Mike van der Hoorn’s sumptuous header, but it was too little too late and Swansea remain in the relegation zone on five points level with Sunderland.

 

Leicester’s mediocre league form continues as West Brom edge past The Foxes at the King Power.

After winning the title last season, the league campaign has been somewhat disappointing for Leicester this season and this continued today as they went 2-1 down to local rivals West Brom.

The Baggies took the lead with a well orchestrated counter attack as Matt Phillips crossed for James Morrison to nod home.

Leicester equalised just three minutes later when a sumptuous cross from Rihad Mahrez found the head of record signing Islam Slimani who dinked it in.

However it was The Baggies who got the winner twenty minutes from time as Danny Drinkwater gave the ball away straight into the path of Phillips who proceeded to slot the ball past Ron Zieler in the Leicester goal.

 

James D’Arcy

 

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