Barclays Premier League Round #24 Saturday Recap
After a quick turnaround from midweek action, the Barclays Premier League rolled on this weekend with ten matches in total.
Eight matches kicked off on Saturday, while the final two matches of the round will take place Sunday. Saturday’s mouth-watering fixture was a huge London Derby between Chelsea and Arsenal.
Here is my recap of all the day’s action from the top domestic league in the world. Video highlights of each match can be found in the respective score-line.
Chelsea 3 — Arsenal 1
Chelsea continued their dominance at the top of the Barclays Premier League with a 3-1 win vs Arsenal. Marcos Alonso started the scoring for Chelsea after he headed home a rebound after just 13 minutes. Eden Hazard netted his 10th league goal in the 53rd minute to make it 2-0. Cesc Fabregas‘ 85th minute insurance strike made it 3-0 to the hosts, before Olivier Giroud headed home a consolation goal just before stoppage time. Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois made four saves in the win, while Petr Cech made three saves in the defeat. The Blues remain in the top spot, now sitting 12 points higher than their London rivals. Arsenal remain in third, but could drop down if Manchester City win on Sunday.
Crystal Palace 0 — Sunderland 4
David Moyes‘ Black Cats got an impressive and dominant win on the road at fellow strugglers Crystal Palace on Saturday. Lamine Kone‘s right footed effort made it 1-0 Sunderland after just nine minutes. Didier Ndong rifled home a long-range effort in the 43rd to make it 2-0 before Sunderland really pulled away. Jermain Defoe netted a brace in first-half stoppage time to make it 4-0 at halftime. Both goals were off his left foot and both were assisted by Adnan Januzaj.Palace tried to muster up a comeback in the second stanza but it was to no avail. Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone made nine saves for the clean sheet which gives Moyes’ side some life at the bottom. They remain in 20th, but are a win away from jumping out of the relegation zone. Palace drop to 19th and are only ahead of Sunderland on goal-differential.
Everton 6 — A.F.C. Bournemouth 3
Romelu Lukaku stole the show in Everton’s dominant 6-3 win vs Bournemouth at Goodison Park. The Belgian opened the scoring in the first minute after he finished off James McCarthy‘s assist. McCarthy made it 2-0 in the 23rd before Lukaku’s left footed effort six minutes later made it 3-0. Bournemouth pulled it back to 3-1 in the 59th as Joshua King slotted home Jack Wilshere‘s assist. Eleven minutes later, King doubled his tally and pulled Bournemouth to within a goal. Lukaku broke the game open netting two more goals between the 83rd and 84th minutes to make it 5-2. Harry Arter made it 5-3 netting in the 90th minute before Ross Barkley scored an insurance goal to make it 6-3 in the 94th minute. It was a dominating win for Everton, to put them two points behind sixth place Manchester United. Bournemouth, who haven’t tasted victory since New Years Eve, remain in 14th.
Hull City 2 — Liverpool 0
Liverpool’s dismal start to 2017 continued on Saturday after losing 2-0 at Hull City. Alfred N’Diaye scored from close range just before halftime to put the relegation side in front 1-0. Oumar Niasse doubled Hull’s advantage with six minutes remaining to put the game out of reach for Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds. Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic continued his recent strong run in-goal, making five saves in a clean sheet. Marco Silva‘s side are in 18th, and right on the edge of jumping out of the relegation zone. Liverpool’s only victory so far in 2017 came against Plymouth Argyle in an F.A. Cup replay. The Reds are in fourth, but see their title hopes slipping away with Klopp needing some wins.
Southampton 1 — West Ham United 3
West Ham United bounced back nicely on Saturday after a 4-0 defeat on Wednesday vs. Manchester City. Saints new signing Manolo Gabbiadini put the hosts in front after 12 minutes before Andy Carroll equalized two minutes later. Pedro Obiang‘s made it 2-1 Hammers just before halftime, after he rifled home a right footed effort from outside the box. Mark Noble curled home a 52nd minute free-kick to put West Ham in front for good at 3-1. Darren Randolph made six saves for West Ham in the victory, which sees them go up to ninth. Saints drop to 13th after losing back-to-back league matches.
Watford 2 — Burnley 1
Watford capped off a great week with a 2-1 home win against surprise story Burnley. Burnley put themselves in a hole early after midfielder Jeff Hendrick was sent off after a vicious tackle on Jose Holebas. Four minutes later, Troy Deeney headed home M’Baye Niang‘s cross for a 1-0 lead. Niang headed home his first goal for the club in first-half stoppage time to make it 2-0 Watford. Ashley Barnes brought Sean Dyche‘s side to within one from the penalty spot but that was the closest Burnley got. Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes made six saves in the win, while Clarets keeper Tom Heaton made six saves in the loss. After wins over Arsenal and Burnley respectively, Watford improve to 10th in the standings. Burnley drop to 12th, after another road loss this season.
West Bromwich Albion 1 — Stoke City 0
Tony Pulis‘ Baggies are now unbeaten in their last three league matches after a 1-0 win vs. Stoke. James Morrison‘s sixth minute effort from Nacer Chadli‘s assist was all West Brom needed for all three points. Stoke only mustered two chances on-goal which West Brom keeper Ben Foster saved. Lee Grant kept Stoke in the match with three saves of his own. West Brom remain in eighth place, while Stoke drop to 11th.
Tottenham Hotspur 1 — Middlesbrough 0
Tottenham made it 11 matches unbeaten in all competitions with a 1-0 home win over Middlesbrough. Harry Kane‘s 14th league goal of the season, in the 58th minute was all Mauricio Pochettino‘s side needed to keep pressure on leaders Chelsea. Kane slotted home from the penalty spot after winger Son Hueng-min was tripped by Boro defender Bernardo. Boro, who were on the defensive most of the match, had their best chance towards goal miss slightly. Marten De Roon‘s right footed volley in the 92nd minute missed just slightly of the left post which could have put the visitors level. Victor Valdes made four saves in the defeat, while Hugo Lloris wasn’t troubled at all. Spurs are nine points off of Chelsea at the top, while Middlesbrough remain in 15th.
Sunday’s E.P.L. slate features the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United. Pep Guardiola‘s Citizens host Swansea City at the Etihad, while Jose Mourinho‘s Red Devils travel to reigning champs Leicester. Be sure to check on SportsTalkFeed for all the news and recap from Sunday’s action from across the pond.
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