Before going on the much dreaded international break next week, the Premier League chose to stun us with a number of thrilling games once again. With a whopping thirty-six goals scored this weekend, the Premier League delivered one more round of entertaining football, just good enough to leave us yearning for the next round of games coming up in two weeks time.
There were a number of shocking results during matches of Premier League: Manchester City dropped points to Middlesbrough at the Etihad, Leicester City once again tried to look like they didn’t win the league only a few months ago, David Moyes’ Sunderland picked up their first win of season away at Sunderland, and Mike Phelan’s Hull finally got a win after their recent slump. Standard Premier League drama.
Here’s how it went down at our favorite grounds over the weekend on Premier League.
Swansea vs. Manchester United (1-3)
- Location: Liberty Stadium, Wales
- Goal Scorers: Pogba 15’, Ibrahimovic 21’ 33’, Van der Hoorn 69’
- Man of the Match: Paul Pogba
No wins in their last four matches during this Premier League meant that Manchester United had dropped all the way down to 8th , just as close to the relegation zone as they were to the top of the table. A loss would potentially see them drop off to 12th, opening up a whole new level of pressure on embattled manager, Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United Lineup: De Gea, Young, Jones, Rojo, Darmian, Carrick, Fellaini, Pogba, Mata, Rooney, Ibrahimovic
Subs: S. Romero, Blind, Fosu-Mensah, Schneiderlin, Lingard, Martial, Rashford
Swansea City went into Matchday 11 languishing at 19th, with the publicly criticised sack of manager Francesco Guidolin and subsequent employment of American coach Bob Bradley doing nothing to mitigate their freefall towards the bottom of the table. A win was desperately needed to boost morale and prevent an early relegation battle.
Swansea City Lineup: Fabianski, Rangel, Van der Hoorn, Mawson, Kingsley, Routledge, Britton, Ki, Sigurdsson, Gonzalez, Llorente
Subs: Amat, Fer, Nordfelt, Barrow, Montero, Cork, Naughton
The game started off as expected, Swansea sitting deep without any semblance of control over the game due to United’s deployment of four central midfielders. It took just fifteen minutes for Paul Pogba to grab the first goal of the game, a stunning volley into the top right corner. Six minutes later, the visitors added a second. A simple pass from Rooney to Ibrahimovic who moved past Ki and struck a low hard ball into the bottom left corner — the 25,000th goal in the Premier League.
Proceedings continued as usual with Zlatan Ibrahimovic finding his second of the game, the 400th goal of his club career, at the 33rd minute, a shot in the box from a Wayne Rooney assist.
Swansea responded at the break by bringing on Barrow and Montero in an attempt to add more attacking intent, but it wasn’t until the 69th minute that they got something for their efforts, a Van der Hoorn header from a Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick ensuring that David de Gea went home without another clean sheet to his name.
The game ended in a bit of a scrap, with both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mata picking up yellows, the former earning a suspension which will see him out of the clash against Arsenal as a result.
Chelsea vs. Everton (5-0)
- Location: Stamford Bridge, London
- Goal Scorers: Hazard 19’ 56’, Alonso 20’, Costa 42’, Pedro 65’
- Man of the Match: Eden Hazard
With perhaps the most dominating display of the Premier League season so far, Chelsea ripped Everton apart on Saturday when the Merseysiders visited London. A result which would see Chelsea rise to 2nd— one point behind Liverpool — and Everton drop one place down to 7th. The Londoners, coming off impressive wins against United, Leicester, and Southampton succeeding a change to the swashbuckling 3-4-3, went into this with sky-high morale. Everton, on the other hand, were just coming out of a slump, with just one win in the last four matches.
Chelsea Line-up: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.
Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Oscar, Batshuayi, Terry, Chalobah, Temitayo Aina
Everton Line-up: Stekelenburg, Coleman, Williams, Jagielka (c), Funes Mori, Oviedo, Cleverley, Barry, Barkley, Lukaku, Bolasie
Subs: Joel, Deulofeu, Mirallas, Lennon, Valencia, Davies, Holgate
A game as one-sided as it could ever be, Chelsea pegged Everton back so much they only managed to get their first shot on target after all five goals had been scored.
It all began in the 19th minute when Man of the Match Eden Hazard slammed home a low curler after cutting inside. It didn’t take an extra minute for Marcos Alonso to slip one through Stekelenburgs’s legs after Pedro’s brilliant pass across the face of goal.
Chelsea’s dominance continued with Nigerian Victor Moses hitting the outside of the post with a volley from an Alonso in-swinger in the 33rd minute. Just before the break, Diego Costa, already with eight goals, added one more to his tally, ensuring that Chelsea went into half-time with the win practically sealed.
The rampaging hosts added another one after the break, as brilliant link-up play between Pedro and Hazard led to the Belgian finding the bottom right corner in what may be a goal of the season contender come May.
Pedro received the positive karma for all his assists as he got one in the 65th minute after a rebound from Stekelenburg’s save on Hazard’s searching pass.
The visitors mounted some pressure after that, but it was nothing the high-flying Blues couldn’t handle as they went home with all three points in the bag, temporarily top of the league.
Arsenal vs. Tottenham (1-1)
- Location: Emirates Stadium, London
- Goal Scorers: K. Wimmer 42’ (og), H. Kane 51’ (Pen)
- Man of the Match: Moussa Dembele
Arsenal hosted Tottenham on Sunday afternoon in the famous North London Derby. With Tottenham coach — Mauricio Pochettino — being unbeaten in this very fixture, Arsene Wenger had a lot to think about. The last three fixtures had ended in a draw, but with Tottenham talisman Harry Kane returning from injury and Arsenal being in great form, it was gearing up to be an entertaining game.
Arsenal Line-up: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Xhaka, Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi, Sanchez
Subs: Gibbs, Paulista, Ramsey, Giroud, Ospina, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Elneny
Tottenham Line-up: Lloris, Dier, Wimmer, Vertonghen, Walker, Wanyama, Dembele, Rose, Eriksen, Son, Kane
Subs: Janssen, Vorm, Nkoudou, Trippier, Onomah, Winks, Carter-Vickers
The first twenty minutes was all Tottenham, with loose chances from Walker and Son. Harry Kane came excruciatingly close in the 21st minute, however, spinning his header off an Eriksen cross just wide.
Mesut Ozil had a brilliant chance at the 30th-minute mark, dragging his low shot just wide of the post after being fed by Sanchez. A few moments later, a repeat occurred, only this time it was Iwobi who opted to shoot straight at the keeper. Following the trend, Arsenal came very close with Theo Walcott rifling his shot at the crossbar and Ozil blasting the subsequent rebound to row z.
The deadlock was broken in the 42nd minute with Wimmer’s great header off a Mesut Ozil free kick ensuring that his team went into the break trailing the hosts.
After the break, Spurs came back in full force. Dembele was brought down in the box during another one of his dribbles by a clumsy Koscielny lunge, and the referee accurately pointed to the spot. Kane stepped up and sent Cech the wrong direction to draw the game level.
Both teams came very close after that but none were able to get the vital goal that would seal bragging rights.
Results across England
|06.11. 17:30||Leicester||West Brom||1 : 2|
|06.11. 16:00||Swansea||Manchester United||1 : 3|
|06.11. 15:15||Hull City||Southampton||2 : 1|
|06.11. 15:15||Liverpool||Watford||6 : 1|
|06.11. 13:00||Arsenal||Tottenham||1 : 1|
|05.11. 18:30||Chelsea||Everton||5 : 0|
|05.11. 16:00||Bournemouth||Sunderland||1 : 2|
|05.11. 16:00||Burnley||Crystal Palace||3 : 2|
|05.11. 16:00||Manchester City||Middlesbrough||1 : 1|
|05.11. 16:00||West Ham||Stoke City||1 : 1|
That will be all for this week, join us next time out. See ya!