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Last Saturday’s big matches saw Arsenal away at Everton and Chelsea playing host to Leicester City. Arsenal looked the weaker side to start at Goodison Park and Everton went ahead in the nineteenth minute from a Seamus Coleman goal which Naismith added to, to make it 2 – 0 on the stroke of half-time. Arsenal brought Olivier Giroud on for the second half giving the visitors a boost and The Gunners finally managed to draw level with Ramsey scoring yet again in the 83rd minute and Giroud equalizing in the 90th. Arsenal fans will hope to finish a bad run against Everton at the Emirates stadium later in the season having not beaten them in five straight games now.
Chelsea seemed in trouble at Stamford Bridge as Leicester played some solid attacking football in the first half and David Nugent should have put underdogs Leicester ahead early in the second when he went clean through on goal but wasted the opportunity. Diego Costa managed to turn the game around for Chelsea with some more clinical finishing (2 goals from 2 shots now in the PL) and Cesc Fabregas set up Eden Hazard to put the ball under Schmeichel Jr. making the game 2-0 and out of reach for Leicester City. Chelsea were guilty of some poor performances against the less impressive clubs last season but scraped through some hairy moments in this game and remain the bookies favourites to win the title.
Saturday saw little more action with 0 – 0 results from both Aston Villa v Newcastle and Southampton v West Brom. Swansea beat Burnley 1-0 at home and Crystal Palace lost 3 – 1 to West Ham with Mauro Zarate scoring a spectacular debut goal in the 34th minute and Stuart Downing slamming another one in only three minutes later to give the Hammers a lead that Palace never recovered from. The pressure is on Palace after a disastrous start to the season prompted by ex-manager Tony Pulis retiring on the eve of the first game. Things are looking slightly more optimistic now with Neil Warnock re-instated as manager and also the return of Wilfried Zaha from Manchester United to hopefully give the squad some much needed firepower.
Sunday saw Hull struggle to hold onto a one goal lead with only ten men against Stoke and an 83rd minute Shawcross goal finally leveled the scores to see a 1-1 draw in this fixture. Man United went away to Sunderland and started well with a smart goal from Juan Mata in the 17th minute but a fast paced corner from Seb Larsson found the head of Jack Rodwell 13 minutes later to even the scores and the game also ended up 1-1. Manchester will need an astounding turn around to be in any form of contention this season and Louis Van Gaal will have been getting a lot of press attention following his teams 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Milton Keanes Dons later in the week knocking them out of the Capital One Cup.
Tottenham recorded the weekends’ biggest victory margin with a 4-0 home win against QPR after which ex Spurs manager Harry Redknapp summed up perfectly the QPR performance:
“We didn’t play well and got what we deserved, which is nothing.”
Man City hosted Liverpool on Monday Night and started off looking in trouble as Liverpool attacked for the first half hour but Steven Jovetic scored easily on either side of half time to demonstrate Man Citys strength and the weakness of the Liverpool defence. Aguero sealed the deal in the 69th minute by scoring with his first touch of the ball and a late own goal from Pablo Zabaleta was no compensation for Liverpool as Mario Balotelli watched his old club soundly beat his new club to welcome him back to Premier League foorball. Man City 3 – Liverpool 1.
Writer – Jeremy BobaFett