In the wake of yet another enthralling weekend of The Premier League, let’s look back at every single last bit of action from Game Week Fifteen as Pep Guardiola’s League leaders were given a Super Sunday scare and Manchester United claimed a Saturday evening firecracker.
Boisterous Blues Down Depleted Magpies In West London
To kick-off the PL weekend, Antonio Conte’s Chelsea breezed past Rafa Benítez’s Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge, as The Magpies’ torrid slide continued.
Stunning West London, the visitors were first to take the lead on 12 minutes as Dwight Gayle made the most of a defensive mess to finish into an empty net, but Eden Hazard soon levelled things up with a delightful volley.
It would take The Blues little over ten minutes to then seize the advantage, prolific Alvaro Morata nodding in from close-range, leaving Hazard to secure the three points with a chipped penalty over Karl Darlow.
Victory for the home side kept them in third place, 11 points off City at the top, whilst, The Toon fell three positions all the way down to 15th, they are now without a win in six PL clashes.
Rampant Reds Thrash Sorry Seagulls
A remarkable showing from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool downed Brighton & Hove Albion in the first of the Saturday afternoon ties, to the tune of 1-5 at The Amex Stadium.
While most of the attention was on the away side’s odd back line, they quickly drew it all to the attacking area as Emre Can headed home straight from a corner, Roberto Firmino making it two on the break less than a minute down the line.
The Brazilian made it three just after the break, before Glenn Murray gave his side a lifeline from the spot, but Philippe Coutinho ensured there would be no comeback with a clever free-kick, Lewis Dunk rounding off the afternoon by heading into his own net.
With the emphatic triumph the Red half of Liverpool leapfrogged Arsenal to move up to fourth position, while Chris Hughton’s men fell well into the bottom half, ass their strong run of form diminishes.
Respectable Foxes Edge Clarets
Claude Puel’s Leicester city continued their impressive run of results by doing something that many sides have struggled to achieve this campaign, beating Sean Dyche’s Burnley at The King Power Stadium.
The affair’s only goal came very early in the 90 minutes, young English prodigy Demarai Gray on hand to convert the rebound of a Riyad Mahrez cross that was pushed away by Nick Pope.
The hosts continued to dominate after that, creating plenty of opportunities whilst unable to trouble the scorers once more as The Clarets always posed a threat on the break, never able to equalise.
A second consecutive victory leaves The Foxes sitting nicely in ninth place, creeping up on their opponents from Saturday, who dropped a single place to seventh as their fantastic start fades slightly.
Spurs Hold Hornets In Feisty Vicarage Road Clash
A fortunate Tottenham Hotspur side managed to stake out for a point in Hertfordshire two days ago in a memorable top-half encounter, and a London Derby to boot.
In an action-packed opening 25 minutes of the clash, Christian Kabasele put his team one to the good with a headed effort from a corner on 13 minutes, prior to Heung Min-Son equalising with a tap-in from a good Spurs move just after the 20-minute mark.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s away task became even more difficult in the second period as Davinson Sanchez received a straight red card for an elbow to the face of Richarlison, however, Marco Silva’s men couldn’t make them pay.
The point was enough to keep The Yellow Army in seventh place, now just three behind Burnley above, who The Lilywhites were able to overtake and move up to sixth position but four points adrift of the top four.
Allardyce Off To Winning Start On Merseyside
Sam Allardyce began his reign in charge of Everton with a respectable win on Saturday as his side made it back-to-back PL wins for the first time this season over Huddersfield Town.
It would take the hosts all of 47 minutes to seize the advantage with Gylfi Sigurdsson finishing nicely from a clever Dominic Calvert-Lewin flick to the elation of the Goodison Park faithful.
The provider turned goal-scorer to seal the deal with just over 15 minutes to go, converting a Wayne Rooney pass via the deflection of Terriers centre-back Mathias Jorgensen.
A debut Allardyce triumph sees The Toffees remarkably climb up to tenth place, as David Wagner’s men drop worryingly down to 16th, after a recent capitulation from a superb start to the campaign.
Potters Hold Out For Comeback Victory
Mark Hughes’ Stoke City claimed a vital win in another of the afternoon encounters, coming from behind against strugglers Swansea city at the Bet 365 Stadium.
A familiar face in Wilfried Bony fired The Swans ahead in the opening stages with a superb volley from a Martin Olsson delivery, however, the home side made the scores level once again on 36 minutes as Xherdan Shaqiri finished cleverly from close-range.
Just four minutes later, Mame Biram Diouf made the most of a fortunate deflection to strike home smartly, meaning that Bony’s first goal on his return to Wales meant nothing in the end.
The hosts’ first three points in the space of five games was enough to see them up to 13th position, meanwhile, Paul Clement’s men are now rock bottom for the first time this season amid yet another crisis.
Pardew Starts With Dull Hawthorns Stalemate
Elsewhere in The Midlands, another new Manager was appearing for the first time at his new club as Alan Pardew figured for West Bromwich Albion against his former employers, but couldn’t prevent a goalless stalemate with Crystal Palace on home turf.
Both sides had their opportunities in the first period with Hal Robson-Kanu firing just over the bar and Wilfried Bony and Christian Benteke going equally as close for Roy Hodgson’s men.
Jay Rodriguez squandered the best chance of the second-half being denied by Julian Speroni before Salomon Rondon headed just wide, but neither Xl could find a breakthrough.
The only goalless draw of the weekend in the final of the 3 PM’s, keeps The Baggies hovering just above the bottom three in 17th, while The Eagles have moved off bottom sot for the first time this campaign and into 19th position.
Red Devils Claim Saturday Night Thriller In North London
What promised to be Matchday Fifteen’s most mouth-watering encounter didn’t disappoint live on BT Sport on Saturday evening as Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United left The Emirates with all three points.
They would start the affair in rampant style with Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard firing their side two ahead within 11 minutes, but Arsene Wenger’s men fought back hard, David de Gea’s heroics denying them before the break.
However, Alexandre Lacazette finished well to male things interesting just after half-time, that man Lingard again gave the visitors a cushion on 63 minutes though, before Paul Pogba was given his marching orders for a challenge on Hector Bellerin.
The away side were able to hold on for the respectable win, as the team from North London fell out of the top four by a single position, while The Red Devils kept up the pace on Manchester City at the top with an eight-point gap.
Austin Strike Steals Saints Point
A second-half leveller from Charlie Austin just about gave Mauricio Pellegrino’s Southampton a point at the Vitality Stadium in a ding-dong South Coast super Sunday Derby.
Eddie Howe’s men first struck after 42 minutes of the affair, Ryan Fraser beating Fraser Forster from just inside the box to raise the roof on the home Ground.
But, the home fans would be silenced in the second period as Ryan Bertrand picked out Austin free in the box, to divert a low effort past Asmir Begovic and square things up.
A point apiece means that the Cherries take a small step in the right direction by moving up to 14th, with The Saints remaining 11th place, in their predicted position of midtable.
Silva Stars As City Sneak Past Hammers To Record Win
Game week Fifteen concluded in some style at the Etihad Stadium live on Sky Sports, as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City equalled the record for consecutive PL wins, 13, late on against a stern Hammers test.
David Moyes’ men took a shock lead on the stroke of half-time, with Angelo Ogbonna heading past Ederson from an Aaron Cresswell cross, but the hosts inevitably equalised just after the break, Nicolas Otamendi forcing the ball home via a Declan Rice deflection.
This set the stage for a certain City legend to deliver just when they needed him, Kevin De Bruyne picking out David Silva to touch the ball home past away Man of the Match Adrian acrobatically and sent the Blue Moon faithful wild.
The Citizens’ 19th win on the bounce in all Competitions keeps them well ahead at the top of the table heading into a very busy period, whilst we fall a single place to 19th, dangerously close to the foot ahead of a very tough run of fixtures.
So, now that we have covered all the action from our third Premier league dosage of the week, European competition will take centre-stage in the next few days with many an English club in action, but never fear, The Top-Flight will return once again on Saturday lunchtime at The London Stadium.