After another enthralling long-weekend of the Premier League, it’s now time to look back at all of Game Week 24’s memorable action, as David Moyes’ West Ham United played out a close-knit affair with Eddie Howe’s AFC Bournemouth and normal service was resumed for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Slick Blues Down Slacking Seagulls
The first encounter of the Matchday saw an under-pressure Antonio Conte take his Chelsea side to face off with Chris Hughton’s Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium, achieving a pressure-relieving result.
The West Londoners needed only three minutes to open the scoring, Eden Hazard using his fancy footwork to fire past Mat Ryan, that advantage was swiftly doubled by Brazilian Willian, putting the finishing touches on a skillful team move.
The visitors would have to wait another 71 minutes for their next strike, Hazard getting his name on the scoresheet once more to wrap up the three points, Victor Moses would put the cherry on the cake, rubbing salt into the Brighton wounds with less than 60 seconds remaining.
A crushing defeat leaves the team from the South Coast in limbo, sitting in 16th position on just 23 points, one above the bottom three, whilst the Blues regained third place, moving above Liverpool, with Manchester United back in their sights.
Martial Magic Hand United Three Points
A first-half strike from French forward Anthony Martial was enough to hand Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United an impressive away victory at the hands of Sean Dyche’s Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.
The match’s key moment arrived early in the second period when the pace and strength of Romelu Lukaku worked the ball to the left, there to step inside and fire it into the roof of the net was Martial.
Both teams had their chances after this, the Red Devils going close to making sure of things through Paul Pogba and Martial once more, meanwhile, Ashley Barnes was always a threat for the hosts, never quite coming close enough to level the scores.
The Clarets have now fallen to eighth place for the first time in several months, Leicester above then now, whilst the Manchester club kept up the pressure on their City rivals sitting in second position, they’re still 12 points behind though.
Gunners Bounce Back To Dismantle Palace
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal put in an incredible 25-minute display to kill off their clash with Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace before half-time at the Emirates Stadium three days ago.
Full-back Nacho Monreal put the home side ahead early on, before he made goals for Nigerian Alex Iwobi and fellow defender Laurent Koscielny inside the first 15 minutes.
A short while later, Alexandre Lacazette put the finishing touches on a quite magnificent team move and made it four, leaving a Luka Milivojevic volley to act as a consolation goal for the Eagles.
The North London team’s triumph kept them sixth, still a full five points off the top four, while Palace will now be looking back over their shoulders at what is behind once more, having dropped down to 13th place.
Leicester Out-Fox Sorry Hornets
Claude Puel’s Leicester City dispatched fellow high-flyers Watford in what would prove Marco Silva’s final match in charge of the Hertfordshire club on Saturday at the King Power Stadium.
It was plain-sailing for the most part for the home side who went ahead first on 39 minutes, Jamie Vardy converting from the penalty spot after Matty James had been fouled by Molla Wague.
The win was secured later in the affair by Riyad Mahrez, dancing into the box and firing past second-string keeper Orestis Karnezis, not the second English Top-Flight outing that he was hoping for at all.
City’s efforts were significant in moving them above another surprise-package in Burnley, up into seventh place, while Silva was replaced with Javier Gracia on Monday afternoon, he takes over with the Hornets tenth, a mere four points above the drop zone.
Niasse Gifts Toffees Vital Goodison Point
Everton substitute Oumar Niasse popped up to give them a much-needed result against Alan Pardew’s West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park, another of the traditional afternoon kick-offs.
The visitors were on course to cause an upset after just seven minutes, Grzegorz Krychowiak picking out a winder pass to play Jay Rodriguez in to finish past Jordan Pickford, though Niasse smartly found the net from a cross on 70 to set up an interesting finish.
Salomon Rondon could have and probably should have won it late on for Pardew’s men with a series of chances, though the latter stages were overshadowed by a horrific double leg break that he accidentally inflicted on James McCarthy.
A point was enough to keep Sam Allardyce’s Toffees ninth, a tad above the trap door into the bottom half, though the Baggies are right in the thick of it, currently occupying 19th and with a bleak outlook, three points from safety.
Hammers And Cherries Locked In London Stadium Stalemate
West Ham and Bournemouth were forced to play out a 1-1 London Stadium draw in another of the 3 PM starts on Saturday, both teams maintaining their five-game League undefeated runs.
The visitors punished the hosts for missing a wealth of missed chances inside the first 70 minutes in Stratford, Ryan Farer finishing past Adrian San-Miguel from a tight one-on-one angle.
But, just over a minute later the home supporters were celebrating an equaliser, Javier Hernandez popping up in trademark style to convert from a Marko Arnautovic effort that was blocked by Simon Francis.
A point apiece keeps the two outfits locked together in the lower mid-table region, the Irons in 11th with 26 points and the Cherries in 12th with 25 points, one would feel that either of these can put real distance between them and the Relegation battle in the next few weeks.
Lambert Makes Best Possible Stoke Start
Newly-appointed stoke City Boss Paul Lambert registered a victory in his first game in charge at the Bet 365 Stadium three days ago, getting the better of David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town.
The responsibility of netting the first goal of the new era for Stoke fell to Joe Allen, sweeping up from an Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting run and cross in the early part of the second period.
The skill of Xherdan Shaqiri flicked Mame Biram Diouf in for the second a short while later, wrapping up the historic triumph and leaving the Terriers with a lot to think about.
The three points were also vital in moving the home side up and out of the drop one, from 18th to 17th, dropping Southampton in it, while the Yorkshire team remained in 14th, however, they are just four points above the Saints four below them.
Aguero Hat-Trick Sees Off Magpies
A classy three goals from Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero gave Guardiola’s Sky Blues a conniving win over Newcastle United on Saturday evening live on BT Sport.
Aguero grabbed his first on 34, glancing home a Kevin De Bruyne cross moments post having a goal disallowed, he made it two just after the hour mark with a penalty kick on the wake of a foul on Raheem Sterling.
However, Jacob Murphy converted well on the counter-attack to make a game of it, though it was always going to be difficult for Rafa Benitez’s men to come back, Aguero aptly putting the finishing touches on some Leroy Sane magic to mark his 220thn Premier league appearance in style.
Recovery from their first League loss of the campaign last weekend saw Blue Moon retain their 12-point lead at the summit of the Standings, while, the Toon Army don’t move from 15th position, lurking dangerously above the bottom three.
Saints Hold Spurs In Super Sunday Draw
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur were left frustrated in the battle of the Mauricio’s live on Sky Sports on Sunday, locked in a stalemate with Pellegrino’s Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium.
The Saints, who needed to cause an upset if they were to climb to safety on the afternoon went ahead to the surprise of many in fortunate circumstances early on, Davinson Sanchez deflecting a Ryan Bertrand cross into his own net.
But, just six minutes later, Harry Kane made it 99 PL strikes straight from a corner with a neat header, the visitors had the better of the opportunities in the tie that remained, never able to find a winner.
The team from the South had already fallen into the bottom three due to results the previous day and that is exactly how it stayed, they remained 19th, whereas, Spurs stayed in fifth just two points below Liverpool above in fourth place.
Swansea Shock Liverpool For Key Liberty Triumph
A first-half volley from Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson was enough to give the three points of the highest importance, unlikely points against top-four Liverpool at the Liberty Stadium on Monday Night Football.
The clash’s defining moment came just before the break and after Jurgen Klopp’s men had gone close on a number of occasions, a corner flicked up off Federico Fernandez and fell to Mawson, the young centre-back reacting quickly to fire the ball into the bottom corner.
The Merseyside club responded almost instantly, Sadio Mane passing up a great opportunity, the likes of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana all went close in the latter stages, though it seemed written in the stars that Carlos Carvalhal’s men would hold on for a fairy-tale win.
That very dream is on that takes them up onto 20 points, level with West Brom above in 19th, though not above them and just three points from safety, the Reds had already been overtaken the day before by Chelsea who moved third, they sit back in fourth place.
So, now that all the spills and thrills from yet another few days dosage of the League that we all know, and love have been well and truly reviewed, the Semi-Finals of the Carabao Cup will take centre-stage in midweek, followed by the FA Cup Fourth Round at the weekend, but never fear, the Premier League will return for a full round of fixtures next Tuesday and Wednesday night.