Matchday Thirteen’s Premier League Review: Hammers Impress In Foxes Draw As The Blues Snatch A Late Anfield Point

Premier League Review

In the wake of another enthralling week of The Premier League, we look at back at all of 2017/2018 Game Week 13’s spoils and thrills as David Moyes picked up his first point as Hammers Boss and Chelsea were rescued by a Brazilian in a classic Anfield battle. With a big week of action ahead with matches on Tuesday and Wednesday check out some Premier League free bets and add some extra incentive to the games.

Foxes Hold Hammers In Atmospheric London Stadium Draw

David Moyes enjoyed his first electric night under the lights in East London on Friday night as his Hammers side picked up a first point of November, halving the total with Claude Puel’s Leicester City in an even contest.

The visitors took the lead on eight minutes after Jamie Vardy picked out Marc Albrighton to slide the ball low past Joe Hart, just shortly before he had a credible penalty claim turned down by Referee Martin Atkinson.

Senegal Captain Cheikhou Kouyate headed Moyes’ boys level on the stroke of half-time from a Manuel Lanzini corner, but neither side could find a winner in the second period.

A point leaves us still laying dangerously in the bottom three, 18th to be precise, whereas, The Foxes remain 12th on 14 points, but now without a win in three games.

Proactive Young Spares United’s Blushes

An Ashley Young enforced own-goal gave a lacklustre Manchester United side back-to-back League wins on Saturday afternoon, as Brighton & Hove Albion visited Old Trafford for the first time in The PL.

Up until taking the lead, on 66 minutes, The Red Devils missed an abundance of opportunities, thanks in part to Matt Ryan who spectacularly kept out both Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba in the same move.

But, his goal was finally breached in the second period as Young’s goal-bound effort cruelly deflected off Seagulls Centre-back Lewis Dunk and over the Aussie’s head to give United the precious three points.

The hugely important victory keeps Jose Mourinho’s men in second position as the closest challengers to their Manchester rivals at the top, whilst, Chris Hughton’s men maintain their respectable start by staying in ninth position in the Standings.

Late Kane Saves Spurs Against Megson’s Baggies

A revived West Bromwich Albion side under Caretaker Manager Gary Megson came within just 15 minutes of snatching an unlikely win at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

The travelling Baggies, just days after the sacking of Tony Pulis, seized an early advantage through striker Salomon Rondon, finishing past Hugo Lloris from a tough angle and becoming the first Venezuelan to score a goal at The National Stadium.

But, Mauricio Pochettino’s men came knocking at the door with relentless offensives and got their reward alas on 74 minutes when England star Harry Kane turned in a Dele Alli delivery for his ninth PL strike of the campaign thus far.

An unconvincing afternoon in West London for Spurs sees them fall out of the top four for the first time in Months, leapfrogged by Arsenal, they sit fifth whilst Albion stayed 17th as their search for a new Manager continues.

Wondrous Watford Stroll Past Hapless Magpies

Marco Silva continued his Hornets revolution in The North East in another one of the 3 PM starts, drubbing an out of sorts Newcastle United side to stun The St James’ Park faithful.

The travelling Yellow Army first took the lead on 19 minutes as young Will Hughes made it two in two with a brilliant finish from a Marvin Zeegelaar pull-back.

The advantage was doubled in first-half added-time and very unfortunate circumstances for Magpies defender DeAndre Yedlin as he deflected another Zeegelaar cross past Rob Elliot, leaving Andre Gray to finish things off in the second period by converting a Richarlison delivery.

A fourth defeat on the bounce for Rafa Benitez’s men means they drop worryingly to 14th, meanwhile, another delicious performance from the Hertfordshire side keeps them eight whilst rumours about the departure of their Manager continue to dominate The Papers.

Spoils Shared In Drab Welsh Stalemate

Two of The League’s bottom half teams participated in what was surely the weekend’s lowlight on Saturday afternoon, as The Swans held The Cherries to a goalless draw at The Liberty Stadium.

The hosts surely had the better of the play and the chances in a game of relatively few chances, Paul Clement’s men also had a goal disallowed in the first-half after Wilfried Bony thought he had netted for the first time back in Wales, but play was pulled back.

Whilst Leroy Fer somehow didn’t convert past Asmir Begovic twice in the same move in the second period, a shot from Josh King that was saved by Lukasz Fabianski being Bournemouth’s best attacking moment of the 90 minutes.

A point does little for Swansea, apart from ending a run of four consecutive losses, they remain 19th, whilst The South-Coasters have now been defeated just once in the last five Top-Flight clashes, staying in 13th after Matchday 13.

Slick Palace Claim Pivotal Selhurst Triumph

Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace picked up only their second win of the PL campaign so far in the last of the 3 PM starts, one that came at the mercy of Stoke City in South London.

There would have been feelings of “here we go again” early in the second-half from the home fans as Xherdan Shaqiri netted a Goal of the Season contender with a beautiful run and finish, but Palace soon showed some grit.

And they were rewarded for it not so long after when Andros Townsend picked out England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek for his first Palace goal to level things up, but it would take yet another added time goal for The Eagles to steal three points of inconceivable importance, Mamadou Sakho scoring from close-range.

Hodgson’s boys have now taken another giant leap towards climbing off bottom for the first time, now just one point off Swansea above, whilst Mark Hughes’ men were left to rue missed chances stay on top of a sorry bunch in 15th position.

Willian Magic Breaks Anfield Hearts

A late stunner from Willian gifted Chelsea a tricky point at Anfield in BT Sport’s Saturday Night Live Fixture, as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool squandered their second lead in as many games.

The Reds had looked to have sealed all three points early in the second-half, with Mo salah remaining The League’s top scorer by finishing neatly past Thibaut Courtois and putting his former employers behind.

But, Antonio Conte’s men couldn’t be kept out at the death as the Brazilian substitute Willian launched what appeared to be a cross that took nearly an age to float into the far top corner and rescue a draw.

Liverpool’s unwanted point means that they fall a place to sixth position heading into Matchday Fourteen, but the side from West London stay third, nine points off Manchester City’s pace at the very top of The Standings.

Saints Foil Troublesome Toffees In St Mary’s Rout

A simply stunning performance from Mauricio Pellegrino’s Southampton helped to down a sorry Toffees side in the first of The Super Sunday encounters at The St Mary’s Stadium.

It only took the hosts 18 minutes to race into the lead as Dusan Tadic grabbed his second of the season by stabbing under Jordan Pickford, but a moment of pure brilliance from Gylfi Sigurdsson levelled for Everton on the stroke of half-time.

This set up Charlie Austin to deal them to sucker-punches between the 50th and 60th minutes heading home twice before Steve Davis put the cherry on The Saints’ Cake with a delightful finish from range that buried in the bottom corner.

Goals have been hard to come by for Pellegrino’s boys this campaign, however, no lack of them yesterday afternoon means that they are now sitting respectfully in 10th position, but the misery continues for Interim Blues Boss David Unsworth, The Toffees remain 16th.

Sanchez Strike Steals Gunners Three Points

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal left it late in another of yesterday’s fixtures, getting there eventually to do something that not many teams have been able to do in the last two or so years, beat Sean Dyche’s high-flying Burnley at Turf Moor.

The Clarets, as unlucky as they were in the end, still had their chances earlier in the affair, Johann Berg Gudmundsson with the best of them in the first period, rattling the post from a tight angle, while Robbie Brady also tested Petr Cech with a free-kick.

However, the hosts were duly made to pay for their misses, with James Tarkowski pulling down Aaron Ramsey and  Lee Mason pointing to the spot, leaving Chilean Alexis Sanchez to step up and beat Nick Pope so cruelly in added-time.

Burnley’s first loss in four PL fixtures means that they are now closer to midtable than they are to the top four, seventh, meanwhile, The Gunners are above their North London rivals and up to fourth position with a fourth win in five matches.

Unstoppable City Sail Past Bullish Terriers

David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town gave Manchester City an almighty fright in the final action of the Premier League weekend, but ultimately couldn’t do enough to stop their warpath to the Title on Super Sunday.

The fighting Terriers took a shock lead in first-half added-time after a positive start as Nicolas Otamendi, so unfortunately for him, turned the ball into his own net with the ball coming off his shoulder before Sergio Aguero levelled from the penalty spot just after the break, in the wake of Scott Malone’s challenge on Raheem Sterling.

The equaliser paved the way for the England winger to then go and grab the game’s winner as the ball, on the rebound from a Gabriel Jesus effort that was saved by Jonas Lossl, hit his knee and chest before flying in, to make matters worse for Huddersfield, Rajiv van La Parra was then sent off after the Referee’s full-time whistle, picking up a second booking for pushing Leroy Sane.

The Yorkshire side, with their third defeat in four games, have now fallen just into the bottom half at 11th, whilst Pep Guardiola’s form team remained eight points ahead of Manchester United and on the cusp of breaking yet more records with an incredible 18th successive win.

So, now that we have covered all the compelling action from another thrilling few days on The League we all adore so dearly, Matchday fourteen is almost upon us already, all kicking-off tomorrow night, but which sides can handle the busy schedule the best? Join us again to find out.

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