After another action and goal-packed weekend of The Premier League, it’s now time to reflect and break down the huge chunks of Game Week Nine, as our Hammers were stunned by The Seagulls on FNF and a ruthless Manchester City extended their lead at the very summit of the Table.
Murray Double Inspires Seagulls To London Stadium Upset
A brace from journeyman forward Glenn Murray assisted Brighton & Hove Albion to a shock Friday night victory over Slaven Bilic’s Boys in Stratford Live on Sky Sports.
Chris Hughton’s men first struck after just ten minutes as Murray rose to nod a Pascal Gross free-kick into the far corner and deal us an early Hammer blow at The London Stadium.
A magnificent strike from Columbian Jose Izquierdo made it two on the stroke of half-time for the visitors before Pablo Zabaleta fouled Murray and the former Palace man converted the penalty to deliver all three points for his side.
Brighton’s first ever Premier League victory sees them up to 12th place heading into Game Week Ten, whereas, Bilic’s Boys drop dangerously to 16th, turning the heat up to full on the Croat.
Blues Comeback Downs Tricky Hornets
A second-half resurgence from Antonio Conte’s Chelsea was enough for them to claim a rather fortunate 4-2 victory over Marco Silva’s Watford on Saturday lunchtime at Stamford Bridge.
The hosts first took the lead on 12 minutes as Pedro struck a remarkable Goal of the Season contender, but Abdoulaye Doucoure volleyed Watford level in first-half added time.
Just four minutes after the break, Roberto Pereyra got on the end of a Richarlison pass to convert past Thibaut Courtois, before Cesar Azpilicueta and a double from super sub Michy Batshuayi gave the hosts a much-needed victory.
Chelsea have now climbed a place to fourth after taking all three points, in doing so they leapfrogged The Hornets, who are now down as far as sixth position.
Flawless Citizens Cruse To Burnley Romp
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City continued their inexplicable run of form with a convincing victory over The Clarets on Saturday afternoon, their 11th consecutive win in all Competitions.
Surprisingly, the home side took 30 minutes to break down a stern Burnley back line but when they did it was a special moment, as Sergio Aguero equalled Eric Brook’s club scoring record in his first game back from an injury sustained in a Car crash in Amsterdam.
Centre-back Nicolas Otamendi would go onto double his side’s lead in the second period as Kevin De Bruyne picked out Leroy Sane to put the game beyond a resilient away side.
Guardiola’s men have now opened up a five-point gap between them, rivals Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, while Sean Dyche’s side tumble to eighth in the wake of the defeat.
Depoitre Brilliance Fires Terriers To Historic Win
In what was surely the shock of the PL weekend, Laurent Depoitre’s first-half finish helped Huddersfield Town to an incredible 2-1 over Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United at The John Smith’s Stadium.
Aaron Mooy put David Wagner’s men ahead with a superb finish in the early stages of the Saturday 3 PM kick-off, before a Victor Lindelof mistake allowed Depoitre to round David De Gea superbly and finish to double the advantage.
United did make things interesting in the second period as Marcus Rashford rose to head a Romelu Lukaku cross home, but it did little to prevent Huddersfield’s first victory over The Red Devils since 1952.
That very win, their first since August, takes the Yorkshire side back up to 11th position, meanwhile, the end of Manchester United’s unbeaten run culminates in them being caught by Spurs in third on 20 points.
Merino Header Adds To Palace Misery
A late header from substitute Mikel Merino was enough to give Newcastle United a late victory over Crystal Palace in another of the Saturday afternoon ties.
However, in a game where the away side saw plenty of promising chances, things could have been very different, but they can count themselves lucky for not having Yohan Cabaye sent off in the first period.
Rafa Benitez’s men’s patience paid off on 86 minutes when Matt Ritchie’s corner collided off the head of Merino and looped high into the net, the Spaniard himself regarding the goal as “lucky”.
Three points send The Magpies all the way up to seventh place and only two points off fourth, but it was a familiar result for Roy Hodgson’s men, who have been brought back down to Earth this weekend and remain rooted to bottom spot.
Fox In The Box Okazaki Delivers Vital Leicester Win
A second-half finish from Shinji Okazaki helped The Foxes to a first win under Caretaker Manager Michael Appleton at The Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors, fresh from the sacking of Craig Shakespeare on Tuesday, needed a slice of luck to initially take the lead in Wales as Riyad Mahrez’s cross deflected off the head of Federico Fernandez and in.
However, there was nothing fortunate about their second as a wonderful move saw Mahrez place the ball into the path of Okazaki to neatly finish home, Alfie Mawson would fire a late lifeline for the hosts.
But, it turned out to be little more than a constellation as City moved up and out of danger to 14th, but Paul Clement’s men fell back to 15th, only above the Relegation Zone on goal difference.
Triumphant Cherries Race To Potters Upset
Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth claimed only their second win of the season and their first on the road with a 1-2 victory at The Bet 365 Stadium in the last of the Saturday 3 PM games.
The visitors were at it from the off and soon led after just 16 minutes through an exquisite finish from Andrew Surman and it was two minutes later as Ryan Shawcross fouled Benik Afobe in the area and Referee Lee Probert pointed to the spot.
Junior Stanislas coolly converted the spot-kick to give his side a cushion, but there would be late drama as the thigh of Mame Biram Diouf pulled one back for Stoke City and they just couldn’t find a leveller.
A second consecutive defeat for Mark Hughes’ side leaves them 17th and avoiding the bottom three by one goal, meanwhile, the team from The South Coast remain 19th, but have surely found the result that will kickstart their season.
Saints Edge Dire Baggies Clash
A Sofiane Boufal stunner gave Southampton a deserved win over West Bromwich Albion live on BT Sport, but it was an affair that far from caught the imagination of many.
After missing a Catalogue of chances in both halves, it all could have been oh so different for The Saints, as Jay Rodriguez squandered a wonderful chance against his former employers for Tony Pulis’ men to cause an upset.
But, their patience was finally rewarded on 85 minutes, when Boufal ran almost the length of the pitch, leaving many a Baggies player for dead in the process, before unleashing an unstoppable low shot into the bottom corner.
The Goal of the Season contender may just prove hugely important for Mauricio Pellegrino with a first win in four to move his side up to tenth, whilst Albion fall from tenth to 13th.
Gunners Comeback Saves Wenger In Goodison Park Thriller
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal came back from a goal down to thrash Ronald Koeman’s Toffees 2-5 in a Super Sunday clash that more than lived up to its name on Merseyside.
A Wayne Rooney stunner had given the home side an early lead, but that was followed up by Nacho Monreal with a delicious strike of his own to draw things level before the break.
The visitors soon grabbed the game by the collar with a Mesut Ozil header and superb moves finished off by Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey, before Oumar Niasse tackled Petr Cech to pull one back and Alexis Sanchez capped off the emphatic win with a delightful finish. Amongst the frantic period of action, Idrissa Gueye was dismissed for a second bookable offence, meaning that The Toffees finished with ten men.
A third defeat in four in all Competitions for Everton sees the heat turned up on Ronald Koeman and his side slip into the bottom three, a stark contrast for Wenger as Arsenal are elevated to fifth.
Super Spurs Rip Sorry Reds Apart In Wembley Rout
Harry Kane opened up a slim lead at the top of the race for The Golden Boot as he netted twice as Spurs thrashed Liverpool on Super Sunday, for only their second League home win of the campaign.
It took the England striker all of four minutes to open the scoring by capitalising on a Dejan Lovren error to finish superbly, he would then assist Son Heung-Min to double his side’s advantage before the 15-minute mark.
Despite this, the away side fought back as the pace of Mo Salah earned them a lifeline, but that was dealt a cruel blow when Dele Alli volleyed home in first-half added time.
Kane would again pop up to extend the lead late on as Mauricio Pochettino’s men went level on points with Manchester United, whereas, Jurgen Klopp and his side dropped worrying down to ninth on just 13 points.
So, now that we have covered all the action from a thrilling Matchday Nine of the 2017/2018 Premier League season, what will Game Week Ten have in store? As The PL returns next Saturday after a week of The Carabao Cup.