After another pulsating weekend of Premier League spoils and thrills, it’s time to review all the action from Game Week Eleven, as a flawless Manchester City side extended their lead at the top on Super Sunday and a Liverpool thrashing proved a step too far in the wrong direction for Slaven Bilic.
Spoils Shared In Opening Midlands Derby Draw
The Potters and The Foxes had to settle for a share of the points each in the weekend’s opening PL fixture at The Bet 365 Stadium as part of Sky Sports’ early Saturday kick-off.
The home side, under a pressurised Mark Hughes, had to come back from behind twice against Claude Puel’s men who first seized the advantage on 33 minutes through Vicente Iborra first goal for the club, before Xherdan Shaqiri levelled things up at half-time.
The visitors would again take the lead in the second period as Riyad Mahrez cut in to fire past Jack Butland, however, just like before, the hosts equalised, and it would be veteran Peter Crouch to head a goal that may just have saved Hughes.
A point for Stoke keeps them consistently in 14th place, while Leicester are two places and one point ahead of their Midlands counterparts in 12th position having started well under Puel.
Clarets Continue Wondrous Form On South Coast
A late header from substitute Burnley forward Sam Vokes was just about enough to give Sean Dyche’s men a fortunate victory away at Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
The hosts were left to rue a catalogue of missed chances throughout the affair and have Nick Pope to thank for keeping them out with a string of magnificent saves for his Clarets side.
Pope’s heroics paved the way for Johann Berg-Gudmundsson to pick out the head of Vokes with a perfect cross, as the Englishman got the right side of Maya Yoshida to beat Fraser Forster with a precise effort.
Disappointment on home turf sees Mauricio Pellegrino’s men fall down to 13th position, meanwhile, a dramatic three points for the visitors moves them up to seventh and level on points with Liverpool in fifth place.
Cook Winner Gives Cherries Vital Victory
Another late headed goal was needed to separate the two sides in the North East in another of the 3 PM starts on Saturday, as Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth defeated Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United.
In a game that was a tale of squandered opportunities for both sides, the hosts pressured first and were only prevented from taking the lead by Asmir Begovic, who denied both Matt Ritchie and Christian Atsu from range.
But, the away side slowly grew into the game and somehow didn’t win the game through Marc Pugh as he hit the post in the latter stages, but Steve Cook rose to nod into the far corner from the resulting set-piece and give his team all three points.
A regrettable second consecutive loss for the Magpies drops them down as far as 11th place, whilst The Cherries climb out of the Relegation Zone for the first time since the very start of the season and into 17th place.
Murray Magic Proves The Difference In Wales
An improvised finish to say the least from Seagulls striker Glenn Murray was enough to give his newly-Promoted Brighton side a highly impressive away win over a troubled Swansea side.
After an even start to the first period at The Liberty Stadium, the game reached its definitive moment on 29 minutes when Anthony Knockaert’s perfect delivery found the corner via the knee of veteran Murray.
Paul Clement’s men would have plenty of chances after that to even things up as the likes of Tammy Abraham and Luciano Narsingh went close, but not close enough.
Chris Hughton’s side would hold on well, in the end, to ensure that The Swans fall disappointingly to 19th while continuing their superb start to a first-ever PL campaign by moving to eighth.
Tantalising Terriers Scrape Baggies Triumph
David Wagner’s ten-man Huddersfield Town made a point of continuing their marvellous home record by narrowly overcoming Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion at The John Smith’s Stadium in the last of the 3 PM kick-offs, which all managed to finish 1-0 or 0-1.
They were helped to a superb three points by what was surely one of the most skilful first Premier League goals in history from Rajiv van La Parra, as he curled in from long-range on the stroke of half-time.
But, things could have turned out altogether different for The Terriers when, early in the second period, Christopher Schindler was dismissed by Referee Roger East for a second bookable offence after a challenge of Ahmed Hegazi.
However, The Baggies were unable to find a late leveller with Huddersfield rising three places to tenth, while Pulis’ men have now not won a game in eight and are only a point outside the drop zone in 16th.#
Four Star Reds Sail Past Sorry Hammers In East London
An electrifying performance from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool was enough to overwhelm our hapless Hammers side to the tune of 1-4 in BT Sport’s Saturday Night Live Game, a defeat that would prove deadly for Slaven Bilic.
The Reds, clinical as ever, broke away at incredible speed to first take the lead through Mo Salah on 22 minutes, just moments before Joel Matip capitalized on an unfortunate Mark Noble deflection to tap home for two.
There would be a small resurgence from the hosts early in the second period with Manuel Lanzini finishing well past Simon Mignolet to pull one back, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted his first in Liverpool Red under a minute later as Salah rounded off the victory with a superb 75th-minute volley.
A night to forget at The London Stadium for so many reasons leaves our Manager-less Claret & Blue starts sitting ugly just inside the Relegation Zone, meanwhile the visitors elevated themselves to fifth in emphatic style in East London.
Super Son Saves Spurs Blushes In Wembley Win
An unconvincing Tottenham Hotspur side under Mauricio Pochettino relied on a late Son Heung-min strike to claim all three points over strugglers Crystal Palace to kick off an incredible Sunday of action at Wembley.
The Eagles team that showed up barely looked like the one that had not scored an away goal all season long and that run would continue thanks to Spurs debutant Paulo Gazzaniga who put in a Man of the Match display.
However, Roy Hodgson’s men were made to pay for all their missed chances on 64 minutes, as the ball fell kindly for Son on the edge of the area, leaving the South Korean to curl beautifully into the near corner.
Not the most convincing of victories for The Lilywhites, but an important one nonetheless, puts them level on points with Manchester United in second, whilst Palace’s ninth loss of the season sees them stay 20th.
Aguero Penalty Aids Guardiola To Down Wenger
A second-half spot-kick from Manchester City’s all-time leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero helped Manchester City to a 15th successive win in all Competitions over a flagging Arsenal side in the first of the Super Sunday clashes.
In a game that was pretty much plain sailing for Pep Guardiola’s men, the usual provider turned scorer in the first period as Kevin De Bruyne struck home wondrously to break the deadlock, the aforementioned Aguero penalty would double that advantage just after half-time.
Despite this, The Gunners were on hand to give themselves a lifeline shortly after with the two Alex’s, Iwobi and Lacazette, combining for the latter to finish under Ederson, but City would put the affair out of sight in contentious circumstances through a Gabriel Jesus finish before the end.
The win would prove of even higher magnitude for The Blue Moon as their lead at the top has now extended to eight points after just 11 games, whereas Arsene Wenger’s men fell out of the top four entirely and down to sixth.
Morata Bullet Gives Blues Pivotal Home Win
A wonderful header from Spanish striker Alvaro Morata lifted the pressure from Antonio Conte’s shoulders in the second Super Sunday helping, as The Blues defeated Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils by a whisker at Stamford Bridge.
The hosts, who had enjoyed the better of the play in the first period, took a full 55 minutes to bring the stalemate to an end when Spanish International Cesar Azpilicueta found his National teammate Morata to head superbly past Spaniard David De Gea.
There would be very little response from United in terms of creating clear-cut opportunities, with a low save to deny a Marouane Fellaini volley the only activity of note for Thibaut Courtois.
Chelsea managed to maintain fourth spot with a third consecutive Premier League victory, while the team in red took another step backwards and are now eight adrift of the only side above them and their dearest Manchester rivals.
Toffees Triumphant In Goodison Park Epic
David Unsworth claimed his first win as Everton Interim Boss and in some style as his side came from two goals down late in the second-half against Marco Silva’s Watford to flip the game on its head for a 4-2 victory and round off a mouth-watering Sunday of The Premier League on Merseyside.
The away side found the first of their two goals just after the break when Richarlison rounded Jordan Pickford and finished well from an Andre Gray ball before Christian Kabasele doubled that lead a short time later, but Oumar Niasse swiftly gave the hosts a lifeline.
England U21 International Dominic Calvert-Lewin was on hand to head home a Leighton Baines corner to level the scores, as Baines then turned provider to scorer with a 91st minute penalty to win it for The Toffees, not without Tom Cleverley failing to hit the target with a penalty of his own against his former employers, an incredible 10 minutes later.
Having managed to avoid a sixth successive defeat in all Competitions, the hosts vitally climbed out of the dreaded Relegation Zone and up to 15th, while The Hornets’ fall from grace continued, they can now be found as far down as ninth.
So, now that all the memorable action from the weekend that football remembered the fallen heroes, has been well and truly reviewed, an intolerable International Break is now unfortunately on the plate, but the Premier League will return for the 12th round of matches this season in just under two weeks.