After an enthralling first midweek Matchday of the 2017/2018 Premier League campaign, it’s now time to recap all the spoils and thrills as David Moyes’ Hammers went down dramatically on Merseyside and Manchester City produced another late moment of pure magic to continue their ground-breaking run.
Leicester Out-Fox Spurs At KP
A fantastic performance from Claude Puel’s Leicester City was enough to condemn Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur to a shock defeat at The King Power Stadium on Tuesday evening.
A moment of pure magic from Jamie Vardy fired The Foxes into the lead on 13 minutes, finishing wondrously over the head of Hugo Lloris from a Marc Albrighton chipped pass.
That advantage was doubled in first-half added-time when Riyad Mahrez broke away to finish in trademark style on his left foot into the very top corner, Harry Kane pulled one back late on, but it would be a tale of missed opportunities for Spurs.
Leicester’s first win in four games takes them impressively up to ninth position, whilst The Lilywhites disappointingly drop two places all the way down to seventh place and now without a victory in three.
Seagulls Hold Eagles To M23 Derby Stalemate
What promised to be a thrilling ding-dong Derby disappointed two days ago as Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace could only produce a goalless draw at The Amex Stadium.
Both sides had their chances, most notably the away side in the early stages, with Matt Ryan producing a stunning double save to deny Christian Benteke and then Wilfried Zaha within seconds of each other.
But, Chris Hughton’s men would then see the better of the play as Dale Stephens struck just wide in the second period before Glenn Murray had a header cleared off the line by Andros Townsend, however, things finished all square.
A point for Brighton saw them leapfrogged by Leicester, dropping to tenth, whilst Roy Hodson’s side remained rooted to rock bottom, although now just three points away from West Bromwich Albion in 17th and level with Swansea directly above them.
Slick United Seal Vicarage Road Rout
An emphatic showing from Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United saw off Watford at Vicarage Road on Tuesday, but there was a hell of a lot more to a thrilling encounter in Hertfordshire.
The visitors would race into an early lead through two stunning strikes from Ashley Young, one a free-kick and one a thunderous volley before Anthony Martial tripled the advantage with a cool finish a short while later.
However, Marco Silva’s men showed more grit in the second period to fight back and make it 3-2, Troy Deeney netted from the penalty spot and Abdoulaye Doucoure from just inside the area, but Jesse Lingard punched with a superb solo effort late on to seal the deal for his team.
The Hornets remained eighth in the wake of defeat with a four-point cushion, while The Red Devils managed to keep up the pace on rivals and League leaders Manchester City, eight points behind.
Late Newcastle Clinch Baggies Point
Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United left it late to claim a rather fortunate and much-needed point against West Bromwich Albion in Tuesday’s final tie at The Hawthorns.
A Hal-Robson Kanu header gave the hosts the lead in the first minute of first-half added time and they were in dream land just after the break as local lad sand England U21 star Sam Field arrived at the far post with a superb volley.
But, just two minutes later Ciaran Clark nodded one back for The Magpies, before Matt Ritchie’s free-kick cannoned off Salomon Rondon and Jonny Evans to beast Ben Foster at his near post on 81 minutes, heartbreak for the hosts.
A point in Gary Megson’s last game as Interim Boss following the appointment of Alan Pardew keeps WBA 17th, whereas, The Toon edged up to 12th position, in the midst of a torrid run of recent form.
Rudiger Fires Blues To Swans Victory
A solo header from Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger gave his team all three points at Stamford Bridge yesterday evening against Paul Clement’s depleted Swansea City.
The game’s decisive goal came in the 66th minute of the affair when Rudiger, formerly of Roma, made the most of N’Golo Kante’s effort wickedly deflecting off Wilfried Bony to react very quickly and head the ball into Lukasz Fabianski’s empty net.
Before that, Blues Boss Antonio Conte was sent to the Stands for his antics towards Lee Mason on the touchline, while on the pitch, the hosts should have really punished The Swans further after dominating the one-sided affair.
The victory kept The West Londoners in third position and three points behind The Red Devils in second place, whilst things are looking increasingly worrying for Swansea, who have now been caught on eight points by bottom-placed Crystal Palace.
Five Star Gunners Down Tame Terriers
A simply stunning performance from Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal was more than enough to thrash David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town at The Emirates Stadium in another of yesterday’s clashes.
The Gunners, a class above the visitors, took only three minutes to go ahead as Alexandre Lacazette was played in by Aaron Ramsey to finish past Jonas Lossl, but they would have to wait until the 68th minute for their next.
It would be an Olivier Giroud finish that triggered a further two goals in the space of five minutes from Alexis Sanchez and the man pulling all the strings Mesut Ozil before the emphatic scoreline was rounded off by Giroud after a brilliant Sead Kolasinac run and assist.
The North London side managed to stay fourth with the huge victory, two points ahead of Liverpool, as Wagner’s men fell to 14th position after a third consecutive loss, now looking over their shoulders slightly.
Clarets Party Continues On South Coast
Sean Dyche’s Burnley continued their incredible start to the season with an admirable victory at The Vitality Stadium over a Bournemouth side that had been on an impressive run of form themselves.
Prolific forward Chris Wood was first to strike for the away side, converting a Robbie Brady cross, before the Irishman grabbed one for himself with a thundering strike from the edge of the area on 65 minutes.
The resilient Cherries were able to pull one back with around ten minutes to go as Josh King was on hand to convert from Callum Wilson’s cross, but Dyche’s men defended well late on to hold on.
A first defeat in four drops Eddie Howe’s men to 15th and gives them a few more things to worry about, but there are no such problems for Burnley who have remarkably gone above Spurs and into sixth place, what a story this is turning out to be.
Unbelievable Sterling Fires City To Added-Time Win
Manchester City made it an incredible 18th consecutive win in all Competitions very late on indeed against Southampton at The Etihad last night, their second win on the bounce after the 90th minute.
Kevin De Bruyne had fired The Citizens into the lead just after the break with a neat finish but a goal from the most unlikely of sources, former Chelsea man Oriol Romeu levelled things up with 15 minutes to go.
This set the affair up perfectly to be decided on spectacular terms with Raheem Sterling netted his second last-gasp goal in the space of four days, a beautiful effort from the edge of the area that gave Fraser Forster no chance.
The three points did enough to keep Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten side ahead by eight points at the very top of the PL Table, while Mauricio Pellegrino’s men fall a place to 11th.
Racing Reds Overcome Potters In Midlands
A terrific away showing from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool gave The Potters little chance of getting a result at The bet 365 Stadium, the penultimate encounter of yesterday.
Pacey forward Sadio Mane struck first for the visitors just before 20 minutes came up, paving the way for the League highest scorer to wave his magic wand in the final 15 minutes.
This man was, of course, Mo Salah who beat Lee Grant with a terrific volley and a fantastic one-on-one finish a short while later to carry one his magnificent form on 12 goals for the campaign.
Yet another worrying defeat for Mark Hughes’ men leaves them just two places above the drop zone, whereas, The Reds are now fifth after shaking off their knack of throwing away leads.
Moyes Makes Unhappy Return To Goodison Park
Last but not least for Premier League Game Week 13 was the small matter of a vital clash on Merseyside, as David Moyes’ Hammers returned to Liverpool, to face David Unsworth’s Everton in a Relegation six-pointer.
While new Toffees Boss and former West Ham United Manager Sam Allardyce watched on from The Stands, Wayne Rooney put his side ahead in the rebound of his penalty that was saved by Joe Hart, getting his second just before the half-hour mark.
Manuel Lanzini would see his spot-kick saved by Jordan Pickford early in the second-half, leaving Rooney to net his first hat-trick since 2011 with an astonishing strike from inside his own half, before Ashley Williams’ head rounded things off later on.
A crucial three points for Unsworth in his last game in charge at Goodison moves The Blues handsomely up to 13th, while The Claret & Blue Army travelled back to East London knowing that their team is now in huge trouble, 18th, with The Swans and Eagles creeping up behind.
So, now that all the spoils and thrills from yet another thrilling round of action from The League that we all know, and love has been well and truly covered, there is little time to wait for our next dosage of PL action, it all kicks-off at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime.