After another enthralling weekend of The Premier League, it’s now time to look back at all of Game Week Sixteen’s action, as West Ham United claimed a first League win since late September and the pride of both Manchester and Liverpool went head to head on an incredible Super Sunday.
Hungry Hammers Overcome Blues To Get Moyes Off The Mark
David Moyes’ Claret & Blue Army pulled off an unlikely scalp on Saturday lunchtime at The London Stadium by defeating Antonio Conte’s Champions, the Scotsman’s first win in charge in East London at the fifth attempt.
The game’s deciding goal came in the first-half courtesy of club-record signing Marko Arnautovic’s first strike for the club, turning away from Blues defenders to place a precise effort in Thibaut Courtois’s far corner.
The visitors tried their best to get back into the affair but lacked that distinct cutting edge, N’Golo Kane and Davide Zappacosta the only players giving keeper Adrian San-Miguel anything of note to deal with.
The Hammers’ third win of the campaign brings a rise of just one place to 18th position, level on points with West Bromwich Albion a position above, whilst The West Londoners remained third, now 14 off Manchester City’s pace at the top.
On-Son Spurs Trounce Poor Potters
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur ended their sour recent run of form to demolish Mark Hughes’ Stoke City at Wembley two days ago to the tune of a 5-1 scoreline.
The hosts were somewhat gifted the lead early on when Ryan Shawcross headed past his own goalkeeper Jack Butland, however, quick-fire second-half strikes from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane tripled the advantage.
Kane was then on hand once again to make it four, before Christian Eriksen finished well to round off The Lilywhites’ scoring, Shawcross was in the thick of the action once more to head home at the right end this time, although it was way too late by then.
Spurs’ first victory in five PL clashes was enough to keep them in sixth position after a costly run, while things are beginning to look worrying in The West Midlands for Stoke who now sit just three points above the drop zone, 16th place.
Arfield Winner Sees Clarets March On
A late first period finish from Scott Arfield was enough for Sean Dyche’s Burnley to continue their marvellous start to the season at the expense of fellow surprise package Watford at a wintry Turf Moor.
The away side, under Marco Silva, were severely hampered by the sending-off of Marvin Zeegelaar for a dangerous challenge on Steven Defour, replays showing that it wasn’t quite as bad as it had first looked.
This paved the way for Arfield, a Canadian International, to casually slot home from a great position past Heurelho Gomes on the stroke of half-time, leaving the hosts to comfortably hold out for the win, having had two goals disallowed later on in the affair.
Dyche’s men’s triumph ensured that they stayed seventh, level on points with Tottenham above, whereas, The Hornets have now fallen below Leicester City for the first time this season, now in ninth.
Mounie Magic Delivers Terriers Vital Win
Steve Mounie’s first goals since the opening day of the campaign helped Huddersfield Town to a much-needed win over fellow Premier League newbies Brighton & Hove Albion two days ago at The John Smith’s Stadium.
Mounie grabbed his first for David Wagner’s men early on, showing good reflexes from close-range to convert past Matthew Ryan between the sticks in the 12th minute.
But, the doubling of the lead would be a little more fortunate as Mounie’s tame header somehow managed to beat the Aussie, a rare mistake from him, but the Terriers forward will not care how they come.
The hosts’ first three points in five PL games move up four places to 12th and out of danger for the meantime, they went above Chris Hughton’s men, who are currently in the midst of a worrying downward spiral and 13th place.
Honours Even In Selhurst Park Thriller
There was to be huge drama in another of the Saturday afternoon ties as The Eagles and The Cherries were locked in a hugely entertaining affair South of the Centre of the Capital.
Jermain Defoe had given Eddie Howe’s men an early lead by getting back to goal-scoring ways, however, they were pegged back when Luka Milivojevic converted a penalty after Asmir Begovic had brought down Wilfried Zaha.
Roy Hodgson’s defender Scott Dann was on hand to give his side the lead on 42 minutes, before Defoe struck again with a stunning Marco van Basten-esque strike, paving the way for Christian Benteke to squander a late spot-kick that could have given Palace a pivotal three points in the Relegation battle, in the wake of Zaha going tumbling controversially from the tackle of Charlie Daniels.
Instead, a disappointing point saw them fall all the way back down to the familiar territory of bottom place, despite not losing in their last five matches, meanwhile, Bournemouth remained in 14th place on 16 points.
Bony Brilliance Edges Nervy Baggies Affair
A thunderous late effort from Swans fan-favourite Wilfried Bony gifted Swansea three points of unimaginable importance over West Bromwich Albion at The Liberty in the final 3 PM tie.
The crucial moment came in the 81st minute when Bony, formerly of Manchester City, smashed the ball past an abundance of visiting defenders and goalkeeper Ben Foster, after the ball fell to him from a corner, scoring in consecutive games for the first time in almost three years.
Both sides had chances to further impact the outcome of the encounter before that, most notably for the away side through Hal Robson-Kanu, who was unable to create anything from getting into a superb position on the counter-attack.
This meant that the Welshmen were able to hold out for a taste victory for the first time in almost two months in all Competitions, climbing off the bottom to 19th, whereas, Alan Pardew remains winless in charge of Albion, they sit in dangerous 17th.
Fantastic Foxes Add To Newcastle’s Misery
A terrific away showing from Claude Puel’s Leicester City made things even worse for Newcastle United in The North East on Saturday evening live on BT Sport by claiming a narrow win.
The hosts got off to a dream start on the 124th anniversary of their existence, leading through striker Joselu after just six minutes of the affair, but a touch of brilliance from Riyad Mahrez levelled things up a short while later.
Demarai Gray, with the help of a touch from a defender that deflected the ball out Karl Darlow’s reach, struck before Dwight Gayle was able to equalise via another deflection, paving the way for Ayoze Perez to net a calamitous own-goal while trying to tackle Shinji Okazaki to the disgust of the Toon Army.
Rafa Benitez’s men slid even further down the Table, they have conceded 15 goals in their last five games and their form us abysmal in 16th place, things could not be more different for Puel’s men, who rose to eighth with a third consecutive win.
Stern Saints Hold Gunners At St Mary’s
Another impressive showing from Mauricio Pellegrino’s Southampton prevented Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal from leaving the South Coast with anything more than a point in BT Sport’s only live game of Sunday.
Charlie Austin, in a game of many chances, was able to deliver a superb finish and beat Petr Cech early to give the home side a slim advantage, both of the teams going on to waste plenty of opportunities before and after the break.
This was all before substitute Olivier Giroud was able to get a glancing header to an Alexis Sanchez cross to equalise, the goal coming just moments after Ryan Bertrand had squandered a marvellous one-on-one opening.
In the end, it finished all-square and The Saints, now unbeaten in two stayed in 11th place as Arsenal remained fifth, just a point off Liverpool a place above them in fourth.
Rooney Pen Pegs Back Reds On Derby Day
On to that very Reds team and the first instalment of “Derby Day” live on Sky Sports starting in the City of Liverpool with the traditional Merseyside Derby at Anfield.
The Toffees headed into the game without a win at The Ground this century and they must have felt a sense of De Ja Vu when a piece of brilliance from Mo Salah, the League’s top scorer, fired Jurgen Klopp’s men to a lead on the brink of half-time.
But, there would be a twist of fate late on when Dejan Lovren, the subject of much criticism in recent weeks, bundled Dominic Calvert-Lewin to the floor and Referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot, Wayne Rooney made no mistake against Simon Mignolet to rescue a point at the hands of old foes.
Liverpool’s share of the spoils means that they just hang on to fourth spot in the Standings, whilst The Blues, undefeated under new Manager Sam Allardyce, are tenth after a great result from their perspective.
Unstoppable Citizens Claim Manchester Bragging Rights
All focus quickly switched North just a little later yesterday for the Manchester Derby, given that extra edge being a top of the Table matchup, as Pep Guardiola’s men made the short trip to face off with Joe Mourinho’s at Old Trafford.
It would take the visitors nearly a whole half to breach enemy lines and seize a deserved lead, David Silva capitalising on a defensive error from Romelu Lukaku to volley home from close-range.
However, it was 1-1 before half-time, Marcus Rashford making the most of a double error from Nicolas Otamendi and Fabian Delph to finish past Ederson and it was more poor work at the back which saw City take all three points with Lukaku finding himself at the wrong end of the pitch once more, helping to tee up Otamendi to redeem his earlier mistake.
The Sky Blues have now moved a staggering 11 points clear of United in first position, with many stating that they already have one hand on the PL Trophy, with that, they also equalled the record for the most consecutive English Top-Flight wins, 14, Guardiola’s Train thunders on.
So, now that all the spoils and thrills from yet another weekend of the League that we all know and love has been well and truly reviewed, The PL action is now coming at us thick and fast, with yet another midweek round starting tomorrow night for Matchday Seventeen.