Hello everyone and welcome to another Premier League Weekly! Today I will have my team of the week, but first it will be all of my match reports from the 10 games in midweek. Enjoy!
Watford 2-4 Manchester United
Man United won a crucial game that closed the gap between them and Manchester City to five points, but only for 24 hours. The Red Devils took the lead in the 19th minute when former Watford player Ashley Young smashed in a shot from the edge of the penalty area, and then the defender doubled their lead six minutes later with an incredible free kick. The game was then sealed five minutes after that when Anthony Martial finished with aplomb after being played through by Romelu Lukaku. However, Troy Deeney converted a penalty in the 77th minute and then seven minutes later Abdoulaye Doucoure brought them right back into it with an excellent finish. With Watford pushing for an equaliser, in the 86th minute United won it once and for all when Jesse Lingard scored a wonderful solo goal on the counter attack to keep the pressure on league leaders Manchester City.
Leicester City 2-1 Tottenham
Leicester defeated Tottenham to send the Londoners down into seventh place in the league. They took the lead in the 13th minute when Jamie Vardy scored an incredible chip on the volley. The lead was doubled by Riyad Mahrez in the first minute of first half stoppage time after he cut inside from the right wing and curled a pearler of a left footed shot into the top corner from outside the box. Harry Kane pulled one back with a typically clinical finish for Tottenham with 10 minutes left but it wasn’t enough for the away side, as Fernando Llorente failed to convert a sitter in the last few minutes.
West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Newcastle United
Newcastle came from two goals behind to draw at the Hawthorns against West Brom. The Baggies took the lead at the end of the first half when Kieran Gibbs’ cross was headed in by Hal Robson-Kanu and then they doubled their lead in the 56th minute when local boy Sam Field volleyed the ball into the back of the net to put the hosts in a commanding lead. However, two minutes later Ciaran Clark headed in from a corner and then the Magpies equalised in the 83rd minute when Matt Ritchie’s free kick deflected off Salomón Rondon and then Johnny Evans before hitting the back of the net.
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 Crystal Palace
In possibly the most unexpected derby in the Premier League, Brighton drew at home to Crystal Palace in an exciting scoreless draw. In the first half Brighton goalkeeper Matthew Ryan made a great double save, first from Christian Benteke and then the follow up by Wilfried Zaha. The best chance of the second half came to Glenn Murray, but his header was cleared off the line by Andres Townsend.
Arsenal 5-0 Huddersfield Town
Arsenal blew Huddersfield apart in the first time this season that the Yorkshire side have looked out of their depth in the Premier League. They were behind in fewer than three minutes when Alexandre Lacazette finished Aaron Ramsey’s through ball with ease. The Terriers hung on for the rest of the first half, but in the second the Gunners found their form and went two up in the 68th minute Mesut Ozil squared it to Olivier Giroud who couldn’t miss. They made it three a minute later, this time Alexis Sanchez scoring a tap in. Mesut Ozil chipped in the fourth goal and Olivier Giroud completed his brace with the fifth goal.
Manchester City 2-1 Southampton
Man City scored yet another late winner to push their lead at the top of the league to eight points again. For the first half, Southampton parked the bus and did well, not allowing the Citizens to create many chances and also hitting the bar through Wesley Hoedt. However, at the start of the second half Kevin de Bruyne whipped in a free kick and it was deflected into the goal by Virgil van Dijk, although it went down as a goal for the Belgian. In the 75th minute Oriol Romeu equalised and that looked to be the decisive goal, until in the sixth and final minute of injury time Raheem Sterling received the ball in the corner of the box, cut inside and curled an incredible shot into the top right corner to win it for City. The goal sent the fans, the players and the staff crazy, with everyone running and jumping for joy. Scoring last minute winners as frequently as City are shows that they have incredible belief and determination to win, which is the stuff of champions.
Bournemouth 1-2 Burnley
Burnley beat Bournemouth on the South coast to move up to sixth in the Premier League! They took the lead in the 37th minute through their talisman Chris Wood and then doubled that lead twenty minutes into the second half when Robbie Brady sealed the game for the Clarets. Josh King scored after Jermaine Defoe’s pass in the 79th minute, but it was too little too late for the Cherries.
Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City
Chelsea got away with a poor performance to keep the pressure on the two Manchester clubs. At the end of the first half Antonio Conte was sent to the stands for arguing with the referee. Ten minutes into the second half, Chelsea won a corner and N’Golo Kante’s shot was blocked but it rebounded to Antonio Rudiger who headed it past Lukasz Fabianski to score the winning goal.
Stoke City 0-3 Liverpool
Liverpool won on a cold Wednesday night in Stoke, to prove that is not always as difficult of a game as it is made out. They took the lead in the 17th minute when Sadio Mane chipped the ball over Lee Grant from close range. Towards the end of the first half Mame Biram Diouf was fouled by Simon Mignolet on the edge of the box, but it was given as only a yellow and a free kick when it should have been a red card. Liverpool couldn’t get the second goal until Mohamed Salah came on in the second half. The Egyptian got his first goal with Liverpool clearly on the back foot, with a superb volley in the 77th minute. He then extended his lead as Premier League top scorer five minutes later with a simple finish after Erik Pieters’ error.
Everton 4-0 West Ham United
Everton thrashed David Moyes’ West Ham, with their new manager Sam Allardyce watching from the stand. Dominic Calvert-Lewin won them a penalty in the 18th minute which was headed in by Wayne Rooney after Joe Hart saved his first effort. Ten minutes later Rooney scored his second goal with a clinical finish. In the 66th minute Hart ran out of his net to clear a through ball. It was rolling towards Rooney, who was standing on the edge of the centre circle in his own half. Instead of taking a touch and assessing his options, Rooney hit it first time into the back of the net from 65 yards out, to complete his hat-trick with one of the greatest goals in Premier League history. With 10 minutes left Ashley Williams headed in from a corner to make it 4-0.
Team of the Week
- Matthew Ryan
- Ashley Williams
- Antonio Rudiger
- Joel Matip
- Ashley Young
- Sead Kolasinac
- Mesut Ozil
- Wayne Rooney
- Mohamed Salah
- Alexis Sanchez
- Olivier Giroud