Hello and welcome to the latest Premier League Weekly! These match reports are from the 20-22nd of January. Today I will have match reports from all of those ten matches and also my Team of the Week. Enjoy!
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-4 Chelsea
Chelsea annihilated Brighton at the Amex Stadium with an excellent performance on the South Coast. They took the lead in the third minute, when Eden Hazard opened the scoring. Three minutes later Willian killed the contest with a beautiful goal to double the visitors’ lead. In the 77th minute Hazard was at it again when he well and truly sealed the game and in the last minute Victor Moses chipped the ball over Mat Ryan to make it four.
Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace
Arsenal shocked almost everyone as they blew Crystal Palace away at the Emirates just before Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United. The Gunners took the lead after 6 minutes when Nacho Monreal headed in a corner, and then four minutes later the Spaniard’s cross was converted by Alex Iwobi to double their lead. Three minutes later Laurent Koscielny scrambles the ball over the line and ten minutes after Alexandre Lacazette scored to make it four. In the second half the Eagles were better, but when Luka Milivojevic scored in the 78th minute it was little more than a consolation.
Burnley 0-1 Manchester United
Man United were slightly lucky to overcome an always tricky Burnley at Turf Moor to keep the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the table. In the first half Burnley were on top, but David de Gea kept out everything as usual. Nine minutes into the second half Romelu Lukaku played Anthony Martial through and the Frenchman smashed the ball past a wrong-footed Nick Pope into the top left corner.
Everton 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
Everton carried on their poor form with a draw against West Brom at Goodison Park. The in-form Jay Rodriguez gave the Baggies a surprise lead after only seven minutes, and it took them just over an hour to equalise. It came when Oumar Niasse finished clinically past Ben Foster to earn an important point against their possible relegation rivals.
Leicester City 2-0 Watford
In Marco Silva’s last game in charge of Watford, Leicester’s two main players punished them for their continuing poor form. In the 39th minute Jamie Vardy used his pace to get goal side of Molla Wague who brought him down for a penalty. Vardy took it and as usual slotted it away confidently. In the first minute of added time at the end of the match, the in demand Riyad Mahrez sealed the game as he continued his excellent season.
Stoke City 2-0 Huddersfield Town
Stoke got an incredible important win in a relegation six pointer against Huddersfield at the Bet365 Stadium. In the 53rd minute Joe Allen scored a great goal to put the Potters into a deserved lead. Mame-Biram Diouf sealed the points for the hosts to continue the Terriers’ poor form.
West Ham United 1-1 Bournemouth
Two goals in two minutes at the London Stadium left West Ham and Bournemouth with points that both teams would have wanted to have been wins. In the 71st minute the diminutive Ryan Fraser put the Cherries ahead, but the Hammers equalised through Javier Hernandez two minutes later.
Manchester City 3-1 West Ham United
Man City ended their unbelievable run of 1 loss in a row with a convincing victory over Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium. After dominating the opening half an hour, City went ahead after 34 minutes when Kevin de Bruyne’s cross just skimmed off the hair of Sergio Aguero for the opening goal. In the second half the pattern continued and in the 63rd minute Raheem Sterling was pushed down by Javier Manquillo and Aguero put the penalty past Karl Darlow. The Magpies made it a closer affair four minutes later when Jacob Murphy chipped the ball over Ederson on the counter attack, but when Leroy Sane went on an amazing run in the box fifteen minutes later and found Aguero who completed his perfect hat-trick with a low left footed shot it was game over again.
Southampton 1-1 Tottenham
Tottenham dropped yet more points in their race for the top four which is gradually slipping away from them. However, it could’ve been a lot worse, when fifteen minutes in Davinson Sanchez unluckily turned a Ryan Bertrand cross into his own net to put the Saints ahead. Three minutes later Harry Kane saved them for the countless time this season when he converted a corner to equalise. Nothing much else happened for the rest of the match, but the hosts were just the better team.
Swansea City 1-0 Liverpool
In probably the most shocking result of the season so far, Swansea defeated Liverpool and even managed to keep them from scoring at the Liberty Stadium on Monday night. In the 40th minute a corner from Swansea was headed to Alfie Mawson by Virgil van Dijk, and the English defender swivelled and put the ball past Loris Karius. In the last minute of the match, van Dijk chipped the ball to Roberto Firmino, but his header which should have gone in hit the far post and stayed out to ensure that the Swans held on for a victory against the team that only eight days before were the first team to beat Manchester City all season, which demonstrates the Reds’ problem with consistency.
Team of the Week
- Lukasz Fabianski
- Victor Moses
- Laurent Koscielny
- Alfie Mawson
- Nacho Monreal
- Kevin de Bruyne
- Joe Allen
- Eden Hazard
- Sergio Aguero
- Riyad Mahrez