Welcome to this weeks Premier League Roundup! Across the weekend all 20 of the English Premier League teams were in action with 3 games played on Sunday & 7 games already played on the Saturday, if you would like to see Saturdays results you should view our Premier League Results – 9/12/17 news post. Today features a very important fixture between 1st place Manchester City & 2nd place Manchester United who face off in a Manchester Derby! It is however not the only derby today as a Merseyside Derby will happen between Everton & Liverpool who are both situated in the city of Liverpool! Although only 3 matches are played today there is going to be a lot of drama for sure!
Sunday 10th December – Premier League Results:
Southampton 1 – 1 Arsenal
Arsenal had a very slow start and were in shambles for the first half of the Southapton vs. Arsenal fixture, they conceded a goal early in the first half at just 3 minutes into the game with Charlie Austin having an excellent strike that caught the Arsenal defense sleeping. Austin could of easily made it 2-0 had it not been for an excellent save by Petr Cech and then being caught offside when he hit the woodwork. Southampton were only tested once in the first half and it was by Aaron Ramsey who had a shot on goal but it was not much trouble for Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
Arsenal responded strong in the second half and were dominating possession but struggling to convert all of this possession into a goal however their persistence paid off at the very end of the game when Oliver Giroud was bought on as a substitute in the 72nd minute and scored in the 88th minute. Giroud climbed above Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk to steer home Alexis Sanchez’s cross to award Arsenal with a point from this fixture.
Although Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would not be pleased with the result it was ultimately the result they deserved, Southampton are a team struggling for form in the bottom half of the English Premier League but were much stronger than Arsenal… especially in the first half, thankfully he made the substitutes required to salvage the game, Arsene will be looking for his defense to mark Austin more closely next time they place as Austin has scored in all 3 of his last appearances against Arsenal but this does show Arsenal’s ability to respond while behind, they are one of the best teams at salvaging a game and have gotten 10 points out of matches that they were behind in during the 2017-18 Premier League season more than any other team and only matched by Manchester City!
Liverpool 1 – 1 Everton
Liverpool and Everton faced off in the second Premier League fixture of the day in a Merseyside clash. Liverpool as many could of predicted started of the game very strong holding the vast majority of possession and keeping Everton on their toes and this pressure eventually lead to a goal by Liverpools star hitman Salah in the 42nd minute with a beautiful curling finish from an angle towards the end of the first half, an excellent goal which was well deserved of both him and Liverpool.
Liverpools form continued into the second half but they were struggling to double up on the lead which was evident when Sadio Mane failed to convert an easy opportunity towards the end of the second half. Shortly after this Liverpool fans were left in horror as a question push by Dejan Lovren on Dominic Calvert-Lewin was deemed worthy of a penalty. This penalty created an uproar as very little contact was made and none was more furious than the Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. This dismay was compounded when Wayne Rooney scored the penalty equalizing the score in the 77th minute. Liverpool continued to try and search for a win but Everton held on and got a point for their efforts. This was not the result Liverpool fans were looking to achieve, their team was very dominant in possession & shots but struggled to hit the target all game, you can view the match stats below:
Manchester United 1 – 2 Manchester City
The final match of the day was between first place Manchester City & second place Manchester United. Man City was away this game giving Man Utd the home advantage one which their fans exploited well with very vocal cheering of their team. The first half was looking uneventful until towards the end where both teams sparked into life. Manchester City city were awarded a corner in the 42nd minute which created a lot of confusion for the United defense who struggled to defend the set piece and conceded a goal in the 43rd minute from the set piece by David Silva. Manchester United responded strong and quickly attacked after the match resumed and were gifted a goal by poor defending from Nicolas Otamendi and Fabian Delph which allowed Marcus Rashford to slip behind them and finish to set the scoreline level.
After the half-time break Manchester City put the pressure back onto Man Utd which lead to a goal by Otamendi in the 54th minute following an excellent goal by a rebound shot which was initially taken by Romelu Lukaku. The game entered a stalemate for the next 15 minutes as Manchester City adapted to defend the lead where as Man United tried to attack but were unable to break the defense. In the dying moments of the game in the 79th minute Ander Herrera went down in the penalty box following a challenge from Otamendi which was very controversial, the Man United fans, players & manager feel it was a penalty whereas City supporters saw it as a dive. The referee ultimately booked Herrera for diving and thus Manchester Utd did not receive a penalty and ended the game 1-2 down.
Despite the close game Manchester City were firmly in control of possession and this match was the lowest possession that United had ever achieved in a game since records began all the way back in 2003. This loss continued Mourinho’s poor form when facing a side managed by Guardiola, in total Mourinho has lost 9 matches across all competitions against Guardiola, more than any other manager across all of Europe’s leagues!
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There are further games going to be played on Tuesday & Wednesday of this week the best place to get these results will be on our England Premier League Results page which is updated in real-time as the games progress!
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