Welcome to this weeks Premier League Roundup! Across the weekend all 20 of the English Premier League teams were in action with 7 games on Saturday & a further 3 games on Sunday. This week sees a huge fixture between Manchester United & Manchester City who are 2nd and 1st in the Premier League. Although Manchester United are far off City a win for Man Utd will see them close the gap whereas a loss makes Manchester City have a huge lead at the top of the Premier League one that does not look like it will be closed down and could essentially gift them the Premier League title! As this fixture will take place on Sunday you should be sure to check out our Premier League Results – 10/12/17 Blog post!
Saturday 9th December – Premier League Results:
West Ham United 1 – 0 Chelsea
The first match of the day saw 3rd place Chelsea face 18th place West Ham in a London derby and West Ham started the game like a rocket scoring with Arnautovic scoring a goal after just 6 minutes! Arnautovic’s goal was a superb effort striking it into the bottom corner after a combination of passes with Manuel Lanzini on the edge of the area. Chelsea responded well with a strong array of shots & dominated possession but West Ham’s defense was impenetrable and any efforts that did get through them was snuffed out by an on-form Adrián in goal for West Ham United!
This victory for West Ham gives them much needed points at the bottom of the Premier League and although they are still in the relegation zone getting out of it has gotten significantly easier, this is also Moyes first victory since becoming manager of West Ham United, perhaps this signifies a resurgence of West Ham under their new manager. This loss for Chelsea however means they are 11 points behind Manchester City with Manchester City having a game in hand to play, meaning they could become 14 points ahead of Chelsea! The match stats & lineup for the West Ham vs. Chelsea fixture can be found below:
Burnley 1 – 0 Watford
The Burnley vs. Watford Premier League fixture was filled full of controversy with a 39th minute red card for Watford’s Zeegelaar. This was Zeegelaar’s only bookable offense of the day and everyone is split down the middle as to whether or not the challenge deserved a straight red card… it was a very bad tackle but it was mad very low down the opposing players feet signifying a desire to win the ball and a not-so dangerous tackle. There was also two penalty appeals for Watford turned down by the referee this game, Watford fans looked dismayed at this game feeling hard done by the referee.
This however was Burnleys game to win, they had 11 players to Watford’s 10 and made the most of it with multiple excellent attempts on goal, much more than Watford could muster and this pressure proved to be vital with Burnley’s Arfield scoring his first goal for the club in the 45th minute of the first half! Burnley held onto this lead with some excellent defending along with some excellent saves by the Burnley goalkeeper Pope. This win for Burnley puts them just 1 point away from a place in the UEFA Champions League! The match statistics & lineups for the Burnley vs. Watford football match can be seen below:
Crystal Palace 2 – 2 Bournemouth
Crystal Palace vs. Bournemouth was a very action packed game with both sides having a large amount of chances to score and end up with a victory! The game started of well for AFC Bournemouth who scored early into the first with Defoe scoring on the 10th minute following an excellent cross from Andrew Surman. The game continued to look firmly in control for Bounemouth who were controlling possession while Crystal Palace were struggling to land a shot on target. Crystal Palace however had a resurgence before the end of the first half with an easy penalty goal by Milivojevic in the 41st minute which was followed up in the 44th minute with a goal from Dann. However with the first half nearing its end Bournemouth pilled back on the pressure and eventually Defoe got his second goal of the match in the 45+3 minute with an excellent half volley.
When the play concluded in the second half both teams were going for the win and either team could of easily gotten the win. In the end of the second half the pressure was firmly on Bournemouth as Crystal Palace were putting on a lot of pressure. This pressure ultimately lead to a penalty in injury time. This penalty was taken by Christian Benteke who had a very weak effort which Bournemouth keeper Begovic had little trouble with. This penalty was one that Benteke should not of taken under the command of the Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson who had instructed him not to take it. This surely will cause some friction between the player and manager for the games to come!
Huddersfield Town 2 – 0 Brighton & Hove Albion
The middle table clash between Huddersfield & Brighton was looking to be a close fixture on paper but no-one told Huddersfield this as they dominated Brighton throughout the game! The scoreline began early with an excellent flick from Mounie to get a goal from Chris Lowe’s corner! This was Mounie’s return to the starting lineup after he was put out of action with a heel injury. Mounie did not look like he was struggling for fitness as he scored a second goal in the 43th minute with a low header from another corner.
Brighton were really struggling with corners today & it is something that they will be looking to improve before their next fixture. Even if you ignore the two goals coming from corners Huddersfield were by far the better team, they controlled the majority of possession & had nearly triple the amount of shots that Brighton had along with triple the amount of shots on target! This was a very strong performance by Huddersfield who have had an excellent run of form as of late, they have won 3 out of their last 4 Premier League fixtures with their only loss being against Premier League leaders Manchester City!
Swansea City 1 – 0 West Bromwich Albion
The bottom of the table clash between 20th place Swansea City & 17th place West Brom was always going to a hotly awaited clash for the fans of both sides, a win for Swansea could see them escape from the bottom position of the English Premier League whereas a win for West Brom would see them increase the amount of points between them and the relegation zone! Despite what was at stakes both sides were struggling in the first half with the only action of note was West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore almost scoring an own goal. Despite the lackluster first half Swansea came back after the half time interval looking very determined and quickly picked up the tempo with Wilfried Bony inspiring his side throughout the second half with a set of strikes that would eventually lead to a goal by Bony in the 81st minute, Bony struck the ball with fantastic speed and precision through a penalty area filled with people scrambling to defend the ball right into the net!
This win for Swansea moves them from 20th to 19th which although is not out of the relegation zone does move them to within just 1 point of escaping the relegation zone… if West Ham losses their next fixture & West Brom losses by a minimum of 2 goals and Swansea manage to draw this will put them at 17th position and out of the relegation zone. This was Swansea’s first win in 7 games with them drawing 1 fixture and losing a whopping 6 before this game, this will be a game that West Brom fans will quickly want to forget with their side really struggling in the second half and only registering 1 shot on target which was in the 22nd minute of the game!
Tottenham Hotspur 5 – 1 Stoke City
Tottenham vs Stoke was the most action packed game of the day and everyone loved it… minus the Stoke City fans! Tottenham were very out of form coming up to this game so no-one could have predicted how one sided it would be, Tottenham was unable to win in their last four Barclay’s Premier League fixtures and this win for them was exactly what they needed to get back into form. The first half of the game was fairly uneventful and the only goal came from an own goal by Shawcross in the 21st minute by heading the goal past his own keeper by mistake.
After the half time interval Tottenham were fired up and ready to take the game out of Stoke’s reach and that they did. in the 53rd minute Son Heung-min scored for Spurs and then just 1 minute later a Harry Kane header made it 3-0! Tottenham however were not done and wanted to make a statement with a further goal by Harry Kane in the 65th minute before Son set up Christian Eriksen for the 5th goal. At this stage Stoke were far beyond getting anything from the game but Shawcross did get a consolation goal in the 80th minute to ease his pains at his earlier own goal. Along with the scoreline being dominant Tottenham were well deserving of all 5 goals with them holding a huge majority of the possession and having 20 shots including 11 shots on target. These were some of the best match stats recorded in the English Premier League this year!
Newcastle United 2 – 3 Leicester City
Newcastle came into this game looking to improve their run of form but they was facing a very strong Leicester who have had a resurgence as of late turning around their fortunes in the English Premier League & moving into the top half of the table. The game started of strong for Newcastle who despite getting dominating by Leicester in terms of possession were able to come up with a goal very early into the game with Joselu scoring in the 4th minute with an excellent close-range attempt which the Newcastle goalkeeper had no chance of saving! After the initial goal Leicester continued to pile on the pressure keeping Newcastle in their own half, their excellent play was eventually rewarded in the 20th minute where the Newcastle team lost possession leading up to a goal by Riyad Mahrez to level the scoreline at 1-1, and at 1-1 it ended for the first half break.
In the second half Leicester continued to be very strong with Demarai Gray giving them the lead with an excellent shot that deflected of Florian Lejeune into the net in the 60th minute. Newcastle proved they had fight left in them as Gayle leveled the scoreline in the 73rd minute with a shot that also went into the back of the net via a deflection. It was looking like the game would end in a draw but Leicester had a stroke of luck in the 86th minute with an own goal by Pérez, this play began with an excellent cross by Vardy towards Okazaki that forced Pérez into his game-deciding error.
This game perfectly represented Newcastle’s recent struggles where they have managed to drop 11 points so far this season after being in winning positions in Premier League matches and Newcastle themselves have not won in 7 Premier League fixtures. Leicester have on the other hand have achieved 17 points in their last 8 Premier League fixtures since Claude Puel took over as Leicester City manager, something both he and the Leicester City fans are very proud off.
Upcoming Football Games
There will be three further games played on Sunday the 10th December, you will be able to find these football results & game stats in our 10/12/17 Premier League Results Blog, 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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