After 14 Matchdays in the English Premier League, the only team stopping Manchester City from opening a huge point gap on the rest of the division is Liverpool, and the Reds stayed close in a miraculous fashion at the weekend.
There were other surprising results as well as Wolves continue their slump and Manchester United continued to struggle at home. Welcome to Premier League review this week.
Cardiff City 2 vs. 1 Wolves
Cardiff City and Wolves met for another match after their fiery encounter in the Championship last season, and the Welsh side had the last laugh. Wolves opened the scoring through a Matt Doherty goal, but Cardiff City rallied round in the second half to record their 3rd league win of the season.
Manchester City 3 vs. 1 Bournemouth
Courageous Bournemouth took the game to Manchester City in this Saturday lunch time encounter, but the Cityzens proved too strong for Eddie Howe’s men and secured all three points. The goals came from Bernado Silva, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gondugan after Callum Wilson had equalized for the Cherries.
Leicester City 2 vs. 0 Watford
Watford continued their poor form when they face Leicester City in this game. The Hornets went down to two first half goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison. They were so frustrated that they even had a man sent off in the 90th minute.
Crystal Palace 2 vs. 0 Burnley
Palace kept their recent good form intact as they followed up picking up a draw against Manchester United in their last game by beating out-of-form Burnley in this game.
That was Palace’s 3rd win of the season and sent Burnley down to the 19th position with Liverpool up next for the Clarets.
Newcastle 0 vs. 3 West Ham
Newcastle had returned to form recently but they couldn’t keep up the good work they have done recently when West Ham came to town at the weekend.
The Magpies fell to an 11th minute goal by Javier Hernandez and could not get back into this game, the Hammers finished them off with two more goals in the final half hour.
Huddersfield 1 vs. 2 Brighton
Huddersfield looked like they were on their way to yet another Premier League win when they took the lead in the very first minute in this game. However, Steve Mounie was shown a red card just after the half hour mark and the Seagulls took advantage of their man superiority and won the game.
Southampton 2 vs. 2 Manchester United
Manchester United continued to struggle as they could only manage a draw against a struggling Southampton side. The Red Devils were 2-0 behind inside the first 20 minutes, but they rallied round to equalize before the break.
In the second half, they were back to their normal self with no desire to collect all the points.
Chelsea 2 vs. 0 Fulham
Chelsea recovered well from losing to Tottenham in their last league game to secure the win and inflict the first defeat of his reign on Claudio Ranieri.
Goals from Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were enough to see off the Cottagers.
Arsenal 4 vs. 2 Tottenham
Arsenal emerged victors in this closely contested north London derby. The Gunners were first to score through Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, but they were soon behind as Tottenham turned the game on its head to get in the lead 2-1 at half time.
Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to provide two assists for the Gunners to win the game 4-2.
Liverpool 1 vs. 0 Everton
Everton would feel hard done by after Liverpool left it late to secure a 1-0 win against them. The Toffees are now winless in their last 19 Merseyside derbies and would go into the New Year having never won at Anfield in 20 years.
Divock Origi came off the bench to score the game’s winner after Jordan Pickford made a horrendous mistake from a Virgil van Dijk’s volley that seem to be going out of play.
The Premier League resumes in midweek with some interesting fixtures, we would be back with the review of the next matchday.