Saturday, 4 March 2017

EPL Saturday Roundup: Liverpool Beat Arsenal; Bournemouth Stop Man United, Leicester Win

Things got pretty crazy across the English Premier League on Saturday. See the roundup
 Liverpool 3 - 1 Arsenal

Sadio Mane had a goal and an assist as Liverpool used a pair of first half goals to beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday.

Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum scored the Reds’ other goals, while Danny Welbeck scored in the second half for the Gunners.

Alexis Sanchez was controversially left out of the Starting XI by Arsene Wenger, and the Chilean made an instant impact as second half sub. It wasn’t enough.

Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil missed the match through illness.

The win boosts Liverpool to third with 52 points, while Arsenal slips a point ahead of sixth-place Manchester United.

Manchester United 1 - 1 AFC Bournemouth

Manchester United and Bournemouth drew 1-1 in a feisty game at Old Trafford which yielded one red card and could have had plenty more.

Marcos Rojo gave United an early lead but Joshua King scored a penalty kick five minutes before half time to level things up.

Before the interval two unsavory incidents involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings took place with both men lucky to stay on the pitch, while Andrew Surman was sent off in the ensuing scuffle.

In the second half 10-man Bournemouth goalie Artur Boruc, saved Ibrahimovic’s penalty.

With the point United missed the opportunity to move ahead of Liverpool and into fifth as they now have 49 points, while Bournemouth move on to 27 points.

Leicester City 3 - 1 Hull City

Leicester City beat Hull City 3-1 at the King Power Stadium as life after Claudio Ranieri continued to treat the Foxes well.

Hull went ahead in the relegation six-pointer as Sam Clucas finished off a counter attack but Leicester came roaring back.

Christian Fuchs made it 1-1 before half time and in the second half Riyad Mahrez made it 2-1 and then a late Tom Huddlestone own goal put some gloss on the scoreline.

With the win Leicester now move on to 27 points as they give themselves some breathing space, while Hull remain on 21 points and second from bottom in the EPL table.

Stoke City 2 - 0 Middlesbrough

Marko Arnautovic scored a pair of first-half goals as Stoke City cruised to a 2-0 win over relegation-battling Middlesbrough.

The win gives Stoke 35 points, 13 more than 18th place Boro.

Swansea City 3 - 2 Burnley

Fernando Llorente's injury-time goal gave Swansea City a thrilling 3-2 win over Burnley.

Llorente's thumping header gave the hosts an early lead but Burnley levelled as Andre Gray struck with a penalty, wrongly awarded by referee Anthony Taylor after the ball had hit the arm of Clarets striker Sam Vokes.

Swansea controlled the game in terms of possession and chances - hitting the woodwork three times - but fell behind in the second half as Gray scored with a sharp turn and finish.

Martin Olsson's powerful effort brought Swansea level and, deep into added time, Llorente rose majestically to head in and prompt ecstatic celebrations at the Liberty Stadium.

Swans are now five points clear of the drop zone, four points back of 12th place Burnley.

Watford 3 - 4 Southampton

Southampton beat Watford 4-3 at Vicarage Road in a goal-fest in Hertfordshire.

Watford took the lead via Troy Deeney but Saints came roaring back as goals from Dusan Tadic and Nathan Redmond before half time made it 2-1 at the break.

Stefano Okaka looked to have grabbed a point for the Hornets later on but the home side couldn’t live with Saints’ offense as Manolo Gabbiadini reacted to a mistake from Heurelho Gomes to make it 3-2 and Redmond added another to make it 4-2.

Late on Abdoulaye Doucoure headed home but a thrilling game ended 4-3 to Saints.

With the win Claude Puel‘s men move into 10th place on 33 points and put the disappointment of their EFL Cup final to bed, while Watford remain on 31 points.

West Bromwich Albion 0 - 2 Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend gave Sam Allardyce back-to-back wins, as Crystal Palace surprised West Brom 2-0 at the Hawthorns.

The win boosts Palace out of the drop zone, three points clear of Middlesbrough. West Brom is eighth with 40 points.

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