Saturday, 14 October 2017

EPL Saturday: Man City Win Big, United Draw As Chelsea And Arsenal Lose

Manchester City continued their high-scoring start to the season, while Chelsea and Arsenal tasted defeats in today's English Premier League fixtures.
Here's the round-up of today's English Premier League ties...
Manchester City 7 - 2 Stoke City

Manchester City continued their high-scoring start to the English Premier League season with a 7-2 against Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium.

City now sit two points clear of nearest rivals Manchester United.

Goals from Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and David Silva in the opening half hour put Pep Guardiola's side in a commanding position, before Mame Biram Diouf and a Kyle Walker own goal looked to have brought Stoke back into the game.

However, a second goal from Gabriel and further strikes from Fernandinho, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva made sure of the points for City as they racked up a seventh win in eight games.

City have scored 29 goals in their opening eight games of the season. That’s the first time that has happened in the top-flight since Everton in 1894.

Crystal Palace 2 - 1 Chelsea

Crystal Palace ended a run of seven defeats without scoring by beating English Premier League champions Chelsea 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

Palace went ahead courtesy of a Cesar Azpilicueta own goal in the 11th minute, when Yohan Cabaye's effort was deflected past Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea goal.

The lead was short-lived as Tiemoue Bakayoko headed Chelsea level from a Cesc Fabregas corner in the 18th minute.

But Wilfried Zaha, on his return from injury, slid Palace back in front at the end of the first-half to earn them a much-needed first win of the season.

With the win, Palace are stuck at the drop zone, while Chelsea sinks nine points behind leaders Manchester City.
Liverpool 0 - 0 Manchester United

Liverpool and Manchester United played out a tense, tight 0-0 draw at Anfield as the home side had the better chances but failed to take them.

For the first time in history there have now been four successive draws between these bitters rivals across all competitions.

Jose Mourinho and United will be happier with the point as they remain seven points ahead of Jurgen Klopp‘s Liverpool after eight games of the EPL season.

Watford 2 - 1 Arsenal

Arsenal gave away a lead to lose 2-1 away to Watford as Tom Cleverley netted an injury-time winner at Vicarage Road.

Per Mertesacker‘s first EPL goal in 1400 days was offset when Troy Deeney converted a 72nd minute penalty to level the score.

The hosts snatched victory in the dying moments of the game as Cleverley seized on a loose ball to smash home.

The result sees Watford up to fourth, with Arsenal trailing fifth-placed Chelsea on goal difference.

Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 0 AFC Bournemouth

Tottenham won their first EPL game at Wembley Stadium, beating Bournemouth 1-0.

Christian Eriksen was set up to score by Dele Alli three minutes into the second half.Eriksen looked to have set Harry Kane up to score a second shortly before the hour mark but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Kane was also denied twice at point-blank range as Spurs searched in vain for a second goal.

The win boosts Spurs to 17 points, five back of Man City and three behind Manchester United. Bournemouth remains in the drop zone with four points.

Burnley 1 - 1 West Ham United

Burnley scored a late equaliser after 10-man West Ham United looked like they’d grab all three points at Turf Moor.

Michail Antonio gave the Hammers an early lead but soon after Andy Carroll was sent off and Burnley eventually made their numerical advantage count as Chris Wood headed home to make it 1-1 with five minutes to go.

With the point Burnley extend their record unbeaten run to six Premier League games and they stay in sixth place in the table, while West Ham are eighth.

Swansea City 2 - 0 Huddersfield Town

Tammy Abraham scored either side of half-time to give Swansea a 2-0 win against newly promoted Huddersfield at the Liberty Stadium.

The hosts capitalised on a mistake by Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl to take the lead in the 42nd minute.

Then, three minutes after the break, Chelsea loanee Abraham added a second following good work from Jordan Ayew.

That victory ended Swansea's run of four games without a win, but saw Huddersfield go a fourth game without scoring.

The Welsh side rises 13th with eight points, two places and a point behind Town.

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