Saturday, 10 February 2018

Saturday's EPL: Aguero Scores Four As Man City Thrash Leicester; Tottenham Beat Arsenal, Everton Win

 A round-up from Saturday's action in the English Premier League.
 Manchester City 5 - 1 Leicester City
Sergio Aguero scored four goals as English Premier League leaders Manchester City showed Riyad Mahrez what he is missing in a 5-1 thrashing of Leicester.

Mahrez returned as a substitute for the Foxes after more than a week in self-imposed exile following the collapse of a move to the Etihad Stadium, but he could do little to stop Pep Guardiola's rampant side.

Aguero scored all his goals in the second half, propelling City to a 16-point lead at the top of the table after Jamie Vardy had cancelled out Raheem Sterling's early opener.

City has 72 points and a 16-point lead on Man Utd, who plays Sunday.

And Vardy's goal makes him the first player in EPL history to score against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur in the same season.

Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 0 Arsenal

Tottenham climbed to third after Harry Kane scored a second-half winner to settle the north London derby against Arsenal.

Top-scorer Kane nodded in his 32nd goal of the season from Ben Davies' cross to secure a deserved 1-0 Wembley victory.

Alexandre Lacazette wasted a glorious late chance to snatch a point in front of a record English Premier League crowd of 83,222.

Kane's goal was his seventh in eight games against sixth-placed Arsenal and leaves Arsene Wenger's men six points adrift of the UEFA Champions League spots following their third successive away loss.

Everton 3 - 1 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace remain in danger after they lost 3-1 at mid-table Everton.

Toffees midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson broke the deadlock at Goodison Park with a deflected effort a minute into the second period before striker Oumar Niasse - who was given a retrospective two-match for diving when the clubs met at Selhurst Park earlier in the season - quickly headed a second.

Tom Davies added a third and, despite Luka Milivojevic reducing the deficit from the penalty spot following Ashley Williams' handball, Palace were unable to salvage anything, leaving them just two points above the bottom three.

West Ham United 2 - 0 Watford

West Ham United beat Watford 2-0 at London Stadium with goals in each half from Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic doing the damage.

Hernandez nodded home in the first half, while the brilliant Arnautovic poked home late on to seal the win.

With the three points the Hammers move level on 30 points with Watford as David Moyes continues to win over his doubters and lead West Ham towards EPL safety.

Stoke City 1 - 1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Stoke City and Brighton battled out to a 1-1 draw at the bet365 Stadium.

Jose Izquierdo put the Seagulls ahead with a fine team goal, but Xherdan Shaqiri curled home a beauty in the second half to grab a point at home for the Potters.

Stoke could have won it late on as referee Bobby Madley awarded them a penalty kick but Charlie Adam had his penalty saved by Mat Ryan to seal a point for the Seagulls.

With the point Stoke remain in the relegation zone on 25 points, but they’re just three points behind Brighton in 13th on 28 points.

Swansea City 1 - 0 Burnley

There was also late drama at the Liberty Stadium where Ki Sung-yueng struck the winner as Swansea continued their resurgence under Carlos Carvalhal by beating out-of-form Burnley 1-0.

The Swans, who are now five league games unbeaten under Carvalhal, looked like they would have to settle for a point until South Korea midfielder Ki drove home his first goal since May 2016 from the edge of the box with nine minutes to go to boost their survival hopes.

Defeat for Sean Dyche's Clarets leaves them 10 games without a league victory, although they stay seventh.

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