Saturday 26th November 2016

Burnley vs Manchester City (1-2) 

Marney 14’| Aguero 37′ 60′

Manchester City picked up a much-needed 3 points in a 2-1 win against Burnley that kicked off the weekends football.  City’s star striker Sergio Aguero picked up a true poachers brace scoring either side of half time to turn the tie around for City after Dean Marney scored the opening goal for Burnley in the 14th minute – a fantastic volleyed effort that is certainly a goal of the month contender. Aguero then took over and scored 2 scruffy goals to win the game for City.  Burnley did deserve more from the match and played pretty well throughout but their 2 injuries in the first half really was a limiting factor for them.

 

Hull City vs West Bromwich Albion (1-1)

Dawson 72′ | McAuley 34′

Hull claimed a valuable home point against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday thanks to a 72nd minute equaliser by centre back Michael Dawson.  Hull really deserved their equaliser after great spirit was shown in the second half by their players to help bring them back into the game, and aid their fight against relegation.  If Hull had won this game they could have climbed out of the relegation zone, but unfortunately for them a winning goal never came.  West Brom could have moved up into one of the Europa League qualification spots with a win  but they were deprived of that opportunity by Dawson’s equaliser.

Leicester City vs Middlesborough (2-2)

Mahrez (P) 34′ Slimani (P) 90+4′ | Negredo 13′ 71′

The reigning champions poor form continues as Leiceister can only pick up a 2-2 against newly promoted side Middlesborough courtesy of two penalties.  Alavaro Negeredo ended his huge goal drought by scoring a brace either side of a Riyad Mahrez penalty. With Leicester looking at another defeat, Sliminai saved themg minutes of the game to snatch a point from Middlesborough.  It was a harsh end result for Middlesborough who really did deserve the win.

Liverpool vs Sunderland (2-0)

Origi 75′ Milner (P) 90+1′

Liverpool downed Sunderland with 2 late goals on Saturday by David Origi and James Milner, to seal a 2-0 vicotry that put them in 2nd place at the end of the day due to Chelsea’s later victory over Spurs.  Sunderland showed courage during the game and had a few chances, but you couldn’t see them overcoming the quality of Klopp’s Liverpool who look set to mount a serious title challenge this season, despite the loss of Coutinho for 5 weeks

Swansea vs Crystal Palace (5-4)

Sigurdsson 36′ Fer 66′ 68′  Llorente 90+1′ 90+3′ | Zaha 19′ Tomkins 75′ Cork (OG) 82′ Benteke 84′

A nine goal thriller was witnessed in Wales on Saturday in what was surely the game of the weekend.  Most of the goals were scored in the second half of the match and made it a really entertaining game for those who were there.  Llorente scored 2 stoppage time goals that saw the home side emerge winners from this absolute thriller of a game.

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur (2-1)

Pedro 45′ Moses 51′ | Eriksen 11′

Despite a cracking opener by Christian Eriksen, Spurs’ unbeaten run in the league was finally ended by a great comeback from Chelsea, with a great goal by Pedro added to by the  in form Victor Moses after the break.  This is Cheslea’s 7th consecutive league win, although they conceded for the first time in those 7 games. Despite Spurs’ creating more chances for most of the game and having more of the ball than Chelsea, they weren’t able to a result and so they left Stamford Bridge with their unbeaten run ended.  Not the best of weeks for Spurs following their elimination from the Champions League in midweek.

Sunday 27th November 2016

Watford vs Stoke City (0-1)

Gomes (OG) 29′

RED CARD: Britos (Watford) 90′

Watford missed out on a chance to go sixth in the premier league after a 29th minute own goal by their keeper Heurelho Gomes gifted the three points to Stoke. Stoke were significantly the better side with more than enough opportunities to further extend their lead.  Defensively they were rarely troubled by Watford’s attacking efforts.  After a disappointing defeat at home to Bournemouth this is a good return to form for Stoke who will hope to get a real run of form going now.

Arsenal vs Bournemouth (3-1)

Sanchez 12′ 90+1′ Walcott 53′ | Wilson (P) 23′

A brace from Arsenal’s star player Alexis Sanchez sees Arsenal get back to winning ways. After 3 draws on the trot Arsenal found themselves needind a win to keep up the pace with the top 3. There were moments when Gunners fans could have thought their side was heading to yet another draw, especially when left back Nacho Monreal conceded a penalty which was converted by Callum Wilson to cancel out Sanchez’s opener for the Gunners. However a second half turnaround inspired by Sanchez saw off Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side and gave Arsenal the kickstart they needed. Onwards and upwards?

Manchester United vs West Ham United (1-1)

Ibrahimovic 21′ | Sakho 2′

A frustrated Jose Mourinho was sent off once again as his stuttering Manchester United outfit had to settle for a 1-1 draw with a struggling West Ham side.  He was sent off by referee Jon Moss after kicking a water bottle out of frustration due to a free kick given against Paul Pogba for a dive. West Ham took a very early lead through Diafro Sakho after he got on the end of a Dimitri Payet free kick.  However this was soon cancelled out by Ibrahimovic with the assist coming courtesy of a trademark chipped throughball by Paul Pogba.  Despite some good performances from the bench by Rooney and Mkhitaryan, United weren’t able to complete the comeback and Mourinho’s side had to settle for another draw, and lose further ground on those above them.

Southampton vs Everton (1-0)

Austin 1′

Ronald Koeman’s return to St Mary’s was most certainly not one he would’ve wanted, as his freefalling Everton side fell to another defeat courtesy of Charlie Austin’s early strike. Their run now stands at just one win in their last eight games – something which must really worry Koeman. In terms of the performance, it was another poor one by Everton as they could only manage a solitary shot on target, a performance deserving of a bigger margin of defeat.

Performance of the Weekend: Middlesbrough

A great performance by the newly promoted side, and very unlucky not to come away with a win at the champions.

Disappointment of the Weekend: Everton

Such a poor performance, not too long after the disappointing performance at Chelsea must leave Koeman wondering if he’s made the right decision moving to Merseyside.