Saturday 10th December 2016

Watford 3-2 Everton

Okaka (36′, 64′), Prodl (59′) | Lukaku (17′,86′)

A match what Watford deserved to win, it was fair to say Everton were below standard in this game and manager Ronald Foeman has come under ever extreme pressure off the back of this result with Everton’s poor run continuing with them not posing too much of a threat to Watford.  Everton went ahead in this game after their tank Romelu Lukaku slotting in a first time pass from Gareth Barry, however this goal was cancelled out by a back heeled goal by Stefano Okaka in the 36th minute.  Further into the second half Sebastien Prodl got on the end of a cross by Jose Holebas and their lead was extended as Okaka added a second goal to his tally for the game after heading home a corner.  Everton were given a consolation goal by Lukaku in the 86th minute but this couldn’t do anything more for them and Watford run out winners with a deserved victory.

Arsenal 3-1 Stoke City

Walcott (42′), Ozil (49′), Iwobi (75′) | Adam (29′ pen)

Arsenal continued their great form in the league in this game after coming into this match having put 5 past West Ham and 4 past Basel in midweek.  They increased their goal scoring total to 12 goals in 3 games after this match with their huge goal scoring form continuing.  In the match itself the visitors went ahead through a penalty that was converted by Charlie Adam after Granit Xhaka elbowed Joe Allen.  However shortly before half time the visitors goal was cancelled out by Theo Walcott scoring his 100th goal for Arsenal after getting on the end of a cross from Hector Bellerin.  Mesut Ozil then put the home side ahead after heading home in the 49th minute.  Finally in the 75th minute Arsenal sealed their victory through Alex Iwobi hit home a side footed effort.

Burnley 3-2 AFC Bournemouth

Hendrick (13′), Ward (16′), Boyd (75′) | Afobe (45+2), Daniels (90+1)

Bournemouth’s terrible away form continued at the weekend after they lost out to an excellent Burnley side on Saturday.  Burnley’s record signing Jeff Hendrick put the home side ahead in the 13th minute with an absolutely stunning volley.  3 minutes later they doubled their lead with Stephen Ward scoring a poachers goal from close range after a rebound.  Bournemouth pulled back a goal in first half added time after Benik Afobe put home a pass from Simon Francis.  However this wasn’t enough as George Boyd put Burnley’s goal advantage back to 2 in the 75th minute after he got on the end of a back heel pass from Andre Gray.  There was an intense bit of injury time after Charlie Daniel’s scored a great goal in the first minute of added time, however this wasn’t enough as Burnley were able to hold onto the victory and end their run of 3 consecutive Premier League defeats.

Hull City 3-3 Crystal Palace

Snodgrass (27′ pen), Diomande (72′), Livermore (78′) | Benteke (52′ pen), Zaha (70′), Campbell (89′)

A high scoring 3-3 draw was what we witnessed between Premier League strugglers Hull City and Crystal Palace at the KCOM stadium on Saturday.  The scoring of the game was opened in the 27th minute after Robert Snodgrass converted a controversial penalty.  Crystal Palace finally broke through to equalise in the 52nd minute after Zaha was brought down in the box by Snodgrass.  Christian Benteke then converted this penalty to put Palace on level terms.  In the 70th minute Zaha then put the visitors ahead after putting a powerful shot past Wayne Hennessy.  However,  Diamonde was having none of it as he equalised after turning past Delaney and Dann and putting the ball past the Hull City keeper.  Livermore then regained Hull’s lead in the 78th minute after dribbling past Yohan Cabaye and Scott Dann.  Then in the 89th minute the away side got on level terms after strike Frazier Campbell got on the end of a cross in from Wilfred Zaha.

Swansea City 3-0 Sunderland

Sigurdsson (51′ pen), Llorente (54′, 80′)

Swansea finally got themselves off the bottom of the table after a big win against fellow relegation candidates Sunderland at the weekend.  The first half was a goaless one, however the second half was completely different.  Gylfi Sigurdsson put the home side ahead after converting a penalty conceded by the visitors.  3 minutes later, a great corner from Gylfi Sigurdsson set up Llorente to double their lead.  10 minutes from the end Llorente scored his second of the game to seal a vital win for Swansea.  Bob Bradley’s second win as manager.  This match has seen David Moyes come under even more pressure as manager of Sunderland, could we be coming towards the end of his reign as manager of Sunderland??

Leicester City 4-2 Manchester City

Vardy (3′,20′,78′), King (5′) | Kolarov (82′), Nolito (90′)

I think its fair to say that Leicester surprised us all on Saturday as they showed us form that reminded us of their Champion form last season.  Jamie Vardy come back to scoring ways in the game scoring a hat trick showing us all that he is still a king as he ended his 10 game run without a Premier League goal.  Leicester were 2-0 up after 5 minutes as Vardy slotted home this first in 10 games and then Andy King curled in a great goal minutes later.  In 20 minutes Leicester were 3 up  as Jamie Vardy went past keeper Claudio Bravo.  He then sealed his hat trick late on in the game in the 78th minute after intercepting a bad pass by John stones and slotting home from a tight angle.  Kolarov and Nolito scored 2 consolation goals late on but they did nothing for their team as Leicester ran out 4-2 winners.

Sunday 11th December 2016

Chelsea 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

Diego Costa (76′)

Chelsea continued their good winning streak after Diego Costa kept Chelsea top of the league after they beat West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.  Chelsea’s goal came from Diego Costa taking advantage of Gareth Mcauley’s hesitancy on the ball, he robbed him of possession and curled the ball past Ben Foster to keep Chelsea’s winning streak going.  West Brom could have earned a point after some great defensive work as well as some great saves by their keeper Ben Foster as they stopped shots from the likes of David Luiz and N’Golo Kante.

Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Mkhitarayan (29′)

Manchester United got themselves back to winning ways on Sunday after dominating a poor Tottenham side and picking up a goal through their new boy Henrik Mkhitaryan.  His goal came through him getting on the end of a ball through by Ander Herrera which he then blasted into the top of the net.  Spurs did have chances to level the game through the likes Victor Wanyama who could have levelled through a close range header but it wasn’t enough as Mourinho’s men ran out 1-0 winners.  The game did have disappointment for United after Mkhitarayan picked up an ankle injury 10 minutes from the final missile and has been ruled out of Manchester United’s starting 11 until Boxing Day.

Southampton 1-0 Middlesborough

Boufal (53′)

Southampton picked up a home win to take the up to 10th in the table after seeing off Premier League new boys Middlesborough after a 1-0 win on Saturday.  Their win came through an excellent 25 yard strike from Sofianne Boufal who picked up his first goal of the season.  Viktor Fischer had the best opportunity of the night for Middlesborough to equalise, however his opportunity was blocked not the goal line by Jose Fonte.

Liverpool 2-2 West Ham United

Lallana (5′), Origi (48′) | Payet (27′), Antonio (39′)

Liverpool gave more ground to Chelsea last sSunday after they failed to pick up another win against West Ham last Sunday.  Liverpool opened the scoring at their home ground with a smart low finish by Adam Lallana within the first 5 minutes.  The visitors however got themselves back of level terms through a free kick by Dmitri Payet.  West Ham then went ahead 12 minutes later by Antonio in what was a a scruffy goal.  However just after half time, a big mistake by West Ham keeper Darren Randolph when he dropped a cross into the path of Divock Origi who converted the chance.