Tuesday 13th December 2016
Bournemouth 1-0 Leicester City
Bournemouth picked up a great win against former champions Leicester on Tuesday who came into this match off of an excellent 4-2 win against Manchester City on the previous Saturday. Off the back of this win, Bournemouth moved up into their highest league position in their history. Bournemouth dominated in the first half with 70% possession in the first half. Furthermore in the first half we saw Marc Pugh score on his first league start of the season from 18 yards out. Leicester got form towards the end of the game, but goalkeeper Artur Boruc made some key saves to ensure a win for the home side.
Everton 2-1 Arsenal
Coleman (44′), Williams (86′), Jagielka (90+3)[Second Yellow] | Sanchez (20′)
Arsenal went 6 points behind Chelsea after Ronald Koemans Everton picked up a much needed win at home against the Gunners. Arsenals 3 game win run ended after this terrible defeat for them that has dented their campaign for the title. Early on it looked like the match was going to be going Arsenals way for another win with Alexis Sanchez scoring a free kick early on that deflected in off of Ashley Williams. However the Toffees showed signs of hope after picking up an equaliser just before half time through Seamus Coleman as he headed in an excellent cross from Leighton Baines. In the second half Everton played excellently and deservedly 4 minutes from the end picked up a winner from Ashley Williams with a powerful header. Captain Phil Jagielka was sent off in the dying minutes of the game due to receiving his second yellow card of the game. Arsenal could have equalised in the dying seconds of the game but they had 2 shots blocked off of the line.
Wednesday 14th December 2016
West Bromwich Albion 3-1 Swansea City
Rondon (50′, 61′,63′) | Routledge (78′)
West Bromwich Albion picked up their third consecutive win on Wednesday after beating relegation battlers Swansea City. The win in this match was influenced by striker Salomon Rondon who ended up picking up a hat trick of headed goals which all came within a 13 minute period between minute 50 and 63. Swansea did dominate the first half and looked like a song side, but they failed to deal with the devastation Rondon was causing them in the air, this of course in turn lead to their defeat. Swansea did manage to pick up a late goal in the 78th minute through veteran Wayne Routeledge, but this did nothing as West Brom ran out 3-1 winners.
Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Hull City
Eriksen (14′,63′), Wanyama (73′)
Spurs picked themselves up after a poor loss away from home against Manchester Untied on the previous Saturday. They saw off relegation contenders Hull City with midfield maestro Christian Eriksen picking up a brace in the process. The Danish international picked his first goal of the evening after a great ball from Danny Rose who give it to him so there was no way he couldn’t score. After the break Eriksen got his second of the goal with a similar ball from Kyle Walker. Eriksen was really unlucky that he didn’t pick up the match ball after he was denied by David Marshall from an excellent free kick. However this didn’t stop Spurs as new boy Victor Wanyama picked up rebound from a couple of yards out to seal the match for Spurs.
Stoke City 0-0 Southampton
We all witnessed a bore draw between Stoke City and Southampton in midweek. The only real thing we did witness in the game was the sending off of Marko Arnautovic after having his studs up when going in for a challenge. Southampton did struggle to create chances throughout. Southampton came closest to scoring through a chance by Jay Rodriguez when he failed to make contact with a low cross in from Sofia Boufal.
Manchester City 2-0 Watford
Zabaleta (33′), Silva (86′)
Manchester City got back to winning ways in midweek following their devastating loss to Leicester City last weekend. This win ended their run of losses and prevented their third consecutive loss following defeats to both Chelsea in a 3-1 defeat and a 4-2 defeat to Leicester City. Manchester City got ahead when Pablo Zabaleta put the ball away off of a cross in by Kevin De Bruyne. David Silva tucked away City’s second of the game late on to help mark his 200th league appearance since joining the club back in 2010.
Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United
McArthur (66′) | Pogba (45+2′), Ibrahimovic (88′)
A late winner was enough to seal Manchester United second consecutive win, is Jose Mourinho’s side finally starting to find good form this season… we certainly hope so for the Special One. Ibrahimovic created the opener for Pogba to put away in first half stoppage time, despite there being claims for a handball. It seemed like Palace were going to rescue a point when James McArthur put one past De Gea in the 66th minute. However 2 minutes from time, Pogba repaid the favour to Ibrahimovic and assisted him for the winner with a pass through to Ibra which was then slotted in by him at an acute angle past keeper Wayne Hennessy.
West Ham United 1-0 Burnley
West Ham legend scored the only goal in a vital win for West Ham that kept them above the drop zone. Its fair to say the first half of the match, the Hammers dominated, and they got the goal they deserved in first half stoppage time through a rebound of a penalty. The penalty was conceded when Burnley player Ben Mee brought down Winston Reid in the box. Mark Noble stepped up to take the penalty which was saved by Tom Heaton, but Noble slotted it past him on the rebound to put the Hammers ahead going into half time. West Ham had further chances to extend their lead but the woodwork denied Mark Noble for a second and Pedro Obiang. Burnley did have a chance through a free kick by Scott Arfield, but this was saved excellently by Hammers keeper Darren Randolph.
Sunderland 0-1 Chelsea
Chelsea moved six points clear through their win in this match after Arsenal failed to win the previous night against strugglers Everton. Sunderland away has always been a bogey fixture for Chelsea, but this one thankfully for them was turned around as Cesc Fabregas gave them the 1-0 win from the edge of the box this allowed them to land their 10th consecutive league victory this season. The Blues were prevented to extend their lead thanks to Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford. Sunderland did have a few opportunities to land themselves a point from the game through the likes of Patrick Van Aanholt, but these chances were superbly saved by Chelsea keeper Thibaut Coutrois.
Middlesborough 0-3 Liverpool
Lallana (29′, 68′), Origi (60′)
Liverpool saw themselves back to winning ways after 2 winless games against West Ham and Bournemouth. Its fair to say that the Reds were well on point at the Riverside Stadium and deservedly achieved the win from this game. Adam Lallana opened the scoring of this game after getting on the end of a cross in by right back Nathaniel Clyne. Lallana then went and set up a goal that was slickly put away by Divock Origi 15 minutes into the second half. 8 minutes later Adam Lallana then deservedly picked up his second of the game, certainly a man of the match performance by him. Jurgen Klopp will certainly be happy with this performance and he will look to build on it come their next games.