Week 14 of the Premier League was highlighted by a London derby; Chelsea took on Tottenham at Stamford Bridge and looked to continue their winning streak over Spurs. Second placed Manchester City faced a tough task when they visited Sunderland who had held Chelsea to a goal less draw in the last round while Arsenal entertained Southampton who were third in the table heading to face the Gunners.
Chelsea made little work of Tottenham, comprehensively beating them 3-0 while it took a late Alexis Sanchez goal to see off Southampton and Manchester City demolished Sunderland 4-1 at the Stadium of light.
Here is a roundup of all the action from all the 10 games in a tight packed midweek fixture.
Burnley 1-1 Newcastle
Burnley were denied a 3rd win in 4 games as they continued to beat the form table and now are unbeaten in their last 4 games, Boyd scored the opening goal for Burnley before Papiss Cisse scored his 5th goal of the game to earn Newcastle a point. Burnley went back into the relegation spot after the game tied with Hull while Newcastle climbed to 9th.
Leicester City 1-3 Liverpool
Liverpool faced the league’s bottom side after winning 1-0 against Stoke the last time around, they went behind to an own goal by Simon Mignolet who conceded the goal when the ball hit his head after coming back off the post but Adam Lallana quickly scored for Liverpool to level the game before Steven Gerrard scored the second goal and Jordan Henderson finished the game with a third in the second half. Leicester played almost 30 minutes with 10 men when captain Morgan was sent off.
Manchester United 2-1 Stoke City
Louis Van Gaal’s side won their 4th game in a row as they overcame a spirited Stoke City side. The reinvigorated Fellaini opened the scoring for United in the 21st minute but Stoke levelled through Nzonzi before Juan Mata scored to give the lead to Manchester United. Mame Diouf, an ex-United player was later denied in the game thanks to David De Gea and then Ashley Young who made a goal line clearance. Manchester United stayed in 4th spot after the win.
Swansea 2-0 Queens Park Rangers
A couple of late goals from Ki Sung Yueng and Wayne Routledge were enough to give the Welsh side a win over relegation threatened QPR. The win helped Swansea move up to 6th in the table while QPR slipped to 19th position in the table and have now lost all their 7 away league games.
Crystal Palace 0-1 Aston Villa
Probably the shock result of the weekend, Crystal Palace looked in good nick, especially at home but they slumped to a 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa. Benteke scored his first goal of the season for the Villains and this was just their 8th goal in the league, this season. This ended Villa’s 9 match winless run and will come as huge relief to manager Paul Lambert. Palace slumped to 15th in the league standings and will be looking to do much better in the weekend.
West Bromwich Albion 1-2 West Ham United
West Ham continued their great start to the season after a hard fought victory over West Bromwich Albion, who slumped to their 4th defeat in a row. West Bromwich took the lead through Michael Dawson in the 10th minute but were pegged back by Kevin Nolan and then a goal by James Tomkins; it was Tomkins’ first goal in two years and helped West Ham strengthen their hold on 5th place in the league.
Arsenal 1-0 Southampton
It looked like Fraser Forster had done enough to give Southampton a draw at the Emirates but Alexis Sanchez scored in the 89th minute to give Arsenal a 1-0 won over Southampton, the move pushed Arsenal up to 6th place just 2 points behind 4th place while Southampton stayed in third on 26 points.
Everton 1-1 Hull City
Hull ended a run of 3 straight losses with a point against Everton, this helped Hull move out of the relegation zone. Everton took the lead through Romelu Lukaku but Hull City equalized through Aluko in the second half. Everton are 11th in the table 7 points from a top 4 place.
Sunderland 1-4 Manchester City
Sunderland were looking to repeat their win over City last season and it looked good when Wickham scored for the Black cats in the 19th minute but Sergio Aguero quickly equalized for Manchester City and then goals from Jovetic and Zabaleta helped them increase the lead before Aguero finished the rout by scoring his second goal helping him take his season tally to 19 goals.
Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham
The tie of the round, Chelsea ran out easy 3-0 winners over Spurs, though it was Spurs who started brightest and missed on taking the lead when Harry Kane hit the bar early on. Goals from Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy helped put Spurs away, Chelsea remain on top of the table 6 points ahead of second placed Manchester City.
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