At the beginning of Match day 13 of Premier League, there were few things set in stone; top three would remain unchanged, another round musical chairs for the champions league spot and threat for other teams adding to the hectic relegation battle. With eight fixtures being played on Saturday it was a day which was devoid of upsets but was filled with entertainment.

First match of the day at The Hawthorns, saw a rejuvenated Arsenal team on the back of their mid week European win over Borussia Dortmund win 1-0 over host West Brom. The attacking force at Arsenal with the likes of Sanchez, Welbeck and Giroud starting there was always the threat at the opposition goal. A late run by West Brom was ineffective as the Gunners did well to keep them out of the game. Newcastle United’s five game unbeaten run came to an end as they lost away to West Ham United. Adding to the woes was Newcastle’s Sissoko being sent off for two bookable offences. At Old Trafford a resurgent Manchester United team ensured three points with a comprehensive victory over Hull City. It was a good day at office for the strikers as Rooney and Van Persie scored delightful goals, the only concern was the injury to Di Maria as he was withdrawn at the start of the game and Rooney too limped off after the match. Liverpool’s Steven Gerrad celebrated his sixteenth year at Merseyside on the bench as Liverpool secured a narrow victory over Stoke with a late goal from Jhonson. Crystal Palace did well as they came off with one point against Swansea at Liberty Stadium. The most entertaining match was at the bottom of the table as QPR scored thrice to beat Leicester City, 3-2 and leapfrog them in the relegation battle. Burnley kept their impressive run of form as they shared the spoils with Aston Villa to collect a draw and collect seven points of their last three games. The final match of the day saw the top Barclays Premier League contender Chelsea took on their bogey team Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. The first half had equal opportunities at both end, with a flash point where John O’Shea & Diego Costa were lucky to escape without any warning for lashing out at each other. The second half was surprisingly dominated by Sunderland with majority of chances created at Courtois’s goal. With Sunderland frustrating Chelsea they became the first team from stopping Chelsea from scoring a goal and ensured that they got a well deserved point against the league leaders.  

 

Results: Saturday 29 November 2014

West Brom          0 – 1        Arsenal

West Ham           1 – 0        Newcastle

Man Utd              3 – 0        Hull       

Liverpool            1 – 0        Stoke

Swansea            1 – 1        Crystal Palace

QPR                   3 – 2        Leicester             

Burnley              1 – 1        Aston Villa                          

Sunderland         0 – 0       Chelsea

 

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