The game of the weekend was the big clash of the rivals, Manchester United took on Liverpool and the story of the two teams was completely different from the last time the pair met. Manchester United were flying high while Liverpool were floundering about. The other big game was Arsenal taking on Newcastle and the other battle was between Manchester City trying to catch up to Chelsea. Manchester City were away to Leicester while Chelsea faced Hull City at home. Following is the round up for week 16 of the Premier League.
Burnley 1-0 Southampton
Burnley got a precious win over Southampton, thanks to a goal by Ashley Barnes in the 74th minute. The win lifts Burnley out of the relegation zone while Southampton got their 4th loss in a row.
Chelsea 2-0 Hull City
Chelsea laboured to a 2-0 win over Hull City thanks to goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa but the game ended on a sour note with Tom Huddlestone getting sent off for a reckless challenge but Chelsea were also in the dock with allegations of their team diving, Gary Cahill was especially lucky to stay on the field. Chelsea still continued their run and are still 3 points clear of Manchester City.
Crystal Palace 1-1 Stoke City
Two goals in 2 minutes was all she wrote when Crystal Palace took on Stoke City. It was Palace who took the lead thanks to James McArthur but Peter Crouch levelled for Stoke City in the 13th minute to share the points between the teams.
Leicester City 0-1 Manchester City
Manchester City were missing the league’s top scorer Sergio Aguero through injury and they just about defeated the league’s bottom team Leicester thanks to a goal from the evergreen Frank Lampard. City kept up the pressure on Chelsea while Leicester will take a lot of heart heading into their next fixture.
Sunderland 1-1 West Ham United
West Ham continued their good run and stayed in 4th place after a draw against Sunderland. It was the home team that took the lead through Jordi Gomez but Stewart Downing equalized for the Hammers, Sunderland stayed in 15th place in the league table.
West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Aston Villa
Gary Gardner scored the only goal of the game against his former club as West Brom picked up a huge win over rivals Aston Villa. The win lifted West Brom to 14th in the league table and gave some breathing room to manager Alan Irvine while Villa remained in 12th position.
Arsenal 4-1 Newcastle United
Arsenal demolished Newcastle thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla, both of them scored a brace for the Gunners. There was some hope for Newcastle United when Ayoze Perez scored to make the score line 3-1 but Cazorla scored his second to push Arsenal up to 6th in the table, while Newcastle’s fine run over recent weeks has pushed them to 8th but they were completely played off the park.
Manchester United 3-0 Liverpool
The big game of the weekend, Manchester United brushed aside Liverpool thanks to goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin Van Persie. Liverpool went into the game with Brad Jones in goal in place of Simon Mignolet and had a few good scoring opportunities but Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli were denied by some excellent saves by David De Gea. United consolidated their third place position in the table thanks to their 6th win in a row while Liverpool are in 10th place with Brendan Rodgers facing the heat for his team’s poor performance.
Swansea City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspurs
Tottenham claimed a late, late victory over Swansea. Harry Kane scored in the 4th minute for Tottenham but the man in form, Wilfried Bony scored to equalize for Swansea. Swansea had the better chances in the game but they were unable to capitalize. Christian Erikksen scored the winner for Tottenham in the 89th minute which helped the London club moved up to 7th place behind rivals Arsenal.
The final game of the week between Everton & Queens Park Rangers will be played tonight.
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