EPL Match Reviews (Game-Week 10)
We review yesterday’s games - which were awash with goals. Enjoy...
Sunderland 1 VS Arsenal 4
Venue: Stadium of Light
Sunderland’s misery continued Saturday at the Stadium of Light. For the umpteenth time, the Black Cats failed to win a league game this season - extending their winless run to a record low of 10 games.
Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, who scored with his first two touch off the bench, weighed in with a pair of brace each for Arsenal either side of Jermaine Defoe’s penalty, following Petr Cech’s challenge in the area which resulted in the English man levelling matters temporarily for Sunderland, only to be blown away by Arsenal’s potent attacking unit.
David Moyes must realise he is in a race against time to save his job and Sunderland’s season - and his strange tactical decision to bring on Adnan Januzaj rather than an experienced and powerful striker in the person of Victor Anichebe have to be questioned. Also leaving on Wahbi Khazri, and moving the Tunisian international into central midfield, didn’t help to restore confidence about his tactics. The last manager to see Sunderland through an entire season was Steve Bruce in 2010/11. Moyes definitely isn’t going to emulate that feat at this alarming declining rate.
Manchester United 0 VS Burnley 0
Venue: Old Trafford
Burnley produced the shock result of the day, impressively holding Manchester United to a goalless draw at the Theatre of Dreams in a game that saw Ander Herrera sent-off for two bookable offences. The statistics might have suggested otherwise, as United had 37 shots, with 11 on target. Goalkeeper Tom Heaton and the woodwork came to Burnley’s rescue on several occasions, much to the frustration of Man United.
Jose Mourinho’s worries continued as the Red Devils are without a league win in over a month. To rub salt on the wound, Mourinho was sent to the stands at the beginning of the second half for his halftime remonstrations regarding a penalty call that he felt should have been given.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s barren run in front of goal continued despite having 12 shots, more than any other player in the game. He was denied by Heaton who produced a Peter Schmeichel-style scissors save to brilliantly keep out the Swedes volley and when he spurned a chance late on after he was found by Paul Pogba, it summed up his current dry spell.
Burnley rarely threatened United’s goal - with Gudmundsson’s first-half strike the only effort to force a save from David de Gea. The result is quite similar to Burnley’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea two seasons ago when Mourinho was in-charge of the Blues. Perhaps Sean Dyche is Mourinho’s bogeyman.
Tottenham Hotspur 1 VS Leicester City 1
Venue: White Hart Lane
Leicester City earned their first away point this season, and it couldn’t have come in a much bigger encounter than at Spurs. Ahmed Musa levelled for the champions, to secure a share of the spoils in North London.
Vincent Janssen scored his first Premier League goal from the penalty spot after the Dutch striker was felled by Robert Huth – in perhaps the softest penalty of the season. The result could have gone the way of the home side, after they twice hit the crossbar-first from Dele Alli in the first-half and Jan Vertonghen in the second.
Leicester had lost all four previous away games this season, and this game seemed to be headed in similar fashion for the Foxes until Ahmed Musa capitalised on some sloppy Spurs defending to level scores - meaning he has now scored in successive league games, after failing to find the back of the net in his first five league games in England.
Tottenham remains the only unbeaten team in the league, but have now drawn three successive matches, finding themselves three points adrift of leaders Manchester City.
Middlesbrough 2 VS Bournemouth 0
Venue: Riverside Stadium
Middlesbrough defeated Bournemouth at home on to record their first home win of the season - in a rather shocking result, judging by the recent forms of the two teams.
Gaston Ramirez scored a brilliant solo goal to give Boro the lead. The Uruguayan midfielder blocked a shot and picked up the ball in his own area, before embarking on a storming solo run which ended with him side footing into the back of the net.
The second goal soon arrived via local fans favourite, Stewart Downing - who profited from Alvaro Negredo’s nodded ball to score from close range. Bournemouth was reduced to 10 after 79 minutes when Surman went off injured - after all three substitutions had already been made.
There was plenty to admire from Middlesbrough’s team play and commitment, as Victor Valdes kept a clean sheet for the second game running, and recording his first victory in the Premier League. A long time coming for the experienced Spaniard.
Watford 1 VS Hull City 0
Venue: Vicarage Road
Hull City suffered a sixth consecutive Premier League defeat, going down to a late own-goal. The game was headed for a draw much to the delight of Mike Phelan, until Captain Michael Dawson’s 82nd minute error.
Watford dominated the game as expected, with Younes Kaboul and influential playmaker Roberto Pereyra hitting the woodwork. Strangely, for all of Watford’s 22 shots, they filed to register a single effort on target - with the Tigers defence blocking seven of those shots.
Hull remain in 18th place on the league table with this result, which is their worst run in the top flight since January 2009. While Watford climbed up to 7th - above both Manchester United and Leicester City.
West Brom 0 VS Manchester City 4
Sergio Aguero is back with a bang - as the Argentine forward put his recent struggles behind him by netting a brace away from home. The Baggies had a bad game - with Ilkay Gundogan also netting a brace for City.
Guardiola and his men return to the top of the league standings, ending the worst period in his coaching career - where he went six games without a victory. Aguero opened the scoring with a powerful shot across the goal, thanks to an assist from Gundogan. The Argentine then added a brilliant second with a powerful, top-corner finish.
Gundogan added two left-footed strikes to ensure the nightmares were truly over for City, condemning West Brom to yet another defeat following a decent run of results before then.
Crystal Palace 2 VS Liverpool 4
Venue: Selhurst Park
Liverpool won their 7th game in 8 league games as they romped to a comfortable 4-2 away win at Palace. The result sees the Reds move to third place, level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal.
Goals from Emre Can, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, and a beautiful finish from Roberto Firmino, cancelled out James McArthur’s brace. The first half produced five goals - the most in a half of football this season in the league, with both teams producing intense attacking play. This fixture traditionally always produces plenty of goals and it didn’t take long for Liverpool to open scoring in the 16th minute through Emre Can. From then on the floodgate of goals was opened.
Crystal Palace is having a difficult 2016, winning just five league games all-year round - also conceding in every league game this term. Liverpool on the other hand, netted four or more goals for the eighth time in the league in 2016.
The Reds once again showed with their performance that they could be serious contenders for the title this season, considering the ‘favourable’ opponents they play till end of the year. A major snag in their ambition is the inability to shut out the goals from flowing in, especially from set-pieces.
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