We review this Sunday's two games in the Premier League...


Everton 2 VS West Ham United 0

Date: 30/10/16

Time: 2:30pm           

Venue Goodison Park

Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley both scored as Everton returned to winning ways following a brief spell without a victory. Lukaku has made scoring against the Hammers a habit, converting a second half effort to move up to 7 goals for the season.

The first half was very open with both sides attacking with intention to scoring, the Hammers defending stoutly with a 3-man backline throwing their bodies in the line to keep a clean sheet. Both goalkeepers were both busy with Adrian coming to West Ham’s rescue. Joel Robles was fantastic as he produced a couple of breath-taking saves to keep a clean sheet.

The opening goal arrived in the 50th minute, following a Seaman Coleman shot which was blocked into the path of Bolasie. The Congolese winger appeared to be second to the ball in a 50-50 challenge with Winston Reid, but his tackle was strong enough to find Lukaku who had the simplest task of heading into an empty net.

Ross Barkley ensured the points were secured with a near post finish benefiting from a Romelu Lukaku assist in the 76th minute. Everton could have added more goals late on but the goalkeeper ensured the score line was a respectable one. West Ham with the defeat has dropped into the bottom five, a worrying scenario considering the big upcoming games.


Southampton 0 VS Chelsea 2

Date: 30/10/16

Time: 5:00pm

Venue: Saint Mary’s

Chelsea continued their impressive form with another routine win to make it four consecutive victories. The league’s form team made light work of the Saint on their home ground, a game which saw Eden Hazard score in three consecutive league games for the first time in his Premier League career, coincidentally against the team coached by the man who handed him his professional debut in France.

The Blues showed their intent from the start of the game and deservedly went ahead in the 6th minute through Eden Hazard via a Victor Moses assist. Chelsea continued to dominate the game with a certain swagger that made Claude Puel’s team recent impressive performances and results questionable.

Five minutes into the second half and it was 2-0. And it could have guessed right, Diego Costa with an absolute belter from outside the area that impressively beat a fully stretched Fraser Forster for his 8th league goal of the campaign. It was only the second Premier League goal scored from outside the area by Costa. Afterwards Chelsea continued to up the tempo, twice Victor Moses denied by outstanding saves from Forster.

Charlie Austin thought he pulled a goal back, but it was correctly ruled out for offside. Indeed it was a good team performance from Chelsea who moved up to 4th place, a point behind the top three, scoring 11 goals and conceding none in the last 4 games. Contrasting fortunes for Conte, who on this day 10-years ago was sacked from his first coaching job.

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