The Premier League train rolls on and if we’ve had some strange old results so far, things were back to normal this weekend.
City struggled to break through the Villa-wall for much of Saturday evening’s fixture, but with 10 minutes left on the clock, Yaya Toure found a gap a slotted home a much deserved leading goal. Aguero made it two with a few minutes left and that was all she wrote.
Manchester United can thank David De Gea for their three points against Everton. Not only did he save a Leighton Baines penalty as the first half was drawing to a close, he made three match-winning saves in the dying moments of the match.
Even Liverpool was back on track against West Brom, not without giving it their all though. However, Lallana’s tip-toing through Brom’s defense saw the reds take the lead just before half time. Teams in a rut often don’t get anything for free, so no Liverpool supporters were surprised when Lovren’s challenge on Berahino just outside the box was deemed inside by the ref. Berahino converted, but unlike most of this season, Liverpool bounced straight back. Henderson smashed in the winner just minutes after the equalizer.
Spurs hasn’t played very well so far this season, but Christian Eriksen’s crucial strike secured an impressive win against high-flying Southampton who in turn will regret missing a few sitters at White Hart Lane. Hull had no problems against Crystal Palace
West Ham vs QPR made us yawn, as the Hammers grabbed a much-expected 2-0 win. Swansea will regret letting Toon grab a point in their match, as will Leicester. Ross Wallace curled in a stunning free kick, 5 minutes into stoppage time. Sunderland and particularly Steven Fletcher were very convincing at home against Stoke. Even Connor Wickham is blooming!
And finally, Sunday’s big match at Stamford Bridge was exciting for all the wrong reasons. Even as Eden Hazard strolled through a passive Gunners defense and went down, questions were asked as to whether Koscielny should’ve been sent off or not. The raid itself was stunning. A few minutes earlier, Wenger and Mourinho went toe to toe over Cahill’s challenge on Sanchez. A red card seemed likely, but the England international was let off the hook with a yellow. So was Welbeck, the his two-footed challenge in stoppage time threatened to severely injure Fabregas. Costa had already sealed the win for Mourinho after a brilliant through ball from said Fabregas, the Arsenal reject.
Have fun in the international break, we’ll dish out some awards and see you in a couple of weeks!
Hero Award: David De Gea
Penalty save, match winning stops and a true savior for Manchester United. Important three points.
Villain Award: Datguy Welbeck
Holy smokes, that challenge! With his head up his rear end, Danny Welbeck tried to break Fabregas’ leg in stoppage time at Stamford Bridge. A horrendous tackle which amazingly did not result in a sending off.
Team Award: Liverpool
Flawless Chelsea could’ve got this one, but Liverpool bounced back after a couple of terrible performances. They are starting to look somewhat like the Liverpool from last season now and with upcoming fixtures against QPR and Hull, this could be the start of a good spell for Rodgers’ disciples.
Goal Award: Ross Wallace
Well, 5 minutes into stoppage time, Scottish winger Wallace stepped up and saved a point for Burnley. A great finish and my, oh my, what an important point that could turn out to be. Burnley needs every point they can get.
Guts’ Gripe of the Weekend: Wenger on tilt
And no hand-shake from Mourinho after the match? Well, to be honest, it just gave the big game a much needed talking point. The game itself was just half-interesting