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Barclay’s Premier League Review.

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Liverpool 1-1 Norwich City.

Liverpool were hoping to record a home win after their last home match ended in defeat, a 0-3 thrashing handed to them by West Ham. Daniel Sturridge was welcomed back after his long spell out through injury, one of his first contributions appeared to be a dive inside of the Norwich box. Midway through the first half and Sturridge got himself into a great position with a lot of space, his shot was straight at John Ruddy who saved with comfort. Danny Ings came on for Christian Benteke during the interval and it only took the Englishman three minutes to make an impact. Alberto Moreno’s long ball was met with a good touch by Ings who cleverly turned and beat the Norwich stopper to open proceedings. Norwich were level in the 61st minute, Simon Mignolet came out to collect a corner, could only mistime his punch and it fell straight to Russel Martin who didn’t need to be asked twice to convert it into the net and level the encounter.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Crystal Palace.

The second London derby of the weekend saw Tottenham host Palace, a goal from new signing Heung-Min Son saw Tottenham pick up all three points and record their first win in front of their home fans. Harry Kane had a good early chance to open up his Premier League account but headed over from an Erik Lamela corner. Hugo Llrois kept out Bakary Sako’s free kick late into the first half. At the start of the second period Alex McCarthy took a risk, his kicked clearance deflected off the back of Son and almost ended up in his net. Sako hit the post in the 67th minute, an absolute fantastic save from Lloris to keep the scores level, in the 68th minute Spurs got the opening. New signing son kept his composure and slotted past McCarthy to score the first and only goal of the encounter.

Newcastle United 1-2 Watford.

Newcastle’s woes continued as they lost to newly promoted Watford on the weekend. A double for Odion Ighalo was enough to see off Newcastle and see them stay winless in this season’s campaign. Ighalo showed his threat early on, blasting wide in the opening minutes of the match. Ten minutes into the match and Watford were ahead, Ighalo opening his account for the day thanks to an Etienne Capou assist. Watford doubled their lead in the 29th minute when Ighalo, once again latched onto a delightful ball from fellow striker, Troy Deeney and slotted home to double the visitors lead. Daryl Janmaat got one back for the home side thanks to Moussa Sissoko. Janmaat should have got his and Newcastle’s second late on but a good save from Heurelho Gomes saw Watford leave with all the spoils.

Stoke City 2-2 Leicester City.

Stoke and Leicester played out a scoring draw in which saw Leicester come back from behind for the second week in a row. Bojan opened up the game with a close range finish thanks to a fine ball from Marko Arnautovic. Johnathan Walters then latched onto a mishit pass back from the Foxes skipper, Wes Morgan, and made it two within twenty minutes. Leicester pulled one back six minutes into the second half, Danny Drinkwater winning a penalty for a push from Arnautovic, Riyad Mahrez coverts comfortably. Jack Butland produced an excellent save to keep out Jamie Vardy, Vardy had the last laugh though, beating Butland in the 69th minute to level things.

Bournemouth 2-0 Sunderland.

Sunderland’s woes continued when they travelled to Bournemouth. Two goals inside the first nine minutes were enough to see the hosts take all three points, Callum Wilson getting his fifth of the season and an absolute incredible strike from Matt Richie. Wilson opened up his account in the fourth minute, a great touch and turn to beat Costel Pantilimon in the Sunderland net. Five minutes later and the Cherries had doubled their advantage, Sunderland defend a corner comfortably for the ball to come out to Richie, a perfect first touch set up a good volley which was blasted into the top corner of the net. Jermaine Defoe had two chances to level things up just before half time but couldn’t convert either. Younes Kaboul was booked on the stroke of half time for a needless foul. Jeremain Lens had the ball in the back of the net for the visitors in the second half but was ruled out for offside. Kaboul picked up his second yellow for a similar foul to the first half, kicking out at Wilson on the edge of the box.

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