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A review of all the weekend’s Premier League action. Another loss for Chelsea while Bournemouth complete another historic win.

Bournemouth 2-1 Manchester United.

Another historic win for the Cherries, within two games they’ve picked up six points against two of the biggest clubs in the world, fantastic stuff. Goals from Junior Stanislas and Josh King for Bournemouth while Marouane Fellaini scored for the visitors. Bournemouth were ahead after two minutes, Stanislas scored direct from a corner, David De Gea should have done better. Anthony Martial then had a good chance to level the encounter, but could not find the net. Fellaini levelled proceedings in the 24th minute, the hosts failing to clear their lines presenting Fellaini with a tap in. Nine minutes into the second half and the Cherries restored their lead, Josh King meeting Matt Ritchie’s corner. Glenn Murray had a fantastic opportunity to secure the points, but blasted over from close range. Martial had one last chance, but could only direct his shot well wide of the goal.

Manchester City 2-1 Swansea City.

Manchester City left it late but they picked up all three points against this struggling Swansea team. Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho scored for the hosts, while Bafetimbi Gomis scored for the visitors. Joe Hart was called into action early on, keeping Wayne Routledge at bay. The deadlock was broke in the 26th minute, Bony scoring against his former club from the near post, via a Jesus Navas corner. Andre Ayew headed over for the Swans as they were struggling to find a goal. Joe Hart was beaten at his near post in the 90th minute, Gomis with a strong right footed effort. Yaya Toure saw his effort at goal deflect off Iheanacho and into the net in stoppage time to secure the points.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton.

Yohan Cabaye scored the only goal in this action packed encounter. Yannick Bolasie saw his early effort from range kept out well from the Saints stopper. Wilfred Zaha then had a good chance to open the scoring, but could not keep his attempt down as the ball flew over the bar. Steven Davis then leapt up well for a powerful header, but the save was second to none as Wayne Hennessey kept the midfielder out well. The breakthrough was in the 38th minute, Bolasie crossed the ball for Cabaye who had no one tracking him for an easy finish. Bolasie had another effort in the second half but was well kept out by Paulo Gazzaniga. Hennessey then secured the points for the hosts, getting down well to prevent Shane Long from scoring.

Sunderland 0-1 Watford.

Odion Ighalo was once again the difference as his early strike ensured Watford would be picking up another three big points. Ighalo opened the scoring in the 4th minute, a simple tap in to get the visitors the start they needed. Ighalo could have doubled his goals for the afternoon but his shot was cleared off the line. Fabio Borini then had his chance to level the match, his shot going agonisingly wide of the post. Costel Pantilimon kept out Etienne Capoue out to keep the deficit just to one. Jermain Defoe had the ball in the back of the net, but the goal was ruled offside. Replays suggesting the forward was clearly offside. Heurelho Gomes then kept out Defoe late on to assure his team would be leaving with all three points.

Norwich City 1-1 Everton.

Despite dominating the match, Everton failed to pick up maximum points. Romelu Lukaku struck early for the visitors, while Wes Hoolahan equalized for the hosts. Leighton Baines started for the first time this season, and its good news to have him back at a competitive level, for both England and Everton. It only took Everton 15 minutes to break the deadlock, Gerard Deulofeu’s cross was met by Lukaku’s head and the visitors were ahead. Declan Rudd was in fine form for the hosts as he kept Norwich in this game, producing good saves from Arouna Kone and Lukaku. Baines on his return hit the outside of the post as Everton struggled to find a second goal and settle some nerves. All those missed chances came back to haunt the visitors, in the 47th minute, Hoolahan got the last touch of a goalmouth scramble and the scores were level, and stayed that way.

West Ham 0-0 Stoke City.

So many chances in this match yet it remained goalless. Marko Arnautovic couldn’t score from close range, looking back he really should have put the visitors ahead. Jack Butland stopped Aaron Creswell to keep the scores level. Adrian then had to produce a fantastic save to prevent Mame Diouf from scoring. Mauro Zarate then hit the post late on for the hosts as the pressure was building at both ends of the pitch. Diouf had one last final chance, but could not direct his effort on target as the game remained goalless.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Newcastle United.

Rob Elliot was in fine form as Newcastle picked up maximum points for the third consecutive season at White Hart Lane. An early goal from Eric Dier was to no avail as Alexsandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez assured the points would be going to Newcastle. Elliot was at hand early on, keeping Harry Kane out. Elliot then produced two good saves to stop Erik Lamela. Elliot could not do much for the host’s goal though, Dier making good contact with the ball and headed home the opener from a Christian Eriksen corner. Elliot then produced another good save in the second half to keep the deficit at just one. Mitrovic equalized for the visitors in the 74th minute, getting the last touch of a failed attempted clearance. Perez scored late into stoppage time, Hugo Lloris fumbling the ball into his own net.

Liverpool 2-2 West Brom.

Goals from Divock Origi and Jordan Henderson for the hosts helped them recover a late point against West Brom. Craig Dawson and Jonas Olsson scoring for the visitors. Liverpool were ahead in the 21st minute, Adam Lallana laying the ball off for Henderson to blast home. The lead lasted nine minutes, as Simon Mignolet came out for a corner and missed, leaving Dawson to score from close range. Olsson then had the ball in the back of the net, volleying home Dawson’s free kick. However, after a forty second delay, the goal was ruled offside and did not stand. Olsson did get on the score sheet in the 73rd minute, heading home Chris Brunt’s corner. Origi scored in the 90+6 minute, his shot taking a huge deflection and ending up in the Baggies net.

Aston Villa 0-2 Arsenal.

Arsenal took their midweek form into this match and came out comfortable winners. Goals from Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey. Petr Cech kept out Scott Sinclair early into the encounter. Theo Walcott then won a penalty in the 8th minute, Giroud made no mistake and put the gunners into an early lead. Mesut Ozil unselfishly then assisted Ramsey for Arsenal’s second. Sinclair’s headed effort went well over the bar and Carles Gil’s effort was wide of the post as Arsenal leaped to the summit of the table, for 24 hours.

Leicester City 2-1 Chelsea.

The Foxes have been in some incredible form this season and currently sit top of the Premier League. Another huge win here and they seriously look like title contenders. Goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez was enough to take all three points. Loic Remy netted for the visitors. Vardy scored in the 34th minute, thanks to a superb Mahrez cross. Nemanja Matic hit the bar with a header. Mahrez then doubled the hosts lead in the 48th minute, curling past Thibaut Courtois. Chelsea did hit back in the 77th minute, Remy meeting Pedro’s excellent cross and heading home. However, the game finished 2-1 and it was too little, too late for the reigning champions. How long does Jose Mourinho have left to salvage Chelsea’s season?



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