Around the Pitch: Saturday 1/13/18

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West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Thanks to the flying headers provided by Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson the Baggies picked up some very much needed points from Brighton, and are looking to pry themselves out of the bottom 3 and back into the very comfortable mid table they are used to. Despite facing a lackluster Everton team next week, they will be out for blood coming off a terrible drubbing at the hands of Spurs (more on that in a bit).

Watford 2-2 Southampton

The Saints got off to a 2-0 lead with the class of James Ward-Prowse and his undoubtedly calm finishing in the box. Though Watford would not go down quietly in the second half, playing at home and surely not to be outdone by a team 6 places under them on the table. Andre Gray asserted himself over the Saint’s keeper hitting a hanging ball that had just gone off the crossbar. And late on from Doucore, he scored a contender for controversial goal of the weekend bringing back flashbacks to Maradona’s winner over England decades ago, redirecting it in with his right hand to bring Watford equal. The points would’ve surely been helpful for both but the Saints will be missing them dearly only 1 point from the relegation zone.

Just a few more marvelous Premier League matches…

Newcastle United 1-1 Swansea City

Darlow’s pretty saves could not keep the Swans out of his net at home, however his teammates would get one back to draw even as the side recovered a point thanks to a great piece of finishing that fooled Fabianski.

Huddersfield Town 1-4 West Ham United

West Ham United visited Huddersfield to hand them a shellacking at John Smith Stadium. A Lanzini brace and some powerful shots from Arnautovic and Noble were enough to propel them over 13th placed Huddersfield Town.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley

Crystal Palace take care of Burnley at home looking to continue their promising form, and take advantage of the lull Burnley have entered despite having a hot start to the league.

Chelsea 0-0 Leicester City

What looked like an achievable win at home for Conte’s men ended in disappointment. The power of his banter with Mourinho could not fuel the team to a win in the last 20 minutes against a 10 men Leicester City. The Foxes will be happy to have gotten out of Stamford with a point despite the red card Chilwell. Conte had some choice words after the match pointing to fatigue as the reasoning for the faltering. Is it valid? Maybe. But is it something that no other top 5 team is dealing with? No.

And the nightcap for this Saturday was brought to you by…

TOTTENHAM SPURS 4-0 EVERTON

Big Sam’s defense reminded the Toffee faithful that their defense has plenty of things to improve on as Pickford was hung out to dry for the Spurs attack to take apart. This will be a memorable match for the Spurs as their golden boy Harry Kane has overtaken Teddy Sheringham for the club’s top scorer, albeit one of his goals looking clearly offside. The Toffees will not have much to complain about as the Spurs never looked in doubt to clearly take the game. Eriksen topped it off with a class strike to make it 4-0. A close player of the match was definitely Son Heung-min, with an outstanding assist to Kane and a goal of his own it felt like Son was running the show. Serious credit to the Spurs’ defense, Rooney and Sigurdsson were in their back pocket thanks to a stout performance led by Vertonghen. Everton will surely be looking to bounce back against West Brom in an equally terrible lull in form, and Spurs should secure three points from Southampton quite easily if it all goes to plan next weekend staying in the race for 2nd place.

Thank you very much for reading, please give us your input down below on today’s rundown, how’d your team do?

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