Hectic day around the pitch, full of goals for the English sides today, here are the details..
Brighton Hove Albion 0-4 Chelsea
Chelsea got off to a flying start bouncing back from last weekend’s disappointing draw to make quick work of a struggling Brighton side. Hazard drew first blood and would end the night with a brace, Willian scored a beautiful goal at the end of some impressive link up play. Not to be forgotten in the dying moments Moses scored the fourth to assure his opponents, if it wasn’t clear enough, tonight was not their night. Now Conte’s men will be attempting to rest as much as possible considering their next match will be in four days against Arsenal.
Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace
Wenger shows the Premier League that he can actually field a decent starting lineup and get a win. They’re currently still 11 points behind second place, but this will make the Gunners feel a bit better that their offense won’t be dead as soon as Sanchez walks out. It was a team effort with goals coming from Monreal, Iwobi, Koscielny, and Lacazette in the first 22 minutes. The only goal from Crystal Palace came in the 78th minute from Milivojevic.
Burnley 0-1 Manchester United
Just like an old car starting up in the morning it took the Red Devils a little bit longer than usual to warm up, but got the job done at the end of the day. Martial provides the only goal with a class strike that bounced off the top crossbar and in. Mourinho’s men maintain second place for another week but their next match will come against Tottenham, a very even draw.
Everton 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
After last week’s demolition the Toffees might be happy to get something other than an L, but it’s West Brom and truly should have been a win. West Brom went up early thanks to Rodriguez but Niasse tied it up in the 70th, other than that they will both be unhappy with their results and will look to the next Premier League match day.
Leicester City 2-0 Watford
A decently even game from both sides that was simply killed off by Mahrez at the 91st minute. Only other goal of the game was a penalty from Vardy in the 39th minute. The Foxes get another three points and have their work cut out for them with a game against Everton after the FA cup break.
Stoke City 2-0 Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield fall again, this time to the Potters who win thanks to the goals provided by Allen and Diouf. Stoke will be happy to get another three points to help their unfortunate, but deserved position on the table.
West Ham United 1-1 AFC Bournemouth
Chicharitooooo saves the day for the Hammers salvaging a draw from match, and to avoid another defeat at the hands of a beatable opponent. The other goal on the night was from Fraser, who will be content to have taken home a point. Hernandez’s goal will finally give him a sigh of relief and hopefully a place to start scoring more goals to pad the stats for the eventual move to MLS in the summer (hot takes, I got them).
Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle United
Aguero, the name Rafa Benitez and Newcastle will sleep with in their nightmares after his performance tonight, and his performance’s whenever he does see those black and white stripes. Newcastle gave us all hope they could pull of a draw coming close with a 2-1 scoreline late in the game, but fell short due to Aguero’s heroics. A header, right footed penalty, and left foot shot. The perfect hat-trick. The only goal from the Magpies came from Murphy in the 67th, and despite losing they should be proud of the great performance against Guardiola and his men who were sure to come out strong after a loss. Newcastle will have to look ahead and prepare for the tough two fixtures coming up, the first against Chelsea in the FA Cup and then a impressive Burnley side following.
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