Liverpool won the bragging rights on Merseyside and have made an extra step to Champions League qualification after thumping rivals Everton 4-0 at Anfield. After an impressive first half which saw Liverpool go into the break leading 3-0, Luis Suarez also got himself on the scoresheet with a one-on-one with Tim Howard, slotting the ball home.
Two goals from Daniel Sturridge and one from Steven Gerrard meant that Liverpool secured a thrashing against the Blues, keeping their place in the top 4. However, Liverpool’s domination was not reflected in the stats, where Everton had 60% of the overall possession, and the same amount of chances (14). All of the Liverpool attacks were menacing, but the main man statistically was Philippe Coutinho, creating 4 chances, and attempting a total of 6 dribbles.
Manchester United secured three points after beating Cardiff 2-0 at Old Trafford. Juan Mata made his debut for United as Robin Van Persie and Ashley Young got the goals to grab the three points. Cardiff had the better of the possession, but the home side dominated in terms of chances – creating 15 to Cardiff’s 5. David Moyes will be pleased to get the three points under their belts, as they make their charge towards the Champions League places after a turbulent season.
Arsenal were held to a 2-2 draw away to Southampton as they drop points in the title race. Fonte and Lallana got the goals for the home side, as Arsenal came from behind to earn the draw. The main man for Southampton was Steven Davis, creating 4 chances, 2 of which were from set plays, and Luke Shaw managing to get 11 crosses into the Arsenal box. Southampton also had 13 shots compared to the away side’s 7. Arsenal are now one point behind new leaders Manchester City, and will feel disappointed for losing their top spot.
City thrashed Tottenham 5-1 at White Hart Lane to take the lead at the top of the Premier League. Aguero and Yaya Toure were among the goals for the away side, with only a consolation from Capoue coming from Spurs. Danny Rose was sent off for Tottenham as Manchester City continued their onslaught, and it just got worse and worse for the home side as the clock ticked away. The new leaders created an astonishing 20 chances compared Spurs’ mere 2, and took control of the game, having 66% of the possession overall. Manuel Pellegrini’s side will now want to take charge of the title race, and it will have helped them this week with both Arsenal and Chelsea dropping points.
West Ham battled hard to earn a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. In what was a frustrating night for Chelsea and Jose Mourinho, as they also drop points in their charge for the title. The game was dominated by Chelsea, having a staggering 35 chances compared to West Ham’s 1, and having 73% of the possession, but they couldn’t find the final touch to get that crucial goal. West Ham’s defence had a busy night, making 9 goalkeeping saves, as well as James Collins making an impressive 13 successful clearances. Chelsea now sit 3rd in the table, 3 points behind free-scoring Manchester City.
Aston Villa came back from a 2 goal deficit to beat local rivals West Brom 4-3. In probably the most entertaining game of the round the score was 3-3 at half time! Benteke continued his excellent form to win the game with a penalty for Aston Villa and ensuring he’s scored 3 goals in 3 games for the Villans.