Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea once again showed that they are a force to be reckoned with this season as they beat champions Manchester United 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. A hatrick from Samuel Eto’o was enough to seal the win, before United got a goal back late on through Javier Hernandez. Although United had the better of the possession with 56%, it was Chelsea who made the most of their chances. They had 9 chances overall, with Willian and Hazard being the most involved, creating 2 of them each. Chelsea have succeeded in keeping in touch with the top 2 of City and Arsenal so far, can they continue to stay in the title race for the rest of the season?
Liverpool came from 2-0 down to claim a 2-2 draw to Aston Villa at Anfield. Villa lead 2-1 going into the second half, before a controversial penalty won by Luis Suarez was converted successfully by captain Steven Gerrard. Although Liverpool looked like they were going to go and win the game, they couldn’t find that last killer goal after numerous opportunities. Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson created 6 of Liverpool’s chances between them, with Suarez attempting 9 dribbles throughout the game, successfully completing a third of them. However, this will be seen as one point gained instead of two points lost for both sides.
Tottenham continued their impressive run of late under Tim Sherwood as they beat Swansea 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium. Adebayor continues to get his name on the scoresheet, with two goals adding to a Chico Flores own goal. Wilfred Bony’s late goal was little consolation, and Spurs ran out comfortable winners in the end. Adebayor was the main man up front for Spurs, having a 100% shot accuracy, and a 67% shot conversion. However, The Swans will want to improve on their passing and possession, as they were dispossessed a total of 21 times throughout the 90 minutes.
Arsenal remain top of the Premier League table after beating London neighbours Fulham 2-0. The two goals coming from Santi Cazorla was enough to fend the away side off, with Arsenal getting their fifth successive win in the league. The home side dominated as they had 15 chances compared to Fulham’s 3, as well as coming close by hitting the woodwork.
Free-scoring Manchester City stay one point behind leaders Arsenal after beating Cardiff 4-2 at the Etihad. The score was 1-1 within the first half an hour, before City started to find their scoring boots, with late goals coming from Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero in the last 15 minutes. Jesus Navas created 3 of City’s chances, and the majority of the team had a hand in at least one of them. Cardiff’s goals were scored by Noone and Campbell, as they tried their best to not let the game turn into a typical City goal-fest.
Adam Johnson was on the scoresheet again for Sunderland, as he helped them come from 2-0 down to earn a draw at home to Southampton. Rodriguez and Lovren were on target for the away side, before Johnson and Borini got the goals to bring the game back to 2-2. Southampton got a staggering 33 crosses into the Sunderland box, as well as being on top in terms of possession – 64% to the home sides’ 36%. The result still leaves Sunderland firmly in the relegation zone, but with the points in the bottom half being so tight, there are no favourites to go down just yet.