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Premier League Matchday 8 Review
2017-10-16 14:12:01


Premier League Matchday 8 Review
Matchday 8 table


Saturday 14th October 2017

Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United
Jurgen Klopp's wait for a league victory over Manchester United stretched to four games as Liverpool were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw at Anfield.

In front of the new Kenny Dalglish Stand, Liverpool fought tirelessly for the victory, registering 18 shots to United's six, but a dogged defensive display, coupled with the brilliance of David de Gea kept the hosts at bay.

It means Liverpool, who have not tasted victory over their fierce rivals in the Premier League since March 2014, failed to cut the gap on United, who remain seven points clear of Klopp's side after stretching their unbeaten run to eight games.

Burnley 1-1 West Ham
Chris Wood's 85th-minute header salvaged a 1-1 draw for Burnley against 10-man West Ham at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Michail Antonio gave West Ham the lead after 19 minutes, with the former Nottingham Forest man latching onto Joe Hart's long ball and rounding Nick Pope to score.

But Andy Carroll was sent off for two bookings in quick succession 10 minutes later, and Burnley's pressure finally told late on as Wood met Johann Gudmundsson's cross.

Burnley remain in the top six despite failing once more to replicate their away form, while West Ham rise two places to 14th, above Brighton and Stoke City.

Crystal Palace 2-1 Chelsea
Wilfried Zaha's first-half strike earned Roy Hodgson his first victory as Crystal Palace boss as his side deservedly beat Chelsea 2-1 on Saturday.

Making his first start since suffering a knee injury against Huddersfield on the opening day of the season, Zaha's smart finish on the stroke of half-time proved to be the winner at Selhurst Park.

Cesar Azpilicueta's own goal (11) ended Palace's 731-minute wait for a first league goal of the campaign but Tiemoue Bakaoyko swiftly equalised with a header (18) before Zaha's decisive intervention (45).

The victory earns Palace their first points of the season, ending a seven-match losing run, while Chelsea have now lost back-to-back league matches and find themselves nine points off league leaders Manchester City.

Manchester City 7-2 Stoke
Manchester City were in red-hot form as they thrashed Stoke 7-2 at the Etihad Stadium to go two points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

There were six different goalscorers for the hosts, with Gabriel Jesus the only player to score twice, and his 17th-minute opener was swiftly followed by Raheem Sterling's strike (19) before David Silva netted in the 27th minute to see Man City race into a 3-0 lead.

Stoke fought back with two goals either side of half-time as Mame Biram Diouf (44) scored ahead of the break, and the striker was involved again as a Kyle Walker own goal (47) made it 3-2 shortly after the restart.

But that brief blip stirred Manchester City back into action as they netted their next three goals in just six minutes, Jesus adding his second (56) before Fernandinho (60) and Leroy Sane (62) got their names on the scoresheet, with Bernardo Silva (79) completing the rout.

Swansea 2-0 Huddersfield
Tammy Abraham scored twice as Swansea registered their first three points at home this season with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield.

Though they started the brighter, the Swans allowed their opponents space to play for much of the first half until they took the lead when Abraham slotted home Tom Carroll's cut-back after Jonas Lossl's poor clearance (42).

Australia international Aaron Mooy was introduced for the second half, but he inadvertently set up Swansea's second when he dispossessed Luciano Narsingh and the ball fell to Jordan Ayew, with Abraham ensuring the Ghanaian's dink crossed the line (48).

The result means Swansea now sit 13th in the Premier League standings, just a point behind the Terriers, who continue their slide down the table.

Tottenham 1-0 Burnley
Christian Eriksen's early second-half strike fired Tottenham to their first Premier League win at Wembley with a 1-0 victory against a spirited Bournemouth side.

Eriksen's (47) third goal in the Premier League this season ensured Tottenham emerged victorious against Eddie Howe's men, who were defensively solid for most of the match.

Harry Kane had two glorious chances to put Spurs further ahead in the second half, but Bournemouth were able to limit the hosts to just the one goal as their away troubles continue.

Victory for Tottenham places them four points ahead of rivals Chelsea in third, while Bournemouth drop down to 19th after their fourth consecutive loss on the road.

Watford 2-1 Arsenal
Late goals by Troy Deeney and Tom Cleverley saw Watford come from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 and go fourth in the Premier League.

Arsenal had appeared on course for all three points after taking the lead six minutes before the interval when Per Mertesacker, making his first start for 18 months in place of the injured Shkodran Mustafi, headed in Granit Xhaka's corner.

However, the home side drew level in controversial circumstances when Richarlison went over in the box under Hector Bellerin's challenge, with Deeney smashing home the resulting spot kick.

Marco Silva's side then recorded their first home win of the season when Cleverley fired home in stoppage time after a mad scramble in the box, a result that sees Arsenal fall to sixth.

Sunday 15th October 2017

Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 Everton
A late penalty from Wayne Rooney rescued a point for Everton as they drew 1-1 with Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday.

After a lacklustre first half, the second period saw much of the action and Anthony Knockaert put the hosts ahead in the 82nd minute to scenes of wild celebration.

But a silly foul from Brighton captain Bruno - who elbowed Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the face during an Everton free-kick - saw the visitors awarded a 90th-minute penalty that Rooney converted.

It moves both sides onto eight points following the draw, with Everton in 16th and Brighton in 14th with a superior goal difference.

Southampton 2-2 Newcastle United
Manolo Gabbiadini's double inspired Southampton as they twice came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw with Newcastle on Nissan Super Sunday.

Isaac Hayden's first Premier League goal put the Magpies ahead at St Mary's on 20 minutes, but that was cancelled out by a fine individual strike from Gabbiadini early in the second half.

Ayoze Perez punished an error from Fraser Forster to restore Newcastle's lead within 86 seconds, but, once again, Gabbiadini was the Saints' hero as his emphatic penalty 15 minutes from time sealed a point.

The result lifts Southampton up to 10th in the Premier League, two points and one spot behind ninth-placed Newcastle.

Monday 16th October 2017

Leicester City vrs West Bromwich Albion
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