Premier League Matchday 9 Review
Saturday 21st October 2017
Chelsea 4-2 Watford
Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to score twice as Chelsea fought back from behind to win a six-goal thriller against Watford.
Chelsea were on the back foot for much of this contest at Stamford Bridge but two goals from Batshuayi, either side of an 87th-minute header from Cesar Azpilicueta, snatched the champions a much-needed 4-2 victory.
For a while, Chelsea looked on course for a third straight Premier League loss when Abdoulaye Doucoure and Roberto Pereyra's goals put Watford 2-1 up before Batshuayi and then Azpilicueta instigated the turnaround. Batshuayi added his second in stoppage time.
Chelsea also had the officials to thank after Pedro's opener, a superb long-range strike, came from a corner that should not have been given.
Huddersfield 2-1 Manchester United
Huddersfield are celebrating one of their best wins in decades after Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre brought Manchester United's unbeaten Premier League start to a shock halt.
David Wagner's promoted side had failed to win any of their previous six top-flight matches and last beat United in March 1952 - just a month after Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne.
United entered the weekend second in the standings but the wheels came off in Yorkshire as Mooy's opener was followed by Depoitre capitalising on Victor Lindelof's error, with Huddersfield holding on for a dream 2-1 win after Marcus Rashford ensured a nervy ending.
Wagner's side were made to sweat but showed no sign of intimidation as they heeded the advice of their raucous fans, whose banner as the teams emerged read "if you have passion and desire you have no limits!"
Manchester City 3-0 Burnley
Sergio Aguero equalled Manchester City's goalscoring record as the Premier League leaders saw off hard-working Burnley 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
The Argentina striker netted his 177th City goal from a controversially-awarded first-half penalty to set City on their way to a club record-equalling 11th successive win in all competitions.
Burnley proved tough opponents amid torrential rain for Pep Guardiola's free-flowing side but late goals from Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane secured another three points.
Aguero's goal took him level with Eric Brook, who scored 177 for City between 1927 and 1939, but he will have to wait to claim the record outright after being substituted in the 76th minute.
It was his first appearance since breaking a rib in a car crash three weeks ago.
Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace
Mikel Merino came off the bench to head Newcastle to a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace with his first goal in English football.
The Spaniard's header from Matt Ritchie's 85th-minute corner handed the Magpies a win they barely deserved on an afternoon where they were poor for long periods before producing a late flurry.
Palace, who enjoyed the better of much of the game, ultimately paid for not making the most of their chances, the best of which fit-again winger Wilfried Zaha headed wide before the break.
Stoke 1-2 Bournemouth
Stoke have been sucked into the Premier League relegation zone after two goals within 133 seconds earned Bournemouth a first top-flight victory on their travels this season.
Eddie Howe's side had lost each of their four away fixtures, but Andrew Surman's opener at the bet365 Stadium was swiftly followed by a Junior Stanislas penalty, awarded after Ryan Shawcross tripped Benik Afobe.
The Potters pulled one back in the second period through Mame Diouf but a 2-1 loss saw them drop into the bottom three following a run of one win from eight in all competitions.
Swansea 1-2 Leicester
Leicester climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone as the post-Craig Shakespeare era began with a 2-1 win at Swansea.
Michael Appleton was in caretaker command after Shakespeare's midweek sacking and Leicester fully merited the three points handed to them by Federico Fernandez's first-half own goal and Shinji Okazaki's fifth of the season just after the interval.
Alfie Mawson reduced the deficit from a 56th-minute corner but Swansea were poor for most of the contest and were indebted to their goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski for keeping them in the contest.
Shakespeare had paid the price for a winless run of six games and just one league victory all season.
But just as they had done following the departure of title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri in February, Leicester responded with a display out of keeping with recent performances.
Southampton 1-0 West Brom
A stunning solo goal from Sofiane Boufal secured a 1-0 victory for Southampton at home to West Brom.
The substitute ran fully 70 yards from inside his own half and left three defenders on their backsides - two of whom had collided with each other - before sliding the ball home for a truly memorable strike.
It was going to take a moment of supreme quality, or abject stupidity, to settle this otherwise drab affair and it was the former as Southampton's record signing secured their second home win of the season.
Sunday 22nd October 2017
Everton 2-5 Arsenal
Beleaguered Everton manager Ronald Koeman was left clinging on to his job after the Toffees slipped into the Premier League's relegation zone with a 5-2 home defeat to Arsenal.
No wins in their last five matches, just two victories in the last 13, eight points from nine games and only six league goals add up to a whole host of problems for the Dutchman.
Even Wayne Rooney's recreation of his famous breakthrough goal as a precocious 16-year-old against the same opposition and in the same Goodison Park net to give Everton an unexpected early lead could not mask the issues the Toffees face.
Tottenham 4-1 Liverpool
Harry Kane capitalised on another defensive horror show from Liverpool by scoring twice for Tottenham in a ruthless 4-1 victory.
Dejan Lovren was substituted after just 31 minutes at Wembley but he was not the only one guilty of awful defending, with Simon Mignolet and Joel Matip both major contributors to Spurs' goal flurry.
Kane and Son Heung-min took full advantage with an early double before Mohamed Salah pulled one back for Liverpool. Dele Alli and Kane, however, struck either side of half-time to put the result beyond doubt.
It is the third time in nine Premier League games Liverpool have now conceded three goals or more and this thrashing against a fellow top-four rival showed why only the most unlikely of transformations could see them challenge for the title this season.
Defeat leaves Jurgen Klopp's side ninth, 12 points behind Manchester City already, while Tottenham cut the gap to five after moving level on 20 points with Manchester United.