We round up the Premier League action in matchday 14. Chelsea traveled to the Etihad to face Manchester City in a game that could prove crucial in the race for the title. Liverpool faced Bournemouth while West Ham welcomed Arsenal to the London Stadium. There was also a big North West clash between Everton and Manchester United, but Wayne Rooney would not be facing his former club.
Manchester City 1-3 Chelsea
The most prominent fixture of matchday 14 saw Manchester City face Chelsea with third facing first at the Etihad. City started the better side but could not convert their chances into goals. The deadlock was eventually broken when Gary Cahill acrobatically turned a cross into his own net. Kevin De Bruyne had the opportunity to double the lead but rattled the crossbar when it looked harder to miss. It proved costly as Chelsea equalised through Diego Costa in the 60th minute. The Blues were ahead ten minutes later with Willian coming off the bench to score. Belgian winger, Eden Hazard, made sure of eight consecutive wins for Antonio Conte before Sergio Aguero saw red for a dangerous tackle on David Luiz. Fernandinho was also dismissed following a brawl on the pitch which summed up a dismal day for Pep Guardiola.
Crystal Palace 3-0 Southampton
Christian Benteke scored twice as Crystal Palace finally collected three points at home to Southampton to ease the pressure on Alan Pardew. Benteke opened the scoring on 35 minutes, pouncing on Fraser Forster’s mistake to finish. The Eagles doubled their advantage three minutes later when James Tomkins headed home for a corner; their fifth corner goal of the season. Benteke completed the scoring with five minutes remaining, tapping home Jason Puncheon’s cross to end Palace’s run of six consecutive defeats.
Stoke 2-0 Burnley
Stoke moved into the top half of the table by beating Burnley at home. The Potters took an early lead through Irish striker Jonathan Walters in spectacular fashion. Walters got on the end of Mame Diouf’s cross to guide a placed first-time shot into the left corner of the goal leaving Paul Robinson no chance. Some good work by Marko Arnautovic led to Stoke’s second, the Austrian winger beating his man before picking out Marc Muniesa who volleyed home his first goal for the club. Burnley’s third consecutive defeat sees them drop to 14th in the table with a crucial game against Bournemouth next up for the Clarets.
Sunderland 2-1 Leicester
Sunderland continued their revival and moved off the bottom of the Premier League with a win over champions Leicester at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats started brightly, but the best chance of the first-half fell to Jamie Vardy whose header went narrowly wide. David Moyes’ side took the lead after the interval after Robert Huth turned a corner into his own net. Lamine Kone’s long ball found Victor Anichebe and his cross found Jermain Defoe after a slice of luck and the ex-Tottenham forward made no mistake with the finish. The Foxes clawed one back through Shinji Okazaki, but it was too little too late for Claudio Ranieri’s men who now face a relegation battle.
Tottenham 5-0 Swansea
Tottenham stayed in the race for the top four with a commanding victory over Swansea at White Hart Lane. Spurs took the lead through Harry Kane, who recently signed a new deal at the club, who dispatched a penalty after Dele Alli was fouled. Mauricio Pochettino’s men added to the scoreline before the half-time whistle with Heung Min-Son lashing home a superb first-time volley. Son was involved again following the break and his run into the box meant the ball broke for Kane who grabbed his second with a low shot. Swansea’s woeful defending continued allowing Alli’s shot to loop into the air before Christian Eriksen nodded over the line for Tottenham’s fourth. Eriksen completed the rout with a fantastic finish following a drag back from Moussa Sissoko which helped Tottenham put their European heartbreak behind them.
West Brom 3-1 Watford
The Baggies continued their remarkable form at the expense of Watford as Tony Pulis’ men moved into the top six. Former Manchester United defender, Jonny Evans, leaped through the air on 16 minutes to power home a header from a Chris Brunt corner. West Brom scored from another set-piece as Brunt’s powerful free-kick took a huge deflection on its way to the net. The Hornets got one back through Christian Kabasele after the Baggies failed to clear the danger from a corner. However, a red card for Roberto Pereyra before Matt Phillips’ excellent curling effort compounded misery on Walter Mazzarri’s men.
West Ham 1-5 Arsenal
Arsenal kept pace with the league leaders with a dominant display against West Ham at the London Stadium. The Gunners took an early lead through Mesut Ozil who tapped home an Alexis Sanchez cross before the Chilean added to the scoreline himself with 20 minutes remaining; firing home from a tight angle. Sanchez bagged his second just eight minutes later with a powerful low drive from outside the box. Ex-Liverpool striker, Andy Carroll, clawed one back latching onto a rebound but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain restored Arsenal’s three-goal lead with fine strike. With the game effectively over, Sanchez completed his hat-trick with an exceptional run and finish which will be remembered as one of the goals of the season.
Bournemouth 4-3 Liverpool
With Joel Matip missing for the visitors, Bournemouth completed an unlikely comeback against Liverpool to snatch three points at the Vitality Stadium. Philippe Coutinho may have been missing, but the Reds deserved their early lead when Sadio Mane controlled Emre Can’s long ball expertly before directing the ball into the net. Another long ball by Jordan Henderson found Divock Origi who rounded Artur Boruc and squeezed the ball home from an acute angle. The Cherries found a route into the game as Callum Wilson scored from the spot but Can restored Liverpool’s advantage with a curling effort. The game wasn’t over though as Bournemouth cut Liverpool’s lead short again with substitute Ryan Fraser scoring his first Premier League goal before Steve Cook equalised with an exquisite volley on the swivel. The game seemed destined for a draw before even more late drama. Liverpool allowed Cook a powerful strike on goal which Loris Karius failed to collect allowing Nathan Ake to tap in giving Eddie Howe’s side a valuable three points and sees Liverpool lose ground in the race for the title.
Everton 1-1 Manchester United
A late penalty from Everton rescued a point against Manchester United to maintain Ronald Koeman’s unbeaten record at Goodison Park. Former Everton forward, Rooney, missed the clash with injury meaning Paul Pogba moved further up the field with Marcus Rashford on the bench. United took the lead through Zlatan Ibrahimovic who looped the ball over Maarten Stekelenburg and the ball eventually crossed the line. The Red Devils were lucky to have 11 men on the field as Marcos Rojo avoided a red card for a dangerous tackle in the first-half. Ander Herrera hit the bar for the visitors before Marouane Fellaini entered the game to make his 100th United appearances against his former club. It was not a happy return as just minutes later he conceded a penalty which Leighton Baines dispatched to rescue a point for the Toffees.