EPL Week 6 review: Chelsea hold Spurs, Manchester teams stunned, Arsenal stay top

United-WestBrom-Sept2013Gyfli Sigurdsson’s first half strike was cancelled out by John Terry’s header, as Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas’ first game against each other ended in a frantic 1-1 draw.

Indeed it was a game of two halves, as Spurs came out flying in the opening half, pinning the visitors in their half with neat passing and movement. In the 20th minute, Eriksen skipped past Frank Lampard with a sublime turn and drove towards the box. Soldado failed to control his pass, but the ball fell to Sigurdsson, who took a touch and fired past Cech. Paulinho almost doubled the lead, but saw his effort come off the post.

Mourinho threw on Juan Mata for Mikel Obi in the second half and the Spanish playmaker’s introduction sparked life into the Blues. It was him who provided the ball that Terry nodded home level the scores. Although Torres was sent off for a second bookable offence, Chelsea held on for one point.

The two Manchester teams were stunned this afternoon, as they both suffered shock defeats in the league.

Both clubs came head to head last weekend in an entertaining derby, which City won comfortably 4-1, but it was completely different this Saturday. City had taken a first-half lead against Aston Villa, thanks to a Yaya Toure goal, but Villa fought back and equalised through El Ahmadi in the second half. Dzeko’s header restored City’s lead again, before Bacunaand Weimann gave the home side all three points.

At Old Trafford, the opening half ended goalless, but Amalfitano’s composed finish gave West Brom the lead. Wayne Rooney saw his free-kick creep in as United threatened to turn the screw, but it was Berhaino who had the final word, with a super strike from the edge of the box, as David Moyes’ men suffered their second successive defeat in the league.

In other games, Osvaldo and Lambert gave Southampton a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace, while Jordon Mutch grabbed the winner as Cardiff City beat Fulham 2-1. Hull City took all three points against West Ham, courtesy of Robert Brady’s penalty.

Serge Gnabry scored his first Premier League goal for Arsenal and Aaron Ramsey added a second, as Arsenal powered back to  the top of the table. Although they conceded a late goal, they held on at the Liberty Stadium, for their 12th successive away win.

The first half ended goalless, but German youngster Gnabry made it 1-0 in the 58th minute, collecting Ramsey’s reverse pass and slotting it pass Michael Vorm. Four minutes later, the Welshman doubled the Gunners’ advantage, slamming home Giroud’s cut-back into the roof of the net.

Arsenal allowed Swansea a goal in the 82nd minute, after they failed to deal with Davies’ run and the left-back pulled a goal back, after neat interplay with Wilfried Bony.

However, Arsene Wenger’s men saw out the game and are not top with 15 points, two ahead of North London rivals, Spurs.

Adeyemi Adesanya
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