Premier League Wrap: Arsenal stay top, United comeback, Torres delivers and Suarez shines

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After an exciting week Nine (9) games in the English Premier League, Arsenal remain top of the log, Luis Suarez scored his fourth top-flight hat-trick and Southampton recorded their best ever start to a Barclays Premier League season on Saturday.

On Sunday, Mourinho’s impressive Stamford Bridge run continued after an inspiring performance by Torres earned the Blues a 2-1 win over Manchester City and earlier, Newcastle United lost the Tyneside derby against Sunderland to record their first win of the season.

mikelartetaredcardwoe20131026_576x324Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal
Arsenal extended their lead at the top of the table to five points after beating Crystal Palace 2-0 to remain the only team to score in each of their Barclays Premier League matches this season.

The Gunners have scored in their last 14 Premier League games; the best current run in the competition with Mikel Arteta scoring his first goal of the season from the penalty spot a minute into the second half after Serge Gnabry was brought down by Adlene Guedioura to score 16 of the 18 Premier League penalties he has taken – six out of seven for Arsenal but the Spaniard was seen off soon afterwards after fouling former Gunners striker Marouane Chamakh.
Arsenal secured the win three minutes from time when Olivier Giroud headed in Aaron Ramsey’s cross.

Crystal Palace have lost six consecutive league matches for the first time since March 2001 with the Eagles conceding at least two goals in each of their last six Premier League matches.

For Arsenal, they remain unbeaten in 14 competitive away games, winning 12 and drawing twice.
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Aston Villa 0-2 Everton

Everton continued their strong start under Roberto Martinez as they ran out 2-0 winners at Aston Villa.

Christian Benteke has now missed two penalties this season when goalkeeper Tim Howard dived high to his right to push his effort over the crossbar after Seamus Coleman hauled him down in the box, leaving referee Anthony Taylor no option but to point to the spot.

Leon Osman then found Romelu Lukaku in plenty of space on the edge of the area and the on-loan Chelsea striker made no mistake in drilling in from 16 yards. Lukaku has scored five goals for Everton this term, the Belgian has now scored 22 in 40 Premier League appearances for West Bromwich Albion and Everton, but none in 10 for Chelsea.

For Aston Villa, they have now conceded a goal in 16 successive Premier League home matches.

Leon Osman then wrapped up the points in the final ten minutes, finding the bottom corner after he was expertly teed up by Gareth Barry.
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LIVE-Liverpool-v-West-Brom-2642161Liverpool 4-1 West Bromwich Albion

Liverpool thumped West Brom 4-1 at Anfield as Luis Suarez became the first player this season to score a hat-trick. The Liverpool striker scored his fourth Premier League hat-trick, his first at Anfield, in only his 81st appearance for the club.

James Morrison’s penalty gave West Brom brief hope to keep Liverpool’s undecent run of having not kept a clean sheet in any of their last six Premier League games but the game was put beyond West Brom’s reach with a brilliant 25-yard chip from Daniel Sturridge.
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javierhernandezwinninggoal20131026_576x324Manchester United 3-2 Stoke City

Two goals in two minutes from Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez rescued David Moyes’ Manchester United from defeat as they ran out 3-2 winners against Stoke City to record their sixth consecutive home win against Stoke in the Barclays Premier League.

United were stunned after four minutes when Jonny Evans kicked the ball against Peter Crouch who scored only his second goal in 18 Barclays Premier League appearances against Manchester United and saw it go into the net.

Crouch was the first striker to score a goal in the top-flight for the Potters this term and the goal conceded was only the ninth goal Manchester United have conceded before the fifth minute in the Premier League era at Old Trafford.
Robin van Persie netted in the 43rd minute to level things up, extending his personal scoring run against Stoke to seven games, but United’s relief was short-lived, with Marko Arnautovic curling in a free-kick to record his first Premier League goal in first-half added time.

Wayne Rooney glanced the ball home in the 78th minute, before substitute Hernandez completed the turnaround two minutes later with a close-range header and to take his goal tally against Stoke in seven top-flight appearances to five.
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Norwich City 0-0 Cardiff City

Cardiff kept only their second Barclays Premier League clean sheet of the campaign against Norwich City as both sides were only separated by a point prior to kick-off and it stayed that way as they played out an entertaining 0-0 draw at Carrow Road,
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Southampton 2-0 Fulham
Mauricio Pochettino’s side continued their impressive home run this campaign as they moved up to third in the table with a 2-0 home win over Fulham. They have now made their best ever start to a top flight season (19 points from nine matches).
Rickie Lambert was left unmarked to head in a corner for their opener and the home team soon doubled their lead when Jay Rodriguez converted following good work from his strike partner.
Fulham offered little in terms of a response, particularly after the break as they became the seventh team to fail to register a shot on target in a Premier League game this season.
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tytne315headerSunderland v Newcastle United

Fabio Borini was Sunderland’s hero as his late goal secured a 2-1 win over rivals Newcastle United, the club’s first victory of the season.

The Black Cats have not won any of their last 12 Premier League matches (L9 D3). Prior to their 3-0 victory over Newcastle in April, Sunderland had gone nine PL games without a win.

The Italian was introduced in the 68th minute and grabbed the winner with a powerful 85th-minute strike from the edge of the penalty area.

Steven Fletcher gave Gus Poyet the perfect start to his opening game in charge at the Stadium of Light by breaking the deadlock in the fifth minute, but Sunderland were unable to hold on to that lead.

Mathieu Debuchy’s first goal for Newcastle brought the visitors level just before the hour, the defender converting a simple tap in at the back post before Italian Borini, on loan from Liverpool, lifted the gloom at the Stadium of Light when he thundered a 25-metre rocket past a flailing Tim Krul six minutes from time.

Sunderland have won one of their opening nine league games for the second season in succession and they have won consecutive League matches against Newcastle for the first time since March 1967 (the year that Gus Poyet was born). Interesting!!!

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fernandotorresceleb20131027_576x324Chelsea v Manchester City

Fernando Torres got his reward for an irrepressible display that he has rarely produced for Chelsea when he scored a last-minute winner after a defensive mix-up in a 2-1 Premier League victory over Manchester City who have lost as many away games (five) as they have won (five) in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday.

The Spain striker, who set up Andre Schuerrle’s first-half goal, missed a sitter and also struck the woodwork, gleefully fired into an empty net after City defender Matija Nastasic’s header back to Joe Hart went sailing past the outrushing keeper.

Sergio Aguero had levelled soon after halftime for City as victory lifted Chelsea back up to second place, level on 20 points with Liverpool and two behind leaders Arsenal.

The win ensured that Jose Mourinho is unbeaten in 65 Barclays Premier League home games as manager of Chelsea (W51 D14).

City lost a Premier League game in which Aguero scored for the first time (W29 D2 L1) and a disappointed Pellegrini felt his side were far better than Chelsea and that his side have been badly undermined by errors at the back this season.

Their latest defeat sees them sitting seventh, six points behind table-toppers Arsenal.
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Swansea City v West Ham United

Swansea’s quest to win successive Barclays Premier League games for the first time since 1 December, 2012 was hampered on sunday as the home side and West Ham United drew 0-0, the London side’s striker Ricardo Vaz Te suffering a dislocated shoulder according to manager Sam Allardyce.
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Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City

Roberto Soldado’s 80th-minute penalty secured Tottenham Hotspur a 1-0 home win over Hull City and lifted them up to fourth.

No side has kept more clean sheets in the Barclays Premier League this season than Spurs (six) and they are the only side in the top nine to score fewer than 10 goals this season.

Adeyemi Adesanya
Sports Business Consultant and Football Intermediary; Risk Management & Due Diligence Consultant; Freelance Football writer & Pundit on Radio & TV and Man.Utd Fan
http://www.halftimeng.com

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