It was a mixed weekend with a typical EPL unpredictability which saw Leicester City prove themselves by topping the league table after a 3-nil thrashing of Swansea.
However, former league champion, Manchester City was brought down thoroughly by a lower Stoke city FC, a missed opportunity for Tottenham to join the top four for the first time this season.
It was another blank weekend for Manchester United after a goalless draw, now, they have drawn five blanks in nine matches, making it the sixth in their ninth match. Mourinho’s future at Chelsea looks gloomy as his team suffered yet another home defeat, this time by EPL-first-timer, Bournemouth.
Chelsea 0-1 Bournemouth
Jose Mourinho suffered another catastrophic defeat in the hand of lowly Bournemouth at the Bridge. The reigning Premier League champion have now gone on a miserable and unbelievable eight defeats in 15 Premier League games.
Substitute Glen Murray’s 82nd minute header from a Steve Cook assist ensured Chelsea’s faltering start to the season continues with this famous victory for his team, ending a dismal run of eight Premier League games without a win. It was also Bournemouth’s first clean sheet away from home, and only their second in the Premier League this season, lifting them out of the relegation zone.
However, this is the first time since April 2001 that Chelsea lost at home to a newly promoted side, leaving them 14th on the table with 15 points from 15 games.
Watford 2-0 Norwich
Odion Ighalo’s rich vein of form continues as he helped Watord move back to the top half of the EPL table, with a powerful run into the Norwich box to which he was unfairly scythe down by Alexander Tetty and Troy Deeney dispatching the resulting penalty, his fourth in four consecutive EPL games.
The goal margin could have been higher but for Ighalo’s disallowed goal for offside just before half-time and his spurning of several chances. Ighalo’s reward for his tenacity and overall committed performance came in stoppage time, when he bursted through the tired Norwich defence before calmly slotting home with a neat finish.
The strike partnership of Ighalo and club captain Deeney is sure to boost their increasing hope for survival, while Norwich’s relegation worries will be heightened with just one victory in their last 10 Premier League matches, keeping them pn the 16th spot on the league table.
Stoke 2- 0 Manchester City
Manchester City were humbled by Marko Arnautovic brace early in the first half of this one-sided match with City manager Manuel Pellegrini bemoaning injuries.
Stoke City earned a well deserved victory over a lacklustre Manchester City at the Brittania Stadium. The combined creativity of Ibrahim Affellay, Bojan Krkic, and Xhendan Shaqiri tormented the league leaders all afternoon, bringing back the horrors of their thrashings by Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur this season.
With a shambolic defence missing their towering captain and leader Vincent Company, they were a shadow of the defensive solidity that enabled them to win seven straight league games at the start of the season.
The Etihad outfit could have been punished further but for a brilliant Joe Hart save from Bojan and Arnautovic striking a post. Shaqiri provided the two assists for Arnautovic brace to leave the league leaders in third and Stoke climbing up to tenth.
Southampton 1-1 Aston Villa
Aston Villa secured a valuable point against Southampton. Villa registered the only goal in the first half with a towering header by Jaleon Lescott – his first in almost a year, against the run of play, putting them on course for what would have been an unlikely victory.
Oriol Romeu’s equalizer came 17 minutes before the end of the match ensuring a share of the spoils after a persistent onslaught on the Villa goal.
Villa will be the happier of the two sides with a disciple and gutsy display, despite setting a new club record of 14 games without a win, giving them a modicum of hope for their fight for relegation.
Meanwhile, Southampton have also gone four games without a win in all competition including their midweek capitulation to Liverpool in the Capital One Cup.
Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland
Arsenal climbed up to second in the league with a 3-1 victory over Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium, their first win in four Premier League matches. Joel Campbell was on target for his second of the season, Olivier Giroud scored at both ends and Aaron Ramsey with an injury time goal to seal victory.
Arsenal were given a stern test by a recently resolute Sunderland side under Aladyce. Joel Campbell opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, slotting home a Mesut Ozil’s delightful pass and Giroud scoring an own goal before halftime. Giroud atoned for his error by glancing home a Ramsey’s delivery past the Sunderland goalie Costel Pantilimon.
Ramsey completed the scoring in 93rd minute to move Arsenal second in the table after Manchester City and Manchester United failed to win.
West Brom held Spurs to a 1-1 draw at the Hawthorn but extended their unbeaten run to 14 games this season, their best spell in 30 years, dropping two valuable points in the process.
A Spurs win would have moved them into the top four for the first time this season. Tottenham’s Dele Alli struck first from a Toby Alderwerid pass, but James McClean’s first Albion goal cancelled out the opener.
Manchester United 0-0 West Ham
Manchester United were booed and jarred by their own fans at Old Trafford after drawing another 0-0 blank – their sixth in all competition this season and fourth in the Premier League, the most of any team.
West Ham were disciplined and organised, restricting Van Gaal’s men to little goal scoring opportunities in the stalemate and should have won the game having created four clear cut chances.
Martial, who has not scored in seven league games, continues his goal drought wasting good openings in the second half. United have scored one goal or less in nine of their 15 Premier League matches this season. United moved down to third and the Hammers sixth.
Newcastle 2-0 Liverpool
Liverpool were stunned by the home side with a Martin Skrtel own goal – seventh of his Premier League career and Georginio Wijnaldum stoppage time strike to move above Sunderland in the relegation zone.
Moreno’s sensational strike was disallowed before Sissoko fed Wijnadum on the break to seal Jurgen Klopp’s second defeat in the Premier League.