Another weekend has come and gone, and with it, another round of Premier League action. Every week we will delve into the biggest topics of the weekend, and wrap-up the action for you in a nice little English bow! This week focuses on Spurs being Spurs, Bournemouth getting their first win, and Monday’s Liverpool/Arsenal mega clash
Saturday saw second placed Leicester City (yes, you read that correctly) take on Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium. The first 80 minutes were rather tame, with chances few and far between and Spurs dominating possession and pace of play. However, the final ten minutes were a lively one as Spur’s youngster Dele Alli scored from a cross that trickled to the back post for a headed tap in. Tottenham supporters had very little time to celebrate as 90 seconds later, the man, that is quite literally on fire right now, tied it up. Riyad Mahrez latched onto a long ball flicked on by Jamie Vardy off of the kickoff, taking it straight down the left wing and into the opposition’s box. The Algerian cut in onto his favored left foot and curled a beautiful shot into the corner for his league leading fourth goal. The game ended in a 1-1 draw, and signed more of the same problems for Spurs. After disappointing start to the season, Spurs yet again let points slip away. After letting a two goal lead dissolve in the final ten minutes against Stoke, Spurs relinquished their lead again in the final ten against Leicester, leading to questions about discipline and drive for manager Mauricio Pochettino and his young London side.
Another Saturday match saw newcomers Bournemouth taking on a West Ham side that beat Arsenal at the Emirates just two weeks back. The Cherries came flying out of the gate with top goal-scorer last season, Callum Wilson, scoring two goals in the first 30 minutes. West Ham would not go down easily, responding with a penalty by Mark Noble, and a strike from Kouyate that leveled things up in the second half. Bournemouth showed resilience though, with a clinical curling effort from Pugh in the 66’ and Wilson completing his hat trick with a well struck penalty in the 79’. Maiga pulled one back for the Hammers, but it was not enough and Bournemouth went on to collect their first ever Premier League win, 4-3. Bournemouth had looked strong offensively and defensively in their first two first division clashes, but failed in finding the net in the final third. The Cherries and manager Eddie Howe won’t have time to celebrate, however, as next weekend they take on a Leicester City side that hasn’t lost a match since April 29th.
Last but not least, we turn our attention to the primetime Monday night game between English heavyweights Arsenal and Liverpool. With the rain thundering down at the Emirates, it was defense that won the match in one of the most thrilling 0-0 draws in recent memory. Liverpool looked good in the first half, creating numerous chances through big man Benteke, forcing some miraculous saves out of Petr Cech that will have Chelsea supporter shaking their head as much as it did Liverpool. Arsenal was mostly to blame, turning the ball over countless times in their own half and the strung together defensive unit of Chambers and Gabriel in center defense performing about as well as you could imagine. They did look much better in the second half as the Gunners came storming back with the ball barely leaving Liverpool’s defensive half. It was Red’s net minder, Simon Mignolet, however, that stole the show in the second half, making key saves and denying the likes of Giroud and Alexis Sanchez from point blank range. Both sides hit the woodwork, with Red’s magician, Philippe Coutinho, striking it twice throughout the match and wreaking havoc among the Arsenal defense. The match ended 0-0, but the questions that it raised, as well as answered, were the real stars of this match. Liverpool proved that they’re defense is the real deal this year and that just might catapult them to a top four finish. Arsenal showed that they need to go out and acquire some backup in the striker department as they broke through the Liverpool defense a couple of times, but simply could not finish the job.
Premier League showdowns between Southampton/Watford, and Man Utd/Newcastle ended 0-0, Sunderland/Swansea and Norwich/Stoke both ended in a 1-1 draw, and Crystal Palace, Chelsea, and Man City took all three points to round out the weekend’s action.