A full roundup of game week nine of the Premier League, including the team of the week.
Everton 2-0 West Ham United
Everton were able to climb out of the relegation zone and end their four-game losing streak with a victory over top six hopefuls West Ham. The Toffee’s little Brazilian, Bernard opened the scoring in the first half, before Gylfi Sigurdsson secured the win with a goal in the dying minutes of the game.
Aston Villa 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion
Aston Villa secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season with a dramatic late win over Brighton at Villa Park. It was the Seagulls who struck first, with Adam Webster netting just after 20 minutes, although the visitors suffered a major setback with Aaron Mooy being sent off after the half hour mark. Goals in both the first and second half injury time from Jack Grealish and Matt Targett sealed the win for Dean Smith’s men against a Brighton side reduced to 10 men.
Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Watford
Spurs’ miserable run of form continued at the weekend with a draw against bottom side, Watford. Abdoulaye Doucoure gave the visitors an unexpected early lead and Mauricio Pochettino’s men left it late to find an equaliser, with Dele Alli salvaging a point less than five minutes from full time.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Southampton
Raul Jimenez proved to be Wolves’ saviour following a frustrating game against Southampton. After the Mexican frontman had two first half goals disallowed, the hosts found themselves trailing after Danny Ings capitalised on a mistake from Connor Coady. Jimenez finally got his goal though after converting a penalty won by Matt Doherty and claim his team a point.
Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle United
Coming off the back of a win against Manchester United, Newcastle were unfortunate not to get anything out of their visit to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea boosted their top four chances with a hard-fought win thanks to a goal from Spanish full back Marcos Alonso.
Bournemouth 0-0 Norwich City
Norwich found themselves unable to climb their way out of the relegation zone, with Aaron Ramsdale making an excellent save to deny Teemu Pukki from netting a second half winner. Following the match Norwich remain second bottom, while Bournemouth moved up to ninth.
Leicester City 2-1 Burnley
The Foxes overcame an early scare to continue their good run of form and claim a victory against Sean Dyche’s Burnley. Chris Wood opened the scoring for the visitors just before the half hour mark, before Jamie Vardy notched the leveller on the stroke of half time. A second half goal from Youri Tielemans eventually sealed the win for Brendan Rodgers’ men, who remain in the top four.
Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City
Following a shock defeat at the hands of Wolves last time out, Pep Guardiola’s men got back to winning ways with a comfortable win over Crystal Palace. Two late first half goals from Gabriel Jesus and David Silva were enough to seal the victory for the reigning champions, who now move within six points of current league leaders, Liverpool.
Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool
Liverpool’s old rivals Manchester United became the first team to stop them from winning in the league so far this season, with a series of generous refereeing decisions going their way, helping to influence the match’s outcome. Marcus Rashford’s controversial opener was allowed to stand despite Victor Lindelof’s foul on Divock Origi, while Sadio Mane’s prospective leveller was disallowed for handball. In the end Adam Lallana was Liverpool’s saviour, scoring his first goal since May 2017 to keep the European Champions’ unbeaten streak going.
Sheffield United 1-0 Arsenal
The shock of the game week came on Monday night as newly promoted Sheffield United stunned top four hopefuls Arsenal with an unexpected home victory. A tap in from French striker Lys Mousset settled the match, netting the Blades’ winning goal on the half hour mark to deny Arsenal the chance of going third. Following their victory Sheffield United move into the top half of the table in ninth.
Sunrise Radio’s Team of the Week:
Ederson; Mings, Rodri, Matip, Alonso; D. Silva, Tielemans, Grealish, De Bruyne, Hudson-Odoi; Vardy