Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Three front runners



Week 1 - Champions Leicester City began the new season with a 2-1 defeat at Newly promoted Hull City while in a thriller at the Emirates runners-up Arsenal took the lead against Liverpool, who hit back with 4 goals in quick succession with 2 from Coutinho, but ended up 4-3 losers after an unsuccessful fightback. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City needed an early penalty and late own-goal to overcome Sunderland 2-1 at the Etihad while Mourinho’s Manchester United returned from Bournemouth with a 3-1 victory putting them on top of the table on goal difference after week one. Single goals gave Swansea and West Bromich Albion wins at Burnley and Crystal Palace respectively while there were 1-1 draws between Everton and Tottenham, Middlesbrough and Stoke; and Southampton and Watford who were the first team to see red this season. On Monday evening Chelsea scored to last minute 2-1 winner at home to West Ham United.
Week 2 – Zlatan Ibrahimovich scored both goals for Manchester United as they sent Southampton back with a defeat in the first ever Friday night Premier League match. On Saturday, last season’s runners-up, Arsenal, played out a goalless match at champions Leicester while Nolito added 2 late goals to an Aguera double to give Manchester City a flattering 4-1 win at Stoke and Chelsea came from behind with late goals to win 2-1 at Watford. Liverpool were stunned 2-0 at Burnley and Hull City won by the same scoreline with late goals at Swansea while West Brom lost their early lead and the match 2-1 at home to Everton and Crystal Palace fell to a late goal at Tottenham. On Sunday Middlesbrough were 2-1 winners at Sunderland while Bournemouth were defeated 1-0 at West Ham.
Week 3 – Leicester City and Arsenal picked up their first wins of the season with the champions overcoming Swansea 2-1 at home and Arsenal winning 3-1 at Watford while Manchester United broke the deadlock in stoppage time to continue their perfect start with a win at Hull. Chelsea also made it 3 wins out of 3 as they brushed Burnley aside 3-0 at Stamford Bridge, but Manchester City lead the way on goal difference after Raheem Sterling struck twice to dispose of West Ham United 3-1 at the Etihad. Crystal Palace scored their first goal of the season in the 90th minute to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Bournemouth and there were also 1-1 draws for Liverpool at Tottenham and Sunderland at Southampton. Stoke were defeated 1-0 at Everton and Middlesbrough played a goalless match at West Bromwich Albion.
Week 4 - Watford came from 2 Michail Antonio goals down to sensationally win 4-2 at West Ham while in the Manchester derby City won 2-1 at United and champions Leicester City were taken apart 4-1 at Liverpool with Roberto Firmino scoring twice for the Reds. Heung-min Son scored twice as Stoke were swept aside 4-0 at home to Tottenham while Arsenal came from behind at the Emirates to win 2-1 with a stoppage time penalty against Southampton and Crystal Palace picked up their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory at Middlesbrough. A single goal gave Bournemouth 3 points at home to West Bromwich Albion while Hull City earned a 1-1 draw with a late goal at Burnley and on Sunday Diego Costa scored the first and last goal of the match as Chelsea drew 2-2 at Swansea. Romelu Lukaku scored all 3 goals of the match for Everton in the space of 11 minutes at Sunderland on Monday evening.
Week 5 - On Friday evening Liverpool enjoyed a 2-1 win at Chelsea. At the weekend, for the second week in a row West Ham United were defeated 4-2 having scored twice after going 4 down at WBA while Manchester City battered Bournemouth 4-0 at the Etihad and there were 4-1 wins for Crystal Palace at home to Stoke City and Arsenal away to Hull City with Alexis Sanchez netting a brace. Everton continued their good start to the season with a 3-1 win at home to Middlesbrough and Leicester won 3-0 at home to Burnley with 2 goals from debutant Islam Slimani while Manchester United were beaten 3-1 at Watford and Sunderland fell to a single goal at Tottenham as did Swansea at Southampton.
Week 6 - Champions Leicester City were taken apart 4 times in the first half and were beaten 4-1 at Manchester United while Arsenal put Chelsea to the sword with a 3-0 victory they achieved before the break and ten-man Hull City were demolished 5-1 at Liverpool with James Milner netting twice from the spot. Aguero scored twice at Swansea as leaders Manchester City ran out 3-1 winners while Tottenham won 2-1 at Middlesbrough with Son scoring both goals for the visitors and Everton lost 1-0 at Bournemouth. Crystal Palace came from a Defoe double down to win 3-2 in stoppage time at Sunderland and a goal in stoppage time gave West Bromwich Albion a 1-1 draw at Stoke while on Sunday West Ham suffered another demoralising defeat losing 3-0 at home to Southampton and on Monday evening Burnley enjoyed a 2-0 home win over Watford.
Week 7 - Tottenham ended Manchester City's 100% record with a 2-0 win at White Hart Lane while Arsenal broke the deadlock with the last kick of the match at Burnley to keep up the pressure at the top and Liverpool came from behind to win 2-1 at Swansea while Chelsea struck twice at Hull. The week saw 6 draws starting on Friday night with Crystal Palace drawing 1-1 at Everton and there were 1-1 draws for West Brom at Sunderland, Middlesbrough at West Ham and for lowly Stoke City at Manchester United. Leicester City played a goalless match at home to Southampton and Watford shared 4 goals with their visitors from Bournemouth.             
 Week 8 - Maarten Stekelenburg saved 2 penalties for Everton who drew 1-1 at Manchester City and a last-minute goal gave Tottenham the same result at West Brom while 10-man Arsenal beat Swansea 3-2 with the help of a double from Theo Walcott at the Emirates to move into 2nd place behind City on goal difference. Stanislav scored twice as Hull were humiliated 6-1 at Bournemouth while Chelsea were 3 goals too strong for Leicester at the Bridge and a brace from Joe Allen gave Stoke 3 points at home to Sunderland. Ten-man West Ham held on to their single goal to win at Crystal Palace and Watford achieved the same scoreline at Middlesbrough while Southampton defeated Burnley 3-1 with Charlie Austin finding the net twice against his old club. On Monday evening Liverpool and Manchester United played out a goalless match.
Week 9 - Liverpool joined Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the table separated by goal difference after a 2-1 home win over West Bromwich Albion as Manchester City drew 1-1 at home to Southampton and Arsenal were held to a goalless draw at home to Middlesbrough. Mourinho's Manchester United were taken apart 4-0 at Chelsea and Crystal Palace fell 3-1 at champions Leicester while Tottenham played a goalless game at Bournemouth and Watford settled for the same result at Swansea. Xherdan Shaqiri's brace gave Stoke a 2-0 victory at Hull while Burnley scored a last minute 2-1 winner at home to Everton and West Ham broke the deadlock with the last kick of the match in front of their home crowd against bottom-of-the-table Sunderland. 
Week 10 - The top three all scored 4 away from home and are still only separated by goal difference. Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan scored 2 apiece as Manchester City brushed WBA aside while substitute Olivier Giroud scored with his first 2 touches and Alexis Sanchez netted a brace as Arsenal buried Sunderland 4-1 and despite James McArthur heading 2 equalisers for Crystal Palace, Liverpool ran out 4-2 winners in South London. Chelsea won 2-0 at Southampton while Leicester drew 1-1 at Tottenham and ten-man Manchester United were held to a goalless draw at home to Burnley. Bournemouth lost 2-0 at Middlesbrough and Hull City fell to an own goal at Watford while Everton defeated West Ham 2-0 at Goddison and on Monday evening Wilfred Bony scored twice against his former club as Stoke City enjoyed a 3-1 home win over Swansea City.            

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Leicester City kings of England



Week 31 - Leicester City picked up another 1-0 victory winning at Crystal Palace while Tottenham cruised 3-0 past Bournemouth with a double from Harry Kane at White Hart Lane and Arsenal were 2-0 winners at Everton. Chelsea earned a 2-2 draw at home to West Ham as Fabregas completed his brace with a last minute penalty while Stoke City enjoyed a 2-1 victory at Watford and there were 1-0 wins for Norwich at West Brom and for Swansea at home to Aston Villa. Manchester United won the Manchester derby by a single goal at City and Sunderland shared the spoils with Newcastle in a 1-1 draw at St James' Park while Sadio Mane had his penalty saved but struck twice as Southampton came from 2 down in the first half to run out 3-2 winners at home to Liverpool.
Week 32 - Arsenal avenged their recent FA Cup defeat to Watford with a comfortable 4-0 win at the Emirates and there were 4-0 wins for Manchester City, who struck 3 times in the first 19 minutes and topped off their victory at Bournemouth with a 4th in the last minute, and for Chelsea who won at lowly Aston Villa with 2 from Pedro Rodriguez. Newcastle fought back from 2 down to level the match with 2 goals from Mitrovic but lost to a last minute goal at relegation rivals Norwich while Crystal palace drew 2-2 at 10-man West Ham and Sunderland played a goalless match at home to West Bromwich Albion. Swansea City earned a 2-2 draw having trailed by 2 goals at Stoke while Tottenham drew 1-1 at Liverpool and Everton fell to a single goal at Manchester United. Leicester City continued their winning streak with another 1-0 win as they entertained Southampton.
Week 33 - West Ham United came from 2 goals down to take the lead with a hat-trick from Andy Carroll but were pegged back to 3-3 at home to Arsenal while Leicester City took another step towards the league title with a double from Vardy at Sunderland and Tottenham kept their hopes alive as they brushed Manchester United aside with 3 goals in the space of 6 minutes at White Hart Lane. Aston Villa are on the brink of relegation after losing 2-1 at home to Bournemouth while Norwich suffered a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace and Newcastle were comfortably beaten 3-1 at Southampton. Manchester City came from behind to win 2-1 at home to West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool crushed Stoke City 4-1 at Anfield with a brace from Origi while Swansea enjoyed a 1-0 victory at home to Chelsea and Everton drew 1-1 at Watford. In a rescheduled match on Wednesday evening 10-man Everton drew 0-0 at Crystal Palace.
Week 34 - A single goal at Manchester United confirmed Aston Villa's relegation as Sunderland picked up 3 vital points with a 3-0 victory at Norwich and Newcastle enjoyed the same result at home to Swansea. In a controversial match Leicester City fell behind after the dismissal of goal scorer Jamie Vardy but earned a 2-2 draw at home to West Ham with a stoppage-time penalty and Arsenal dropped more points as they could only draw 1-1 at home to Crystal Palace while Tottenham marched on with a brace each from Harry Kane and Dele Alli at Stoke on Monday evening. Sergio Aguero completed a hat-trick for Manchester City at Chelsea as keeper Courtois saw red late in the match while Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes saved 2 penalties to help the Hornets hold on to a 1-0 victory at West Brom. Southampton Drew 1-1 at Everton and Liverpool won 2-1 at Bournemouth. In midweek matches Manchester City drew 1-1 at Newcastle while West Ham defeated Watford 3-1 with 2 penalties from Mark Noble at Upton Park, Crystal Palace lost 2-0 at Manchester United, Alexis Sanchez scored both goals in Arsenal's home win over West Brom and 10-man Everton were pummelled 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield.      
Week 35 - Arsenal'a title hopes were extinguished at the Stadium of light as they drew blanks against Sunderland who moved out of the bottom three while Leicester overpowered Swansea 4-0 at home with 2 goals from Ulloa and are a win away from the Premier League title after Tottenham were held to a 1-1 home draw against West Bromwich Albion on Monday evening with Craig Dawson scoring at both ends. Newcastle came from 2 goals down to earn a point at Liverpool while relegated Aston Villa lost 4-2 at home to Southampton with Tadic netting a brace for the visitors. Iheanacho scored twice as Stoke City were taken apart 4-0 at Manchester City and Chelsea sailed 4-1 past Bournemouth with 2 goals from Eden Hazard at the Vitality Stadium.
Week 36 - Leicester City won the English Premier League with 2 matches to spare. The Foxes who saw Danny Drinkwater sent off late at Manchester United earned a 1-1 draw and were crowned champions when Chelsea fought back from 2 goals down to draw 2-2 at home to Tottenham in a tempestuous match on Monday evening. A double from Kelechi Iheanacho was not enough as Manchester City lost 4-2 at Southampton thanks to a hat-trick from Sadio Mane while Arsenal struggled to beat lowly Norwich 1-0 at the Emirates and Liverpool who were reduced to 10 men lost 3-1 at Swansea with Andre Ayew netting a brace. Mark Noble scored twice as West Ham triumphed 3-0 at West Brom while Watford came from behind to enjoy a 3-2 home win against 10-man Aston Villa with 2 goals from Troy Deeney in stoppage time and Everton won 2-1 at home to Bournemouth. Sunderland earned a vital point in a 1-1 draw with a stoppage-time penalty at Stoke while Newcastle picked up all 3 points with a single goal as visitors Crystal palace failed to score from the spot.
Week 37 - Jamie Vardy returned from suspension to net a double and miss a penalty as newly crowned champions Leicester City celebrated at home with a 3-1 win over Everton while at the other end of the table with Newcastle failing to score at Aston Villa and Norwich losing 1-0 at Manchester United, Sunderland moved out of the relegation zone having twice come from behind at the Stadium of Light to defeat Chelsea 3-2 with John Terry ending his season having seen red in stoppage time. West Ham United were stunned 4-1 at home by Swansea City while Stoke City's lead was blown away by a Dwight Gayle double at Crystal Palace and West Brom drew 1-1 at Bournemouth having missed a penalty. On Sunday Southampton upset Tottenham 2-1 with a Steven David double at White Hart Lane while Arsenal drew 2-2 at Manchester City and Watford lost 2-0 at Liverpool. On Tuesday 2 Anthony Martial goals were not enough for Manchester United as Wes Ham United rallied to a 3-2 victory in the last match ever at Upton Park and on Wednesday a double from Lamine Kone helped Sunderland to a 3-0 win over Everton at the Stadium of Light securing the Black Cats' survival in the Premier League while relegating bitter rivals Newcastle and Norwich who went down despite a 4-2 home win against Watford with a brace from Dieumerci Mbokani. Liverpool scored in stoppage time to draw 1-1 with Chelsea at Anfield.
Week 38 - Arsenal finished 2nd in the league after brushing bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa aside 4-0 at the Emirates with a hat-trick from Olivier Giroud as Tottenham were thrashed 5-1 at 10-man relegated Newcastle with a brace from Wijnaldum and Manchester City drew 1-1 at Swansea City. West Ham United took the lead but suffered a hammer blow in their bid to qualify for the Europa League losing 2-1 to a late goal at Stoke while FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace were taken apart 4-1 at Southampton who finished 6th after being overtaken by Manchester United who defeated Bournemouth 3-1 on Tuesday evening having had their original match postponed for security reasons. Having parted company with manager Roberto Martinez Everton ended the season with a 3-0 home win over relegated Norwich City while Sunderland celebrated survival with a 2-2 draw at Watford who bid farewell to manager Quique Sanchez and Liverpool drew 1-1 at West Brom. Champions Leicester City ended their season with a 1-1 draw at outgoing champions Chelsea who finished in 10th spot.  
The final standings were: 1- Leicester City 2- Arsenal 3- Tottenham 4- Manchester City 5- Manchester United 6- Southampton 7- West Ham United 8- Liverpool 9- Stoke City 10- Chelsea 11- Everton 12- Swansea City 13- Watford 14- West Bromwich Albion 15- Crystal Palace 16- Bournemouth 17- Sunderland 18- Newcastle 19- Norwich City 20- Aston Villa     

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Leicester see daylight



With only 8 matches remaining Leicester City are 5 points clear of Tottenham and have the league title in their sight.  
Week 21 - In midweek matches Leicester City scored late to win at Tottenham and take themselves within goal difference of leaders Arsenal who conceded a last minute goal to draw 3-3 at Liverpool with Firmino and Giroud each scoring twice for their respective teams while Manchester United suffered the same fait drawing 3-3 at Newcastle after Wayne Rooney had netted a brace for the Red Devils and Manchester City were held to a goalless draw at home to Everton.  A Jermain Defoe hat-trick helped Sunderland to a 4-2 victory at 10-man Swansea while 10-man Norwich lost 3-1 at Stoke City and Crystal Palace lost to a single goal at Aston Villa. Enner Valencia scored twice as West Ham came from behind to win 3-1 at Bournemouth while Watford lost 2-0 at Southampton and a late goal gave West Bromwich Albion a 2-2 draw at Chelsea.
Week 22 - Manchester City sailed past Crystal Palace 4-0 with a double from Aguero at the Etihad to close the gap at the top as Leicester City could only draw 1-1 at bottom club Aston Villa and Arsenal drew 0-0 at Stoke. Chelsea who came from 2 down to draw level with 2 goals in quick succession conceded in stoppage time but scored a controversial goal with the last kick of the match to draw 3-3 at Stamford Bridge while Tottenham came from behind to smash Sunderland 4-1 with 2 goals from Eriksen at White Hart Lane and Bournemouth put 3 past their visitors from Norwich without reply. A brace from Ward-Prowse helped Southampton to a 3-0 home win over WBA while Manchester United enjoyed a 1-0 win at Liverpool and 2 early goals at Newcastle gave the Magpies a 2-1 win over West Ham. On Monday evening Swansea were 1-0 winners at home to Watford.
Week 23 - In a thrilling match at Norwich, Liverpool came from 3-1 down to lead until the last minute when they were pegged back to 4-4 but regained their lead with the last kick of the match to run out 5-4 winners with Firmino claiming a double. Ten-man Arsenal suffered a costly 1-0 loss at home to Chelsea and were overtaken by Leicester City who enjoyed a 3-0 home win over Stoke City and Manchester City who twice fell behind to goals from Valencia but fought back with goals from Aguero to draw 2-2 at West Ham. Tottenham bounced back from a goal down to win 3-1 at Crystal Palace while Manchester United lost 1-0 at home to Southampton with debutant Charlie Austin coming off the bench to grab the late winner. There were draws for Bournemouth 1-1 at Sunderland and Aston Villa 0-0 at West Brom and there were 2-1 wins for Watford at home to Newcastle and Swansea away to Everton.
Week 24 - In midweek Jamie Vardi scored both goals as Leicester City prolonged their stay at the top with a 2-0 home win over Liverpool while a single goal gave Manchester City all 3 points at Sunderland and a double from Harry Kane helped Tottenham to a 3-0 win at Norwich, moving them above Arsenal on goal difference after the Gunners were held to a goalless draw at home to Southampton. Bournemouth came from behind to win 2-1 at Crystal palace while 10-man Aston Villa lost 2-0 at West Ham and Manchester United cruised to a 3-0 victory at home to Stoke City. West Bromwich Albion salvaged a 1-1 draw with a goal in stoppage time at home to Swansea while 2 late penalties from Ross Barkley buried Newcastle 3-0 at Everton and Chelsea drew 0-0 at Watford.
Week 25 - In a top-of-the-table clash Robert Huth scored twice as Leicester City won 3-1 at Manchester City to go 5 points clear of Tottenham who scored a single goal at home to Watford and Arsenal who won 2-0 at Bournemouth while Chelsea salvaged a 1-1 draw with a goal in injury time at home to Manchester United and Sunderland came from 2 goals down to draw 2-2 with 2 late goals at Liverpool. Aston Villa picked up a much needed win with 2 goals at home to Norwich while Newcastle moved out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion. Stoke City suffered their 3rd 3-0 defeat in a row losing at home to Everton while Southampton who were reduced to 10 men held on to win 1-0 at home to West ham and Crystal palace drew 1-1 at Swansea City.
Week 26 - Arsenal came from behind to close the gap at the top with a last-gasp goal from the returning Danny Welbeck to beat 10-man Leicester City 2-1 at the Emirates, but remain in 3rd place after Tottenham won 2-1 at Manchester City. Manchester United lost 2-1 at Sunderland and Southampton won by a single goal to nil at Swansea while Norwich let a 2 goal lead slip to draw 2-2 at home to West Ham United. Stoke City ended their poor run with a 3-1 win at Bournemouth while Crystal palace continued their poor form losing 2-1 at home to Watford with  a Troy Deeney double and West Bromwich Albion defeated Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park. The big hitters were Chelsea who took Newcastle apart 5-1 at Stamford Bridge with 2 from Pedro Rodriguez and Chelsea who demolished Aston Villa 6-0 at Villa Park.
Week 27 - Leicester City picked up another 3 points at the top with a last-minute goal at home to Norwich City and Tottenham came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Swansea City while Marcus Rashford put Arsenal to the sword with 2 goals as they lost 32- at Manchester United.  West Ham put one goal past their visitors from Sunderland and Chelsea came from a goal down to win 2-1 at Southampton while Aston Villa lost 2-1 to a double from Marko Arnautovic at Stoke. A 2nd half brace from Connor Wickham was not enough for Crystal Palace who lost 3-2 after conceding 3 goals in the first half at West Brom and there was a goalless draw between Watford and Bournemouth while Manchester City picked up silverware with a penalty shootout victory over Liverpool in the League Cup at Wembley.
Week 28 - In midweek Leicester City took a small step towards the league title despite being held to a 2-2 draw at home to West Brom as Tottenham lost 1-0 at West Ham and Swansea came from behind to hand Arsenal a shock 2-1 defeat at the Emirates. Manchester City suffered a blow with a 3-0 loss at Liverpool while Manchester United scored late to pick up 3 points at home to Watford and Bournemouth struck twice at home to dispose of Southampton.
Chelsea won 2-1 at Norwich and Sunderland scored a last-minute goal to deny Crystal palace victory after Connor Wickham had netted twice for the visitors while Newcastle lost to a late goal at Stoke and Aston Villa remained rooted to the bottom of the table after losing 3-1 at home to Everton.
Week 29 - In a pulsating North London derby 10-man Arsenal came from behind to draw 2-2 at Tottenham giving Leicester City the opportunity to extend their lead at the top with a 1-0 win at Watford while Manchester City thumped Aston Villa 4-0 with Aguero netting twice in front of the home crowd who had endured a goalless first half. Bournemouth enjoyed a 3-1 win at Newcastle while Sunderland scored a late goal after hosts Southampton had been reduced to 10 men but were pegged back to 1-1 with a last-minute equalizer, and Chelsea failed to overtake Stoke City as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. Ten-man Everton came unstuck after failing to extend their 2 goal lead from the spot and were beaten 3-2 with a last-gasp gaol at home to West Ham while Norwich lost 1-0 at Swansea, and on Sunday Manchester United who were reduced to 10 men in the first half lost 1-0 at West Brom while 10-man Liverpool came from behind to win 2-1 with a last minute goal at Crystal Palace.     
Week 30 - With the 6th round of the FA Cup in full swing only 5 Premier League matches were played. Manchester City drew blanks at Norwich while Southampton were 2-1 winners at Stoke with Graziano Pelle scoring both goals for the Saints and Harry Kane scored either side of the break to settle the match in Tottenham's favour away to Aston Villa. Bournemouth enjoyed a 3-2 win at home to Swansea and on Monday evening newly appointed Raffa Benitez took Newcastle to Leicester City who took another step towards the league title with a 1-0 win over the Magpies.        

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Fox trot goes on



Leicester City continue to push on but it is Arsenal who cross the halfway line at the top. 
Week 11 - Liverpool recovered from an early goal at Chelsea to win 3-1 with a brace from Coutinho while a double from Mahrez and another goal from Jamie Vardy, his eighth in successive league matches, secured a 3-2 victory for Leicester at West Bromwich Albion. A late penalty earned league leaders Manchester City a 2-1 win at home to Norwich City while Arsenal remained in 2nd place on goal difference after cruising to a 3-0 win at Swansea. Odion Ighalo struck twice for Watford who won at home to West Ham while there were goalless draws for Stoke at Newcastle and Manchester United at Crystal Palace and on Sunday 10-man Southampton put 2 past their visitors from Bournemouth while a Kone hat-trick helped Everton to a 6-2 mauling of Sunderland at Goodison Park. Aston Villa lost 3-1 at Tottenham on Monday evening.      
 Week 12 -Tottenham drew 1-1 at Arsenal to prevent them from overtaking Manchester City at the top, as the league leaders were held to a goalless draw at bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa with Remi Garde making his managerial home debut while Vardy was on target again as Leicester City picked up a 2-1 home win against Watford and Manchester United finally found the target with 2 goals at home to West Brom. Chelsea sank to a 1-0 defeat at Stoke and Swansea lost 1-0 at Norwich while there were 1-0 away wins for Newcastle at Bournemouth and Southampton at Sunderland. Everton drew 1-1 at West Ham while on Sunday Liverpool lost 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace.
Week 13 - Jamie Vardy scored for the 10th consecutive match as Leicester City moved to the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 win in Newcastle while Manchester City were shattered 4-1 at home to Liverpool and Arsenal suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss at West Bromwich Albion. Everton put 4 past troubled Aston Villa with Barkley and Lukaku each netting a brace for the hosts while Bournemouth drew 2-2 at Swansea and Manchester United won 2-1 at Watford with a last minute own goal from Deeney who had also scored at the right end. A single goal gave Chelsea a home win over Norwich while Stoke won with a solitary goal at Southampton and Tottenham hammered West Ham 4-1 with a double from Kane at White Hart Lane. On Monday evening Crystal palace lost 1-0 at home to Sunderland.  
Week 14 - A premier League record was broken when Jamie Vardy scored in his 11th successive match as Leicester City drew 1-1 at home to Manchester United to allow Manchester City to go top with a 3-1 home win over Southampton while injury-hit Arsenal could only draw 1-1 at Norwich City. Bournemouth who came from 2 down to level the match with 2 late goals against Everton conceded late in stoppage time only for Stanislas to complete his brace with a last-gasp goal to earn the Cherries a 3-3 draw in front of their ecstatic fans while Crystal Palace came from behind to thrash Newcastle 5-1 with a double each from Zaha and Bolasie at Selhurst Park and Watford overcame Aston Villa 3-2 at Villa Park. Chelsea drew 0-0 at Tottenham and West Brom drew 1-1 at West Ham while Sunderland scored 2 late goals at home to beat 10-man Stoke City and Liverpool converted a home penalty to defeat Swansea. 
Week 15 - Leicester City went top with a hat-trick from Mahrez in their 3-0 win at Swansea as Vardy's run of goals in consecutive games came to an end while Manchester City fell to an early brace from Marko Arnautovic at Stoke and Arsenal won 3-1 at home to Sunderland to move into 2nd place. West Ham United drew 0-0 at Manchester United and Chelsea lost 1-0 at home to Bournemouth while there were 1-1 draws for Tottenham at West Brom and for Aston Villa at Southampton. Watford were 2-0 victors over Norwich at Vicarage Road while on Sunday Liverpool lost 2-0 at Newcastle and on Monday evening Crystal Palace drew 1-1 at Everton.
Week 16 - A goal deep into stoppage time gave Manchester City a 2-1 win at home to Swansea and took them to the top of the table for a day until overtaken by Arsenal who won 2-0 at Aston Villa, but on Monday evening the Gunners were replaced at the top by Leicester City who triumphed 2-1 at home to Chelsea in Jose Mourinho's last match before his dismissal from the club. Bournemouth earned another memorable result winning 2-1 at home to Manchester United while there were 1-0 wins for Crystal Palace at home to Southampton and Watford away to Sunderland. Everton drew 1-1 at Norwich and Stoke played a goalless match at West Ham while Newcastle came from behind to win 2-1 at Tottenham and Liverpool salvaged a point with a last gasp goal to draw 2-2 at home to West Bromwich Albion.
Week 17 - Riyad Mahrez netted twice from the spot to give Leicester City a 3-2 win at Everton and secure them top spot for Christmas while Manchester United lost 2-1 at home to Norwich and Tottenham struck twice just before the end of the first half to win at Southampton. Chelsea began life without Mourinho with 2 early goals and went on to win 3-1 at home to Sunderland while Crystal Palace and Bournemouth were 2-1 winners at Stoke and 9-man West Brom respectively. Bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa drew 1-1 at Newcastle while on Sunday there was a goalless draw between Swansea and West Ham and a double from Ighalo put Liverpool to the sword 3-0 at Watford. On Monday evening Arsenal moved clear into 2nd place with a 2-1 victory over Manchester City at the Emirates.      
Week 18 - On Boxing Day Arsenal suffered a 4-0 stuffing at Southampton with Shane Long finding the net twice and league leaders Leicester lost 1-0 at Liverpool while Manchester City closed the gap with an emphatic 4-1 win at home to Sunderland and a Kane double helped Tottenham moved into the top 4 with a 3-0 victory at home to Norwich City. There was heartbreak at Newcastle as Everton broke the deadlock in stoppage time and an early Swansea goal sent West Brom home as losers while Manchester United lost 2-0 at Stoke and a Costa double earned Chelsea a 2-2 draw at home to Watford. West Ham United drew 1-1 at Aston Villa and there were no goals between Bournemouth and Crystal Palace.
Week 19 - Two days after beating Manchester United, Stoke City scored a stoppage-time penalty to win 4-3 at Everton with Shaqiri hitting the net twice and Lukaku doing likewise for the Toffees while Arsenal went to the top of the table with 2 goals at home to Bournemouth and Tottenham scored a last-minute goal to win 2-1 at 10-man Watford. Aston Villa lost 2-0 at Norwich and Newcastle were beaten by a single goal at West Bromwich Albion while Chelsea drew 0-0 at Manchester United and Swansea played out a goalless draw at Crystal palace. West Ham United came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Southampton while on Tuesday evening Leicester City failed to overtake Arsenal at the top after a goalless draw at home to Manchester City and in the last match of 2015 on Wednesday Liverpool picked up 3 points with a single goal at Sunderland.
Week 20 - League leaders Arsenal began 2016 with an unconvincing 1-0 win at home to Newcastle but extended their lead at the top as Leicester City played out their 2nd goalless draw in a row when they entertained 10-man Bournemouth while Manchester City came from a goal down to win with 2 late goals at Watford and Manchester United won by the same scoreline at hoe to Swansea City. A Defoe double helped struggling Sunderland to a 3-1 victory at home to bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa while West Bromwich Albion scored a last minute 2-1 winner after their visitors from Stoke had been reduced to 10 men and 10-man Southampton fell to a single goal at Norwich. West Ham United defeated Liverpool 2-0 and on Sunday Chelsea battered Crystal Palace 3-0 at Selhurst Park while Tottenham drew 1-1 at Everton.