Monday 26 October 2015

Happy Hammers see Chelsea meltdown

Week 1 - The Premier League began with a low-key win for Manchester United over Tottenham thanks to an own goal, but with Chelsea being held to a 2-2 draw at home to Swansea and recent Charity Shield winners Arsenal suffering a shock 2-0 defeat to West Ham at the Emirates the following day, the Red Devils were smiling. Though not as much as Leicester City who claimed top spot with a 4-2 win over Sunderland followed by Crystal Palace who won 3-1 at Norwich and West Ham after their victory over Arsenal until Monday night when 3 goals without reply for Manchester City at West Brom took them to the top of the table at the end of week one. In other matches Watford drew 2-2 at Everton and there were 1-0 wins for Aston Villa at Bournemouth and Liverpool at Stoke City.

Week 2 - Leicester City brought hosts West Ham down to earth with a 2-1 win while another single goal gave Manchester United all 3 points at Aston Villa and Arsenal returned from Crystal Palace with a 2-1 win. Everton put 3 past Southampton on their travels and Sunderland lost 3-1 at home to Norwich while Bournemouth lost 1-0 at Liverpool. Tottenham had to do with a point as they let their 2 goal lead slip at home to Stoke while Newcastle lost 2-0 at Swansea and there were no goals between Watford and West Brom, but Manchester City continued their stampede at the top with 3 goals at home to reigning champions Chelsea.  
 Week 3 - West Ham United suffered another home defeat losing a 4-3 to new boys Bournemouth with Callum Wilson bagging a hat-trick for the Cherries while Chelsea won 3-2 at West Brom and leaders Manchester City were 2-0 winners at Everton. Crystal Palace defeated Aston Villa 2-1 at Selhurst Park while Leicester City finally lost points in a 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham and there were also 1-1 draws for Stoke at Norwich and Swansea at Sunderland. Manchester United could only draw 0-0 at home to Newcastle in Saturday's lunch time match and there were goalless draws for Southampton at Watford on Sunday and Liverpool at Arsenal on Monday evening.

Week 4 - Crystal palace travelled across London to shock champions Chelsea 2-1 and Liverpool were hammered 3-0 at home to West Ham while Manchester United lost 2-1 at Swansea. A single goal at Newcastle gave Arsenal 3 points while Southampton put 3 past their visitors from Norwich and Tottenham played a goalless match at home to Everton. Manchester City continued their perfect run with 2 goals at home to Watford and West Brom scored the only goal to win at Stoke while Leicester City drew 1-1 at Bournemouth and Sunderland drew 2-2 at Aston Villa.             
Week 5 - Chelsea suffered another defeat, losing 3-1 at Everton and Liverpool lost by the same scoreline at Manchester United while Arsenal won 2-0 at home to Stoke and Manchester City kept up their unblemished record with a goal in stoppage time at Crystal palace. Bournemouth lost 3-1 at Norwich and there were 1-0 wins for Tottenham at Sunderland and Watford at home to Swansea while Southampton drew 0-0 at West Bromwich Albion and Leicester came from 2 goals down to enjoy a 3-2 home win over Aston Villa. On Monday evening Newcastle lost 2-0 at West Ham with Dimitri Payet scoring both goals for the Hammers.

Week 6 -  Chelsea battled to a 2-0 victory over 9-man Arsenal in a controversial match at the Bridge while Manchester City conceded for the first time this season losing 2-1 to West Ham United who claimed yet another big scalp on their travels moving into 3rd place in the process. Leicester drew 2-2 at Stoke and Everton played out a goalless match at Swansea while West Bromwich Albion won by a single goal at Aston Villa and Watford were 2-1 victors at Newcastle. Sunderland lost to 2 early goals at Bournemouth while on Sunday Norwich drew 1-1 at Liverpool, Crystal Palace lost 1-0 at Tottenham and Anthony Martial scored twice to help Manchester United into 2nd place with a 3-2 win at Southampton.     

Week 7 - Manchester United moved to the top of the table after a 3-0 home win over bottom side Sunderland, overtaking Manchester City who were taken apart 4-1 at Tottenham having led until just before the break while Leicester City lost the only unbeaten record of the Premier League when they were thumped 5-2 at home to Arsenal as Alexis Sanchez claimed a hat-trick. West Ham salvaged a point with a goal in stoppage time to draw 2-2 at home to Norwich and occupy 3rd spot ahead of Arsenal on goal difference while Chelsea came from 2 down to draw with 2 late goals at Newcastle and Sturridge netted a brace to help Liverpool to a 3-2 win at home to Aston Villa. Swansea had their wings clipped 3-1 at Southampton and Bournemouth lost 2-1 at Stoke while on Sunday Crystal Palace scored the only goal of the match at Watford and on Monday evening Everton came from 2 down to win 3-2 at West Bromwich Albion with Lukaku netting twice to take the Toffees into 5th place.    

Week 8 - Sergio Aguero ran riot in Manchester scoring 5 goals as City came from a goal down to thump Newcastle 6-1 while Chelsea took the lead at home to Southampton but ended up 3-1 losers and Sunderland surrendered their 2 goal advantage to draw 2-2 at home to West Ham United with Dick Advocaat handing in his resignation the following day. Leicester City won 2-1 at Norwich and Stoke won by a single goal at Aston Villa while Crystal Palace struck twice at home to West Brom and Watford drew 1-1 at Bournemouth. On Sunday Arsenal blew Manchester United away with 3 goals in the first half with a brace from Sanchez to overtake the Red Devils into 2nd place while Christian Eriksen scored from 2 free kicks to earn Tottenham a 2-2 draw at Swansea and Liverpool parted company with manager Brendan Rodgers after their 1-1 draw away to Everton. 
Week 9 - A Sterling hat-trick kept Manchester City at the top as they thumped their visitors from Bournemouth 5-1 while the red side of Manchester enjoyed a 3-0 win at Everton and Arsenal won by the same scoreline at Watford to stay in 2nd place between the 2 Manchester sides. West Ham United triumphed 3-1 at 10-man Crystal Palace with 2 goals in the last 2 minutes to move into 4th place while Leicester City came from 2-0 down to draw at Southampton and Liverpool drew 0-0 at Tottenham in J├╝rgen Klopp's first match in charge of the Reds. Chelsea defeated Aston Villa 2-0 at the Bridge and Sunderland, with Sam Allardyce in charge for the first time, lost 1-0 at West Brom while on Sunday Wijnaldum knocked in 4 goals as Norwich City were tranced 6-2 at Newcastle United and on Monday evening a single goal gave Stoke City a win in Swansea.       

Week 10 - West Ham United moved into 3rd place after a 2-1 home win over 10-man Chelsea while the Manchester derby ended goalless at Old Trafford. Arsenal are just behind leaders Manchester City on goal difference after beating Everton 2-1 at home while Jamie Vardy  scored the only goal at Leicester to give the host a win over Crystal Palace and Harry Kane netted a hat-trick as Tottenham cruised to a 5-1 victory at Bournemouth. Sunderland enjoyed a 3-0 win at home to Newcastle in Sam Allardyce's second match in charge of the Black Cats while Liverpool picked up another draw under Klopp, drawing 1-1 at home to Southampton. Swansea came from behind to send Aston Villa to the bottom of the league with a 2-1 win at Villa Park which resulted in the dismissal of Villa Manager Tim Sherwood  while there were also away wins for Watford who won 2-0 at Stoke and West Bromwich Albion who scored a goal at Norwich City.