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 home 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.