The English Premier League (EPL) league table continues to get intense with each passing matchday. This past weekend produced some interesting results.
Man City 7-0 Leeds United
It was a constant barrage of attacks from minute one to 90, with the Blues having a staggering 31 shots on the Leeds goal. Phil Foden opened the scoring with a neat finish, before Jack Grealish ended his long wait for a goal for City’s second. Kevin De Bruyne virtually secured the three points just before half-time, squeezing in a finish at Illan Meslier’s near post. The second half was the carbon copy of the first, City on the hunt, and Leeds camped in their box hoping to avoid a battering – but a battering is what they got. De Bruyne doubled his account with a thunderous strike, Riyad Mahrez – via the aid of a deflection – scored City’s fifth, John Stones smashed in the sixth, and even Nathan Aké powered in a header to complete the rout.
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Arsenal 2-0 West Ham
The Gunners’ 2-0 success over West Ham was sensational from start to finish. Second-half goals from Gabriel Martinelli and substitute Emile Smith Rowe sent Arsenal into the top four for the first time in what feels like forever. It was certainly the first time this season. No need to remind ourselves of the unfortunate past. The Hammers were never really in the contest as Arsenal’s energy, commitment, and all-around play were superb. The first half was all Arsenal as they did everything but score a goal with Kieran Tierney coming closest, forcing a save from Lukasz Fabianski who tipped his fierce drive into the crossbar. However, the second half did not take long to ignite when Alexandre Lacazette slipped through Gabriel Martinelli who raced onto the ball and produced a superb curling effort into the far corner past Fabianski to give Arsenal the lead.
Chelsea 1-1 Everton
Chelsea’s recent poor run of form continues after dropping points yet again following a draw at home to Everton. From the get go, Chelsea were dominant in their performance but struggled to capitalise on their decent start. In the second half, Mason Mount gave the Blues the lead. Just minutes later, Jarrad Branthwaite levelled to give Rafa’s side a point.
Norwich 0-2 Aston Villa
Brighton 0-1 Wolves
Crystal Palace 2-2 Southampton
Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle