In the blink of an eye, another Game Week of The Premier league has been and gone and it’s now time to look back at all of Matchday Seventeen’s spoils and thrills as Manchester City became PL record-breakers and the Hammers shared the points with the Gunners in a freezing East London.
A late strike from Burnley forward Ashley Barnes was enough to temporarily move them up into the top four with a slim victory over Stoke City at Turf Moor on Tuesday night.
The game’s defining moment came in the 89th minute when the Englishman was able to exchange passes with Scott Arfield to volley home emphatically past Jack Butland between the Potters’ sticks and send the home fans delirious.
Before that, Mark Hughes’ away side had gone close on a number of occasions, most notably through Peter Crouch, who forced Nick Pope to punch his volley onto the post in the first period.
Sean Dyche’s men ended up in sixth position after Wednesday night’s fixtures, level on points with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool above, whilst the visitors remained in 15th place, looming dangerously close to the drop zone.
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea took maximum points from a trip to The John Smith’s Stadium two nights ago, defeated a Huddersfield Town side, under David Wagner, who struggled to trouble them in any way.
Tiemoue Bakayoko was able to silence his critics by giving The Blues an early lead by chipping delicately past Jonas Lossl, Willian then doubled that advantage just before the break.
A fiery strike from Pedro made things even more comfortable for the away side early in the second-half, a boisterous late header from Laurent Depoitre was the hosts’ only bright moment, making it 3-1.
The Terriers remained in 14thn place after the disappointment, whereas, The West Londoners managed to stay three points behind Manchester United in second position on 35, third.
There would be late drama in the last of Tuesday’s clashes in South London, as Crystal Palace claimed a win of unimaginable importance over Marco Silva’s Watford.
The Hornets had got off to a dream start as Daryl Janmaat headed them ahead after a mere three minutes, however, the turning point came on 87, when Tom Cleverley was shown a second yellow card and dismissed.
Just two minutes later, The Eagles pulled one back, Bakary Sako reacting quickest from close-range to fire into the back of the net, this left fellow substitute James McArthur to find the winner and raise the roof on Selhurst from a similar position.
Roy Hodgson’s men are now up as far as 18th, the closest they have been to safety thus far, meanwhile, the Hertfordshire team remained in the top half by one place, their excellent start to the campaign fading very quickly.
Manchester City’s ground-breaking season would duly continue in Wales last night, with a victory that shattered the record for most consecutive Premier league triumphs (15), over Paul Clement’s struggling Swansea City.
It would take The Citizens all of 27 minutes to seize the advantage, Skipper David Silva inevitably with the strike, a lead that was added to by a Kevin De Bruyne free-kick just prior to the break.
Seven minutes after the restart, Silva popped up again with the third, before Sergio Aguero beat Lukasz Fabianski from a tight angle to round things off, such was the quality of the visitors play that it drew applause from the home fans at stages.
Pep Guardiola’s men managed to maintain their remarkable 11 point lead the top of the Standings, ahead of rivals The Red Devils, in contrast, The Swans are now rock bottom and in huge bother.
A superb all-around showing from Riyad Mahrez aided hugely in their emphatic away victory at The St Mary’s Stadium yesterday evening, continuing their fine form with Claude Puel at the helm.
Mahrez was able to claim the match’s first goal after just 11 minutes, Shinji Okazaki got the second just a short while later, paving the way for Andy King make it three for the visitors before the half-time whistle had even been blown.
Saints defender Maya Yoshida was able to pop up to pull one back for Mauricio Pellegrino’s men, but the unrelenting Foxes easily put the game beyond them through Okazaki once more.
Southampton stayed in 11th for yet one more week, having not won in four, whereas Leicester have now been victorious in their last four games, enough to keep pressure on Arsenal a place above in seventh.
Veteran midfielder Wayne Rooney was able to make the difference for Everton on the road on Wednesday night, as they edged past Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
It would be a tale of two Managers in the North East, one returning to his former stamping ground in Sam Allardyce and one who had never lost against the Blues in his Managerial career.
While the Magpies managed to squander a wealth of chances, the former Manchester United forward Rooney was able to pounce of a spillage from Karl Darlow and slide the ball home, sealing the deal for his boyhood club on 27 minutes, Jonjo Shelvey was given his marching orders in added-time.
Rafa Benitez’s side are now just a single point above West Ham United in 19th, while 15thn themselves, but The Toffees are remarkably now level with Watford, occupying tenth.
It wasn’t the best of showings from Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United at Old Trafford, but they got there, in the end, defeating Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth by an anorexic margin.
Both teams had their opportunities to make the affair a slightly higher scoring one throughout the 90 minutes, David de Gea and Asmir Begovic being tested a fair few times.
This came before and after Romelu Lukaku was able to head the matchup’s only goal in the right-hand top corner, his subdued celebrations a sign of his recent plight.
The Red Devils kept up the pace somewhat on leaders City with three points, their Title hopes ever-diminishing in second position, meanwhile, The Cherries will just be looking over their shoulders a tad now they sit in 14th place.
An admirable away showing from Alan Pardew’s West Bromwich Albion was just about enough for them to earn a significant draw at Anfield on Wednesday, holding Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
The likes of Top-Flight top scorer Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were all missing their usual cutting edge in the final third for The Reds, unable to find the back of the net.
Whilst The Baggies also went forward on numerous occasions, testing Loris Karius out more than once, although not finding a winner themselves either in the Merseyside draw.
As a result, The Reds have now dropped out of the top four, replaced by Tottenham Hotspur, they are now fifth, at the opposite end of the Standings, WBA, having improved slightly under Pardew, are still 17th.
And to another goalless encounter as David Moyes’ kept up his unbeaten home record as West Ham United Boss by gaining points from a second consecutive London Derby, when Arsenal visited Stratford last evening.
Arsene Wenger’s men had the better of the play overall, without troubling Adrian San-Miguel a great deal, the only real save e had to make came from a second-half Alexis Sanchez free-kick.
But, the hosts did manage to pass up a golden opportunity to take all three points in the dying embers of the feisty clash, Mark Noble slipping in Javier Hernandez, the Mexican’s effort striking the underside of the bar via Petr Cech touch.
Settling for a draw, in the end, saw The Irons fall a single place to 19th, although level on points with the two teams above them, the North Londoners have now been overtaken by Burnley, sitting seventh.
Wednesday’s final encounter would see a little more in the way of goalmouth action, with Tottenham Hotspur comfortably dispatching Brighton & Hove Albion at Wembley Stadium.
Serge Aurier netted the game’s first with a seemingly impossible effort, beating Matt Ryan from close to the corner flag, although questions over whether or not he meant it were asked.
Son Heung-min, who had come so close to netting earlier in the affair, sealed an important win for the hosts with a deflected header in the last five minutes, only Mauricio Pochettino’s men’s third win in the last five matches.
That very three points restored their place in the top four, albeit in fourth place, while Chris Hughton’s side’s slip down the Standings continued, now just three points above the dreaded Relegation Zone in 17th.
So, now that all of the enthralling action from an intriguing midweek Matchday has been well and truly Reviewed, there is only two day’s rest bite before the League we all know, and love returns once more for 2017/2018’s 18th round of ties, it all kicks-off on Saturday lunchtime at The King Power Stadium.