After Maarten Stekelenburg’s heroics against the leaders, Man City, the race at the top has taken a rather nasty turn, making it even more interesting. Diego Costa and company dominated the champions, Leicester City, at Stamford Bridge, whereas the Gunners edged past the resilient Swans despite being down to 10 men. Spurs’ unbeaten run continues but they were struck by an old fellow. However, the most anticipated match of the Matchweek 8, The Red Battle, turned out to be disappointing with a drab draw.
— CJM (@cjmofficial) October 18, 2016
The temperature at the top is increasing with each and every side delivering top performances to stay in contention. Man Utd went to Anfield and held only 35% of possession with the major stars like Pogba and Zlatan missing. Herrera and De Gea were among the positive takeaways for Mourinho but overall it was a poor show from the Reds. Here’s what we have learned from every fixture of EPL Matchweek 8:
Goals from Costa, Hazard, and Moses gave Chelsea their fifth win of the season and placed them comfortably at the 5th place and just a point separates them from Liverpool. However, Leicester is still looking awkward with their Premier League form this season.
⚡️ What a win! Take a look back at yesterday's game, with fan and player reaction included… https://t.co/aI3EMuN0EV
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 16, 2016
Arsenal registered themselves in the books of history with a breathtaking victory over Swans at home, becoming only the second team in the history of EPL to secure 1000 home points.
Bournemouth were ballistic, netting goals at regular intervals, providing Hull City no chance to settle down. An amazing display overall from the Cherries helped them level with Watford and Palace, and only the goal difference separates the three sides.
After the first defeat of the season, Man City were held for a draw at home by Everton, courtesy of brilliant goalkeeping from Maarten Stekelenburg. The Dutchmen made two stunning saves to deny Aguero and De Bruyne and gave Everton a well-deserved point at Etihad.
Man City 0-0 Everton HT:
Pass accuracy: 86%-62%
Chances created: 7-0
One-way traffic. pic.twitter.com/BSEkcIsvFU
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 15, 2016
After securing a point at Old Trafford, Stoke have been amazing since then, grabbing their first win of the season and that too with a clean sheet.
Despite being hit by Nacer Chadli, Spurs maintained their unbeaten run at Hawthorns and also in the Premier League. Tottenham are still unbeaten for 8 successive weeks, their longest in history.
West Ham came up strong away from home against Palace to secure only their second win of the season.
— Uber West Ham (@UberWestHam) October 15, 2016
Watford looked organized against Middlesbrough and sealed 3 crucial points away from home. Middlesbrough have lost the track after an impressive showdown at the start of EPL.
The Saints are looking good after extending their unbeaten run to 4 matches, keeping their hopes to secure a European spot alive.
Nobody expected a drag draw at Anfield but Mourinho was impressive with his strategies. Securing a point away from home is critical for Man Utd in such an intense atmosphere.
Liverpool was a team that had literally lost meaning
Now they can make a draw with Manchester United, wow God can help his sheep 😂😂
— Arthur Musinguzi (@arthurtotally) October 18, 2016