English Premier League Matchweek 8 Review

By  Football Pulp - 18 October 2016

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.

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:    

Chelsea 3-0 Leicester City

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.

Arsenal 3-2 Swansea City

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.

AFC Bournemouth 6-1 Hull City

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. 

Man City 1-1 Everton

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.     

Stoke City 2-0 Sunderland

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.

West Brom 1-1 Spurs

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. 

Crystal Palace 0-1 West Ham United

West Ham came up strong away from home against Palace to secure only their second win of the season. 

Middlesbrough 0-1 Watford

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. 

Southampton 3-1 Burnley

The Saints are looking good after extending their unbeaten run to 4 matches, keeping their hopes to secure a European spot alive.

Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United

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. 

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