A fantastic goal fest in Premier League Matchday 14 is about to conclude. Such an epic weekend is a rarity indeed. A total of 36 goals were scored, and there is still one match left to be played. Birthday delights for Bournemouth’s manager, Eddie Howe, and Crystal Palace’s Striker, Christian Benteke were the highlights of the action. Let’s take you through the weekend with a quick recap:
Goals, red cards, brawls, celebrations and much more was witnessed in this top-of-the-table clash at Etihad. Despite ending in a deadly confrontation between the players, Conte will be happy to sustain their unbeaten streak and for keeping a firm hold of the top spot. The match started with a bang, with Cahill putting the host ahead with an own goal. However, Chelsea responded well and netted back two goals to take the lead. Hazard netted the third for the Blues to secure all three points. Man City created many chances throughout the game, but the strike force was unable to convert. Well, red cards for Aguero and Fernandinho in the dying moments made the night even worse for Pep Guardiola.
What a win! 👌 pic.twitter.com/oc4vPBBXCc
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 3, 2016
Crystal Palace hosted Southampton in a vital tie as they were edging closer to the relegation zone. However, a brace from Benteke on his birthday ensured that the Eagles are safe for now. With this win, Crystal Palace ended their six-match winless streak against the Saints. This is the first clean sheet of the season for Palace.
Goals from Walters and Muniesa gave Stoke their fifth win in their last seven matches. The Porters are enjoying a productive season so far and have moved up the table to the 9th place with 19 points, only a point behind Everton and West Brom.
— All Things Football (@AllThingsFutbo1) December 3, 2016
Leicester City are getting closer to the relegation zone with the seventh defeat of the season. Sunderland hosted the Foxes at the Stadium of Lights and the man in form, Jermain Defoe, made sure that the host don’t lose three crucial points. The Black Cats just need one more win to get out from the relegation zone.
White Hart Lane was blazing after Spurs netted five goals against the visitors, Swansea. A brace from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen ensured that Tottenham keeps the fight at top intense. Mauricio Pochettino will be relieved after this comfortable victory and will definitely be eyeing a top-four finish now.
Tottenham Hotspur had 28 shots in a battering at White Hart Lane.
Swansea City? Just one.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 3, 2016
Goals from Matt Phillips, Chris Brunt, and Jonny Evans secured a comprehensive win for West Brom. It’s now three wins in four matches. Tony Pulis’ side climbed to the 7th place, only one point behind Manchester United.
The series of disappointing results continued for West Ham as they were left stunned by Alexis Sanchez, who scored a hat-trick. This was only the 10th time in history that Arsenal scored five goals in an away-match. The Gunners are unbeaten since losing to Liverpool on the opening day. The Hammers need to get it right before it gets too late.
What a man he is… West Ham ball boys desperate for his shirt and selfie… legend pic.twitter.com/KjEulOv1KR
— Arsenal Miami – MASC (@ArsenalMiami) December 3, 2016
Undoubtedly, the match of the weekend as Jamie Howe’s side treated him with the best present in his 300th game as the manager of Cherries. Bournemouth registered an impressive comeback after going down 3-1 and coming back strong to score three back-to-back goals, sealing a prolific win. Liverpool were all over the game, but despite going down, Bournemouth’s players never lost self belief. Klopp will be very disappointed after this result as the gap at the top has increased.
75’ B'mouth 1-3 Liverpool
76’ B'mouth 2-3 Liverpool
79’ B'mouth 3-3 Liverpool
FT: B’mouth 4-3 Liverpool
— SPORF (@Sporf) December 4, 2016
A late equalizer from Baines denied Manchester United a victory. A stunning strike from Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave visitors the lead, but Everton responded well with repeated attacks. The effort paid off as Leighton Baines scored from the spot to earn a crucial point for the host.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 4, 2016