The Sunday Premier League fixtures provided different levels of shocks as Liverpool finally ended Manchester City’s unbeaten start to the season and Bournemouth beat Arsenal for the first time in their history.
Liverpool led against City by a goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before the league leaders levelled through Leroy Sane. However, it was a three-goal blitz within 15 minutes of the restart that changed the dynamic of the match. Firmino, Mane and Salah all scored quickly to put Liverpool in what should have been total control. Three-goal leads have been nervy for the Reds this season and this game was no different. City hit back through Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan meaning injury-time was tense for the home crowd. The win sees Liverpool go above Chelsea on goal difference and draw level on points with Manchester United who play Stoke City tonight.
Arsenal were without Alexis Sanchez, expected to leave the club in the next 48 hours, and Mesut Ozil through injury for their trip to the South Coast. They led early in the second half through Hector Bellerin’s second goal in two games. From there, it fell apart for the Gunners. Callum Wilson leveled the game, completely unmarked and able to get to the ball before Petr Cech who had come flying out from his goal and then Wilson turned provider, again completely unmarked in the area and able to set up the winner for Jordan Ibe. The loss means Arsenal are now 8 points short of 4th placed Chelsea. It was a much-needed win for Eddie Howe who saw his side move up to 14th, 4 points above the relegation zone.
Tottenham Hotspur kept up their pursuit of the Champions League places, beating Sam Allardyce’s Everton comfortably, 4-0, at Wembley. Harry Kane was able to find space in the six-yard box twice to grab yet another brace.
Crystal Palace’s incredible resurgence under Roy Hodgson shows no sign of letting up as Palace beat high-flying Burnley 1-0 at Selhurst Park. Bakary Sako scored the winner.
Chelsea are going through an inconsistent patch and their 0-0 draw with Leicester City at Stamford Bridge could lead to Antonio Conte being given funds to spend in the January window. Shorter term, the draw has seen Chelsea drop to 4th, just three points ahead of Spurs in 5th.
West Ham United are turning their season around under the management of David Moyes. Marko Arnautovic instigated a fine 4-1 win away to Huddersfield Town by scoring and setting up two for Manuel Lanzini. West Ham are up to 11th, level on points with Palace in 12th.
Newcastle United and Swansea City are having a tough time and both need January reinforcements. Their game finished 1-1, a result which sucks Newcastle closer to the relegation zone and keeps Swansea bottom.
Watford and Southampton both have managers under varying levels of pressure. Southampton led 2-0 but Watford dug deep and managed to get the game level at 2-2, albeit with a highly controversial equaliser in injury time.
West Bromwich Albion finally got a league win under Alan Pardew beating Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0. The win keeps WBA two points off bottom spot.
Manchester United play managerless Stoke City tonight knowing a win would reduce City’s lead at the top back down to a mere 12 points.