Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sunday Premier League: Liverpool victorious among a bunch of draws

Tottenham 0-0 Chelsea
We have come to expect done unexpected treks from Chelsea over the course if this season, but for once we aren't super shocked. A bland draw in North London does not come as a surprise with Chelsea and Spurs going at it. Jose Mourinho left Diego Costa, a great deal of his goal scoring power, on the bench, so there is still some cause for debate stemming from this morning's early clash. The Brazilian born, Spanish international wasn't pleased with the boss's decision to keep him off the pitch, he tossed his warm-up in Mourinho's direction in frustration at the end of the match. Tottenham stays in fifth place with the draw. Chelsea, in their first away clean sheet since April, moves up to 14th place.

West Ham 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
This was a tale of two halves. In the first frame, it was all West Ham. Mauro Zarata belted home a free kick in the 17th minute to put them in front and they were able to hold much of the ball until halftime. The second half saw things flip around. West Bromwich Albion was on more if the ball and earned a leveling goal in the 50th minute thanks to Winston Reid deflecting a Rickie Lambert shot in. The Hammers were able to get a few chances in the counter, but the only thing that added up was their injury problem. Diafra Sakho went down with a leg injury in the 72nd minute after he had a golden chance blocked before it could reach the wide open far side of the goal. Victor Moses had another great chance on a volley towards the end of the 90, but it sailed wide and both sides would be forced to settle for a draw. West Ham does climb one spot into eighth place with 22 points.

Liverpool 1-0 Swansea
Although there was plenty of action in the first half, no goals could be found for either side. James Milner's 64th minute penalty off a soft and stupid Neil Taylor foul gave Liverpool the win. Liverpool jumps into sixth with the win. Swansea continues to struggle. They are in 15th and only four points above relegation.

Norwich City 1-1 Arsenal
This match started off just about Joe everyone would expect. Arsenal was running the show and getting the majority of chances. Mesut Ozil gave them the less by beating John Ruddy to a pass at the half hour mark. Norwich did get a chance to go forward as the half came to a close. They leveled in the 43rd when Lewis Grabban got inside position on his marker before latching onto a through ball for an easy tap in past Petr Cech. They should have gone in front minutes later when Wes Hoolahan had an open volley eight yards out, but his effort was too high. The second half has action packed, but there was no reward for either team and a draw was in the offering.

Much like West Ham earlier today, Arsenal saw more injuries than goals. Laurent Kocielny went down before ten minutes had passed and, possibly of greater concern, Alexis Sanchez aggravated his hamstring injury and had to leave in the second half. The Gunners remain in fourth place, two points back of the leaders Manchester City and Leicester. Norwich gains themselves a point of buffer in the relegation fight. They are two places and three points above the drop.

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