Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sunday Premier League: North London level, City falter at Villa

Aston Villa 0-0 Manchester City
Aston Villa's post Tim Sherwood era is doing alright for itself so far. Remi Garde's troops bag a scoreless draw against City here, although it may have been a bit fortunate. Villa weren't all that bad considering it was the last place team going up against the top of the table. City only had 13 shots and 55% of the ball. Not that Villa's little possession ever meant anything, but they did better than yesterday's Newcastle in terms of shots. There wasn't any lucky winner in store for the Villains however. City will rue many missed chances on their way to this set back. 

Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace
While everyone else was busy with the North London Derby, Liverpool was having a bit of a rough go at home today. Palace went in front 21 minutes in thanks to Yannick Bolaise. The hosts were able to level before halftime with some nice patience and passing that ended in Philippe Coutinho drilling a shot to the back of the net. Palace took the points amongst the frustrated Liverpool faithful in the 82nd minute. Scott Dann got his head to a corner that was initially saved, but he was in the right place to knock the rebound in to give Palace a big three points away from home. The win sends Palace above tenth place Liverpool into eighth. 

Arsenal 0-1 Tottenham
Harry Kane was at it again for Spurs. In the 32nd minute, the Tottenham local beat the Arsenal offside trap (a popular thing to do these days, as Bayern Munich proved) to pot himself clear on goal. He calmly slid a shot past Petr Cech  for the lead. Arsenal failed in most attempts to get into the Spurs penalty area. They're only real chance came when Olivier Giroud got a pass inside the six yard box, but was ruled offside.

Arsenal came alive in the second half, but was clearly missing something in their attack. Their shorthanded midfield was being beaten all game, which made it tough to get anything going forward. Mesut Ozil set up their 77th minute tying goal beautifully. He whipped in a well placed cross to Kieran Gibbs (playing out of position along the left wing), for a headed goal to allow Arsenal to share the points.

The Gunners miss a chance to go to the top of the table with City dropping points. The two remain level at 26 points with Leicester, of all clubs, only a point behind them.

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