Saturday, December 5, 2015

It Happened in England: Leicester back on top, Chelsea loses... to Bournemouth

Stoke City 2-0 Manchester City
Marko Arnautovic was on fire for the home team in the first quarter hour. His goals in the seventh and 15th minutes pot his side in front on the league leaders 2-0 nice and early. They were able to hold that lead for the duration through a thorough controlling of the talented City attack. City's chances were few and far between as the Store defense was able to keep them getting any real threatening situations. City drops from the top spot in the league down to third, thanks to results later in the day.

Southampton 1-1 Aston Villa
Aston Villa is looking to recover from the worst 14 match start in Premier League history with only five points. They got a leg up on that battle thanks to Joleon Lescott in the 44th minute. It took some time, but Southampton was able to deny Villa all three points. In the 73rd minute, Oriel Romeu leveled for Saints. Villa held on fire the draw, giving them a Graff total of six points through 15 matches.

Swansea City 0-3 Leicester City
The Manchester City loss opened the door for the Foxes to go back atop the table, and they pounced right through. Jamie Vardy may have saw his gosh scoring streak come to an end, but Leicester's other big scorer, Riyad Mahrez was in high gear. His first came only five minutes in. The Algerian's second was in the 22nd minute to double the lead. He bagged the hat trick in the 67th and Leicester was back on top of the table with ease.

Watford 2-0 Norwich City
In this battle of the newly promoted, it was a penalty kick breaking the ice. Troy Deeney capitalized on Alexander Tettey taking down Odion Ighalo in the box a half hour in. Ighalo would finish the win for the Hornets in the first minute of stoppage time to put it out of reach for visiting Norwich.

Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland
Joel Campbell scored his second of the season to put Arsenal on front 33 minutes in. The Gunners gave the lead away when Olivier Giroud scored a rather sad own goal just before the halftime whistle. The Frenchman was able to make up for his costly error with a diving header in the 63rd minute  to finish an Aaron Ramsey cross. Ramsey finished the job a few minutes into stoppage time with a goal of his own to seal the end of Arsenal's three match winless streak. The win moves the Gunners into second place, two point behind Leicester.

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Tottenham
Dele Alli, Tottenham's newest sensation, have Spurs a lead in the 15th minute. West Brom managed to level before halftime. James McLean was the man for them in the 39th minute. A scoreless second half would lead to that 1-1 score being final. Spurs are in fifth, three points back of the top four.

Manchester United 0-0 West Ham
West Ham has been l made a reputation for themselves by taking down high end opposition on the road. Although they didn't win against Manchester United, they did guy out this scoreless draw to keep their record against the top of the table looking strong.

Chelsea 0-1 AFC Bournemouth
Artur Boruc was the only reason this one was scoreless at halftime. The Polish keeper made several spectacular saves on Chelsea when they were able to get forward in the opening 45 minutes. Bournemouth, for their part, dud week not to allow the Blues to dominate the game, either. They didn't exactly produce many chances of their own, but they did spend a fair amount of time in their attacking third. Bournemouth's defense continued to hold strong, and their sporadic forays forward resulted in reward. In the 82nd minute, Glen murray was able to head home  a scramble after a corner to give AFC Bournemouth, the smallest club to ever climb to the heights of the Premier League, a win over the defending champions. The win moves the Cherries out of relegation territory into 17th place. Chelsea remains buried in 14th place, only three points clear of relegation.

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