Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Midweek Premier League Madness: Leicester hold serve, Tottenham jump impotent Arsenal

Arsenal 0-0 Southampton
Arsenal took a bit to get into this game, and when they did it wasn't with long spells of possession. That aspect of the first half belonged to Southampton, who did well to win the ball from Arsenal just about any time they got to smell the goal. On the other end, perhaps the absence of Per Mertesacker due to red card suspension was keeping them from winning balls back in their own defensive end.Despite that, it was Arsenal bringing us to the edge of out seats when Mesut Ozil came a diving save away from booting home a header from Olivier Giroud.

The Gunners came out in the second half looking much stronger. They still didn't hold onto sustained possession, but they at lease had some early opportunities. The second half, in fact, was flooded with them. Fraser Forster was making some unreal saves to keep the game scoreless. In a ten minute span he robbed Theo Walcott twice, Alexis Sanchez a couple times, and more. AS the match progressed, and Arsenal kept letting chances go by the wayside, it began to look more and more like a 0-0 draw or a Southampton smash and grab job. It ended scoreless, but if there was ever a draw that stung like a loss, this was it. Tottenham's win means the Gunners are now fourth in the Premier League.

Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool
Jamie Vardy is at it again for the table toppers. A true dynamite goal for him at the hour mark put the Foxes into the lead. He received a long feed from his good buddy Riyad Mahrez, let it bounce a couple times, an then bombed the half volley into the back of the net from what had to have been 20 yards out. He doubled his personal tally in the 71st minute. This ended up being a pretty typical Leicester match. They didn't have the possession numbers you'd expect. Liverpool was going shot for shot with them. But scoring on the counter gave them the win, and another several days in first place.

Norwich City 0-3 Tottenham
Tottenham wasted no time getting their attack started. Dele Alli had them on the board in under two minutes. Harry Kane would equalize from the spot in the 30th after Alli was fouled in the penalty area. He scored a second in the final minute to finish the blowout and move Spurs up to third place over Arsenal on goal difference.

Sunderland 0-1 Manchester City
Manchester City needed this win to chase Leicester City in first and to stay ahead of Arsenal. They got off to a strong start with plenty of possession and a 16th minute goal from Sergio Aguero. They strong start didn't exactly last, but it was enough in the end. They gain a couple points on Arsenal, but only keep pace with victorious Leicester City.

West Ham 2-0 Aston Villa
This one lacked life in the first half except for one violent moment. Andre Ayew delivered an elbow straight to Aaron Cresswell's face in the 17th minute, earning him a straight red. It would take some time, but West Ham would go ahead with the manpower advantage through a Michail Antonio header. The inevitable second West Ham goal came form Cheikhou Kouyate in the 85th minute to seal the points.

Crystal Palace 1-2 AFC Bournemouth
Scott Dann gave Palace the lead in the 27th minute, but Marc Pugh for Bournemouth seven minutes later. Benik Afobe would be able to give Bournemouth the lead in the 57th. Palace would then press in the final minutes, coming inches from an equalizer multiple times.

Manchester United 3-0 Stoke City
With the mission of every match seemingly being to save their manager, United seem to be playing with a purpose. They got a lead after almost a quarter hour from Jesse Lingard. Anthony Martial made it two in the 23rd. Wayne Rooney would continue his form by making it 3-0 in the 53rd. Needless to say, Van Gaal's job is still safe after that emphatic victory.

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Swansea City
Swansea went in front n the 64th minute in this battle of clubs who can't seem to score. Gylfi Sigurdsson was the man providing the goal. For a long while, it looked like that would be enough for the Swans, but Carlos Rondon stepped ip to equalize at the death of the match to earn a share of the points.

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