Wednesday, February 3, 2016

More Midweek Premier League Madness: Great goalkeeping leads Watford to draw against Chelsea

Watford 0-0 Chelsea
Chelsea were owners of the Premier League's longest unbeaten streak entering this match. Watford, had just broken a four game losing streak. Last time out, the pair battled to a thrilling 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, but that was when Jose Mourinho was still hanging around. Defending was strong on both ends in the opening half hour, but Watford was showing more signs of life the further things got from the opening kickoff. They pelted Thibaut Courtois with a few quality shots around the half hour mark and ended up with ten overall. Diego Costa had Chelsea's best first half chance the 33rd when he battled a pair of Watford defenders to squeeze a shot off, but it just trickled wide of the target.

The second half mirrored the first, although the competition was a little more  even. Chelsea probably should have scored a couple times, but Heurelho Gomes decided to channel Fraser Forster from yesterday's Arsenal-Southampton draw. His heroic goalkeeping in the final ten minutes kept this one at a nil-nil finish. Both sides jump a spot in the table. Watford to ninth, Chelsea to 13th.

Everton 3-0 Newcastle
Newcastle was seeking a win to lift them out of the drop zone. However, it was Aaron Lennon putting Everton in font in the 23rd minute. Everton continued to control proceedings throughout the match. They more than doubled the shot output of the visitors while just controlling the flow of play verall. It did take a penalty to fnd their second goal and secure a trio of points. Lennon was fouled n the box to set up Ross Barkley's penalty in the 88th minute. They were awarded another penalty in stoppage time that Ross Barkley cheekily put home to finish the 3-0 victory and keep Newcastle in the drop zone.

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