Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester City
Neither side were able to put the ball into the back of the net after 90 minutes of play. While Leicester players were disciplined and coordinated, Boro players on the other hand were carded three times for fouls committed by Ramirez, Gibson and Clayton respectively. Both teams are not too far from the bottom of the league table with Boro positioned just two places above the relegation zone. Boro seem to have a better chance of escaping relegation if they could accumulate 16 additional points from their remaining 18 matches.
Everton 3-0 Southampton
Everton manager, Ronald Koeman has started what he is known for. Even though Everton failed to commence the EPL campaign on an active note, it seems the days of slowpoke is over. They did not look promising even after 45 minutes but their second half effort was rewarded with three goals credited to Valencia, Baines and Lukaku at 73rd, 81st and 89th minutes respectively. Southampton fell apart and could not withstand the massacre away from home.
Manchester City 2-1 Burnley
Despite being widely regarded as one of the greatest coaches in football, ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach, Pep Guordiola, is finding it hard to cope with his new role in Manchester city. Pep did the unfamiliar, starting Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho instead of Aguero. Fernandinho got a 32nd minute red card, his second in the last six appearances. The battle become tensed and difficult for the Citizens playing with ten men resulting in a goalless first half. They had to pull off a win in the Second half to avoid a backlash from an estimated 30,000 home fans. Clichy responded brilliantly just outside the 18 yard box in the 60th minute, whipping the ball past a sea of legs to the far right corner. Sergio Aguero responded after being subbed in for Iheanacho at the resumption of the sencond half with a world class strike, he doubled the lead four minutes after to make their home fans more comfortable. Ben Mee reduced the deficit for Burnley at the 70th minute. Manchester City is now 3rd on the league table with 42 points.
Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool
Klopp was held to a draw away from home against the Black cats. Sturridge and Sadio Mane put Liverpool ahead at 19th and 72nd minutes, but Sunderland came from behind twice to earn a 2 – 2 draw, thanks to Defoe’s two well taken penalties. Liverpool failed to maintain close pursuit of league leaders Chelsea, who have a game in hand against Totthenham.
West Brom 3-1 Hull city
The Tigers as they are popularly called completed an inspiring first half with a plan to devour the Albions (West Brom). West Brom however came strong in the second half to reclaim their territory from the away side, four minutes played into the second hald Brunt leveled, followed by Mcauley at 62nd and Morrision at 73rd to seal the win. The Albion maintain 29 points and sit at 8th position on the log.
West Ham 0-2 Manchester United
Jose Mourinho’s United hammered the Hammers on the road. The home side’s problems started at the 15th minute when Feghouli was shown a red card. The Hammers managed to hold on in the first half. Rashford’s introduction did the magic for the Reds. He follow up a brilliant dribble in the box with a pass that met Juan Mata. Mata did not hesitate to slam the ball in for Man United’s first. Ibrahimovic’s goal was rather controversial in my opinion. He appeared to be in an offside position, but the referee judged otherwise. United now has 6 wins in a row to silence Mourinho’s critics.
Matches to follow:
Totthenham vs Chelsea
Bournemouth vs Arsenal
Stoke vs Watford
Crystal Palace vs Swansea