Dec 14, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT
Another pulsating Saturday of action took place in the Premier League in Week 16, boy did we have some stunning goals and drama.
The early game stole the show, as an end-to-end encounter between title contenders Manchester City and Arsenal lived up to the hype at the Eithad Stadium. A win for Chelsea also saw them close the gap on leaders Arsenal to just two points and they face the Gunners in their next game… .Juicy.
In case you missed any of the action, never fear, ProSoccerTalk is here…. We have this beauty of a roundup below that has a snippet on each game, link to the match recap and the video highlights.
Enjoy reliving another belter of a Saturday from England’s top-flight.
The Bluebirds battled to dig out a hard-fought win at home against a beleaguered West Brom side. Peter Whittingham was the game-winner as his brave header sealed all three points midway through the second half. The Baggies are in real trouble and sliding towards the foot of the table.
Jose Mourinho’s men move up to second but it was far from a routine win against a spirited Palace side at Stamford Bridge. Fernando Torres scored early but the Eagles hit back through Marouane Chamakh. However Ramires‘ stunning strike turned out to be the game-winner but a brave second half battle ensued as the away side tried to get something from the game.
Another great weekend for the Toffees who breezed past Fulham with a late flurry of goals at Goodison Park. Leon Osman, Seamus Coleman, Gareth Barry and Kevin Mirallas were on the score sheet after Dimitar Berbatov had pulled the Cottagers level in the second half. Everton are up to fourth but Fulham remain in the relegation zone.
Both sides struggled to create chances as they battled the elements at a blustery KC Stadium. Stoke went close twice late on as Ryan Shawcross hit the bar and Stephen Ireland had a goal chalked off for being in an offside position. Both sides settled for a point as neither pushed for all three.
Quite simply the best game of the Premier League season so far as plenty of goals flew in and a pulsating end-to-end game saw City’s offense dominate for large spells. Both title contenders put on a real show but a double from Fernandinho and solitary strikes from Sergio Agureo, Alvaro Negredo, Yaya Toure and David Silva completed the rout. Walcott’s double and Mertesacker’s header only acted to reduce the embarrassment for Arsenal.
Another end-to-end and enthralling contest saw these two teams battle it out in the Northeast as the Saints surged back after Newcastle dominated the first half. Gouffran’s goal was cancelled out by Rodriguez and a late incident involving the referee being smashed in the face and a mass brawl on the sidelines spiced things up nicely. Great clash.
The Hammers needed a big win against bottom club Sunderland at Upton Park… that didn’t happen. The Black Cats had the better chances and should’ve probably won in East London. Big Sam Allardyce is under increasing pressure as his sides offensive struggles continue, West Ham now sit one place and one point above the relegation zone.
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