– Leicester City proves their tittle credential
– Late fight back by Sunderland got them the share of the spoil at Anfield
– Tottenham pile pressure on Leicester for the title
– Resurgent Everton trashed dwindling Stoke
The English Premier League which saw the new EPL title favourite – Leicester throw down the gauntlet to other Premier League teams in their well earned victory against Manchester City.
Everton continues their goal-scoring form with another trashing of Stoke, Spurs is putting up the fight to Leicester and piling on pressure.
Liverpool however lost two valuable points by allowing Sunderland to come down. Aston Villa won their first match for a while to give themselves a fighting chance of escaping relegation from the EPL.
Manchester City 1-3 Leicester City
Leicester City are now officially the favourite to win the EPL this season after an outstanding performance against the second placed Manchester City. Leicester refused to read the script to produce a magnificent performance to score three good goal at the Etihad.
The first was scored in the third minute by Robert Huth from Mahrez free-kick after Kolarov committed a foul. Huth picked up the resulting free-kick inside the box and fired a shot that was deflected past Joe Hart.
A lightning fast counter-attack produced the second goal. Mahrez makes a great solo run and weaved his way past opponents before unleashing a cracking shot from the edge of the box, giving Joe Hart no chance of reaching it, coincidentally three minute into the second-half.
The third was another set-piece, whipped in from a corner and Huth was in the right place at the right time to plant a firm header perfectly into the left side of the goal in the 60th minute.
Manchester City rallied in the final minutes with Aguero connecting with a perfect cross from Bersant Celina to reduce the deficit. Too little too late!
It was a pulsating and entertaining encounter, a wonderful spectacle for football lovers. Leicester are now six points clear at the top, throwing down the gauntlet to the rest – catch us if you can.
Newcastle 1-0 West Brom
The Magpies got a very vital and well deserved victory to move them out of the relegation zone, especially after their midweek mauling in the hands of Everton.
The hosts dominated the match and are worthy winners. Mitrovic made the difference when coolly finishing a defence splitting and slidding through ball from Jonjo Shelvey.
It was the Magpies best performance for some time and could have had more, while West Brom on the other hand were uncharacteristically woeful.
Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland
A dramatic fight back at Anfield by the opposition ensure a share of the points
The Koppites were all over Sunderland right from the starting whistle, but unable to make their superiority count in a one-sided first half.
The second half was full of thrills and spills from both sides for a thrilling half. Sunderland came back from two goal down after Firmino and Lallana put Liverpool ahead.
Adam Johnson handed Sunderland a lifeline with a smartly taken free kick before Defoe completed the comeback late in the match to salvage a point.
Swansea 1-1 Crystal Palace
The hosts were superior in their performance in the first half, more purposeful and precise in their passing while Palace who have lost five consecutive Premier League matches were more rushed and incoherent in their approach.
Gyfil Sigurdsson put the hosts ahead in the 13th minute with a wonderfully executed free kick that ends up inside the right post.
The opposition equalised three minutes in to the second half when Damien Delaney flicks on a corner kick to Scott Dann to fire the ball into the back of the net.
A very valuable point for both teams, helping Swansea in their battle against relegation and Palace, their first point in six matches.
Aston Villa 2 – 0 Norwich
Aston Villa dragged Norwich into the drop zone with goals from Joleon Lescott and Gabriel Agbonlahor – their third success all season.
It was a well deserved victory leaving them eight points from relegation escape, Lescott planted a firm header into the back of the net from Carles Gil’s freekick. Agbonlahor made sure of the points in the 51st minute with a left-foot-drive.
Norwich were woeful to say the least and a sure bet for relegation on this showing.
Tottenham 1-0 Watford
Dele Alli helped got Spurs to get all the three points yet again to break the hornet’s resistance three minuted aftger coming on as a substitute.
With Leicester piling the pressure by beating Manchester City earlier in the day, the onus was on spurs to respond -response they did, though they made hardwork of it until the introduction of Alli whose driven low-cross was turned home by Kieran Trippier.
Spurs are now second on the league table with five points behind Leicester.