Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Premier League Results Match Week 15 Hammers Top Chelsea; Manchester City Goes Top; Liverpool Leaves It Late; The Eagles Have Landed; Spurs Silence Canaries; Arsenal Outgunned; Newcastle Wins!

The Premier League has a new leader after West Ham sent Chelsea down to a 3-2 defeat and  Manchester City were again dominant in a 3-1 win over Watford.

The Hammers prevailed at home in their London derby versus Chelsea when Arthur Masuaku beat Chelsea goalie Edouard Mendy in the 87th minute to register his first Premier League goal.

West Ham came from behind twice in the match as the Hammers again established their credentials as a top four contender. Chelsea conceded multiple goals in a league match for the first time this season and received shaky performances from goalkeeper Mendy and midfielder Jorginho for a second straight match. A botched back pass from the latter to the former led to a penalty on Mendy and West Ham’s opening goal.

Manchester City sailed past Chelsea in the standings as the Citizens marked a fifth consecutive league victory with their league leading 11th win of the season. Bernardo Silva scored a brace for City, continuing the torrid form which has seen the Portuguese midfielder score five goals in Manchester City’s recent five match winning run. Pep Guardiola’s squad moved to the top of the table for the first time this season. Watford, meanwhile, lost for a sixth time in eight matches under Manager Claudio Ranieri.

Liverpool moved past Chelsea and sit second in the table, a point behind Manchester City, after Divock Origi scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to defeat Wolves in a 1-0 final at Molineux Stadium. Origi’s second goal of the season, Saturday’s winner assisted by Mohamed Salah, delivered a fourth consecutive victory for Liverpool.

Eighth place Wolves, meanwhile, continued a scoring drought which has seen the club score but once in its last five league outings.

Antonio Conte remained undefeated in the Premier League as Tottenham Hotspur manager and Spurs marked a third consecutive victory to stay in the top four chase with a 3-0 victory over Norwich in north London. Spurs’ Son Heung-min scored his sixth league goal of the season as fifth place Spurs remain just two points behind West Ham for a Champions League berth. Harry Kane, however, remains stuck on one league goal for the season despite a team leading 32 shots. Norwich, meanwhile, managed just a single shot on target as Manager Dean Smith suffered his first defeat in charge of the Canaries.

The Ralf Rangnick era at Manchester United began successfully as the Red Devils defeated Crystal Palace by a 1-0 margin at Old Trafford. Midfielder Fred was the unlikely match winner, striking for his second league goal of the season. Manchester United remained unbeaten in four matches following the sacking of Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Eagles, meanwhile, have now landed with a thud, losing a third consecutive match after tantalizing fans with a seven-match unbeaten run. The 13th place Eagles are six points removed from a relegation place.

Arsenal fell to seventh in the table with a 2-1 defeat at Everton, a third loss in four matches for the Gunners. The lack of veteran leadership and production was again glaring for Arsenal. A healthy and available captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang occupied the bench for 85 minutes before coming on to miss a potential equalizer as his goalless streak extended to a sixth Premier League appearance. The Arsenal goal by 22-year-old Martin Odegaard, meanwhile, was the ninth consecutive goal scored for the club by a player 23 years old or younger. The win for Everton, secured on a stoppage time goal by Demarai Gray, was enormous for Manager Rafa Benitez as the club ended a streak of six losses in seven winless matches. Monday’s victory marked a second win in 48 hours for Benitez following Sunday’s departure of Everton football director Marcel Brands. For better or worse, Everton’s ownership and board seem committed to Benitez to right the ship.

Brighton and Hove Albion maintained their ninth-place position in the table for a fourth consecutive week as the Seagulls drew 1-1 at Southampton. The non-decision was a league leading eighth draw of the season for Brighton which rescued a point only after 8 minutes of a lengthy stoppage period on a goal by Neal Maupay. The Brighton striker had also rescued a point for the Seagulls with his goal at West Ham in the 89th minute of Brighton’s previous match. Maupay’s strike negated a Saints goal by 20-year-old Chelsea loanee Armando Broja.

Steven Gerrard made it three victories in his first four outings as Aston Villa manager in a 2-1 win over Leicester. The victory elevated Aston Villa to 10th in the table, moving past the Foxes and Gerrard’s former Liverpool Manager, Brendan Rodgers.

Leeds striker Patrick Bamford made a dramatic return from injury as he scored an equalizer in the fifth minute of stoppage time in a 2-2 draw with Brentford. A three-match unbeaten run and the return of their striker has things looking much more positive for Leeds and Manager Marcelo Bielsa as the club moved to 14th in the table after being perilously close to the drop zone before their recent run. Brentford remains a point above Leeds.

Every Premier League team has now won at least one game this season after Newcastle broke through under new manager Eddie Howe in a 1-0 home victory over Burnley. The club’s leading scorer, Callum Wilson, had the match winner with his sixth goal of the season. Burnley was held to just a single shot on goal as the Clarets are now in a three-way tie on points with fellow relegation roommates Newcastle and Norwich, all three clubs sitting three points from the final safe place currently occupied by Watford. 


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