Another enthralling weekend of Premier League footy has drawn to a close, and only one point now separates leaders Chelsea from second placed City, with Liverpool another point behind the defending champions in third. One game- the fixture between Burnley and Spurs at Turf Moor, was called off due to bad weather.
Only one away team won this weekend and that was Aston Villa on the road at Selhurst Park, with Steven Gerrard continuing his impressive start at the Midlands outfit.
MW 13 results
Arsenal (Adidas) 2-0 Newcastle (Castore)
Palace (Puma) 1-2 Aston Villa (Kappa)
Liverpool (Nike) 4-0 Southampton (Hummel)
Norwich (Joma) 0-0 Wolves (Castore)
Brighton (Nike) 0-0 Leeds (Adidas)
Burnley (Umbro) v Tottenham (Nike)- Postponed
Brentford (Umbro) 1-0 Everton (Hummel)
Leicester (Adidas) 4-2 Watford (Kelme)
Man City (Puma) 2-1 West Ham (Umbro)
Chelsea (Nike) 1-1 Man Utd (Adidas)
Villa were also one of two teams to wear their away kit in this round– the other was Southampton, who crashed to a 4-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield.
It was a disappointing weekend for Castore- Newcastle’s long search for a league win this season continued as they went down 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium to Arsenal while Wolves (in their third kit) had to settle for a goalless draw against second from bottom Norwich City.
In fact, all three teams wearing their third kit this weekend (Wolves, Leeds, WHUFC) would’ve failed to find the back of the net if not for Manuel Lanzini’s late stunner at the Etihad. The Argentine has scored some crackers in the past, and this was right up there with the best as he denied Ederson a clean sheet.
Lanzini’s West Ham side gave a fairly good account of themselves against City- previous corresponding clashes between the two have often seen City stroll to victory by a four or five goal margin, but this was a tighter affair, and Pep Guardiola’s men only confirmed victory right at the death when substitute Fernandinho found the back of the net.
The Hammers’ stunning form this season has seen their chances of a top four finish go from barely 8% before the start of the campaign to around 24% currently, as per the tracker maintained by the fine folks at Compare.bet– an indicator of the excellent work done by Irons boss David Moyes at the London Stadium this campaign.
West Ham have already qualified for the Round of 16 in the EL as group winners and have eliminated both Man United and City from the League Cup. The injury to key defender Angelo Ogbonna could however hurt them with the fixture list piling up, and Moyes may feel the need to bring in reinforcements in January to keep his side’s fine run going.
City’s victory saw them reduce the gap between themselves and Chelsea to a single point, with the latter drawing at home to Man Utd. Jorginho’s mistake allowed Jadon Sancho to put the Red Devils ahead, but the Italian atoned for it with a cool penalty kick after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was adjudged to have fouled Thiago Silva in the area.
Both sides could’ve won it at the end, with Fred and Antonio Rudiger both squandering fine chances, but 1-1 was a result both teams wouldn’t have been too unhappy with at the start of the day.
There were plenty of goals at the KingPower as former Foxes gaffer Claudio Ranieri returned to the stadium, this time as Watford boss. His Hornets side went down 4-2 to Leicester.