Double Premier League round up – The toffees get crunched

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Results:

The weekend

  • West Ham United 1 – 1 Leicester City
  • Crystal Palace 2 – 1 Stoke City
  • Manchester United 1 – 0 Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Newcastle United 0 – 3 Watford
  • Swansea City 0 – 0 Bournemouth
  • Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 1 West Bromwich Albion
  • Liverpool 1 – 1 Chelsea
  • Southampton 4 – 1 Everton
  • Burnley 0 – 1 Arsenal
  • Huddersfield Town 1 – 2 Manchester City

Midweek

  • Brighton & Hove Albion 0 – 0 Crystal Palace
  • Leicester City 2 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur
  • Watford 2 – 4 Manchester United
  • West Bromwich Albion 2 – 2 Newcastle United
  • Arsenal 5 – 0 Huddersfield Town
  • Bournemouth 1 – 2 Burnley
  • Chelsea 1 – 0 Swansea City
  • Everton 4 – 0 West Ham United
  • Manchester City 2 – 1 Southampton
  • Stoke City 0 – 3 Liverpool

League Table

My team of the weekend:

Gk: Foster (West Bromwich Albion)
Def: Sakho (Crystal Palace)
Def: Mee (Burnley)
Def: Young (Manchester United)
Def: Kabasele (Watford)
Mid: Hughes (Watford)
Mid: Tadic (Southampton)
Mid: Sterling (Manchester City)
Att: Austin (Southampton)
Att: Sanchez (Arsenal)
Att: Ronden (West Bromwich Albion)

Best Game – Southampton v Everton

The Saints marched into the match 1 point above their opponents and were in the same situation as them. Both teams had under preformed this season and both teams were and still are in relegation trouble. It may be early on, but any team that is not the top 6 is always fighting to stay up. Anything extra is a bonus. David Unsworth, caretaker coach for the Toffees, was under a lot of pressure to deliver a win. And with talks of Alardyce coming to Everton to manage at that point in time, Unsworth needed to prove his value to the Merseyside team. Of course the Big Sam is now confirmed as the toffees’ manager so it didn’t go entirely well at St Mary’s.

The Saints came into the match with Charlie Austin as their target man, getting his first appearance since returning from a long- term injury. Everton, on the other hand, had 2 men upfront – Mirallas and Calvert-Lewin. It did not start well for Everton, as Tadic scored the opener for the hosts. It was deserved as well as Everton were terrible in possession and were defensively poor. Southampton pushed for another goal for all of the first half. But Everton were the next goal scorers though, through Sigurdsson on the stroke of half time. It was goal of the week! He cut in from the left and dribbled into the centre of the field, 25 yards out. He chopped back in onto his preferred right side and curved the ball back across goal, it then ricocheted of the crossbar and bounced in. Simply brilliant. He needs to show more of that.

Everton came out into the second half more confident, as you’d expect, but that was until Austin scored on his return. That was 52 minutes in, and 6 minutes after, he got his brace. It was over then. Merseyside was cheering for the reds on one side, but booing the blues on the other. The cake was topped off with a red and white cherry as Southampton’s skipper, Stephan Davies scored an 87th minute goal that was also the 4th and final goal of the game. Miseries spread through a small minority away crowd. However, cheers scattered across saint Mary’s as they had finally recovered their form.

Man of the match: Charlie Austin

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