EPL Week 4 Results: Highlighting Top Matches from Saturday's Action
The Premier League campaign has resumed following an international break. After three exciting weeks of action, things are beginning to settle down across the league, with all of the usual suspects migrating toward the top of table.
The majority of the clubs got their Week 4 fixtures out of of the way on Saturday, with eight of the 10 matches being played. To complete the slate, Southampton and West Ham United will battle on Sunday, while Swansea City and Liverpool will face off on Monday.
Knowing that, let's check out all of the results from Saturday's clashes and take a closer look at the top matches from a busy day around the EPL.
Week 4 Saturday Results
|Home Club||Away Club||Result|
|Manchester United||Crystal Palace||2-0, United|
|Aston Villa||Newcastle United||2-1, Newcastle|
|Fulham||West Bromwich Albion||1-1|
|Hull City||Cardiff City||1-1|
|Stoke City||Manchester City||0-0|
|Tottenham||Norwich City||2-0, Tottenham|
Manchester United 2, Crystal Palace 0
Manchester United are in the middle of a very difficult opening stretch. After earning just one point from matches against Chelsea and Liverpool and with the Manchester derby awaiting them next weekend, it was important to secure three points from their clash with Crystal Palace.
United did exactly that, looking more like the defending champions than in previous weeks. Robin van Persie struck from the penalty spot just before halftime after Kagisho Dikgacoi was shown a red card and David Moyes' squad never looked back.
The Red Devils remained in control throughout the second half, and Wayne Rooney put the finishing touches on the victory with a goal inside the final 10 minutes. It was a strong all-around showing that should give United some momentum heading into next week.
Arsenal 3, Sunderland 1
Arsenal's triumph was three parts skill and one part luck. Aaron Ramsey was particularly impressive, striking twice in the second half, including a tremendous volley to give the Gunners the lead after Sunderland had equalized.
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After his first goal was when the luck came into play. American international Jozy Altidore used brute strength to get past Bacary Sagna and seemingly leveled the match, only to find out the referee decided against playing possession and called a foul.
It was a tough break for the Black Cats and Arsenal took full advantage. Ramsey scored his second goal a short time later to secure the victory. The result moved the Gunners atop the table, at least until Liverpool takes to the pitch on Monday.
Everton 1, Chelsea 0
This match was a perfect example of what happens when a top club doesn't capitalize on its chances. Chelsea had good scoring opportunities early, highlighted by a point-blank look for Samuel Eto'o after a mistake by Tim Howard, but Gareth Barry saved the day.
Right before halftime in a match where it seemed Chelsea would eventually break through, Steven Naismith scored to give the home squad a lead. The goal changed the entire complexion of the match for the Toffees.
In the second half, Everton were able to limit the Blues to low-percentage chances and frustration began to mount on the Chelsea side. They held on for the win, leaving the Toffees as one of just two clubs in the Premier League without a defeat so far.
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