Premier League Results: Analysis for Liverpool vs. Southampton and More

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2013

Premier League Results: Analysis for Liverpool vs. Southampton and More

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    Everton are now the only side in the Premier League with an unbeaten record after coming from behind to beat West Ham, as leaders Liverpool were beaten at home by Southampton.

    Chelsea won the late game against Fulham, and the three points took them to the summit of the Premier League.

    Newcastle’s good run came to an end with a home defeat to Hull, while Sunderland were beaten by West Brom and Aston Villa toppled Norwich.

    Over the following slides, we will dig deeper into each game.

Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United

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    Manchester City destroyed their close rivals Manchester United 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

    Sergio Aguero opened the scoring with a sensational hooked finish following an Aleksandar Kolarov cross, with good work from Samir Nasri preceding the move.

    Yaya Toure made it two before halftime, kneeing in a close-range effort after Alvaro Negredo had flicked a near-post corner on.

    Aguero scored his second goal of the afternoon just a minute after the halftime break, volleying home a clipped cross from Negredo after the Spaniard had outmuscled Nemanja Vidic.

    Nasri made it four by finishing a sublime move and Jesus Navas cross, before Wayne Rooney fired an expert 25-yard free kick into the top corner to put the visitors on the board.

    Match Stats (Four Four Two)

    Shots: City 17-14 United

    Corners: City 8-4 United

    Possession percentage: City 41.6-58.4 United

    Fouls CommittedCity 8-12 United

Arsenal 3-1 Stoke City

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    Arsenal claimed an important 3-1 victory over Stoke City in a game in which roles were seemingly reversed.

    The Potters were close to dominating possession overall and did so for long periods in the game, while the Gunners netted three goals from set pieces.

    The first came from Aaron Ramsey, nestling an effort into the bottom of the net after Mesut Ozil's free kick had forced Asmir Begovic to parry. Stoke equalised through Geoff Cameron, firing home sweetly after Marko Arnautovic's initial effort had come back off the post, and Per Mertersacker restored the lead by heading home from a corner.

    Mark Hughes' side pressed for another in the second half, but Ozil's perfect delivery allowed Bacary Sagna, of all people, to loop home a header at the far post from a free kick.

    Match Stats (Four Four Two)

    Shots: Arsenal 17-10 Stoke

    Corners: Arsenal 6-7 Stoke

    Possession percentage: Arsenal 50.5-49.5 Stoke

    Fouls Committed: Arsenal 8-14 Stoke

Cardiff City 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

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    Tottenham Hotspur claimed a priceless away win in the dying seconds as they defeated Cardiff City 1-0.

    The visitors dominated possession and came close to the breakthrough strike several times, with Gylfi Sigurdsson in particular spurning a great chance.

    David Marshall pulled off stunning save after stunning save in goal for the Bluebirds, but Paulinho's back-heeled finish in the 92nd minute,courtesy of an Erik Lamela assist, finally broke the deadlock.

    It was no less than Andre Villas-Boas' side deserved, and it represented a particularly examining debut for Kevin Theophile-Catherine.

    Match Stats (Four Four Two)

    Shots: Cardiff 6-29 Spurs

    Corners: Cardiff 2-12 Spurs

    Possession percentage: Cardiff 36.2-63.8 Spurs

    Fouls Committed: Cardiff 7-8 Spurs

Crystal Palace 0-2 Swansea City

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    Crystal Palace turned in a poor display at Selhurst Park, succumbing to a 2-0 loss to a buoyant Swansea City side.

    Michu opened the scoring after just 2 minutes, picking up Jonjo Shelvey's through-ball on the edge of the box and finishing unchallenged from the left-hand side.

    Palace failed to get much going for the rest of the half, and Michael Laudrup's side struck again within minutes of the second half getting underway.

    Michu turned his midfield marker and slotted a perfect through-ball into the channel, and after the initial shot was blocked Nathan Dyer followed in for the strike.

    Away days don't get much easier than this.

    Match Stats (Four Four Two)

    Shots: Palace 9-15 Swans

    Corners: Palace 6-8 Swans

    Possession percentage: Palace 43.3-56.7 Swans

    Fouls Committed: Palace 13-11 Swans





Chelsea 2-0 Fulham

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    Chelsea returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Fulham at Stamford Bridge.

    The Blues came into the game on the back of defeats to Everton and Basel, and for a long chunk of the contest the frustration looked set to continue.

    Samuel Eto’o flashed a shot wide after beating his marker to a low cross, while Eden Hazard was denied what looked a penalty by referee Andre Marriner following a tangle with Sascha Riether.

    Darren Bent had a big chance to make the Chelsea natives extremely restless when breaking in on goal, but he shot tamely at Petr Cech.

    Chelsea wandered down the tunnel at the break to the sound of boos from a section of the Stamford Bridge faithful, but they eased the tension with a goal on 52 minutes.

    Andre Schurrle beat Riether before whipping in a cross. Fulham keeper David Stockdale failed to collect, and the ball fell to Oscar who stroked it into the empty net.

    John Obi Mikel scores his first goal for Chelsea in 261 games. He had just 6 shots (all off target) in 22 Premier League games last season.

    — Squawka Football  (@Squawka) September 21, 2013

    The points were sealed five minutes from time when John Obi Mikel broke his long scoring duck, which stretched over 250 games, when volleying home after John Terry had nodded a corner into his path.

    Match Stats (Four Four Two)

    Shots: Chelsea 24-4 Fulham

    Corners: Chelsea 13-3 Fulham

    Possession percentage: Chelsea 64.4-35.6 Fulham 

    Passes Completed:Chelsea 530-267 Fulham

    Fouls Committed:Chelsea 11-9 Fulham

Norwich 0-1 Aston Villa

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    Aston Villa hauled themselves into mid-table with a 1-0 win at Norwich, but their star striker Christian Benteke went off with an injury in the first half.

    Norwich had a great chance to move ahead after being awarded a penalty on seven minutes, but Robert Snodgrass saw his strike saved by Brad Guzan.

    Villa were dealt a hammer blow shortly before the half-hour mark as main attacking threat Benteke was forced off following a clash with Sebastien Bassong.

    Libor Kozak was brought on as Benteke’s replacement and he made his mark on 31 minutes as he was on hand to turn the ball home, having seen his initial effort saved.

    Norwich pressed forward in the second half, but Brad Guzan ensured Villa secured their first clean sheet of the campaign.

    Match Stats (Four Four Two)

    Shots: Norwich 13-16 Aston Villa

    Corners: Norwich 7-4 Aston Villa

    Possession percentage: Norwich 64.2-35.8 Aston Villa 

    Passes Completed: Norwich 368-183 Aston Villa

    Fouls Committed: Norwich 15-12 Aston Villa

Liverpool 0-1 Southampton

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    Liverpool’s unbeaten record came to an end as Southampton produced a brilliant display to secure a 1-0 win at Anfield.

    The Reds lost Philippe Coutinho to injury earlier in the week, and they lacked his creative spark for much of the contest.

    Southampton stunned Anfield when taking the lead on 53 minutes. Dejan Lovren showed tremendous strength to shake off his marker and power a header on goal from a corner. Steven Gerrard attempted to keep the ball out, but he could only divert it into the roof of the net.

    Saints could have doubled their lead moments later, but Simon Mignolet produced a superb save to keep out Osvaldo’s drive.

    With no Coutinho and Luis Suarez, Gerrard is the focal point for Liverpool, and he went close to a leveller, but Artur Boruc kept out his free kick.

    Southampton should have put the game safe, but Mignolet showed exactly why Reds boss Brendan Rodgers brought him to the club in the summer with a brilliant triple save to deny the visitors a second goal.

    Raheem Sterling had a late chance to snatch a point, but his touch let him down when in on goal.

    Match Stats (Four Four Two)

    Shots: Liverpool 10-12 Southampton

    Corners: Liverpool 6-6 Southampton

    Possession percentage: Liverpool 55.3-44.7 Southampton

    Passes Completed:Liverpool 360-268 Southampton

    Fouls Committed:Liverpool 6-9 Southampton

Newcastle United 2-3 Hull City

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    Newcastle twice threw away a lead as Hull City snatched a 3-2 win at St James’ Park.

    Newcastle took the lead on 11 minutes, with Loic Remy on hand to nod home after Papiss Cisse’s volley on goal came his way.

    Hull shook off the setback, and Tim Krul did superbly to keep out a header from Danny Graham.

    Robbie Brady was left unmarked in the box and fired a low shot beyond Krul to draw Hull level.

    Newcastle went ahead shortly before halftime as Remy showed great predatory instincts to pounce on a loose ball after Yohan Cabaye's shot from outside the box had been blocked.

    Slack defending from Newcastle allowed Ahmed Elmohamady to head beyond Krul on 48 minutes.

    Hull were rewarded for their endeavour on 78 minutes as George Boyd pulled a ball back to Sone Aluko who lashed home a volley that found the target via the post.

    Match Stats (Four Four Two)

    Shots: Newcastle 15-12 Hull

    Corners: Newcastle 3-3 Hull

    Possession percentage: Newcastle 61.2-38.8 Hull

    Passes CompletedNewcastle 462-270 Hull

    Fouls CommittedNewcastle 11-8 Hull

West Brom 3-0 Sunderland

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    West Brom heaped more pressure on Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio with a 3-0 win at the Hawthorns.

    Both sides came into the game without a win to their name, and it was the Baggies who won the battle of the bottom two.

    Stephane Sessegnon was sold by Sunderland in the summer, and he came back to haunt his former employers by slotting home the opener on 20 minutes.

    Sunderland were dealt a major blow just past the 70-minute mark as Steven Fletcher fell awkwardly and could not continue. Having used all their substitutes, the Black Cats had to battle on with 10 men.

    And moments later, West Brom took advantage as Liam Ridgewell marauded forward before firing home.

    Morgan Amalfitano made the game safe with a goal in the final minute.

    Match Stats (Four Four Two)

    Shots: West Brom 13-7 Sunderland

    Corners: West Brom 5-6 Sunderland

    Possession percentage: West Brom 53.7-46.3 Sunderland

    Passes Completed:West Brom 407-323 Sunderland

    Fouls Committed:West Brom 9-12 Sunderland

West Ham United 2-3 Everton

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    Leighton Baines netted two stunning free-kicks, and Romelu Lukaku grabbed his first Everton goal as they came from behind to beat West Ham 3-2.

    The Toffees trailed on two occasions, but Baines netted brilliant strikes to stun Upton Park, and Lukaku climbed off the bench to secure the points.

    Ravel Morrison opened the scoring on 31 minutes, beating Tim Howard via a huge deflection.

    Baines drew Everton level just past the hour, but it looked like West Ham would take the points when Mark Noble scored a penalty with 14 minutes remaining.

    Noble, though, went from hero to villain on 82 minutes as he conceded a foul on the edge of the box.

    He was shown a second yellow card and, to rub salt into the wounds, Baines sent a second superb free-kick up and over the wall and beyond Jussi Jaaskelainen.

    The home side were made to pay a heavy price moments later as Lukaku headed home the winner.

    Match Stats (Four Four Two)

    Shots: West Ham 10-10 Everton

    Corners: West Ham 5-5 Everton

    Possession percentage: West Ham 37.8-62.2 Everton

    Passes Completed:West Ham 232-449 Everton

    Fouls Committed:West Ham 17-12 Everton