Premier League Results: Analysis for Manchester City vs. Cardiff and Other Games
A full programme of Premier League action takes place this weekend, with the highlight being Chelsea's clash with champions Manchester United on Sunday.
There are seven games on Saturday, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City in action.
All stats courtesy of Who Scored unless otherwise stated.
Swansea City 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur
Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice for Tottenham Hotspur as they claimed a fifth successive win away from home for the first time since October 1960 with a 3-1 victory at Swansea City.
The Togo international headed home the opener in the 35th minute from an inch-perfect cross by Christian Eriksen.
Swansea defender Chico Flores turned a Kyle Walker cross into his own net eight minutes into the second period for Spurs' second goal of the afternoon.
But Adebayor struck his sixth goal in eight games 19 minutes before the end from a terrific Danny Rose ball to send Spurs up to fifth in the table.
Wilfried Bony grabbed a late consolation for Swansea in the 78th minute, but Tottenham's lead never looked under any serious threat after Adebayor's opener.
On target: 3-5
Passing: 85 percent-83 percent
Possession: 56 percent-44 percent
Arsenal 2-0 Fulham
Arsenal maintained their slender lead at the top of the table with a 2-0 win over Fulham.
Arsene Wenger’s men were frustrated for the better part of an hour, but two goals from Santi Cazorla eased the tension.
The Spaniard notched the first 57 minutes into the match. Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere combined to find the Spaniard, and he slotted home with aplomb.
Cazorla added a second five minutes later, with the midfielder taking one touch before stroking home.
Afterwards, Wenger told Sky Sports:
Defensively we did really well today.
We were one paced in the first half and then Cazorla delivered two excellent goals and everyone is happy. In the second period it appeared to be a matter of time.
Santi has missed a large part of the season but he is free from pain in his ankle now and we are seeing what a great player he is.
Stability though is vital and we have to be patient going forward and that is why I believe our defenders deserve credit.
Shots on Target: 8-2
Passing Accuracy: 91 percent-84 percent
Possession: 59 percent-41 percent
Manchester City 4-2 Cardiff City
Manchester City kept pace with Arsenal at the top of the table with a 4-2 win over Cardiff City.
It was not all plain sailing, as Cardiff fought back to get on level terms in the first half, but City’s greater class told in the end.
City had appeals for a penalty in the opening minutes. Edin Dzeko tumbled in the box under challenge from Kevin McNaughton, but their pleas fell on deaf ears. The danger was not averted, as the loose ball came to Jesus Navas, but he shot wide.
City’s opener did come on 14 minutes. David Silva showed great tenacity to squeeze in a cross from the byline to Dzeko. He did not make crisp contact, but he's a striker in form, and the ball is rolling for him at present, so it dribbled over the line.
Cardiff shocked the Etihad faithful on 29 minutes when Craig Noone levelled the scores. He showed great feet to outfox Vincent Kompany and slipped a shot beyond Joe Hart.
Four minutes later, City were swiftly back in front. Yaya Toure and Dzeko combined to fashion a chance. Dzeko’s shot was blocked, but the ball fell to Navas, who slotted home.
Hart made a fine save to deny Noone a second leveller, but City went through the gears late in the match.
Yaya Toure exchanged passes with Sergio Aguero to score and ease the nerves 14 minutes from time, while the latter added a fourth goal three minutes later.
Fraizer Campbell netted in injury time, but it proved nothing more than a consolation for Cardiff.
Shots on Target: 9-6
Passing Accuracy: 87 percent-80 percent
Possession: 62 percent-38 percent
Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa
A performance of two halves from Liverpool was not enough for them to claim victory on Saturday evening, as they drew 2-2 with Aston Villa at Anfield.
With Arsenal and Manchester City winning earlier in the day, what slim Premier League title hopes the Reds had were surely shortened further by their failure to win. It could have been much worse, however, after Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke gave Villa an early 2-0 lead.
Goals from Daniel Sturridge on the stroke of half-time and Steven Gerrard from the penalty spot got Brendan Rodgers’ side back on terms, but they were unable to find a winner in the last 30 minutes as Villa closed ranks.
With Liverpool sitting eight points behind the league pace-setters, securing Champions League qualification might now be a more practical ambition for the Merseyside club.
There was more immediate controversy at hand, however, with Luis Suarez facing accusations he dived to earn Liverpool's equalising penalty.
Afterwards, Villa boss Paul Lambert told Sky Sports:
I think (Brad) Guzan pulled his arms away, that could be a biased view, but I don't think it is.
I think (referee) Jon (Moss) is in a good position to see it but if you look at Guzan he pulls his arms away, and I am sure everybody will have a different opinion but my own view was I think he pulled his arms away.
Listen, you are up against the Kop End and it can be an intimidating place.
Jon's got a hard job, he has got one decision to make, but I don't think it was (a penalty).
Shots on Target: 6-3
Passing Accuracy: 82 percent-65 percent
Possession: 56 percent-44 percent
West Ham United 1-3 Newcastle United
Newcastle United piled more pressure on former manager Sam Allardyce with a 3-1 win at West Ham United.
The Magpies opened the scoring on 16 minutes, with Yohan Cabaye collecting a pass from Yoan Gouffran, eyeing his target and slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
A deserved second arrived on 33 minutes, with Loic Remy collecting a deep cross from Moussa Sissoko and slipping a shot under Adrian.
West Ham found a lifeline on the stroke of half-time when Mike Williamson turned the ball into his own net.
The Hammers threw on former Newcastle man Andy Carroll, and he had a massive chance to snatch a point, but he fired over the bar after a loose ball fell at his feet.
Cabaye made the game safe with a late free-kick that Adrian got a hand on but could not keep out.
Shots on Target: 2-9
Passing Accuracy: 68 percent-79 percent
Possession: 48 percent-52 percent
Sunderland 2-2 Southampton
Sunderland battled back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home with Southampton.
The Black Cats were off the pace in the opening 45 minutes and could arguably have been out of the game.
Southampton took an early lead when Jay Rodriguez collected a ball on his chest before firing the ball across Vito Mannone and into the corner.
The visitors passed up a number of chances before Dejan Lovren volleyed them into a two-goal lead on 31 minutes.
Fabio Borini trimmed the deficit within a minute, turning in a cross from Adam Johnson.
Sunderland were much improved after the break, and Johnson fired past Artur Boruc at his near post to earn a point.
The one sour moment came 10 minutes from time, as Gaston Ramirez was stretchered off with what looked a serious ankle injury.
Shots on Target: 5-8
Passing Accuracy: 67 percent-84 percent
Possession: 36 percent-64 percent
Saturday's Other Games
Crystal Palace 1-0 Stoke City
Jason Puncheon (51)
Norwich City 1-0 Hull City
Ryan Bennett (87)
Chelsea vs. Manchester United: 4 p.m. GMT (11 a.m. ET)