Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures: Adebayor, Eto'o and a Moody Steve Bruce

Laura GreeneFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2014

Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures: Adebayor, Eto'o and a Moody Steve Bruce

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    The Premier League weekend saw Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea all come away with home wins, which leaves things tight at the top of the table.

    At the bottom, things are no different, with West Ham, Sunderland and Cardiff City all in the relegation zone on 18 points.

    The last two days of top-flight football saw Jose Mourinho recording his 100th win in 142 Chelsea matches and Man City taking their goals tally past a century scored this season.

    There were a lot of highlights, so let's take a look back at 20 of the best images from the weekend's action. 

Sunderland vs. Southampton

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    Two fans prepare to watch Southampton take on Sunderland in the first Premier League fixture of the weekend.

    Both teams headed into the tie with just two wins from their last five league outings.

Spoils Even at Stadium of Light

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    At 2-0 down, Fabio Borini pulled one back for Sunderland in Saturday's tie against Southampton.

    Borini's 32nd-minute strike ended a spell of 265 minutes of league football at the Stadium of Light without a goal for the home side.

    Adam Johnson leveled the scores in the 71st minute to see the game end 2-2.

No Cards Shown in Arsenal vs. Fulham

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    Referee Lee Probert warms up with his assistants ahead of Saturday's tie between Arsenal and Fulham. 

    Probert kept his cards in his pocket for the full 90 minutes, with no bookings incurred by either side.

Cazorla Fires Gunners to 5th Straight Win

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    Arsenal maintained their spot at the top of the Premier League table following Saturday's 2-0 win against Fulham.

    Santi Cazorla scored both goals for the home side, giving the Gunners their fifth successive victory and keeping them one point ahead of Manchester City.

    According to Premierleague.com, this is the 19th time that Arsenal have won five or more Barclays Premier League matches in a row.

Stoke City Fans Say Goodbye to Tony Pulis

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    Fans of Stoke City showed their support for former manager Tony Pulis during Saturday's game against Crystal Palace.

    Pulis, who now manages Palace, was sacked as manager of the Potters last May—after seven years in charge of the club.

Potters' Poor Away Form Continues

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    Stoke City's Peter Crouch tries to...

    Actually, we're not sure what he's trying to do, but we enjoyed the picture anyway. 

    Crouch's Stoke were beaten 1-0 by Crystal Palace thanks to a goal from Jason Puncheon, who could put last week's horrific penalty miss behind him by sealing three points for Tony Pulis' side. 

    Stoke have not won any of their last nine Premier League away matches. 

Dzeko Strike Marks City Century

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    Edin Dzeko opened the scoring for Manchester City in Saturday's 4-2 win against Cardiff at the Etihad Stadium.

    The striker's 14th-minute goal was the Citizens' 100th goal in all competitions so far this season. "We are not done yet," Dzeko told UEFA.com.

    Manuel Pellegrini's side have not been beaten in the top flight since November 10 and remain unbeaten at home.

Aguero off the Bench to Net 14th of the Season

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    Sergio Aguero came off the bench to replace Alvaro Negredo in the 62nd minute of Saturday's game against Cardiff.

    Seventeen minutes later, the Argentina international scored, taking his league tally to 14 so far this season.

Solskjaer and Kidd: The Manchester United Connection

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    Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shakes the hand of former Manchester United assistant manager Brian Kidd following the final whistle of Saturday's game between the pair's respective new sides.

Steve Bruce: Not Amused

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    Steve Bruce looks less than enthused as he watches his Hull City side take on Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday.

    Hull City failed to have a shot on target in the entire match, had their best player—Tom Huddlestone—sent off after being shown two yellow cards and were beaten by a late strike from Norwich's Ryan Bennett in the 87th minute.

    No wonder Bruce looks unhappy.

Tigers Downed by Canaries at Carrow Road

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    Tom Huddlestone has words with Hull City teammate Alex Bruce during Saturday's 1-0 loss against Norwich, as Ahmed Elmohamady looks on.

Delia…Is That You?

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    We're not exactly sure what is happening here, but who doesn't like a bit of face paint and, er, a Norwich-themed Santa hat?

    Regardless, we bet this Norwich fan enjoyed watching her side register their first home win since November 30.

Bennett Bags Norwich 1st Win in 8

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    You can see what Norwich's 1-0 win meant to Chris Hughton's side. The victory lifted the Canaries to 12th in the Premier League table, on 23 points.

West Ham Undone at Home

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    West Ham goalkeeper Adrian tries in vain to keep a shot out of his net during Saturday's 3-1 defeat at the hands of visiting Newcastle United.

    The loss saw the Hammers drop back into the Premier League's bottom three.

JW Henry in Attendance at Anfield

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    Club owner John W Henry and chairman Tom Werner watch with their wives as Liverpool draw 2-2 with Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday.

    In the background, Kenny Dalglish appears to be flossing his teeth with a match ticket.

Suarez Wins Penalty for Liverpool

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    Liverpool leveled the score in Saturday's game against Aston Villa when Steven Gerrard converted a penalty in the 53rd minute.

    The spot-kick was won when Brad Guzan was judged to have brought down Luis Suarez (as seen above).

    Some called it a dive; others a fair call. As seen on Premierleague.com, Suarez has won seven penalties since the start of last season, four more than any other Barclays Premier League player.

Adebayor's Revival Continues

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    Emmanuel Adebayor slotted two past Swansea City on Sunday, as Tottenham Hotspur beat Michael Laudrup's side 3-1.

    The Togolese striker has scored five goals in seven games after being brought back into the fold by new manager Tim Sherwood. This equals his league total for last season, in which he scored five goals in 25 games.

Don't Underestimate Samuel Eto'o

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    He may be 32 and nearing the end of his career as a top-level striker, but Samuel Eto'o has still got it.

    Manchester United's defence, conversely, need to find "it" soon.

    The Cameroonian forward notched three goals against David Moyes' side at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, making him only the fourth player to score a hat-trick against United in the Premier League era.

    As seen on Premierleague.com, the other players to do this were David Bentley, Dirk Kuyt and Romelu Lukaku.

Vidic: Sees Red at Stamford Bridge

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    Nemanja Vidic was shown a straight red card by referee Phil Dowd in the closing minutes of Sunday's game against Chelsea.

    Judging by his expression, the Serbian defender was expecting no more than a yellow for his tackle on Eden Hazard.

Chelsea 3, Manchester United 1

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    The Manchester United bench look dejected as their side are beaten by Chelsea in the final game of the Premier League weekend. 

    The victory gave Jose Mourinho his 100th win as Blues boss, in his 142 games in charge of the club.

    Chelsea now sit in third, with 49 points—just two points off leaders Arsenal.

    United are in seventh place with 37 points.