Premier League Results: Analysis for Liverpool vs. Everton and All the Matches
The Premier League roared back to life following the FA Cup weekend with a full midweek programme.
The highlight for many was the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton, while Juan Mata made his debut in Manchester United's clash with Cardiff City.
As well as the six games on Tuesday, there are four games to follow on Wednesday—with Chelsea and Manchester City in action.
Alright, let's dig into the games.
All stats courtesy of Who Scored unless otherwise stated.
Liverpool 4-0 Everton
Liverpool secured Merseyside derby bragging rights with a 4-0 mauling of Everton.
The Toffees travelled across Stanley Park with high hopes on the back of a six-game unbeaten run in all competitions, but they left with their tails between their legs.
Gerrard lost his marker at a corner and made sweet contact with Suarez’s delivery to head home.
To rub salt into their wounds, Everton lost star striker Romelu Lukaku to injury at the same corner when teammate Gareth Barry fell onto his leg.
The Toffees never recovered, as a double from Daniel Sturridge put the game out of reach before the break, albeit shortly after Kevin Mirallas had wasted a big chance for Everton.
Sturridge’s first came on 33 minutes. He collected a pass from Philippe Coutinho and delivered a classy finish.
Within 120 seconds, Sturridge netted his second of the contest. A long ball over the top allowed the striker to charge on goal and he volleyed the ball over the advancing Howard.
Suarez added another stunning goal to his scrapbook on 50 minutes with a brilliant solo effort. The Uruguayan collected a ball on the halfway line and simply ran away from the Everton defence before stroking home.
Sturridge had a chance to secure a hat-trick from the penalty spot, but he sent the ball high over the top after Raheem Sterling had been felled by Howard.
Liverpool record their biggest top-flight #Merseyside derby win since Nov 1982 (5-0 away) and biggest at home since Mar 1972 (4-0).— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) January 28, 2014
The win sent Liverpool three points clear of Tottenham Hotspur, who host Manchester City on Wednesday, in fourth place. The Reds are four points ahead of Everton.
On target: 9-4
Passing Accuracy: 77%-85%
Tottenham Hotspur 1-5 Manchester City
Manchester City moved to the top of the Premier League with a 5-1 victory over Tottenham Hostpur at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night.
Sergio Aguero put City ahead in the 15th minute. City—and especially Aguero—had multiple chances to extend the lead in the first half before Tottenham had a potential equaliser ruled out for offside.
Yaya Toure extended City's lead with a penalty early in the second half following Danny Rose's sending-off for Tottenham, and Edin Dzeko made it 3-0 moments later. Half-time substitute Etienne Capou pulled one back for Tottenham in the 59th minute, but Stevan Jovetic and Vincent Kompany added late goals to polish off the scoreline.
With the win, Manchester City moved onto 53 points, one ahead of Arsenal. Manuel Pellegrini's side are unbeaten in 20 matches in all competitions and have won each of their last four away trips in the league.
City have now scored 68 goals in 23 league matches this season, two more than they managed during the entire 2012-13 campaign.
Aguero left the match just before half-time with what appeared to be a hamstring injury. Updates on his condition were not immediately available following the match.
On target: 2-10
Chelsea 0-0 West Ham United
Chelsea missed a chance to move up to second place in the Premier League with a scoreless draw, 0-0 at home to West Ham United on Wednesday at a rainy Stamford Bridge.
The Blues had won seven straight matches in all competitions, but although they dominated possession and registered an astounding 39 shots, the Blues were kept at bay by West Ham keeper Adrian's fine outing.
With the result, Chelsea remained third on 50 points, two behind Arsenal and three behind new leaders Manchester City, who won 5-1 at Tottenham on Wednesday.
On target: 9-1
Manchester United 2-0 Cardiff City
Juan Mata’s debut for Manchester United proved to be a winning one as the Red Devils heaped more misery on bottom-club Cardiff City with a 2-0 win at Old Trafford.
Robin van Persie was back among the goals on his first outing since Dec. 10 on account of injury.
All eyes were on Mata and he had a hand in the goal, his raking ball finding Patrice Evra, who dropped a pass off to Ashley Young.
Young wasted no time in whipping over a cross for Antonio Valencia, who sent a header against the bar. The loose ball fell to van Persie, who nodded home at the second time of asking.
United did not press home their advantage in the first half, but the nerves were eased on 59 minutes as Young crashed home a stunning low strike to put the home side two to the good.
“I thought Juan played very well. He made some terrific passes for us, got us on the ball, gave us a different look at times and he will grow," Manchester United manager David Moyes said, per ManUtd.com. "We will get used to him more as well. I was a bit worried about his overall match fitness but when we got to 2-0, I thought the longer we keep him on the better and we will hopefully get him up to speed quickly."
With the win, United moved within two points of sixth-place Everton. The Red Devils remain six points behind fourth-place Liverpool.
On target: 5-1
Passing Accuracy: 89%-87%
Southampton 2-2 Arsenal
Arsenal passed up the chance to put clear water between themselves and the chasing pack after being forced to settle for a 2-2 draw at Southampton.
The result kept Arsenal atop the table with 52 points. The Gunners sit two points ahead of Manchester City and three ahead of Chelsea, but both chasing teams have a chance to overtake Arsenal with victories Wednesday.
Southampton, meanwhile, are ninth with 32 points. The Saints have won just twice in their last 12 league matches.
The Gunners were on the back foot from early in the contest and the Saints took a deserved lead on 21 minutes.
Luke Shaw, in all probability, added a few pounds to his asking price with a brilliant deep cross from the byline that picked out Jose Fonte, who powered a low header beyond Wojciech Szczesny.
The Saints handed a full debut to Sam Gallagher and the teenager should have doubled the lead, but he failed to convert when the ball fell to him six yards out.
Arsenal’s first chance of the match arrived on 44 minutes, with the unlikely figure of Laurent Koscielny forcing a save out of Saints keeper Artur Boruc.
Whatever Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said at the interval worked wonders, as his side were in front within seven minutes.
Olivier Giroud snapped a lengthy barren run recently and he showed real confidence in drawing Arsenal level with a clever backheel.
On 52 minutes, Arsenal had turned the game on its head as Mesut Ozil teed up Santi Cazorla for their second.
But just when it appeared Arsenal would run away with the contest, the Saints were back on level terms. A clever pass from Jay Rodriguez picked out Adam Lallana and he drilled the ball beyond Szczesny.
Arsenal were reduced to 10 men on 80 minutes as Mathieu Flamini was dismissed for a wild, two-footed lunge on Lallana.
On target: 5-4
Passing Accuracy: 85%-80%
Norwich City 0-0 Newcastle United
Norwich City and Newcastle United played out a 0-0 draw in an eventful game at Carrow Road.
Newcastle were utterly dominant for long spells but failed to convert their chances, and the two sides finished with 10 men after Bradley Johnson and Loic Remy were dismissed.
Remy had a great chance to open the scoring early on, but he curled a shot narrowly wide.
He followed that up by hitting a post with a curling effort, while Hatem Ben Arfa saw a shot saved by John Ruddy.
Remy hit the woodwork again in the second half, but he and Johnson failed to see out the 90 minutes after being shown red cards by referee Chris Foy.
Norwich had a big chance to win the match at the death, but Tim Krul pulled off a fine save to thwart Robert Snodgrass.
On target: 2-3
Passing Accuracy: 65%-76%
Tuesday's Other Games
Swansea City 2-0 Fulham
Shelvey 61', Chico 75'
Crystal Palace 1-0 Hull City
Wednesday's Other Games
Aston Villa 4-3 West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa turned around an early two-goal deficit to win 4-3 at hoome to West Brom.
West Brom led 2-0 after nine minutes. Chris Brunt put the Baggies ahead in the fourth minute with an impressive long-range strike before Fabian Delph put in his own net five minutes later.
Andreas Weimann pulled one back for Villa in the 12th minute, and Leandro Bacuna leveled 12 minutes later. Delph put Villa ahead 3-2 in the 37th minute with a high strike off the underside of the bar, but Youssuf Mulumbu equalised for West Brom just six minutes later.
Christian Benteke scored the winner from the penalty spot in the 64th minute.
Sunderland 1-0 Stoke City
Adam Johnson scored the only goal for Sunderland in the 17th minute, finishing off the rebound after Fabio Borini's initial shot was saved.
Steven Nzonzi was sent off for Stoke in the 53rd minute.