Premier League Results: Analysis for Arsenal vs. Manchester City, and All Games
The title race is hotting up nicely, and Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal were in action on Saturday.
Manchester United kicked off the weekend’s Premier League programme at home to Aston Villa, while title chasers Liverpool take on Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Over the following slides, we will dig into each game.
All stats courtesy of WhoScored.com unless otherwise stated.
Liverpool 4-0 Tottenham
Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League table after an emphatic 4-0 victory over Tottenham in Sunday's late game at Anfield.
The Reds moved two points ahead of Chelsea—and four clear of Manchester City, albeit having played two games more—thanks to an own goal from Younes Kaboul and further strikes from Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson.
A 5-0 victory for Brendan Rodgers' side at White Hart Lane in December had spelt the end of Andre Villas-Boas' Tottenham tenure, but the London club were similarly woeful under replacement boss Tim Sherwood as they fell behind after barely two minutes.
Kaboul’s comical second-minute own goal set Liverpool on their way, with Suarez taking advantage of another defensive mistake from substitute Michael Dawson 20 minutes later to effectively seal the points.
Tottenham showed no tangible resistance even before Coutinho widened the gap further with a pinpoint drive shortly after the break, as Henderson rounded off an impressive team performance as his free-kick evaded everyone on the way into the far corner.
Suarez’s strike saw him surpass Robbie Fowler to become Liverpool’s record goalscorer in a Premier League season. With 29 goals, the Uruguayan needs just three more over the remainder of the campaign to break Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo’s all-time record of 31 (for a 38-game season).
Afterward, per BBC Sport, Rodgers said:
To perform like we did from the first minute was immense. We are very confident with how we play.
Tottenham have some outstanding players and I hope Tim gets time to put his ideas in place. We have won eight games in a row and we will enjoy that.
The dream is for our supporters, they want to win the title. It has been a long time but it's not in my thinking. We just need to prepare and do well and if we do that, we will win games.
Shots on Target: 5-4
Passing Accuracy: 87%-81%
Fulham 1-3 Everton
Everton kept up the pressure on Arsenal in the hunt for fourth place with a battling 3-1 win at Fulham.
The Cottagers were bright in the first half but did not take the chances they carved out and were rocked by an own goal early in the second half from David Stockdale.
Felix Magath’s Fulham drew level through Ashkan Dejagah, but Kevin Mirallas pounced with 11 minutes left on the clock to put Everton in front and Steven Naismith sealed the win late on.
Fulham showed great desire early on, and Brede Hangeland went close with a header, while Tim Howard produced a pair of good saves to thwart Kieran Richardson and Lewis Holtby.
Everton were forced into a change at the interval, with Ross Barkley going off. It might have been a forced change, but it was certainly effective as Barkley’s replacement Steven Naismith turned the ball into a ruck of players, and it went in off Fulham keeper Stockdale.
Fulham responded well and drew level on 71 minutes with a thunderbolt from Dejagah.
Cutting in from the left flank, Dejagah let fly from 20 yards and the ball flew past Howard and into the top corner.
Howard came to Everton’s rescue on 76 minutes with a reflex save to thwart John Heitinga, and three minutes later the Toffees snatched the lead when Mirallas collected a pass from Aiden McGeady before firing home.
Naismith may try and claim the opener, but he did get his name on the scoresheet three minutes from time when slotting home from six yards.
The win moves Everton to within four points of Arsenal with a game in hand, and the two teams meet at Goodison Park next week.
Fulham are in dire trouble, as they are now five points adrift of safety with six games remaining.
Shots on Target: 8-7
Passing Accuracy: 76%-83%
Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City
Arsenal fought back from a goal down to claim a 1-1 draw with Manchester City.
City made a blistering start and took a deserved lead through David Silva. The midfield maestro started and finished a move which saw him bundle the ball home after Edin Dzeko’s shot had crashed against the woodwork.
Arsenal were off the pace in the first half, but they came out strong in the second and Mathieu Flamini turned home Lukas Podolski’s cross on 53 minutes to level.
Both sides had chances to win the game, but they had to settle for a point—which is far better for City’s title aspirations than Arsenal’s.
Shots on Target: 3-4
Passing Accuracy: 82%-82%
Manchester United 4-1 Aston Villa
Manchester United eased the pressure on manager David Moyes with a 4-1 win at home to Aston Villa.
Villa took a shocking lead through Ashley Westwood’s free-kick, but United hit back in style.
An unmarked Wayne Rooney drew United level with a glancing header, and the same player slotted home a penalty before half-time to put United in front.
Juan Mata grabbed his first goal for United on 53 minutes, and Javier Hernandez completed the scoring with an injury-time strike.
The Telegraph's Mark Ogden feels Sjinji Kagawa played his way into the team to face Bayern Munich next week.
Writing on Twitter, Ogden said: "With Mata cup-tied, Moyes has to go with Kagawa v Bayern. Otherwise, 3-man midfield of Carrick, Fellaini and Giggs/Fletcher..."
Shots on Target: 6-1
Passing Accuracy: 82%-75%
Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea
Crystal Palace dealt a huge blow to Chelsea’s title aspirations with a stunning 1-0 win over the Blues.
Chelsea came into the game with a one-point lead at the top of the table, but they failed to extend their advantage as an own goal from John Terry consigned them to their fifth defeat of the season.
The result may have come as a shock, but it was a deserved win for a side fighting for their lives at the foot of the table.
Palace carved out the better chances, and they were rewarded for their endeavor with a goal on 52 minutes.
The goal came from the head of Terry, who nodded a cross from Joel Ward into his own net, and resulted in Jose Mourinho conceding defeat in the title race.
Per the Mail, Mourinho said: "We depend too much on other results. When you depend a little it's possible, when you depend a lot, I don't think it is possible."
Shots on Target: 4-2
Passing Accuracy: 68%-81%
Stoke City 1-0 Hull City
Peter Odemwingie took Stoke City to the 40-point mark as his goal earned the Potters a 1-0 win over Hull City.
Mark Hughes’ side can now look toward next season with optimism, having effectively secured their Premier League future with six games remaining.
They were given a helping hand by Hull, who contributed to their own downfall.
It was a poor pass from Ahmed Elmohamdy which gifted possession to Odemwingie who dashed away to score the winner on 62 minutes.
Shots on Target: 3-3
Passing Accuracy: 79%-79%
Southampton 4-0 Newcastle United
Southampton’s England hopefuls did the majority of the damage as Saints crushed Newcastle United 4-0.
The Magpies were never at the races, and had Saints taken more of their chances, it could have been somewhere near double figures.
As it was, Jay Rodriquez (2), Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert were on target to seal the three points.
Rodriguez grabbed the opener on the stroke of half-time, being on hand to slot home after Lambert had beaten the offside trap.
Lambert got himself on the scoresheet on 49 minutes with a powerful finish after Newcastle had failed to clear.
The goal of the game came on 70 minutes, with Lallana firing home a rocket from 25 yards.
Rodriguez rubbed salt into the wounds on 89 minutes when racing clear of the Newcastle defence to score.
Shots on Target: 11-2
Passing Accuracy: 83%-79%
Swansea City 3-0 Norwich City
Swansea City eased to a 3-0 win over Norwich City.
Jonathan de Guzman set the Swans on their way to three points with a fine strike from the edge of the box on 30 minutes.
De Guzman was on target for a second time on 38, with the Canadian seizing on a clever backheel from Wilfried Bony to score.
The match was made safe on 75 minutes, with Wayne Routledge slotting home from a pass from Jonjo Shelvey.
Shots on Target: 7-4
Passing Accuracy: 87%-77%
West Bromwich Albion 3-3 Cardiff City
The game of the day came at the Hawthorns, as West Bromwich Albion drew 3-3 with Cardiff City.
West Brom looked in total control when Graham Dorrans added to Morgan Amalfitano’s early strike.
However, Jordon Mutch cut the deficit on 30 minutes.
Steven Caulker drew Cardiff level with a towering header from a Gary Medel free-kick on 73 minutes.
West Brom got their noses back in front in the fourth minute of stoppage time when Thievy Bifouma bundled the ball home.
But the drama was not done there, as Mats Moller Daehli rifled home to grab a point for Cardiff.
Shots on Target: 6-5
Passing Accuracy: 72%-76%
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