Premier League Results: Analysis for Liverpool vs West Brom, and All the Games

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistOctober 26, 2013

Premier League Results: Analysis for Liverpool vs West Brom, and All the Games

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    On Saturday, Manchester United avoided a shock by battling back to beat Stoke City 3-2, while Luis Suarez bagged a hat-trick as Liverpool romped to a 4-1 win over West Brom.

    Everton came away from Aston Villa with a 2-0 win, while Norwich City were held to a 0-0 draw by Cardiff City. In the early game, Arsenal battled to a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.

    On Sunday, a late mix-up cost Manchester City dear against Chelsea—while there were also big results for Tottenham and Sunderland.

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

    All stats via FourFourTwo's Stats Zone unless otherwise noted.

Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City: Fernando Torres Seals Victory in Injury Time

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    A mix-up in the Manchester City defence allowed Fernando Torres to nip in and steal all three points for Chelsea on Sunday, as the Blues won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.

    Torres took advantage after a mix-up between Matija Nastasic and Joe Hart to steal in behind the pair and turn home the winner over the despairing Martin Demichelis, completing a remarkable individual performance.

    The Spaniard had been embarrassed by a miss he produced in the first half, controlling and firing over from barely eight yards out on the half-hour mark. But moments later he produced the opening; dribbling around Gael Clichy before squaring to Andre Schurrle to turn home.

    It took until the second half for City to equalise and it came through Sergio Aguero, who produced a thumping finish from the edge of the box to beat Petr Cech at the near post.

    Both sides pushed on over the final 30 minutes, but it was City who seemed to be growing increasingly comfortable as the clock wound down.

    That was until the disaster at the death, however, as Nastasic failed to see Hart running from his line to collect the ball. The defender duly headed well over his stranded goalkeeper, with Torres anticipating the debacle to steal in and seal the win.

    Match Stats

    Shots: Chelsea 12-15 Manchester City

    Corners: Chelsea 3-6 Manchester City

    Possession percentage: Chelsea 45.6-54.4 Manchester City

    Fouls Committed: Chelsea 11-15 Manchester City

Crystal Palace 0-2 Arsenal

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    Arsenal showed they can scrap for victory as well as glide, as they battled to a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

    The Eagles were dogged throughout the contest and frustrated Arsenal for 45 minutes, while the Gunners were disrupted by the early injury to Mathieu Flamini.

    However, Mikel Arteta slotted home a penalty a minute after the break after Adlene Guedioura had felled Serge Gnabry in the box.

    Arteta was dismissed for a professional foul on Marouane Chamakh, while Wojciech Szczezny made two stunning saves to deny Joel Ward and Mile Jedinak.

    The Gunners weathered the storm and a late goal from Olivier Giroud sealed the three points.

    Match Stats

    Shots: Crystal Palace 13-10 Arsenal

    Corners: Crystal Palace 4-3 Arsenal

    Possession percentage: Crystal Palace 37.5-62.5 Arsenal

    Fouls Committed: Crystal Palace 12-8 Arsenal

Aston Villa 0-2 Everton

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    Aston Villa slipped to their fourth home defeat of the season as Everton secured the three points with a 2-0 win.

    Villa had a great chance to open the scoring on eight minutes, as Christian Benteke was felled in the box by Seamus Coleman.

    The powerful Belgium international took responsibility for the spot kick, and went for power. The ball was arrowing towards the corner but Toffees keeper Tim Howard somehow threw a hand up to push the ball over the bar.

    In a fine first-half display, Howard denied Benteke again and also thwarted Andreas Weimann.

    Everton fashioned a great chance of their own mid-way through the first half, but Romelu Lukaku saw his header superbly kept out by Brad Guzan.

    Lukaku made up for his miss by opening the scoring on 68 minutes. Collecting the ball on the edge of the box, the forward drilled a low shot into the corner for his fifth league goal of the campaign.

    The points were made safe nine minutes from time when Leon Osman fired home a low shot.

    Match Stats

    Shots: Aston Villa 14-15 Everton

    Corners: Aston Villa 8-6 Everton

    Possession percentage: Aston Villa 47-53 Everton

    Fouls Committed: Aston Villa 14-8 Everton

Liverpool 4-1 West Bromwich Albion

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    Suarez showed his value to Liverpool with a stunning hat-trick in their 4-1 win over West Brom.

    The Uruguayan striker scored three contrasting goals, all of which were of high quality.

    The opener came on 11 minutes. Suarez picked up the ball 25 yards from goal, beat a couple of players before slamming a low shot into the corner.

    The second, on 17 minutes, was a remarkable effort. Aly Cissokho whipped in a cross that Suarez met with his head on the edge of the 18-yard box. The striker generated immense power to arrow the ball into the top corner.

    The third came Suarez’s way on 55 minutes, with the striker making space for himself at the near post and nodding home Steven Gerrard’s cross.

    Daniel Sturridge was very much in the shadow of his partner, but he went close to grabbing the spotlight when crashing a shot against the bar.

    West Brom were handed a lifeline when Billy Jones won a penalty, converted by James Morrison, but the Reds secured the three points.

    Sturridge did take his share of the spotlight on 77 minutes with an exquisite chip that was arguably the goal of the game. 

    Match Stats

    Shots: Liverpool 18-16 West Brom

    Corners: Liverpool 3-9 West Brom

    Possession percentage: Liverpool 54.9-45.1 West Brom

    Fouls Committed: Liverpool 14-11 West Brom

Manchester United 3-2 Stoke City

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    Manchester United made hard work of keeping their title hopes alive with a battling 3-2 win over Stoke.

    The Red Devils trailed on two occasions, but a couple of goals in the space of two minutes from Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez secured the win for United.

    Stoke made a rapid start and were rewarded with the opener on four minutes. United keeper David De Gea did well to keep out a volley from Peter Crouch, but his defenders failed to clear the danger and the ball ricocheted off Crouch and into the net.

    Crouch had a big chance to double the lead after being picked out by Jon Walters, but he sent his volley over the bar.

    United carried a threat and Asmir Begovic had to be alert to keep out a drive from Rooney.

    Rooney kept driving his side forward and he had a hand in the leveller on 43 minutes. His shot was saved by Begovic, but the loose ball fell to Robin van Persie who tucked the ball home.

    The cheers from the United fans turned to jeers minutes later, as Marko Arnautovic curled in a stunning free kick after Phil Jones had committed a foul on the edge of the box.

    Stoke were pegged back on 78 minutes, as Rooney glanced home a header from a corner.

    Within a couple of minutes, United had turned the game on its head as Hernandez stooped to head home what proved to be the winner.

    Match Stats

    Shots: Man Utd 19-10 Stoke

    Corners: Man Utd 12-2 Stoke

    Possession percentage: Man Utd 66.3-33.7 Stoke

    Fouls Committed: Man Utd 19-10 Stoke

Norwich City 0-0 Cardiff City

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    Norwich bumped into an inspired Cardiff keeper David Marshall as the sides played out a 0-0 draw at Carrow Road.

    Time and again Marshall thwarted the Norwich strikers as Malky Mackay’s Cardiff earned a point on the road.

    There was drama late on, as Leroy Fer scored despite trying to give the ball back to Cardiff.

    Referee Mike Jones resolved the issue by ordering the throw-in to be retaken, as the game ultimately finished goalless.

    Match Stats

    Shots: Norwich 31-6 Cardiff

    Corners: Norwich 13-2 Cardiff

    Possession percentage: Norwich 60.5-39.5 Cardiff

    Fouls Committed: Norwich 8-10 Cardiff

Southampton 2-0 Fulham

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    Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez scored first-half goals as Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton beat Fulham, 2-0, in the Saturday-evening game.

    After an impressive 4-1 win at Crystal Palace on Monday, Fulham didn't manage a shot on target against Southampton and held just 33 percent of possession. With the win, the Saints moved up to third place, four points behind leaders Arsenal.

    Lambert opened the scoring in the 20th minute, with Rodriguez providing the assist. The roles were then reversed three minutes before the break as Lambert set up Rodriguez's header to make it 2-0.

    Saints came close again in the 68th minute, when Rodriguez volleyed wide. Fulham's Steve Sidwell sent a shot off target eight minutes from time. 

    Match stats

    Shots: Southampton 20-2 Fulham

    Corners: Southampton 10-3 Fulham

    Possession percentage: Southampton 67%-33% Fulham

    Fouls Committed: Southampton 12-8 Fulham

Tottenham 1-0 Hull City: Roberto Soldado Penalty the Difference Again

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    For the third game already this season, Tottenham Hotspur won 1-0 thanks to a Roberto Soldado on Sunday, this time with Hull City the victims.

    Hull manager Steve Bruce felt aggrieved after the contest, as Ahmed Elmohamady was adjudged to have handballed Jan Vertonghen's cross with around ten minutes remaining in the decisive incident of the match.

    The Egyptian appeared to know little about it, though, as the ball bounced up off his foot and hit his outstretched hand.

    Nevertheless Soldado did not turn down the gift, converting to ensure another narrow win for Andre Villas-Boas' side.

    Match Stats

    Shots: Spurs 15-10 Hull City

    Corners: Spurs 6-4 Hull City

    Possession percentage: Spurs 65.9-34.1 Hull City

    Fouls Committed: Spurs 13-10 Hull City

Sunderland 2-1 Newcastle: Fabio Borini Wins Derby with Absolute Belter

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    A fantastic strike from substitute Fabio Borini was the difference as Sunderland won the Tyne-Wear derby against arch-rivals Newcastle United on Sunday.

    In a typically fiery affair, Borini's long-range blow six minutes from time ensured Gus Poyet's side claimed a 2-1 win.

    Steven Fletcher had opened the scoring after just five minutes, rising highest to head home Adam Johnson's cross from close range, before that was cancelled out in the second half by Mathieu Debuchy's back-post conversion.

    But that was before Borini stepped up and decided matters with a beauty of an effort.

    The result—their first three points of the campaign—moves Sunderland off the bottom of the Premier League table.

    Match Stats

    Shots: Sunderland 8-16 Newcastle

    Corners: Sunderland 5-3 Newcastle

    Possession percentage: Sunderland 48.3-51.7 Newcastle

    Fouls Committed: Sunderland 13-14 Newcastle

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Swansea City 0-0 West Ham: Bore Draw to End Weekend

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    In the day's final game, Swansea City and West Ham played out a 0-0 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

    The home side edged much of the play, but failed to find a breakthrough against a resilient Hammers defence.

    Match Stats

    Shots: Swansea 10-15 West Ham

    Corners: Swansea 9-6 West Ham

    Possession percentage: Swansea 66.9-33.1 West Ham

    Fouls Committed: Swansea 12-14 West Ham