Premier League Results: Analysis of West Brom vs. Tottenham, and All the Matches

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2014

Premier League Results: Analysis of West Brom vs. Tottenham, and All the Matches

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    Key fixtures at the top and bottom of the Premier League take place this weekend as the season heads toward its climax.

    Sunday sees the three key figures in the title race in action, with Chelsea travelling to Swansea—following Liverpool's huge meeting with Manchester City at Anfield.

    Six games took place on Saturday, with a number of relegation-threatened sides in action.

    In the following slides, we will dig into each game in greater detail.

    All stats courtesy of unless otherwise stated.

Swansea 0-1 Chelsea

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    Chelsea kept themselves in the title hunt with a 1-0 win at Swansea.

    Having seen Liverpool beat Manchester City earlier in the day, Jose Mourinho knew his side needed a response.

    They were frustrated for some time, but a second-half goal from Demba Ba sealed the win that moved them to within two points of the Reds.

    Chelsea really should have taken the lead on six minutes, but Mohamed Salah somehow turned his shot wide from five yards.

    After Petr Cech had made a good save from Wilfried Bony, Chelsea were handed a numerical advantage on 16 minutes as Chico Flores was dismissed by referee Phil Dowd for a second caution in the space of three minutes.

    Ba had a decent chance to open the scoring on 56 minutes, but he glanced a header narrowly wide of target.

    Samuel Eto’o has forged a career on his deadly finishing, but he did not have his shooting boots on moments before the hour. A loose clearance fell at the feet of the Cameroonian, but he dragged his shot well wide of target.

    Chelsea kept banging on the door, and on 68 minutes they got their noses in front. A long ball from Nemanja Matic found Ba, and his powerful drive from 20 yards was too hot for Michel Vorm to handle.

    Match Stats

    Shots: 7-26

    Shots on Target: 4-3

    Fouls: 8-13

    Passing Success: 76%-87%

    Possession: 38%-62%

Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City

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    Liverpool delivered a telling message in the Premier League title race with a 3-2 win over Manchester City.

    The Reds roared out and raced into a two-goal lead through Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel.

    City weathered a storm and showed real spirit to draw level, but a late goal from Philippe Coutinho put the Reds in the driving seat with four games remaining in their season.

    Sterling produced a moment of brilliance on six minutes, outfoxing Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart to fire the Reds ahead.

    The lead was doubled on 13 minutes, with Skrtel rising high to head home a Steven Gerrard corner.

    City fought back and James Milner teed up David Silva on 57 minutes to halve the deficit.

    City were on level terms five minutes later, with Glen Johnson turning Silva’s cross into his own net.

    There were chances at both ends, but the telling moment came on 78 as Coutinho pounced on a sloppy clearance from Kompany to curl a brilliant shot beyond Joe Hart.

    With four games remaining, Liverpool know maximum points will bring them the title.

    Match Stats

    Shots: 10-13

    Shots on Target: 4-5

    Fouls: 7-9

    Passing Success: 81%-81% 

    Possession: 46%-54%

Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa

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    Crystal Palace pulled themselves further away from danger with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa.

    Jason Puncheon scored the only goal of the game on 76 minutes to hand Tony Pulis' side a huge three points.

    Palace had strong appeals for a penalty when Yannick Bolasie tumbled under a challenge in the box from Grant Holt, but referee Howard Webb waved away the protests.

    There were second appeals for a penalty for Palace when Brad Guzan and Mile Jedinak clashed, but again Webb saw nothing wrong.

    At the third time of asking, Webb did award Palace a penalty on 68' for handball against Ciaran Clark—but he changed his mind after consulting with his assistant.

    Palace kept plugging away, and Puncheon scored on 76 minutes to fire them further away from trouble and drag Villa into the relegation mix.

    Match Stats

    Shots: 14-7

    Shots on Target: 4-4

    Fouls: 7-12

    Passing Success: 77%-80%

    Possession: 43%-57%

Fulham 1-0 Norwich City

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    Fulham breathed life into their relegation fight with a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Norwich City.

    Norwich had plenty of possession early on and were denied a goal on 27 minutes by a brilliant save from David Stockdale, who was going the wrong way but readjusted to keep out Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s effort.

    From the resulting corner, a well-placed Bradley Johnson shot wide. It was a chance the Canaries were made to rue, as Fulham took the lead on 40 minutes.

    Steve Sidwell flicked on a free-kick into the path of Hugo Rodallega, who smashed home.

    Rodallega had a big chance to double Fulham's lead shortly into the second half, but his header from a corner lacked power and Norwich were able to clear.

    Match Stats

    Shots: 14-13

    Shots on Target: 3-3

    Fouls: 10-12

    Passing Success: 69%-78%

    Possession: 45%-55%

Southampton 0-1 Cardiff City

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    Cardiff City continued their fight to avoid the drop by claiming a superb 1-0 win at Southampton.

    The Saints crafted a host of chances early on, with Gaston Ramirez seeing a shot deflected onto the bar and Rickie Lambert heading over from a good position.

    Cardiff kept themselves in the game with some battling defence and hit the Saints with a sucker punch on 65 minutes.

    After Southampton failed to clear a free-kick, Juan Cala collected the ball on the edge of the box, shifted it to his left and curled a cracker beyond Paulo Gazzaniga.

    Match Stats

    Shots: 19-6

    Shots on Target: 7-4

    Fouls: 9-7

    Passing Success: 87%-68%

    Possession: 68%-32%

Stoke City 1-0 Newcastle United

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    Mark Hughes' Stoke City claimed a 1-0 win over Newcastle United at the Britannia Stadium.

    Both sides are mired in the middle of the table, and this had an end-of-season feel to it.

    Stoke took the lead in fortuitous circumstances on 42 minutes. Erik Pieters sent over a cross in search of Peter Crouch, but the ball got caught on the wind and flew over Tim Krul and into the top corner.

    Newcastle failed to fashion a response and have now lost four on the spin.

    Match Stats

    Shots: 10-13

    Shots on Target: 3-1

    Fouls: 12-11

    Passing Success: 80%-82%

    Possession: 49%-51%

Sunderland 0-1 Everton

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    Everton moved above Arsenal and into the fourth and final Champions League place with a 1-0 win at Sunderland.

    The Black Cats frustrated Everton for long spells and gave as good as they got, but it was the side at the foot of the table who were dealt the cruel blow of an own goal.

    Wes Brown's unfortunate moment on 75 minutes was enough to hand Everton their seventh Premier League win on the bounce.

    Everton threw on Ross Barkley just before the hour, and he came close to breaking the deadlock. The midfielder showed desire to meet a cross from Romelu Lukaku, but Vito Mannone was able to smother at his near post.

    The Toffees did get themselves in front on 75', with Brown turning a cross form Gerard Deulofeu into his own net.

    Sunderland could not respond and are now bottom, seven points from safety, although they do have two games in hand on a couple of their rivals.

    Match Stats

    Shots: 24-20

    Shots on Target: 6-3

    Fouls: 17-15

    Passing Success: 74%-78%

    Possession: 47-53

West Bromwich Albion 3-3 Tottenham Hotspur

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    Tottenam Hotspur rallied from three goals down to earn a 3-3 draw at West Bromwich Albion.

    West Brom hit Spurs with a goal inside 30 seconds. A cross from Morgan Amalfitano was not dealt with effectively by Hugo Lloris, and Matej Vydra was on hand to drive the ball home.

    The Baggies doubled their lead on four minutes. Again, Tottenham failed to deal with a cross into the box, and Chris Brunt was well placed to volley beyond Lloris.

    Spurs were handed a route back into the game on 13 minutes when Danny Rose was felled in the box by Amalfitano, but Emmanuel Adebayor’s penalty was saved by Ben Foster.

    West Brom went three to the good on 31 minutes, as Stephane Sessegnon burst onto a poor header from Younes Kaboul and slipped the ball beyond Lloris.

    Tottenham grabbed a lifeline on 34 minutes when Jonas Olsson turned a cross from Kyle Naughton into his own net.

    Harry Kane caused palpitations in the West Brom camp when heading home on 70 minutes, and Spurs snatched a point when Christian Eriksen scored deep in injury time.

    Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood told the club's official Twitter feed, "We had chances in the 1st half, we were opening them up and we had belief at HT, we told them ‘relax, and the chances will come’."

    Spurs will now be looking to find a winning formula to ensure European competition next season when they play host to Fulham next Saturday.

    Albion will be aiming to ensure their Premier League status when they make the daunting trip to Manchester City a week on Monday.

    Match Stats

    Shots: 6-20

    Shots on Target: 5-8

    Fouls: 11-8

    Passing Success: 60%-80%

    Possession: 32%-68%