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Monday, 4 November 2013

Premier League: Match Day 10 Review

Match day 10 was another exciting week-end in the Premier League with 21 goals scored from the 10 games, Man City were the most impressive scoring 7 goals while Arsenal extended their lead at the top to 5 points after beating Liverpool. Here’s a quick rundown of the action.

The early game of the week-end saw Chelsea lose away to Newcastle in a disappointing performance, Juan Mata returned to his starting role but failed to make any difference, a diving header from Yoan Gouffran from a free-kick and a Loic Remy effort from inside the box secured a 2-0 win for the Magpies and prompted Mourinho to say he made “11 mistakes”.

Norwich and manager Chris Hughton had a day to forget when they visited the Etihad stadium, Norwich were the last team to win against Man City there but Saturday was not to be a repeat, amazingly in a 7 goal thrashing no player scored twice with Silva, Nastasic, Negredo, Toure, Aguero, Dzeko and an own-goal from Bradley Johnson securing a comfortable win for Man City.

Man Utd went to Craven Cottage on Saturday and did not experience the same trouble as was the case last week against Stoke, in fact they found themselves 3-0 up within 25 minutes thanks to goals from Valencia, Van Persie and Rooney, Van Persie scored the pick of the goals hammering the ball in at the keepers near post, the second half was not as impressive as the first as Fulham put United under pressure and scored a fortunate goal when Kacaniklic’s shot went in off Rooney’s leg. United held out and Moyes will undoubtedly be happy with the win.

The big game of the week-end saw Liverpool travel to Arsenal in the table topping clash, Liverpool came into the game with great optimism but Arsenal themselves were very confident of recording a victory, Liverpool started brightly but were caught on the break in the 20th minute when Cazorla, after hitting the post, guided the ball into the net, Arsenal dominated from there on in and a wonderful second half strike from Ramsey secured a deserved 3 points for the Gunners and puts them five points clear at the top of the league.

Spurs and Everton played out a 0-0 draw in the other big clash of the week-end, the game was a tightly contested affair with both teams creating chances, the main talking point of the game was the decision to allow Hugo Lloris to continue playing after being knocked out in an accidental collision with the knee of Everton’s Lukaku.

The first ever top flight Welsh derby was staged on Sunday when Swansea travelled to Cardiff, a Caulker goal was enough for Cardiff to seal all 3 points in a feisty affair, Swansea ended the game with 10 men when goalkeeper Vorm was sent off in the dying moments resulting in outfield player Angel Rangel having to put on the gloves for the last few minutes.

Elsewhere this week-end Southampton were held to a draw at Stoke thanks to a freak goal from goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, West Brom added more misery to Crystal Palace beating them 2-0 at The Hawthorns courtesy of goals from Berahino and McAuley.

Sunderland could not build on their win against Newcastle last week, losing 1-0 away to Hull City due to a Cuellar own-goal, a bore 0-0 draw was the result at Upton Park as neither West Ham or Aston Villa were capable of breaking the deadlock.