Premier League week 13: Chelsea on top
Chelsea on top of Premier League, Liverpool and Arsenal close behind after Week 13
Here’s a look at the complete slate for this weekend's EPL action, including the results from all matches, along with a list of the top goal scorers, an updated table, and a recap of the weekend’s action around the Premier League. FC Chelsea are on top of the Premier League Table after the Match Week 13 games this weekend. Chelsea have 31 points, Liverpool and Manchester City have 30 points apiece, Arsenal have 28 points, Tottenham Hotspur have 24 points and Manchester United have 20 points. Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez bagged a brace in the Gunners’ Premier League win over a fit Bournemouth, stopping their two-match winless run on Sunday. Arsenal easily won 3-1 keeping their EPL title bid alive going into Week 14, while Man United were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham United. United will need to fight harder to earn a Champions League spot next season, with five clubs ahead of the Red Devils. Everton suffered a 1-0 defeat at Southampton.
Sanchez opened the scoring giving Arsenal an early advantage in their game against Bournemouth, due to a defensive blunder. The Cherries fought back as Callum Wilson scored the equalizer from the penalty spot amid controversy. Wilson looked like he bumped into Nacho Monreal before going down to earn a spot-kick, committing the initial foul himself. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger didn't agree with the referee’s call, saying he was "really amazed" that Bournemouth were awarded a penalty, calling it "very soft." Bournemouth finished the half in the lead, but an inspired Arsenal came out fighting in the second half. Gunners’ hero Theo Walcott put Arsenal back into the lead, and the Gunners controlled the remainder of the match. Sanchez added a second goal for insurance in injury time. The victory and 3 points put Arsenal in fourth place on the EPL Table, only three points behind leaders FC Chelsea.
In other matches this weekend, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho lost his temper and his side lost two more points. Mourinho was sent to the stands for his reaction to Paul Pogba's yellow card for diving. Mourinho kicked a water bottle down the touchline in anger attracting the judgement of the referee. West Ham took an early lead against Manchester United through Diafra Sakho, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the equalizer soon after. The Red Devils dominated the match and should have won taking advantage of a poor Hammers performance except for some extraordinary saves by the Hammers’ goalie. However United’s second goal never came, as United were held to a draw and are now are 11 points off the top with five of the titan EPL teams ahead of them going into Match Week 14.
United supporters at Old Trafford was stunned at the start of the match at 90 seconds when Sakho converted Payet's free-kick after Jesse Lingard's foul on the Frenchman. Sakho sent his powerful header past United superstar goalkeeper David de Gea. United dominated possession throughout the remainder of the game. Swedish superstar striker Ibrahimovic equalized from an amazing pass over the top of the Hammers defense from midfielder Paul Pogba that Ibra only needed to glance past Randolph. Pogba’s pass that set up the leveler was a touch of class as was Ibrahimovic’s header.
After the match, Jose Mourinho dodged the post-match press conference. Rui Faria did the interview saying that what happened was obvious. "Everyone saw what happened. It's part of the game. It was the referee’s decision. I have nothing more to say," said Faria who also said that United deserved to win. “We are playing well and we deserved to win but we didn't. We deserve much more than we got, said Faria. “We dominate; we create chances to win the matches comfortably. The team is playing very well but some things didn't happen. One day it will have to happen for us. We'll start winning.”
Hammers boss Slaven Bilic said, "It might have been more but it is a great point for us, especially as we played good. I have to praise the players, who showed character, commitment and quality, especially in the second half." Everton lost to Southampton, as Charlie Austin scored the opening goal for Everton – the Toffees never came close to scoring. Stoke City won 1-0 over Watford due to an own-goal from goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. Chelsea bounced back to defeat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on Saturday. The triumph keeps the Blues atop the standings. Reigning EPL champions Leicester City scored a stoppage-time goal to earn a draw with Middlesbrough. Manchester City won their match keeping a spot on top of the table. Swansea and Crystal Palace delighted fans with an entertaining game. Chelsea gave their fans a champions class performance fighting back to defeat Spurs making it 7 wins in a row, 19 goals scored. And only 1 goal conceded. Next, Chelsea will play Manchester City.
Title contenders Manchester City were composed even after falling behind Burnley inside the first 15 minutes. Their steady approach paid off and top goal scorer Sergio Aguero netted twice, once in each half, to secure three hard-fought points for City who are now tied for second place with Liverpool on the EPL table behind first-place Chelsea in the battle to secure a top spot. City manager Pep Guardiola commented about City’s comeback and next week's massive marquee match with Chelsea. “Some faults are our own fault. I also need time to understand the referees. We are so satisfied for the points and the performance, especially three days after the Champions League,” remarked Guardiola. “All of the players showed huge character and a lot of personality and after going 1-0 down at a stadium where only Chelsea are better at home. We are so happy. We have a long week to rest a little and prepare for Chelsea.”
Swansea and Crystal Palace gave fans a nine-goal thriller as Leroy Fer scored twice in a three-minute span to begin an explosion that went on to the end when Fernando Llorente netted a stoppage-time brace to steal the win for Swans in a memorable match that ended up Swansea 5-4 Crystal Palace. Liverpool dominated possession against Sunderland as Divock Origi and James Milner both scored inside the final 15 minutes to ensure Liverpool's strong outing gave them the three needed points. Islam Slimani converted a penalty in the 94th minute to salvage a draw for Leicester against Middlesbrough. Hull and West Brom played to a 1-1 draw.
EPL Matchday 13 Results
Burnley 1-2 Manchester City
Hull 1-1 West Brom
Leicester City 2-2 Middlesbrough
Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland
Swansea 5-4 Crystal Palace
Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Watford 0-1 Stoke City
Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth
Manchester United 1-1 West Ham
Southampton 1-0 Everton
After EPL Week 13, top goal-scorers are Diego Costa, Chelsea and Sergio Aguero, Man City with 10 goals apiece. Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal, has eight goals; Eden Hazard, Chelsea, Jermain Defoe, Sunderland, and Romelu Lukaku, Everton have 7 goals each. Theo Walcott, Arsenal, Sadio Mane, Liverpool, Michail Antonio, West Ham and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Man United have 6 goals each.
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