PREMIER LEAGUE: SATURDAY REVIEW

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Sunderland 2-1 Manchester United

Sunderland ended their four game losing streak with victory over an unimpressive Manchester United. January signings Wahbi Khazri and Lamine Kone were both involved in the Black Cat’s goals; midfielder Khazri scoring via a free-kick and defender Kone’s header resulting in an own goal. Martial may have scored in between the Sunderland goals to level the score, however United were outplayed for most of the match. Sunderland still remain in the relegation zone by one point, and will use this result to hopefully propel themselves to safety.

Bournemouth 1-3 Stoke

Stoke’s three game losing streak came to an end at Bournemouth with a 3-1 victory over the Cherries. Imbula scored his first goal for the Potters with a brilliantly struck volley from outside the box. Afellay extended the lead shortly into the second half before Joselu’s header made it three. Two minutes later, and Ritchie’s fine finish on the turn gave Bournemouth what eventually became a consolation. The result is Stoke’s first away win of the year and they are only five points off a European spot. Bournemouth remain in 15th, five points from the bottom three.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford

Crystal Palace’s winless run was extended to nine games with defeat to Watford. Deeney put the visitors ahead from the spot after Jedinak’s foul. Recent signing Adebayor scored his first goal for the Eagles with a looping header just before half-time. However, with eight minutes left, Deeney clinched his brace and denied Palace any sort of result. To make matters worse, Souare saw red for a lunge on midfielder Behrami. Palace’s last win came against Stoke on 19th December, and since then the club has slipped down the table from 5th to 12th.

Everton 0-1 West Brom

West Brom recorded their first league win in six as Salomon Rondon helped the Baggies defeat Everton. In a game dominated by the home side, the Venezuelan scored using his chest to score early on. Barkley’s strike hit the post before the fans saw déjà vu minutes later, with Cleverly’s cross also hitting the framework. The Toffees saw 76% of possession and had 34 shots on goal. However, only six of those were on target, with Olsson being a brick in West Brom’s defence making 17 clearances and six blocks.

Norwich 2-2 West Ham

Norwich ended their run of five league defeats with a stalemate against West Ham. Brady opened the scoring with a well-struck effort before Hoolahan tucked away to put his side further ahead. However, the Canaries did let their two goal lead slip by them. Payet finished after Moses’ parried shot and Noble put his side level in the 76th minute to spoil the home side’s potential party. Norwich nearly did find the winner in the dying seconds, through Redmond, however Adrian did well to deny the winger. Alex Neil’s side now sit one place above the drop zone via goal difference.

Swansea 0-1 Southampton

Southampton reached six consecutive league victories with a win over Swansea. The Saints had an early goal disallowed in the first half, before Long headed in Ward-Prowse’s pinpoint cross. Swans striker Paloschi went down in the box in the last minute but the referee dismissed his claims. The result was also Francesco Guidolin’s first loss as Swansea manager and relegation still remains a threat to the Welsh side. For Southampton, they climb to six, with European aspirations still strong for Koeman’s men.

Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle

Newcastle’s defensive issues reared its face again as the Magpies slipped back into the relegation zone after a 5-1 mauling from Chelsea. The result means Chelsea remain unbeaten in the last 10 league games. The Blues’ first three goals came in the first seventeen minutes, through Costa, Pedro and Willian. Pedro then grabbed a brace and Traore made it five, before January signing Townsend grabbed a consolation. It wasn’t all positive for Chelsea however, with Terry limping off the pitch before the break with a hamstring injury, making him a doubt for Tuesday’s clash with PSG. With Zouma already out for the season, Hiddink will be hoping no more defensive injuries arise for his side.

Author: Philip Duff
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