Gameweek 8’s biggest game, Liverpool versus Manchester United, failed to live up to expectations as neither team could find a goal in the fixture. Despite Manchester United being the more calm and collected in the first half, it was Liverpool with the best opportunities of the game coming in the second period.
Coutinho’s spectacular second half shot from 20-yards out called David De Gea into action to make one of the best saves of the season. Liverpool nearly found a way through again in the second half, however, Roberto Firmino was denied thanks to Antonio Valencia’s last man tackle.
In the end, a draw was the fair result as both teams’ tactics prevented free-flowing football from ever really taking place.
Chelsea picked up their second straight victory with a 3-0 win over Leicester City. The Foxes failed to get out of first gear as Antonio Conte’s men were up 2-0 by halftime.
Diego Costa picked up his Premier League leading seventh goal of the season in the seventh minute. Eden Hazard add a second just before the break and Chelsea were flying high.
The Blues’ Victor Moses, just returning from injury, added the third 10 minute before time as Chelsea gave Leicester their fourth loss of the season.
Manchester City dropped points for the second straight week as Everton earned a hard fought 1-1 draw. Coming off of their loss to Tottenham in gameweek 7, Pep Guardiola needed a positive response from his team.
However, it was Romelu Lukaku opening the scoring for Everton just after the half an hour mark. City’s Nolito added his third goal of the season a short time later, giving both clubs a share of the spoils.
Tottenham failed to overtake Manchester City at the top of the table as Spurs drew 1-1 at West Brom.
Former Spur Nacer Chadli put West Brom on the board in the 82nd minute. However, Dele Alli leveled a minute before full-time. Despite the draw, Spurs remain the only unbeaten Premier League team this season.
Arsenal are now level on points with Manchester City as the Gunners won a goal fest at the Emirates 3-2. Theo Walcott’s first half brace had the Gunner’s looking good early, however, Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled one back just before the break.
Swansea’s Bob Bradley was making his Premier League managerial debut and in the second half he nearly saw his Swans come back. However, Mesut Ozil extended Arsenal’s lead following an Alexis Sanchez assist.
Swansea did add a second through Borja Baston, but that was as close as they would get. Arsenal were able to hang on despite Granite Xhaka being sent off in the second half.
Bournemouth humiliated Hull 6-1 thanks to a Junior Stanislas brace and assist. Charlie Daniels, Steve Cook, Callum Wilson and Dan Gosling also added goals.
Southampton won their third in four matches with a 3-1 win over Burnley. The in-form Charlie Austin scored twice while Nathan Redmond also got on the score sheet. Burnley’s Sam Vokes add a penalty in the second half.
Saturday Oct. 15, 2016
Chelsea 3-0 Leicester
Manchester City 1-1 Everton
Stoke City 2-0 Sunderland
West Brom 1-1 Tottenham
Arsenal 3-2 Swansea
Bournemouth 6-1 Hull City
Crystal Palace 0-1 West Ham
Sunday Oct. 16, 2016
Middlesbrough 0-1 Watford
Southampton 3-1 Burnley
Monday Oct. 17, 2016
Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United