There is a three-way collision at the top of the English Premier League table as Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool all sit on 23 points, respectively. However, Pep Guardiola’s Blues currently possess the better of the three teams’ goal difference, leaving the side in top spot after gameweek 10.
Guardiola’s Manchester City got back to Premier League winning ways at the weekend after three matches without a victory. Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan powered City to a 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.
Aguero had the Citizens up two goals within the opening 30 minutes, with one coming from a Gundogan assist. The German midfielder rounded out the scoring with two goals in the final 11 minutes.
The loss leaves West Brom three points above the relegation zone.
Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez continued his fantastic form. The Chilean lead Arsenal to a 4-1 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set Sanchez up for the opener 19 minutes into the match.
Jermaine Defoe equalised just after the hour-mark from the penalty spot for Sunderland. However, Gunners’ substitute Olivier Giroud scored twice in five minutes before Sanchez added his second in the 78th minute. The Chilean’s second came from an assist by Aaron Ramsey, who returned from injury ahead of the game. Ramsey has played just twice this Premier League season.
Liverpool got a scare from Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park before pulling away with a 4-2 win. For all of Liverpool’s gorgeous passing and counter-attacking football, the team still look incredibly shakey at the back.
Emre Can opened the scoring for Liverpool before a Dejan Lovren error allowed James McArthur to head Palace level. Lovren then made amends as he headed Liverpool back in front just before the half hour-mark.
More poor Lovren defending, however, allowed McArthur to get to another ball in the air. His header leveled the match yet again.
Liverpool’s quality rose to the top as the match wore on. Joel Matip put Liverpool back into the lead just before halftime. Then, Roberto Firmino added his fourth of the season thanks to a gorgeous through ball from Jordan Henderson to make the scoreline 4-2.
Philippe Coutinho picked up two assists during the game, giving him four on the season.
Chelsea picked up a big three points in a tricky fixture away to Southampton. Eden Hazard picked up his fifth goal of this term, while Diego Costa added his Premier League leading eighth. The two attackers have combined for 13 of Chelsea 21 goals in 2016/17.
Tottenham are still undefeated, but slumped to their third consecutive draw over the weekend. Vincent Janssen’s first half penalty was cancelled out by Ahmed Musa’s goal just after the break.
Spurs continue to be poor in front of goal managing no goals from open play despite totalling 22 shots. Only five of which were on target, however. Maurcio Pochettino will hope to have star striker Harry Kane back for gameweek 11’s trip to the Emirates in the North London Derby.
Manchester United are winless in five of their last six and sit in eighth place after 10 fixtures. Jose Mourinho’s side finished scoreless with Burnley on Saturday in unspectacular fashion.
Burnley’s Tom Heaton made 11 saves to keep Manchester United out of goal as his team rarely troubled David De Gea at the other end. The draw leaves Burnley in 13th.
Saturday Oct. 29, 2016
Sunderland 1-4 Arsenal
Tottenham 1-1 Leicester City
Watford 1-0 Hull City
West Bromwich Albion 0-4 Manchester City
Manchester United 0-0 Burnley
Middlesbrough 2-0 Bournemouth
Crystal Palace 2-4 Liverpool
Sunday Oct. 30, 2016
Everton 2-0 West Ham
Southampton 0-2 Chelsea