PL Saturday roundup: Chelsea top league, Sunderland earns first win
While one of the league’s most dominant sides continued its brilliant form on Saturday, the Premier League’s final winless side broke that trend on the road.
Chelsea completely outclassed Everton to kept its superb league form intact at Stamford Bridge, while Sunderland picked up its first victory of the 2016/17 campaign with a gutsy performance away from home.
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Elsewhere, Manchester City was held to a draw behind a late equalizer from Middlesbrough.
Here, we take a look back at Saturday’s action from around England’s top flight.
Chelsea 5-0 Everton -- RECAP
Five in a row for the Blues, and Antonio Conte’s side now sits at the top of the PL for the time being. While the Toffees were a bit unlucky to concede one Eden Hazard’s opener (which had a hint of offsides from Pedro’s run), Everton was on the back foot for most of the match. Goals from Marcos Alonso and Diego Costa capped off a brilliant first half for Chelsea, before Hazard and Pedro netted after the break to cap off an utterly dominating performance.
Bournemouth 1-2 Sunderland -- RECAP
It took 11 tries but Sunderland is no longer winless in PL action. Despite being reduced to 10 men just before the hour mark, the Black Cats picked up its first win of the season after Jermain Defoe converted from the penalty spot in the 74th minute. Dan Gosling had given the Cherries the lead after just 11 minutes, however, Victor Anichebe leveled things up before the halftime break.
Burnley 3-2 Crystal Palace -- RECAP
Despite battling back from a two-goal deficit after halftime, Crystal Palace fell short at Burnley following some late-match heroics from Ashley Barnes. The hosts earned a 2-0 lead inside the opening quarter hour after Sam Vokes and Johann Gudmundsson each netted at the Turf Moor. Palace valiantly fought back though in the second stanza, leveling the match with under 10 minutes to play when Christian Benteke converted from the PK spot. Burnley now move up to ninth in the table, while Palace falls to 15th place.
Manchester City 1-1 Middlesbrough -- RECAP
Sergio Aguero netted his 150th goal for City on the day, but his momentous feat was cancelled out by Marten de Roon’s second-half stoppage time equalizer. Following the Citizens’ impressive midweek victory over Barcelona, the hosts left the door open for Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea to all surpass the PL leaders (heading into the weekend).
West Ham 1-1 Stoke City -- RECAP
Stoke extended its unbeaten streak to six matches on Saturday as Bojan Krkic capitalized on a critical mistake by Hammers keeper Adrian in the 75th minute. West Ham had taken the lead 10 minutes prior when Glenn Whelan put the ball into his own net, giving the hosts the 1-0 advantage. The two sides sit a mere two points apart in the table, however, Stoke lands 11th through as many matches while West Ham is 16th.