PL Saturday roundup: Top three win convincingly, United held to draw
No mistakes were made by the league’s top three sides on Saturday, with Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool all putting up four-goal performances.
However, not everyone had it so easy as Jose Mourinho and Manchester United were tripped up against Burnley.
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Here, we take a look back at Saturday’s action from around England’s top flight.
Sunderland 1-4 Arsenal -- RECAP
Braces from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez helped pace the Gunners on Saturday to help the side keep chase with the rest of the PL’s elite clubs. Arsene Wenger’s group are arguably the hottest side in England at the moment, having gone unbeaten in their last 14 matches across all competitions. Meanwhile, Sunderland continues to sit bottom of the table and David Moyes and co. are still in search of their first win of 2016/17.
Manchester United 0-0 Burnley -- RECAP
It certainly wasn’t how Jose Mourinho drew it up, and two more dropped points is the story of the day for United, who now sit eight points off the pace set by rivals Manchester City. Despite an overwhelming amount of chances in the Burnley half, a combination of the Red Devils struggling to score and Tom Heaton’s brilliance in net for the Clarets prevented United from breaking the deadlock. Heaton finished with an astonishing 11 saves on the day.
Middlesbrough 2-0 Bournemouth -- RECAP
Gaston Ramirez was the star for the Boro, notching one of the best individual goals you’ll see. After picking the ball up well in his own half of the field, Ramirez decided to take on the entire Bournemouth team before finishing in the 39th minute. Stewart Downing doubled the lead for the hosts after halftime, temporarily halting the momentum for the Cherries.
West Brom 0-4 Manchester City -- RECAP
Sergio Aguero took care of business prior to halftime and then it was Ilkay Gundogan’s chance to finish things off for the Citizens. Pep Guardiola and City remain atop the PL on 23 points, however, Saturday’s win served as a bigger confidence boost as it ended the team’s six-match winless streak in all competitions. Meanwhile, West Brom has now extended its winless streak to five straight games, leaving Tony Pulis’ team three points out of the relegation zone.
Tottenham 1-1 Leicester City -- RECAP
Spurs will be a bit disappointed not to have come away with a victory on Saturday but a point against the reigning champions is nothing to admonish. Mauricio Pochettino’s men remain the only unbeaten side left in the PL through 10 matches, however, Tottenham currently sits three points out of first place. The Foxes continue to hover around mid table, but the team has now gone unbeaten in its last three matches across all competitions. Possibly a sign of positive things to come.
Watford 1-0 Hull City -- RECAP
Hull continues to plummet in its first season back in England’s top flight, and Michael Dawson’s late own goal certainly won’t help the spirits around the club. While Watford goes up to seventh place with Saturday’s result, the Tigers sit just above Swansea and Sunderland, giving Mike Phelan and co. very little room for error or else things could completely spiral out of control.
Crystal Palace 2-4 Liverpool -- RECAP
There were goals galore at Selhurst Park; six to be precise. Liverpool continues to impress under second-year manager Jurgen Klopp, putting the Reds in the thick of things at the top along with City and Arsenal. Despite James McArthur’s strong start for Palace, the Reds put together an equally impressive response to keep Palace winless in its last four games.