Premier League Week 14 Review

Premier League Week 14 Review.

As the Premier League season gets closer to the Christmas period, the games soon start coming thick and fast and this week was the first week where teams are potentially playing 3 Premier League games in seven days. The Tuesday and Wednesday fixtures both had notable inclusions, including West Hams battle with West Brom.

Chelsea clinical without Costa

Chelsea seem to be cruising in the Premier League this year, and minus their stalemate at Sunderland last week, they have been dispatching teams with ease. Tottenham were buoyant after a close fought win at the weekend, but Chelsea could feel City beginning to breath down their neck after their convincing win against the Saints and they meant business from the first minute.

The tie seemed over before it began, due to Hugo Lloris making two critical errors that helped give Chelsea a 2 goal advantage within 20 minutes. For the first goal, Eden Hazard bursted through the Tottenham defence and powered his shot past Lloris who had left his front post completely exposed when trying to close down the Belgian wingers angle. The second goal was a result of a poor clearance from Lloris which ended up at the feet of Hazard, who offloaded the ball to Oscar. His clever through-ball found Didier Drogba inside the box and he showed enough strength and composure to poke the ball past the erratic Lloris. Chelsea showed no signs of relenting in the 2nd half either and Cesc Fabregas was controlling the game from midfield. Substitute Loic Remy proved why he still has a part to play in this campaign when he calmly put the ball in the bottom corner for the conclusive winner.

 

West Ham climb to 5th place

West Ham faced a tough away test against WBA on Tuesday night. WBA had a bright start to the season and through Saido Berainho’s goals had earned some results that should have left them looking down the table at Christmas. However, they had failed to score since the 1st of November and as with Burnley, we know how those barren runs can affect a team. It took them only ten minutes to break the deadlock when Craig Dawson’s glancing header from Graham Dorrans’ free-kick found the back of the net. West Ham weren’t going to lie down and die and managed to grab an equaliser through Kevin Nolan, who pounced on the resulting rebound from an Andy Carroll overhead kick (yes… that did happen). West Ham landed another blow just before half-time when Tomkins scored a header from a Stewart Downing corner. Victor Anichebe did his best to try an turn the game back into WBA’s hands but Adrian, the West Ham keeper, had different ideas and made two smart saves near the end of the game to bring the points back to London.

Results

Arsenal 1 – 0 Southampton
Chelsea 3 – 0 Tottenham
Everton 1 – 1 Hull
Sunderland 1 – 4 Man City
Burnley 1 – 1 Newcastle
Leicester 1 – 3 Liverpool
Man Utd 2 – 1 Stoke
Swansea 2 – 0 QPR
Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Aston Villa
West Brom 1 – 2 West Ham

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