Saturday Premier League roundup: Chelsea win, Arsenal-Man City draw, Liverpool lose (video)

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On Saturday we had an absolute feast of action across the Premier League, as eight games took place on a busy, busy day in England.

Arsenal and Man City kicked things off with an absorbing draw at the Emirates, then there was a big win for Chelsea at home to Swansea, plus wins for the likes of Everton, Southampton and Leicester City.

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Liverpool were stunned at home by Villa in the shock of the day, as the PL was back in session after the two-week international break.

Below are recaps, reaction and videos from all eight matches as 22 goals were scored on a hectic day.

Arsenal 2-2 Manchester City

Pulsating clash between two title contenders. Man City went ahead against the run of play in the first half as Sergio Aguero swept home, but after the interval two stunning goals from Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez put the Gunners ahead. However, a late header from Martin Demichelis nicked a point for City who were unlucky not to win it late on.

Chelsea 4-2 Swansea City

The Swans took an early lead via a John Terry own goal but Diego Costa scored a hat trick to make it seven goals in his first four Premier League games. Debutant Loic Remy added a goal from the bench, before Jonjo Shelvey scored a late consolation. Chelsea stay top, while the Swans lost for the first time this season.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Burnley 

Stalemate at Selhurst as Burnley spurned a glorious chance to bag their first win of the season. Scott Arfield saw his late penalty kick saved by Julian Speroni in a game of few chances. A point isn’t fabulous for either side but they will take it as they go in search of a first ‘W’ of 2014-15.

Liverpool 0-1 Aston Villa

Villa’s fans were signing “we’re gonna win the league” after this one. Gabby Agbonlahor scored early and Villa defended superbly to shutout Liverpool who missed Daniel Sturridge badly. Paul Lambert’s side now have three wins from their first matches and are unbeaten, while Liverpool have two wins and two defeats from four.

Southampton 4-0 Newcastle

Saints are absolutely flying as they went 2-0 up inside the first 20 minutes at St. Mary’s. Graziano Pelle scored both, then Jack Cork and Morgan Schneiderlin added a goal each as the pressure is mounting on Alan Pardew as Newcastle boss. Saints up to fourth in the standings, while Newcastle are bottom.

Stoke City 0-1 Leicester City

The Foxes have their first Premier League win in over a decade as Leonardo Ulloa scored with 25 minutes to go at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke huffed and puffed but failed to create any clear cut chances. As for the Foxes, they welcomed Argentine legend Esteban Cambiasso for his debut and now have a win and two draws from their first four games back in the PL.

Sunderland 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Nacer Chadli puts Spurs ahead but Adam Johnson equalized for Sunderland in a frantic start at the Stadium of Light. Tottenham then took the lead again through Christian Eriksen, but a late own goal from Harry Kane handed Gus Poyet’s men a point. Mauricio Pochettino was furstrated with his sides effort, while Poyet was delighted.

West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Everton 

Romelu Lukaku scored an absolute cracker against his old team to put the Toffees 1-0 up at the Hawthorns. A second half strike from Kevin Mirallas sealed the win and Tim Howard’s boys collected their first win and clean sheet of the season. As for the Baggies, it’s not looking great for Alan Irvine’s men.

VIDEO: Lo Celso escapes red card via VAR after horror challenge

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Giovani Lo Celso can count himself a lucky man after his horror challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta wasn’t deemed worthy of a red card by VAR.

What on earth is going on.

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Lo Celso stamped on Azpilicueta’s leg as the Chelsea skipper slid in to get the ball and even though the Spanish defender was on the floor, Spurs’ Argentine playmaker had enough time to pull out of the challenge.

After a lengthy VAR check no red card was given as Chelsea’s fans, players and coaches looked on in bemusement after Olivier Giroud’s early goal gave them the lead.

Check out the video of the incident below and let us know what you think in the comments section below.


VIDEO: Giroud delivers for Chelsea v. Spurs

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Olivier Giroud delivered a stunning finish to put Chelsea ahead against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.

Giroud, starting for the first time since November, used all of his experience to run the Spurs defense ragged and provide a threatening focal point for the Chelsea attack.

The Frenchman, 33, jumped off the bench and had a goal disallowed by VAR in the 2-0 defeat against Man United on Monday but even after a VAR check for offside against Spurs, this time his goal stood.

Click play on the video above to watch the clinical finish.

It was a good job Giroud didn’t leave Chelsea in the January transfer window (as a move to Spurs seemed highly likely) after all.

Watch Live: Chelsea v. Tottenham

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Chelsea host Tottenham Hotspur in a massive London derby on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) at Stamford Bridge.

With Frank Lampard‘s slumping Chelsea in fourth and just one point ahead of Jose Mourinho’s fifth-place Tottenham, this is a massive game in the battle for Champions League qualification.

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Injuries are piling up for both sides but Chelsea’s lack of clinical finishing has hurt them for several months as they’ve won just four of their last 14 Premier League games. Mourinho knows this is a good time for him to take his team to Stamford Bridge, even with his own injury crisis to deal with.

Not only does the Mourinho storyline carry significant weight ahead of Saturday’s showdown at the Bridge, so too does the two sides’ increasingly tight battle for a top-four finish. As recently as Jan. 17, Chelsea enjoyed a nine-point lead on Tottenham, but the Blues’ current run of just one win from their last six PL games has seen that advantage shrink to a single point with the very real possibility of flipping two points in the opposite direction once the full-time whistle blows.

On the other hand, Spurs would already be miles clear if not for dropping a combined seven points from three games against the current 12th-, 19th- and 20th-place sides in recent weeks.

In team news Chelsea are without N’Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi who are all out injured. Olivier Giroud starts up front with Tammy Abraham only fit enough for the bench, while Chelsea have three center backs and Ross Barkley and Mason Mount come into the starting lineup.

Tottenham must do without Heung-Min Son for potentially the rest of the season after he suffered a broken arm. Mourinho must turn to other attacking options with Harry Kane also out until April. Dele Alli has been left on the bench as Spurs go with what also looks like a back five.


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Hodgson vows to sign new Crystal Palace contract

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Roy Hodgson has revealed that he has been offered a contract extension to remain at Crystal Palace beyond the 2020-21 Premier League season, and also hinted that he is highly likely to accept it.

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Following a period of turmoil and instability which saw them drop dangerously close to the relegation zone prior to his arrival in 2017, Hodgson has steadied the ship and guided the Eagles to 11th- and 12th-place finishes in his first two seasons and has them sitting just a point out of 12th with a dozen games to go this season. At no point in his tenure has Palace flirted with relegation, and that’s apparently enough to earn a new deal to remain in charge — quotes from Sky Sports:

“The club have presented me with a contract and although the chairman has been away this week I’ve had a cursory glance through it. It all looks fine to me so I am pretty certain that at some point soon we’ll sit down and get it signed.

“If I am going to stay, it will be because I believe funds will be made available because we’ve had the intention to improve the squad and the team for a while now.

“We all realize you can’t make improvements to the actual team without spending some money. But I would never make those type of demands, because you can’t make any guarantees in the transfer market.

“All you can do is have good intention and if I signed for another year, I would sign because I believed the intentions are true and that something will happen going into the next season.”

As for the transfer situation, that’s something that’ll need to be sorted out in very short order if Palace plan to maintain their current place in the PL’s hierarchy, otherwise they’ll learn a harsh — and quick — lesson about standing still while everyone else is moving forward.