Saturday proved to be a little goal shy in the Premier League, but there was plenty of stellar action and upsets.
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Man City fell at West Ham, Liverpool were held by Hull, Arsenal capitalized on more poor defending from Sunderland, West Brom fought back vs. Palace and Southampton went second after yet another win.
Below you will find links to recaps, videos, analysis and much more on all six games from the first day of Week 9.
Let’s get to it!
West Ham United 2-1 Manchester City – RECAP
There are plenty of “Happy Hammers” in East London and further afield after West Ham beat reigning champions Man City 2-1. Goals from Amalfitano and Sakho (his seventh goal in his last seven games) put the Hammers 2-0 up and despite David Silva pulling one back with a stunner, Big Sam’s side held on for a third-straight win which keeps them in the top four. Sublime. Russell Brand even got in on the act, see below.
Sunderland 0-2 Arsenal – RECAP
The Gunners recorded a much-needed win by making the most of some awful defending from Sunderland. Wes Brown had a ‘mare for the first goal as his poor back pass teed up Alexis Sanchez to give Arsenal the lead, then Vito Mannone made a hash of a back pass from Will Buckley to hand Sanchez another goal. Easy three points for Arsenal, woeful again from the Black Cats.
Liverpool 0-0 Hull City – RECAP
Mario Balotelli and Dejan Lovren went close for Liverpool but Hull’s third-choice goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic pulled off some superb saves for a clean sheet. The Tigers hardly threatened, and the Reds will definitely feel like this was two points dropped at home.
Southampton 1-0 Stoke City – RECAP
Saints are up to second in the PL after Sadio Mane scored the winner vs. Stoke City. The Senegalese winger had his first goal in England in the first half as he cleaned up after a set piece fell to him, but Stoke pushed for an equalizer and were much better in the second half. Six wins out of nine for Ronald Koeman’s men.
West Brom 2-2 Crystal Palace – RECAP
The Baggies fought back superbly with two second half goals nicking them a point at the Hawthorns. Palace went 2-0 up with Brede Hangeland and Mile Jedinak on target in the first half, but Victor Anichebe and a last-gasp PK from Saido Berahino means the Baggies have lost just once in their last five games.
Swansea City 2-0 Leicester City – RECAP
One goal in each half by Wilfried Bony (including that silky goal in the video above) did the damage for the Swans, as Garry Monk’s men picked up their first victory in six games to move back into the top six. Leicester didn’t create much going forward and that is now three defeats in four for Nigel Pearson’s side.