An energetic, sometimes spell-binding North London Derby started the Premier League day on NBCSN, and the majority of the day’s matches did their best to live up to the billing.
Sunderland crept out of the drop zone thanks to a Swansea win over Norwich and a woeful display by Newcastle against Bournemouth. The Cherries look pretty safe after another solid performance from Eddie Howe‘s boys.
Everton and West Ham United played a game that had everything the NLD did — a red card and intensity chief among those attributes — but also a winner.
Let’s dig into a great Saturday in the Premier League.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Arsenal — RECAP
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- WENGER: “Pressure of our fans is relentless”
- POCHETTINO: “One team was the best. Tottenham”
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Francis Coquelin should buy Alexis Sanchez his dinners for the foreseeable future after the Chilean superstar beat Hugh Lloris to save Arsenal a point after Coquelin picked up a red card on a silly second yellow card. Aaron Ramsey staked the Gunners to an early lead with a ridiculous backheel goal, but rampant Tottenham snagged an equalizer from Toby Alderweireld before Harry Kane put Spurs ahead with a gorgeous goal. The draw leaves both teams behind Spurs, and Arsenal open to losing third place to Manchester City, which has a match in hand.
Watford 0-1 Leicester City — RECAP
There was no need for a “dilly ding dilly dong“, as the Foxes improved their Premier League to five points when Riyad Mahrez belted a 20-yard attempt past Heurelho Gomes. Claudio Ranieri‘s charges held on for the win at Vicarage Road.
Chelsea 1-1 Stoke City — RECAP
Nemanja Matic set up Bertrand Traore for a solid strike to give Chelsea the lead, but Stoke battled back for a late equalizer through Mame Biram Diouf. The Potters sit 7th, three points ahead of 10th place Chelsea.
Everton 2-3 West Ham United — RECAP
What a game. Romelu Lukaku put the Toffees into the lead with his 18th Premier League goal of the season, but Kevin Mirallas picked up a pair of silly yellow cards to set Everton down to 10 men. Aaron Lennon still managed to double the lead, and Lukaku stepped up to take a penalty kick that would seal the points. Adrian saved the goal, and West Ham scored three consecutive goals to snare a point. Wild stuff at Goodison Park.
Swansea City 1-0 Norwich City — RECAP
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a very smooth goal to set Swans up for safety in a relegation six-pointer at the Liberty Stadium. Norwich sits 18th, a point behind Sunderland and level with Newcastle.
Manchester City 4-0 Aston Villa — RECAP
Sergio Aguero scored twice and could’ve added a third if he bested Adrian with his penalty kick attempt. Villa kept it 0-0 until halftime, but Yaya Toure opened the floodgates and Raheem Sterling also scored for City.
Newcastle United 1-3 Bournemouth — RECAP
The Magpies showed little desperation despite their plight as a drop zone candidate, and Steven Taylor pushed Joshua King‘s shot in for an own goal to put Newcastle down 1-0. King got a goal of his own to make it 2-0, and Charlie Daniels finished off the scoring after Ayoze Perez has pulled a goal back for the hosts. Newcastle has Leicester City, Sunderland and Norwich City next.
Southampton 1-1 Sunderland — RECAP
- ALLARDYCE: Black Cats “dropped a massive clanger”
Jermain Defoe is almost single-handedly scoring Sunderland toward safety, netting after Jose Fonte was red-carded at St. Mary’s. But Virgil Van Dijk picked up an equalizer deep in stoppage time to keep the Black Cats just a point ahead of the drop zone.