Premier League at half: Bradley’s Swans trail, Joe Allen on fire

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Here’s a snippet on each of the Premier League’s five midmorning matches this early Saturday.

[ RECAP: Chelsea 3-0 Leicester City ]

Bob Bradley’s debut has been tumultuous against Arsenal, and Man City is thriving but unable to break through in a 3-4-3 (or 3-2-2-3) versus Everton.

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea City

A manager can’t play defense, and Swans players have put Theo Walcott in the catbird seat twice. But Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled one back for Bob Bradley’s first goal overseen as a Premier League manager.

Manchester City 0-0 Everton

Pep Guardiola won the early tactics battle with a 3-4-3, but the Toffees are holding their resolve well at the Etihad Stadium. Seamus Coleman should’ve seen red for a vicious tackle on Raheem Sterling but dodged the bullet, and Everton were playing with house money again when Maarten Stekelenburg stopped a Kevin De Bruyne penalty conceded by Phil Jagielka.

Bournemouth 3-1 Hull City

Charlie Daniels struck early when he belted a rebounded free kick into the hull goal, but record-signing Ryan Mason‘s deflected shot equalized for Hull. Steve Cook put the Cherries back up before Junior Stanislas found the net just before the break.

Stoke City 2-0 Sunderland

Joe Allen was a fitness concern for the Potters coming off a Welsh duty, but the midfielder has kept up his scoring form in a battle of mightily-struggling sides. Allen has a pair, and Sunderland under David Moyes remains in trouble.

West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

The visitors are dominating Tony Pulis‘ bunch, but have not found a way through. The Baggies manager sure knows how to organize a fort, doesn’t he?